MIAMI – Though the Canadian air-travel market is still under pandemic-related limitations, one carrier is girding for post-COVID growth – Flair Airlines (F8).
The Ultra Low Cost (ULLC) carrier has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 to support a coast-to-coast summer expansion.
The new fleet will be maintained by Lufthansa Technik (LH), which announced a contract covering repair and overhaul of components for the MAX 8s. The agreement covers 24 current and future aircraft over 10 years.
Flair’s first MAX 8, registered C-FLEJ, was delivered on Wednesday, according to the aircraft delivery database at Planespotters.net.
Supporting Future Growth
Lufthansa Technik already provides component support for Flair’s current Boeing 737-800 aircraft and has also performed landing gear overhaul for the airline. Component support of the 737 MAX 8 fleet will be take place in Toronto and Calgary.
Flair will lease the initial 13 aircraft from one of its significant financiers, 777 Partners, which has an agreement with Boeing for 24 new MAX 8s and options to purchase another 60.
The carrier becomes the fourth Canadian airline – after Air Canada (AC), WestJet (WS) and Sunwing (WG) – to take delivery of the MAX in anticipation of lifted travel restrictions to and from Canada.
The airline is adding service to a number of Canadian cities this spring and summer, including Ottawa, ON; Kitchener-Waterloo, ON; Halifax, NS; Saint John, NB; Thunder Bay, ON; Charlottetown, PE; and Victoria and Abbotsford, BC.
Flair Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8. Photo: Brandon Farris