Harmony Airways

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Harmony Airways
Harmony Airways logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
HQ HMY HARMONY
FoundedFebruary 2002
Commenced operationsNovember 2002
Ceased operationsApril 9, 2007
HubsVancouver International Airport
Fleet size4
Destinations15
Parent companyHMY Airways Inc (defunct)
HeadquartersVancouver, British Columbia
Key people
Websiteharmonyairways.com
A Harmony Boeing 757-200 in the original HMY Airways livery

Harmony Airways was an airline headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, a suburb of Vancouver.[1] It operated holiday flights from Canada to Mexico, Hawaii and Las Vegas, Nevada. Its main base was Vancouver International Airport.[2]

History[edit]

The airline was officially announced as HMY Airways (an abbreviation for Harmony) by David Ting Kwok Ho in February 2002. After acquiring two Boeing 757-200 jetliners in September and November 2002, the airline's inaugural flight flew from Vancouver in November 2002.[3] The airline was wholly owned by David Ting Kwok Ho.[2]

Throughout the mid 2000s, the airline steadily expanded, first within Canada, but it soon expanded to Hawaii and to many destinations in southern USA. Future plans included expanding into China, but those plans were never realized. The airline was renamed Harmony Airways in May 2004. [3]

Harmony's telephone reservations were contracted to a dedicated call centre team at Vantis Corporation in Calgary, Alberta (later briefly renamed Vantis-TravelCLICK before closing down Calgary operations in October 2006). Vantis (previously known as VIP) was a third-party call centre based in Calgary before being acquired by TravelCLICK in October 2005,[4] then having operations moved to Jamaica in October 2006. Harmony's call centre contract with Vantis-TravelCLICK ended after Harmony ceased operations in 2007.

From June 2006 to October 2006, Harmony Airways leased a Bombardier CRJ-100 to operate on their Vancouver - Calgary route. The aircraft was configured in a single-class 50-seat configuration, and was painted in a hybrid, United Express - Harmony Airways livery.[5]

On March 27, 2007, Harmony Airways announced that it had issued layoff notices to all staff, and that it was ending scheduled flight service on April 9, 2007,[6][7][8] due to increasing fuel costs and having a hard time attracting full-service passengers amid low-cost competition, such as WestJet. Harmony also had a hard time attracting profitable business travelers, due to a lack of a frequent flier program and lacking services to popular business destinations.[9]

Destinations[edit]

As of October 2006, Harmony Airways had services to the following destinations:[10]

Fleet[edit]

A Harmony Airways Boeing 757-200 in the Harmony Airways livery

The Harmony Airways fleet consisted of Boeing 757-200 aircraft. For a short period of time in 2006, Harmony Airways operated a Bombardier CRJ-100 aircraft on its Vancouver - Calgary route.[5][11]

Harmony Airways Fleet
Aircraft Number Passengers
Notes
B E Total
Boeing 757-200 5 16 155 171 1 left the fleet in 2004
Bombardier CRJ-100 1 0 50 50 Operated from June 2006 - October 2006 on Vancouver-Calgary route


As of March 2007 the Harmony Airways fleet included four Boeing 757-200 aircraft.[2] On March 22, 2007, the National Post reported that Harmony Airways would reduce its fleet to three 757s. In the summer of 2007, British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce purchased two of Harmony's 757s in order to harvest the plane's RB211-535 engines to support other customers' engine needs. Rolls-Royce then sold the remaining aircraft hulls to an American salvage company. [12]

Services[edit]

Harmony Airways offered two classes of service on their Boeing 757-200 aircraft (the Bombardier CRJ-100 was single-class): Business and Economy class. Both classes were advertised as being full-service compared to WestJet and other low-cost alternatives.

Business Class[edit]

Available on Boeing 757-200 aircraft, Business Class was Harmony's flagship product. Business class was sometimes marketed as harmonyone. Seats had a pitch of 52 inches, and a width of 22 inches. [13] Passengers were given personal AVOD (Audio Video On Demand) systems to use during the flight. Amenity kits were also provided.[14]

Economy Class[edit]

Harmony Airways promoted their economy class as higher quality than other airlines, stating "We really shouldn't even use the word economy". Seats had a pitch of 32 inches. Harmony gave out free headphones in Economy class that passengers could keep, to use with the Inflight entertainment. Complimentary hot meals were served on longer routes.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harmony Airways Contact Us." Harmony Airways. Retrieved on September 10, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Flight International 3 April 2007
  3. ^ a b "Harmony Airways Company Info". Harmony Airways. Archived from the original on 30 October 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ "TravelCLICK Acquires Vantis Investment".
  5. ^ a b "Harmony Airways Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. 3 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Fledgling Vancouver airline grounded", CBC News, March 27, 2007.
  7. ^ "Canada's Harmony Airways to end scheduled service", USA Today, March 28, 2007.
  8. ^ "Harmony air grounded", The StarPhoenix, March 28, 2007.
  9. ^ "Harmony Airways ending scheduled service". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Harmony Airways". Harmony Airways. Archived from the original on 31 October 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Harmony Airways: Our fleet". Harmony AIrways. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  12. ^ Vanderklippe, Nathan (2007-03-22). "Harmony's flight plan hits China wall". National Post. Retrieved 2007-03-24.
  13. ^ "Harmony Airways harmonyone Business Class: Be Relaxed". Harmony Airways. Archived from the original on 30 October 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Harmonyone Business Class Flight Service". Harmony Airways. Archived from the original on 30 October 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Economy Class at Harmony Airways". Harmony Airways. Archived from the original on 30 October 2006. Retrieved 3 September 2018.

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