GetJet Airlines Returns to Canadian Skies – Wet Leasing One Boeing 737-8800 to Fly Swoop

Vilnius, January 2, 2023 – GetJet Airlines, the IOSA-approved Lithuanian ACMI and Charter carrier, has announced the wet-lease of 1 B737-800 to Fly Swoop, the Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier owned by WestJet, the second largest airline in Canada and one of the top 10 airlines in North America by the number of passengers carried.

GetJet Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 bearing the registration LY-DUE was delivered to Toronto Pearson International Airport on New Year’s Eve, the 31st of December 2022, before beginning commercial operations within Fly Swoops’ network on the 1st of January 2023.

“GetJet Airlines is delighted to kick off 2023 with this exciting collaboration along Fly Swoop. We have grown from strength to strength during this winter season, with our company’s portfolio expanding internationally, as our current fleet has a strong footprint across four continents , serving clients in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. It is an encouraging indicator that the aviation industry is on the right track of recovery as airlines are continuously looking to expand their networks,” commented Rūta Kulvinskaitė, GetJet Airlines CEO.

GetJet Airlines has a proven experience in the Canadian market – the company has operated flights on behalf of Sunwings, the Canadian leisure carrier. The partnership was a milestone in the airlines’ growth internationally in 2019.

About GetJet Airlines

GetJet Airlines is a Lithuanian airline company, providing ACMI and charter services since 2016. GetJet Airlines operates a fleet consisting of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 NG type aircraft. The company provides wet lease and charter services worldwide to airlines and tour operators, including Wizz Air, Corendon Airlines, Norwegian, LOT, Finnair, SpiceJet, and others.

WestJet and Aero Design Labs set out to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency of Boeing 737-700 aircraft

Airline partners with Aero Design Labs (ADL) to test first-of-its kind product designed to reduce fuel burn

First approved modified 737-700 aircraft to take flight as early as Fall 2022

CALGARY, AB, June 13, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced a new partnership with Aero Design Labs to modify the airline’s 737-700 NG aircraft for greater reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency.  As WestJet continues to make investments to reduce the airline’s environmental footprint, it’s anticipated that the modifications will reduce overall fuel burn through drag reduction and lead to long-term cost savings and reduced carbon emissions on the 737-700 aircraft.

“With one of North America’s youngest and most efficient fleets, WestJet continues to make significant investments to make air travel more sustainable,” said Diederik Pen, WestJet Chief Operating Officer. “Through our innovative partnership with Aero Design Labs, we are currently testing a first-of-its kind product designed to reduce fuel burn and improve the efficiency and longevity of our 737-700s.”

The Aero Design Labs team created the Aerodynamic Drag Reduction System (ADRS 1) for the Boeing 737-700 fleet. WestJet was a key partner in the installation, certification and validation of the product. The airline and Aero Design Labs worked together to gather data and findings which drove additional modifications and feedback on the technology, which will be added to the aircraft once approved and validated by Transport Canada for commercial use.

“We are delighted that WestJet as the largest 737NG operator in Canada chose to partner with ADL as the launch customer on the 737-700 using our ADRS1 Kit that we have developed for the 737NG family. WestJet clearly shares our enthusiasm and conviction toward reducing carbon emissions. This starts the journey today towards WestJet’s commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.” Said Chris Jones, Chief Commercial Officer at Aero Design Labs.

WestJet’s partnership with Aero Design Labs comes as the airline furthers its efforts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Following regulatory approvals, WestJet will continue to work with Aero Design labs to determine further fleet implementation plans and to validate data and efficiency findings.

About WestJet  

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic. 

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium. 

KF Aerospace Leases a B737-800SF to Chrono Aviation

February 11, 2022

The aircraft was converted from passenger to cargo configuration at KF’s MRO in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

KF Aerospace is excited to announce the delivery of its B737-800SF to airline, Chrono Aviation. It marks KF’s first commercial lease of a B737-800 series freighter aircraft.

KF Aerospace purchased the aircraft in 2021 and performed a full Passenger to Freighter Conversion program at its MRO facility in Kelowna, BC. The conversion included the installation of an 11-ft wide hydraulic-powered cargo door kit supplied by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), complete with a new freight interior and cargo loading system.

It is the first B737-800 cargo door to be installed on a Canadian-registered aircraft using the AEI Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). KF Aerospace initiated the Transport Canada familiarization for this STC, as part of the project.

KF Aerospace Business Development Manager, Bryan Akerstream says it’s an exciting turnkey project for the KF team. “It showcases the multi-faceted capabilities and specialties within our organization, particularly as they relate to the successful completion of such a large and complex modification program,” he says.

“We are very excited with the performance of the KF team and are well positioned to provide B737-800 freighters to our customers for many years to come,” Akerstream says.

KF delivered the aircraft to the customer on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

Chrono Aviation is a Quebec-based charter airline providing passenger, cargo and combi services in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.


About KF Aerospace

We’re all about THE CRAFT.

For 52 years, KF Aerospace has delivered innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including OEM’s like Boeing; major airlines like WestJet, Sunwing, Cargojet, Lynden Air Cargo and Icelandair; and the RCAF. From humble roots in the Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in aircraft maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air cargo operations and leasing—with the same commitment to quality and service established by its founder in 1970. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to nearly 1,000 highly skilled employees.

KF currently owns and leases 15 aircraft to operators across North America, including B737-300/400/800 dedicated cargo airframes.

To learn more visit www.kfaero.ca

The Rise And Fall Of Air Canada’s Budget Carrier Zip

From Simple Flying – link to source story

by Justin Hayward | January 2, 2022

The early 2000s were a peak time for low-cost airlines. There was growing competition in Europe and North American especially, with many new airlines starting service. In Canada, Air Canada launched subsidiary airlines to operate low-cost flights. Zip operated from 2001 to 2004, mostly competing directly on routes with WestJet.

Zip Air 737
Zip Air was one of the first Canadian budget airlines, operating up to 20 Boeing 737-200 aircraft. Photo: Aero Icarus via Wikimedia

Launching Zip in 2002

By the late 1990s, legacy airlines in Canada were under pressure from new low-cost airlines. WestJet, in particular, had expanded rapidly since its launch in 1996. Air Canada’s response to this competition was to launch subsidiary airlines to offer lower fares and the new no-frills unbundled fare concept. This left it free to maintain full service on Air Canada – similar to how it still operates today with Air Canada Rouge, although unbundled fares have now become mainstream, of course.

Air Canada launched its first low-cost subsidiary Air Canada Tango in 2001. This was based in Toronto and operated to many domestic destinations, as well as the southern United States and Mexico, with a strong leisure and holiday focus.

Air Canada Tango
Air Canada Tango launched just before Zip. Photo: Ken Fielding via Wikimedia

Zip followed in 2002 to compete more directly with WestJet. It focussed on alternative services on many key routes, including Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Regina, and Winnipeg. It was based in Calgary. Zip flew its first flight in September 2002, from Winnipeg to Calgary.

Boeing 737s on domestic routes

Zip only ever operated the Boeing 737-200. These were all from the main Air Canada fleet. Some of its first aircraft were transferred over from Air Canada Tango (it moved to become an Airbus A320 operator only), with more aircraft joining from the main fleet. At its peak in 2003, it operated 20 737-200s. These were all configured the same, with 118 passengers in an all-economy cabin.

Like WestJet (and as pioneered in North America by Southwest Airlines), Zip introduced the model of charging for all additional services (including baggage and limited catering). This may seem standard these days for regional flights, but at the time, it was a new move for legacy airlines.

Zip Air 737
Several of Zip’s 737s were in a more traditional livery. Photo: Ken Fielding via Wikimedia

Bold branding

Zip certainly stood out for its branding. Although it was a subsidiary of Air Canada, it distanced itself more from the Air Canada brand, unlike Air Canada Tango. Several aircraft were painted in bright, often neon colors, and had an image of a bee flying along the lower edge of the fuselage. Others remained white with just a colored tail. It also used the three-letter ‘Zip’ branding inside the aircraft, placing the word ‘yum’ on napkins and ‘yuk’ on the sick bags.

Zip Air 737
Another of Zip’s 737s in bold colors. Photo: John Davies via Wikimedia

Ending service in 2004

Zip operated domestic routes, focussed on key WestJet markets, until 2004. It then ceased operations. Just like Air Canada Tango (which ceased operations the same year), it was not a failure. It has succeeded in gaining market share in its target markets, and operations were then merged into the main Air Canada brand. Air Canada adopted lower-cost and unbundled fares into its offering, starting the trend that continues in fares today.

The 737-200 aircraft were retired from Air Canada when Zip ended service. Most ended service in 2003, but the last remained registered in the fleet until April 2004.

Air Canada 737
Air Canada operated up to 38 737-200s, retiring them with Zip Air in 2004. Photo: Aero Icarus via Wikimedia

This marked the end of a long relationship between Air Canada and the 737-200 – it had operated the type since the 1970s. It then became an all-Airbus narrowbody operator until the 737 MAX entered service in 2018.

Flair Airlines brings LiFE to Inflight Entertainment and Shopping Experience

Passengers travelling on Flair’s fleet of Boeing 737s will be able to access free inflight entertainment, purchase food and drinks, and shop for products using their own devices

Edmonton, Alberta, November 25, 2021 — Flair Airlines is pleased to begin offering travellers touchless inflight entertainment and ancillary offerings as a part of the airline’s latest passenger experience enhancements.

LiFE in Air photo

The innovative solution, developed by LiFE In The Air, lets Flair passengers use their own devices to buy food, drinks, and other products during the flight. Passengers can also enjoy free inflight entertainment including short-form stories and films and stay entertained with games and community-driven traveller content.

“At Flair Airlines, we are committed to improving the passenger experience and preparing for the future. When people return to travel, they will notice a better airline experience,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO of Flair Airlines. “The steps we are taking today to digitize the inflight experience will exceed people’s expectations.”

Passengers can access the new system with their device browser via QR codes onboard or by Flair’s updated mobile application here (iOS)(Android).

LiFE in Air photo

Flair’s existing mobile app, Fly Flair, will also combine booking and trip management functions with a webview option for inflight entertainment. This will allow ordering and delivery of purchases directly to passengers in their seats while on board.

In addition to stimulating demand for domestic travel, Flair is dedicated to supporting Canadian businesses by launching a first of its kind Virtual Buy On Board advertising program. This innovative program is a passenger-centric forum that allows brands to connect with Flair’s passengers and deliver immersive inflight digital experiences. Passengers can engage with brands and make purchases in flight, for delivery to their homes.

“From our findings, we know that passengers are open to learning about relevant products, services and brands,” said Bayram Annakov, CEO of LiFE In The Air, Flair’s inflight e-commerce service provider. “Technology — especially the use of personal devices in air — provides a much more engaging experience for passengers without the waste of printed magazines. The Flair Airlines Virtual Buy On Board program is designed to fulfil this need while facilitating people actually ordering goods and services in an updated format.”

Flair also offers a wide range of entertainment options from the National Film Board of Canada, including Canadian-made films and documentaries, as well as various games, such as ZeptoLab’s Cut The Rope. Passengers can fly with Flair while being entertained and delighted by free world-class content and an opportunity to support local Canadian artists and creators.

To enquire about offering products and services inflight or virtually, please visit, https://flyflair.com/life-partner

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC), is liberating Canadians with low fares and affordable travel options, connecting travellers with people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 31 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit flyflair.com

About LiFE In The Air

Founded by entrepreneur Bayram Annakov and his team in 2020, LiFE In The Air enables airlines to seamlessly monetize inflight customers through an innovative digital experience. Designed for the post-COVID traveller in mind, LiFE In The Air enables airlines to offer an onboard e-commerce experience and a platform for engaging onboard content.

Flair Airlines Establishes Edmonton Base and Adds 4 New US Destinations

20 August 2021

The Edmonton-based airline adds new destinations and brings more jobs to the area while continuing to expand rapidly, disrupting the Canadian aviation market with ultra-low fares.

Edmonton, Alberta, August 20, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), continues its rapid growth with the announcement of a new base at Edmonton International Airport (IATA: YEG) and an expansion of service that will bring 4 new non-stop US destinations and additional jobs to the Edmonton area.

The Edmonton-based airline continues to strengthen its role in the economic recovery by providing more competition and low fares to stimulate demand in the travel and tourism sector. The new Edmonton-US routes will start this Fall and include non-stop service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Palm Springs and Hollywood Burbank. Flair is also expanding its domestic network from Edmonton. In addition to existing winter service to Kitchener-Waterloo, Vancouver, Abbotsford and Toronto, Flair is expanding its current summer service from Kelowna and Victoria to extend throughout the winter season.

“Our relationship with Edmonton International Airport will continue to provide benefits to Albertans as our low fares make travel accessible and affordable for everyone. Albertans have been paying way too much for air travel and Flair is here to change that. Having our new 737-8 aircraft and our team members based in Edmonton provides a unique advantage to Flair as we can continue our efficient growth and keep our costs down and our fares low,” says Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines.

The 4 new non-stop US destinations served through Edmonton will operate beginning in December and will extend through spring of 2022. The first US flights will begin December 16th to Las Vegas and Hollywood-Burbank, with other routes starting later that week. Flair will offer 2 flights per week to Phoenix, Palm Springs, and Hollywood-Burbank and 3 flights per week to Las Vegas with fares as low as $99 one way. For more details visit flyflair.com.

“Flair Airlines continues to be a strong partner for our airport. Basing aircraft and crew in Edmonton demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to our region. In addition, these new US destinations will be popular non-stop routes as we rebuild our network. Thank you for your long-term commitment to EIA,” says Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport.

​Malcolm Bruce, CEO, Edmonton Global, states, “Flair Airlines’ ongoing investments are a vote of confidence for our region and our business community. These flights will unlock opportunities for businesses across our region, as well as maintain important connections into the United States. Rebuilding air service is a key part of our strategy to drive the economic recovery of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Thank you, Flair, for your investment in our region and your continued leadership in our community.”

Flair will base an aircraft and flight crews in Edmonton starting in December. Between direct and indirect employment, Flair estimates 50 new jobs being created in addition to the 75 operations and business staff already headquartered in Edmonton.

The new US destinations join the 7 Canadian destinations Flair currently offers service to in Edmonton. From Edmonton, Flair provides service to Abbotsford, Kelowna, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria.

Flair is succeeding amid an ambitious goal to grow to 50 aircraft in 5 years. The airline is rapidly expanding to bring ULCC service to Canadians. In 2021, Flair has grown its network to serve 20 Canadian destinations and has already announced service to 6 US destinations later this year. Flair intends to disrupt the Canadian aviation market and bring long over-due competition and low prices to Canadians.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 20 cities across Canada and 6 in the US. For more information, please visit http://www.flyflair.com

OWG’s 1st anniversary: First Boeing 737-800 for OWG

MIRABEL, QC, Aug. 5, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – A year after its arrival in the Quebec aviation market, OWG, the newest division of Nolinor Aviation, is getting ready to bounce back from the pandemic by adding its first Boeing 737-800 to its fleet. On the eve of a return to “normalcy“, this acquisition will provide a positive flying experience to more travelers allowing them to fly longer distances and support the creation of more than 20 specialized jobs.

First Boeing 737-800 for OWG (CNW Group/OWG)

“Our team spent the past year planning this moment and we look forward to flying again when it will be safe to do so. With this new 737-800 aircraft, OWG will offer the HIGH LOVE experience towards more destinations. It is the next logical step for us”, declared Mr. Marco Prud’Homme, President of Nolinor Aviation.

For OWG, adding this type of aircraft represents an opportunity to offer destinations further away than what is currently possible. It also demonstrates the company’s commitment to continued growth. The new destinations offered by OWG will be announced in the coming weeks. As for the Boeing 737-800 that was acquired, it was purchase from a special purpose corporation wholly-owned by Frank DeMarinis and is expected to be in service in 2022, once its cabin has been modified to OWG’s image and standards.

“OWG will continue to reinvent the travel experience by ensuring that we always have the interests and needs of our travelers at heart,” concluded Mr. Prud’Homme,

About the Boeing 737-800 :

  • Passengers on board: 189
  • Distance: 5765 km
  • Maximum cruise speed: 946 km/h
  • Optimum cruise speed: 842 km/h

About OWG

OWG is the newest division of Nolinor Aviation. The airline was launched in 2020 and offers scheduled flights to selected Caribbean destinations with a fleet of three 156-passenger Boeing 737-400s and one 189-passenger Boeing 737-800. Additional destinations will be offered in a near future. For more information, visit owg.com.

Westjet Cargo Announces Dedicated Freighters to Better Serve Canada

CALGARY, AB, June 23, 2021 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that it is launching a new dedicated cargo service, using 737-800 Boeing Converted Freights (BCF), as dedicated aircraft, to fulfill the larger-scale needs of Canadian businesses, freight forwarders, shippers and individual customers. The first of these dedicated 737-800BCFs are expected to be in service by the second quarter of 2022.

(CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
(CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Our new dedicated commercial cargo aircraft are a natural evolution of the competitive guest services WestJet has successfully provided over our 25-year history. It will provide cargo customers with the reliable on-time performance and competitive cost advantage synonymous with WestJet,” said Charles Duncan, WestJet, Executive Vice-President, Cargo and President, Swoop.

Throughout 2022, WestJet Cargo will grow its fleet of 737-800BCFs, to work in tandem with the current offering of WestJet’s existing Cargo business. The 737-800 narrow body aircraft is quick to load and fly, enabling WestJet Cargo to offer greater fuel efficiency, flexibility and frequency for its customers. WestJet Cargo routes and scheduled services will accommodate the diverse needs of cargo customers using WestJet’s existing network and highly skilled 737 pilots.

“WestJet Cargo will enhance economic benefits through competitive product for shippers as well as new employment opportunities,” continued Duncan. “Dedicated, cost efficient and nimble narrow body freighters will make WestJet Cargo a dynamic and strong competitor.”

WestJet Cargo’s ability to ship on dedicated freighters or in the cargo hold on commercial routes provides cargo customers with increased reliability, flexibility and capacity to transport their diverse shipments to their chosen destination.

“Since our inception, 25 years ago, our collective goal at WestJet has been to provide competitive prices and superior service levels,” said Ed Sims, WestJet, President and CEO. “As we launch our dedicated cargo service, into a market that maintains an even greater need for competitive choice than what we saw in 1996, it is our commitment to provide customers with more choice, decreased costs and exceptional customer service.”

As WestJet Cargo expands, so too, will its team, network and flight plans. To learn more about how WestJet Cargo can fulfill shipping needs, or to discover incredible employment opportunities, visit WestJet Cargo.

About WestJet 

In 25 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

What Airlines Still Fly Boeing 737 Combis? Canada istopping the list!

From Simple Flying – link to source story

by Linnea Ahlgren | May 25, 2021

While the past year has seen the rise of the ‘preighter’, cargo-passenger combination aircraft have slowly declined. With a history spanning over half a century, how many Boeing 737 Combi airplanes are still active in the skies today?

Air Inuit 737 Combi
Most civilian 737 Combis still in operation are flying to remote locations in the north of Canada. Photo: BriYYZ via Wikimedia Commons

The Boeing 737 was the world’s best-selling aircraft for decades before the Airbus A320 overtook it in total orders in November 2019. It was the first commercial jet ever to surpass the 10,000 milestone in 2012, and as of April 2021, Boeing had received a total of 14,693 orders for the 737 family.

Boeing also offered a few of its versions in a combi variant. The plane maker produced a total of 125 of the 737-200C, 737-300C, 737-400C, and eventually the 737-700C. However, only a handful of operators of the Boeing 737 Combi remain.

Government missions

According to data retrieved from the ch-aviation database, 13 carriers are operating a total of 36 active Boeing 737 Combi aircraft. Nearly half of these, all 737-700Cs, are the military version known as the Boeing C-40 Clipper and operated by the United States Navy.

Another two, both Boeing 737-400Cs approaching 32 years old, are in the care of the United States National Nuclear Security Administration, a federal agency ‘responsible for safeguarding national security through the military application of nuclear science’.

Chrono Aviation 737 Combi
Chrono Aviation operates a 737-200C. Photo: Airline12 via Wikimedia Commons

Canada topping the list

The remaining 19 Boeing 737 Combis are in service with carriers operating in remote locations, the majority of them located in Canada. With its main base at Kujjuaq Airport in Quebec, Air Inuit has three active 737-200Cs in its fleet, all close to or just over 40 years. Air Inuit operates domestic services to Labrador, Nunavik, and Nunavut.

Canadian North operates one 737-200C and two 737-400Cs. It acquired the latter two when merging with First Air in November 2019. The holly Inuit-owned airline also operates scheduled passenger services to communities in the Northwest Territories, Nunavik, and Nunavut, with a slogan reading ‘Fly the Arctic’.

Charter airline Chrono Aviation, based out of Québec City International Airport, also has a 38-year-old 737-200C in its fleet. Two Combi 737-200s are also deployed by Canadian commodities corporation Glencore.

Meanwhile, Montreal-based charter carrier Nolinor is still operating as many as four 737-200 Combi aircraft. Two are just over four decades old. However, one has passed the 45 mark, while another is still just over 36. The youngest of the group is a 737-200QC, which allows for conversion for either 130 passengers or a combination of passengers and cargo.

Canadian North 737 combi
Canadian North operates three 737 combis, two of which it inherited from the merger with First Air. Photo: Gordon Leggett via Wikimedia Commons

In service of the UN

In other parts of the world, Philippino leisure carrier SEAir International owns one active 737-200C, delivered just this January after a 40-year long history with FedEx, Alaska Airlines, and South African carriers Bionic Aviation and Fair Aviation.

Meanwhile, in Africa, Aviatrade Congo still operates a 737-200C over half a century of age. A younger model, a 28-year-old 737-400C, is owned by South African Safair but leased to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service.