New Airline Alert: Jetlines Joins the North of the Border Budget Battle
When it rains, it pours. This is especially true for our friends in Canada, since the aviation game up there is rife with low-cost carriers this year. It began with Air Canada Rouge earlier this year and, just Monday, we brought you the news of Jet Naked; now we announce the dreams of a start-up named Jetlines
Similar to that "airline in the buff," Jetlines is planning to bring a bare bones approach to air travel in Canada. With fares 40% less than the two dominant carriers, the airline plans charge for carry-ons, food, drink, seat selection, and any other extras. It also plans to offer specialized in-flight services such as nannies and iPad rental, obviously both at a premium cost.
The ultra-low-cost airline is planning to open up shop in Vancouver with routes to undeserved airports in the country. Execs are eyeballing secondary cities like Prince George, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Saskatoon and Victoria. Hopes are that international operations will eventually take off to recreation destinations like Las Vegas, Orlando and Cancun. The young airline already has two Airbus A319s secured to do the heavy lifting and are looking to grow to A320s and A321s.
Right now the final applications are with the Canadian Transport authorities and they're still looking to raise $40 million, but if all goes to plan, we can see them taking to the skies by the Spring of 2015.