Flair Airlines seeks 767-300ER for fleet expansion

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Canada-based charter operator Flair Airlines says it is in the market for a new Boeing 767-300ER aircraft to broaden its fleet.

Flair, based in Kelowna, British Columbia, says it has been looking since March 2011 for an aircraft and is still looking for the right aircraft at the right price.

The airline says that it sees the market as "fairly tight" for purchasing a Boeing 767-300ER and says it has identified a market for aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) agreements for the aircraft. Flair is looking for a Boeing 767-300ER made after 1990.

Flair currently operates a fleet of four 737-400 aircraft, which fly passenger charters, transportation for workplaces or ACMI charters. Flair's customers have included First Air and Canadian North as well as services for the Canadian government. The airline did not specify where the Boeing 767-300ER will fly once it is added to the fleet, but Flair says it is working to send aircraft to Europe by 2013.

"We're actively searching for work outside of Canada," the airline says.

Flair says it hears from brokers that available ACMI service in Europe has dwindled in the past few months. The operator says it is receiving "weekly inquiries about replacement lift in Europe." Replacement lift refers to flights the airline operates in place of other charters that could not provide them.