Flair Airlines, a Canadian airline, continues to face fresh problems but ensures it’ll remain flying and its planes won’t be seized following media reports.
What’s Happening At Flair Now?
Expansion plans at Flair Airlines are now being put on hold as debt continues to spiral and the airline faces delivery delays for new aircraft, something being felt industry-wide.
While growth will be put on hold for now, the expectation is this will continue in 2025; thus, 2024 will be a duller year for the airline per their CEO, Stephen Jones.
However, reports earlier this week stated that the airline owed the Canadian government 67 million in back taxes. These reports were then strengthened when some members of the press in Canada said that the Canadian Revenue Agency was looking to obtain an order to seize and sell the airline’s property.
Interestingly, the airline’s CEO noted that the 67 million taxes owed directly come from import duties on the 20 Boeing 737 MAX jets that it has taken delivery of; two are currently flying with partner Bonza in Australia during the summer season there.
For Flair Airlines, this wouldn’t be the first time seizing aircraft would come up surrounding the carrier. However, the airline has quickly addressed the intense media coverage and stated that the government would not seize their aircraft and that the ongoing situation doesn’t impact their day-to-day operations.
The Flair Airlines Fleet
Flair Airlines operates with a fleet of 20 active Boeing 737 family aircraft, with an average age of 5.2 years.
Two units are for 737-800s, which average 13.2 years, as part of the 737 operations; however, the bulk of the day-to-day flying is completed by next-generation 737-8 jets from the MAX series.
What’s Next For Flair?
Flair’s CEO says that while no impact will be felt on their day-to-day operations, they plan to repay the required amount, substantially improving their long-term position in the industry.
Over the past year, the airline has continued to expand where possible, intending to close the gap between itself and other major airlines in Canada.
Analysts have warned that while the seizing of aircraft won’t occur now, should something happen in the repayment process that would see the airline fall behind or something else, this could become a new possibility.