By John Flett
New airline joins growing Canadian aviation market in Alberta
The Canadian province of Alberta will have another scheduled passenger airline operating from Calgary in 2022. Charter airline Enerjet is changing its name to Lynx Air and plans to operate an ultra-low-cost business model competing with WestJet subsidiary Swoop, which is also headquartered in the province. most populated city.
Lynx Air will operate new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with an initial fleet of three aircraft scheduled for early 2022. There are firm orders and leases in place that could see the airline operate forty-six 737s over the next seven coming years.
Brad McMullen, Senior Vice President of Sales, North America, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, “Boeing’s newest 737 aircraft enables the lowest cost operation of any aircraft in its market segment, which makes it an excellent choice for Lynx Air’s ultra-low-cost business model. . Passengers can be confident that Lynx Air has chosen a modern fleet, knowing that this latest generation of aircraft is designed to offer the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market.
Merren McArthur was announced as CEO and Chairwoman of Lynx Air after serving as CEO of ultra-low-cost carrier Tigerair Australia, CEO of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and founding CEO of Virgin Australia Cargo.
McArthur said: “We have created an ultra-affordable pricing structure focused on simplicity, transparency and choice. Our à la carte pricing will allow passengers to choose and pay for the services they want, so they can save money on travel and spend where it counts – at their destination.
The CBC reported that the airline’s destination network has not been confirmed but will initially be a mix of short-haul domestic services. McArthur said, “As we evolve, we will expand into transportation to the United States and ultimately internationally, providing Canadians with more connections when they travel.
News of Lynx Air introduction comes a day after Swoop announcement plans a major expansion of service out of Edmonton. Swoop will add service to eight Canadian cities and Palm Springs, California from the Alberta capital. This represents a 76% increase in Edmonton’s capacity over pre-pandemic levels.
Charles Duncan, President of Swoop, said, “This is an important milestone for Swoop as we underscore our commitment to leading the way in ultra-low cost air travel in Canada and reaffirm our position as an airline with the more destinations from Edmonton. With a strong focus on growth and with Edmonton as our partner, we will continue to offer our travelers more nonstop flights and ultra-low fares while supporting the recovery of Canada’s travel and tourism economy. .
On the same day as the announcement of Lynx Air, Flair Airlines, based in Edmonton, Canada published details of expanded services to Mexico from several Canadian cities beginning February 1. Flair will offer nonstop flights to Los Cabos twice weekly from Vancouver, Abbotsford and Edmonton. Non-stop flights to Cancun will be operated twice weekly from Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo.
“The average temperature in February in Canada is -6°C; the average temperature in Cancun is 28°C, so February seemed like a good month to start service,” said Flair Chief Commercial Officer Garth Lund. “We look forward to bringing our guests to the beach.”
Lynx’s McArthur summed up the increased presence of commercial aviation in Alberta by stating, “We are excited to bring competition and choice to the Canadian aviation market at a time when Canadians yearn for the opportunity to fly again, whether to see friends and family or to take a long-awaited vacation.