Flair Airlines

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Flair Airlines
IATA
F8[1]
ICAO
FLE
Callsign
FLAIR
Founded 2005
Hubs Kelowna International Airport Calgary International Airport
Secondary hubs Hamilton International Airport Halifax International Airport
Fleet size 6[2]
Company slogan Customizable Air Service that Delivers
Headquarters Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Website flairair.ca
Boeing 737-400

Flair Airlines is a charter airline based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. It operates passenger and cargo services in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region, and to destinations worldwide. Its main base is Kelowna International Airport. It serves a variety of customers, including airlines, tour wholesalers, sports teams, convention organizers, government agencies and corporate travel planners, and clients requiring contract and ad hoc cargo movement services. It also provides its aircraft to third party operators under aircraft lease (ACMI) charter agreements.[3]

History[edit]

The airline is privately owned and started operations on 19 August 2005. In January 2006 Transport Canada authorized the airline to operate scheduled all-cargo services between Cuba and Canada, on behalf of Cubana, until 7 April 2006.[3] It also operates some passenger flights on behalf of Cubana.

2005-2006[edit]

Flair Air operated two Boeing 727-200 aircraft, one for passenger movements and the other for freight services.

2007-2008[edit]

Flair Air began providing workforce transportation services to several natural resource and major construction companies across Canada, and continues to provide these services on a regular basis.

2009-present[edit]

Flair Air began adding Boeing 737-400s to its fleet in 2009 and 2010 to replace the 727-200s. In 2013, Flair added another 737-400 to its fleet, bringing the total fleet to four. In early 2014, Flair added an Embraer 175 and a Dornier 328 to its fleet as part of its agreement with Shell Energy Canada Ltd..

Flair Air Embraer 175

Workforce transportation[edit]

Between 2007 and 2010 Flair was the exclusive supplier of large aircraft lift to Shell's Albian Sands project where, at its, peak, the airline was moving over 10,000 construction workers per month from 14 points across Canada into Shell's project site, north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

On 7 October 2013, Flair Airlines announced that it had entered into a ten year agreement with Shell Energy Canada Ltd. to provide exclusive air charter transportation services within Canada. Flair will provide logistics planning, passenger reservations, and third party charter aircraft procurement, all of which will be accomplished by a new workforce transportation services company called North Sands Air Services Ltd.

Around the world tours[edit]

In September 2010, Flair Air was approached by an Ontario-based tour company to operate a world tour program. The program included travelling to 14 countries worldwide. Flair reconfigured one of its Boeing 737-400's from 158 Y class seats to 76 business class seats. Flair Air obtained international permits, over-flight permissions, and ground arrangements to operate in each of the 14 countries.

In 2011, Flair Airlines operated another world tour to 14 new destinations.

In October 2013, Flair Air operated a South American tour to 10 destinations.

Government charters[edit]

Flair Airlines has provided ongoing personnel movement for the Department of National Defence and other departments of the Canadian federal government.

ACMI charters[edit]

Flair also offers aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) charters which provide customers with a 'turn-key' aircraft package.

Passenger charters[edit]

Flair Airlines provides both single (ad hoc) and ongoing (series) charter flights. Flair operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400, Embraer 175, and Dornier 328 aircraft capable of transporting up to 158 passengers worldwide.

Charter destinations[edit]

  • United States
  • Caribbean
  • Central & South America
  • Europe
  • Asia

Fleet[edit]

As of March 2014 the Flair Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft:[2]

Flair Airlines
Aircraft No. of Aircraft
(TC list)[2]
Notes
Boeing 737-400 4 158 Coach or 76 Business Seats
Embraer 175 1 78 Coach Seats
Dornier 328 1 30 Coach Seats
Cessna 340 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airline and Airport Code Search
  2. ^ a b c Transport Canada listing of aircraft owned by "Flair Airlines" (enter Flair Airlines in the box titled "Owner Name")
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 82. 

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