NewLeaf takes to the skies of Canada

NewLeaf’s Hamilton to Winnipeg

Hamilton Airport celebrated with this cake the start of NewLeaf’s service to Winnipeg. The airline will also link Hamilton to Saskatoon, Halifax, Edmonton and Moncton. Seen giving his thumbs-up to Hamilton’s culinary masterpiece is Dean Dacko, CCO of NewLeaf, who also took charge of ribbon cutting proceedings.

Winnipeg Airport celebrated with a NewLeaf coloured cake to mark the start of the carrier’s services from the airport to Hamilton and Kelowna. The new Canadian LCC will also add flights to Victoria and Abbotsford from Winnipeg. Cutting the cake is Jim Young, CEO of NewLeaf, while speaking at the event was Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airport.

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Kelowna Airport had NewLeaf and airport branded cupcakes to herald the carrier’s arrival from Winnipeg. Also speaking on arrival after flying across from Winnipeg is Jim Young, CEO of NewLeaf. The carrier will also link Kelowna to Saskatoon and Regina non-stop. Also being showcased in Regina is a Flair Air 737-400 which will initially be used to operate NewLeaf services.

  • NewLeaf, Canada’s latest airline, took to the skies for the first time on 25 July when it launched flights from Hamilton (YHM) and Kelowna (YLW) to Winnipeg (YWG). “This is an absolutely thrilling moment for NewLeaf,” said Dean Dacko, CCO for the carrier. “We’ve known for 25 years that Canadians have been underserviced in their desire to fly coast-to-coast. We are just so amazingly happy and thrilled to offer these flights.” Jim Young, CEO of NewLeaf, said his company is now celebrating a few successes after months of challenges. “Today we’ve made history in Canada. There is now an ultra-low-cost air travel option for Canadians,” said Young. NewLeaf sold out two flights in its opening week, and more than 16,000 tickets have been sold, exceeding its targets, expressed Young. Flights on the 1,510-kilometre link between Hamilton and Winnipeg will face no direct competition, while services from Kelowna to Winnipeg will face WestJet as an incumbent, with it offering thrice-weekly services on the 1,577-kilometre city pair. Looking at NewLeaf’s booking engine, direct flights between Hamilton and Winnipeg will be operated thrice-weekly (Mondays, Fridays and Sundays), while Kelowna to Winnipeg will operate on the same days. NewLeaf currently uses a 737-400 from Flair Air, based in Kelowna, for its services. NewLeaf will open a further 11 routes during the upcoming week, with the remaining services only showing to operate twice-weekly looking at the carrier’s booking engine. It is interesting to note that currently the carrier will not operate any flights on Tuesdays. See how Kelowna and Winnipeg airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.


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