The recently launched commercial Canadian airline, NewLeaf, took to the skies for the first time on Monday. All plane tickets for the company’s premier flight were reportedly sold out after being put up for sale only two days prior.
NewLeaf Travel Company is based in Winnipeg and boarded its first flights from its home city, Kelowna and Hamilton.
One of the airline’s main selling points appears to be its low ticket costs in comparison to other airlines. Fares come in as low as $79, with a ticket price for a flight from Winnipeg to Hamilton listed at a mere $99.
It is also initially scheduled to fly to a total of 12 Canadian cities. As of yet, Hamilton is the only city in Ontario amongst the list of NewLeaf’s destinations. Destinations in British Columbia include Kamloops, Kelowna, Fort St John, Victoria and Abbotsford. It will also operate from the Saskatoon and Regina airports in Saskatchewan. Other provinces in the flight’s departure and arrival lists are Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Alberta, with flights to and from Winnipeg, Moncton, Halifax and Edmonton respectively.
The CEO and president of NewLeaf, Jim Young, said “We are thrilled. We are absolutely thrilled” following the announcement and apparent success of the airline’s debut flight.
The only potential shortcoming consumers might experience when boarding NewLeaf is that it charges are being made for large carryon baggage. Despite charging relatively lower fares, these fees are not applicable for domestic flights in other Canadian airlines such as West Jet and Air Canada. However, the results of these implications are yet to be seen, if any major implications are to occur at all.