Canada’s Most QUESTIONABLE Livery? Flair Airlines 737-800 Calgary to Vancouver

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Good morning from Calgary International Airport! My name is Alex, and welcome to this trip
report. Today, I’m flying to Vancouver, British
Columbia, with Flair Airlines, on board their “new” Boeing 737-800. Flair Airlines is a Canadian low-cost carrier
that started up in 2005 as a charter airline. They began scheduled flights as “Canada’s
Low Fare Airline” in 2017, with a fleet of 7 Boeing 737-400s. Long story short, they rebranded again in
February, opting for a more minimalistic look across the board, as well as this… neon
green new livery for their new 737-800s. I flew with them on their 737-400 last year
before they rebranded, and it was pretty much a bare bones experience as you would expect,
so I don’t think today’s flight will be much different. We’ll be departing from gate 32 today, and
here’s our inbound aircraft, arriving from Toronto! C-FFLJ is Flair’s third Boeing 737-800,
and was delivered to them in August. Now, I do realize I titled this video, “Canada’s
most questionable livery”, but I actually think this new paint job of Flair’s might
be a stroke of genius. Say what you will, but it’s got a lot of
people talking about it, and that kind of publicity and recognition is something that
Flair really needs in the Canadian market. That said, it’s pretty cold in Calgary today, so thankfully, our aircraft’s been de-iced ahead of time! Alright, assuming you didn’t click off the
video just now, let’s go see what Flair’s 737-800 is like. My seat for today’s flight is an exit row
seat, 15F. Flair’s 737s are in an all-economy configuration,
so for the sake of my 6’8” self, I paid extra for the exit row right off the
bat. As with most 737 exit rows, the legroom here
is excellent. What’s really surprising though is, this
aircraft has the new Boeing Sky Interior! I think FLJ is the only one of Flair’s three
737-800s with it, and it makes a huge difference! The seats are fairly standard, no adjustable
headrests, but the funny thing is, there are actually two tray tables you can use, one
in the armrest and one on the seat back as you’d normally have. And, if you really want, you can use both
at the same time. While we’re still on the ground, I may as
well take a look at the seatback pocket. On this 737-800, Flair has a standard safety
card, … an air sickness bag, … and a buy-on-board menu. As a low cost carrier, Flair doesn’t have
any complimentary food or drink, so you essentially pay for most of the extras. The selection is pretty decent, and the prices
are what you’d expect. As we push back for de-icing, you can tell
that Flair can’t wait to get rid of those old 737-400s. We ended up boarding the aircraft about 30
minutes late, and then were told we had to wait even longer at the gate due to traffic
on the deice pad. Unfortunately, we only received a spray of
type 1 deice fluid today, which doesn’t match the livery as well as type four fluid
would’ve! Finally, we left Calgary’s west de-ice pad,
now about 90 minutes behind schedule, and taxied for departure off of runway 35L. I’ve called this aircraft one of Flair’s
“new” 737-800s, but it’s actually about 8 years old, and flew with a few different
airlines before Flair. One such airline was Air Berlin, and if you
look closely you can still see their logo on the front and back walls of the cabin! The lavatory in the back of the aircraft is
fairly average, a bit small, but it’s what you’d expect on an all-economy 737 like
this. On this particular aircraft, Flair has 186
seats, with 31 rows total. It’s worth noting that Flair doesn’t immediately
tell you on their website which 737 variant you’re flying on. There is a way to tell though- when you select
your seats, if the seat map goes up to row 27, it’ll be a 737-400, and if it goes up
to row 32, it’ll be the newer 737-800. On today’s flight, I opted for a can of
Pringles and some Pepsi, which set me back about 7 dollars total. I actually don’t mind this concept, you
get what you pay for, and considering the base fare for this flight was something like
60 dollars, I’m pretty happy with this. Sadly, no spectacular views of the Rockies
today, but after about an hour in the air, we started our descent into Vancouver, landing
on runway 08L. So despite the 90 minute delay, the majority
of which wasn’t actually Flair’s fault, I really enjoyed this flight. The cabin crew were all quite friendly and
apologetic for the delay, and the cabin itself looked fantastic. Sky Interior is definitely a huge bonus, and
I think Flair scored big time with this specific plane. especially with the used aircraft market the
way it is right now. Honestly though, this flight was leaps and
bounds ahead of my previous ones on their 737-400. Canada’s aviation industry is in dire need
of competition these days, and I do think Flair can bring that to the table. I wish them the best, and will happily fly
with them again in the future. That concludes my experience on Flair Airlines’
Boeing 737-800, wearing Canada’s most questionable livery. Thank you very much for watching this trip
report. Please, leave a like if you enjoyed the video,
subscribe if you’re new to the channel, and I’ll see you in the next one.

 

100 Responses

  1. Alex Praglowski Aviation

    November 23, 2019 12:11 am

    I've certainly heard lots of different opinions on Flair Airlines' new livery, but it's grown on me a lot since it was introduced! What do you think of the new Flair livery?

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  2. KSPgamerX

    November 23, 2019 2:30 am

    Hey man!…While you are in vancouver can you do a sunwing report? Because i know they fly there to cuba or something…It would be great and i would greatly appreciate a rewiew of “Canadian Worst Airline?“ lol…

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  3. André Forcier

    November 23, 2019 2:36 am

    Great work! Just one thing, not too sure I agree with your comment on competition. With our geographical size and low population, don’t think more then a few airlines will ever last long. Unlike the US or EU, Asian markets, with huge a population, if we keep seeing new carriers getting into the market we will see just as many going. Just need to look at the past 20 years. LCC model doesn’t really work very long here. I can see a few small regionals making a run at it (Porter) Especially if they can bring in C-Series (I still call them that 😉) or DH8-400Q where you can get the best fuel economy. But Coast to coast to coast, don’t think we will see much change for a few years. 🤷‍♂️ Mind you, for me, anything flying is worth it!!

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  4. Maria Chrzanowski

    November 23, 2019 4:34 am

    I am such a big fan of the Boeing Sky Interior, but I've only flown on it 3 times, with an Air Canada 737 Max, and 2 Sunwing 737-800s!

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  5. Tika1

    November 23, 2019 5:06 am

    I always joke that they ran out of money at the paint factory and just left the bottom part bare with only the primer.

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  6. Rob Edin

    November 23, 2019 5:48 am

    The livery is great in that it stands out, which is what they need.

    You may have addressed this in the video but how was the space? My biggest concern with budget airlines is being packed in like sardines.

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  7. Rob Youngquist

    November 23, 2019 5:09 pm

    As an American, my favorite livery in Canada is Air Canada. I just like that black tail and red maple leaf 👍🏻. It’s also the airline I choose to use when flying to/from Canada.

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  8. James falcioni

    November 23, 2019 7:56 pm

    Do you know why the airlines livery is so ugly, like couldn’t they find a livery that looked good and got a lot of attention. Like the livery it self would make me not want to fly the airline!!!

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  9. DorianTM

    November 23, 2019 8:13 pm

    How is it questionable? Cause it's unique? I think this livery is beautiful. Just because something isn't what you normally see doesn't mean it's bad.

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  10. Smooth Flying

    November 24, 2019 12:42 am

    I really enjoyed the review! The aircraft was delivered brand new to Air berlin in 2012 and amazingly still have the same seats. I actually flew this exact aircraft in 2015 before AB sadly went bust.

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  11. Jenkai 125

    November 24, 2019 3:57 am

    This isn't Boeing sky interior. The Boeing sky interior as far as I know is a light blue coloured interior with a few patterns on the roof. Nice video.

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  12. Leighton Matthews

    November 24, 2019 4:55 am

    Yeah, it’s awful. The painters tape green looks like an unfinished paint job that’s been covered with masking material. Dreadful.

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  13. Mooze

    November 24, 2019 5:04 am

    Don't know about the creativity of this livery but it does not seem very different from the former Airline Belair in Europe, same fonts, same shape, Flair has different colors plus the logo.

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  14. cell pat

    November 24, 2019 6:09 am

    That plane's got the blackest nose this side of MALEV. What an interesting livery, it is very no-frills looking.
    If It has the sky interior then it is a Series 2 738NG and it is not an old plane. Nice purchase, Flair. It is funny that the 737-400 is the 737 classic series equivalent of their 737-800S2. The new jet is a very nice upgrade.

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  15. Daniel K

    November 24, 2019 9:47 pm

    I'll admit that it isn't the most attractive livery, but I do like it. Much like Spirit Airlines "Flying Bananas", I think they certainly stand out!

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  16. CB

    November 25, 2019 1:58 am

    I really like that dot covering the nose. I miss that feature from older liveries. The rest, IMO, is ok. Not awesome, just ok. The logo, though…

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  17. Vuelogs

    November 25, 2019 3:14 am

    Really weird that they have one with Sky interior 737, I wish more have that. Also interesting to see the Air Berlin logo in the back, but 99.999% of passengers won't even notice

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  18. Luke Rinderknecht

    November 25, 2019 11:31 pm

    It's a minimalist design, but I like it 100x more than their old livery/logo. Although simple it's still recognizable and unique. Much more cohesive branding overall too in their advertising, onboard print materials, etc.

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  19. Tal Ionescu

    November 26, 2019 2:31 pm

    Honestly, one of the best liveries in the industry, at the moment. That black nose really makes it stand out. And the mint green is a really clever marketing strategy. It's free publicity and makes the aircraft so much more recognisable. They are doing the same thing Wizz Air does with their purple, Ryanair with their blue, and Air Berlin used to do with their red.

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  20. leanneland

    November 26, 2019 5:39 pm

    The green paint on the livery makes it seem like they forgot to remove the green masking tape once the paint job was done (I always think that when I see them). But the brand overall is well done for a low-budget carrier. It definitely stands out and conveys the brand well.

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  21. Советский Союз

    November 26, 2019 9:47 pm

    3$ for a KitKat?? For that price they better give me more than 4 or it better be a king size.

    3.75 for Pringle’s??? I bet you it the to go Pringle’s.

    4$ for a butter croissant that bitch better taste like Jesus made it for that price and it better be a nice size

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  22. texasabbott

    November 27, 2019 4:18 am

    I see nothing "questionable" about Flair Airlines Livery, just ugly. Maybe get a UFO as a logo, paint a big X on each wing and put Illuminati symbols on each engine.

    Finally they should add a giant "?" on their tail and "???" on the fuselage.

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  23. Coastal Auto Reaction C.A.R.

    November 27, 2019 6:38 pm

    Why would we click off the video Alex?? Love your trip reports man! Great dialogue and very comprehensive info!

    Reply
  24. Skyblue Aviation

    November 29, 2019 4:20 pm

    What an interesting trip report Alex! I wish we had Flair Air in Quebec, it seems like a great low-cost airline

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  25. Esoteric Desi

    December 1, 2019 4:27 am

    Not bad snack… i mean how much more we should expect w/out paying too much… but some airlines don't even give you a single chip or peanut…

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  26. Michael H

    December 3, 2019 1:24 am

    It's a cool livery for sure but this airline has a very spotty history in the customer service department. See this Facebook page for a litany of woe. "Flyer beware." https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=flair%20airlines%20nightmares&epa=SEARCH_BOX

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  27. texasabbott

    December 9, 2019 11:23 pm

    Boeing: "You can save a couple of bucks on your livery, so just take the leftover paint at the back of the shop"

    Flair Airlines: "But that looks like cans of primer. Okay, just slap it on and make sure the plane doesn't look like complete crap"

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  28. Planespotter Patrick

    December 14, 2019 11:45 pm

    Always nice to learn an airline I did not yet know. Nice report! Actually I find the light blue Air Canada is using more Questionable 😉 Maybe a question of taste? 😉

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  29. Heavydriver

    December 15, 2019 11:48 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that Flair even painted the pylons?
    Quite odd considering that all other airlines keep them grey (as far as I know).

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  30. Russ O

    December 16, 2019 10:08 pm

    Nice colours.. very restful. Where are all the people?. Most flights in Australia are always full. And that distance here would cost about $120 on a low cost airline so I wouldn't complain about $50 and would be happy to buy my own food. thanks Alex. Delay would be annoying. We don't do de-icing here.

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  31. David Alexandrovitch

    December 16, 2019 10:56 pm

    I don't know why, but I like it. It grows on me every time I see it but at the same time I wouldn't want my whole fleet looking like that.

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  32. David Alexandrovitch

    December 16, 2019 11:05 pm

    0.50 soda, $1 can of pringles = $7. Not too shabby, Flair. Not to mention everything is bought in bulk so the sodas are probably really only 0.15 a piece and the pringles probably 0.45 a piece or around there.

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  33. Jinge Liu

    December 17, 2019 6:47 am

    I have to question the 50 CAD charge to a carry on bag. I flew with them once. I doubt I will fly with them again.

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  34. Bill Peterson

    December 19, 2019 6:26 pm

    Oh how I miss Air Berlin! As soon as I saw the interior, I knew it had to be one of Air Berlin’s former fleet. I had many good short haul flights in these aircraft. And comfortable long haul flights to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi in AB’s Business Class on their A330s.

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  35. Bill Peterson

    December 19, 2019 6:28 pm

    Oh how I miss Air Berlin! As soon as I saw the interior, I knew it had to be one of Air Berlin’s former fleet. I had many good short haul flights in these aircraft. And comfortable long haul flights to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi in AB’s Business Class on their A330s.

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  36. Jeff R

    December 20, 2019 4:17 am

    Thumbs up if you remember when WestJet was a fresh upstart and not, as they are now WORSE than Air Canada. Also thumbs up for YYC over YYZ all day long.

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