New Leaf Airline

Canada has a new budget airline. New Leaf is a privately held company, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba using aircraft operated by Flair Airlines, which has been operating since 2003 with a fleet of Boeing 737-400.

NewLeaf cannot guarantee that food served on board will free from peanuts, peanut by-products. They do NOT have vegan or gluten free snack options. They are a discount carrier with limited options or on-board services. If you do travel and need assistance, then they can be reached at their Special Needs Department in Winnipeg at (204) 888-HELP (4357)

Children
Ages between 12 and 18 are allowed to travel by themselves without a parent or guardian

Ages between 8 and 11 can travel as an unaccompanied minor mandatory fee of $110 for this service, which includes a drink and a snack. It is not a service available to children with disabilities or children who could otherwise NOT successfully travel without a parent. Because an unaccompanied minor service must be booked by calling the Customer Service Department, there is an additional booking fee of $15, totaling $125.00 per unaccompanied child.

FREE
Personal Bag (under seat) – Items such as ID, travel documents, jewelry, keys, medication and mobile communications devices and must fit into the size device at the check in and departure counters which measure 16cm x 33cm x 43cm (6 in x 13 in x 17 in) 10kg (22 lb)

Children under age two at the time of departure are considered to be infants and may travel on a parents lap for free.

FEE

CARRY ON BAG FEE
MUST be placed in the overhead storage as the  personal item must be placed below the seat in front of you. You can check up to 3 (three) bags maximum IN ADDITION TO your carry on baggage. The size limits are: 23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm (9 in x 15.5 in x 21.5 in)  and 10 kg (22 lb) per bag. There is a large price difference between checking the carry on bag option online and advising the counter attendant that you have a carry on bag when you check in.

WEBSITE BOOKING  $25 FEE + 13%tax
AIRPORT CHECK-IN $35 FEE + 13%tax
AT THE GATE             $80 FEE + 13%tax

SEAT SELECTION FEE
If no seat is selected in advance, a seat will be assigned at check-in

Selecting a seat in front half of the aircraft:    Rows 1 – 11
FEE $15 on WEBSITE SELF CHECK IN + 13%tax
FEE $20 at AIRPORT CHECK-IN + 13%tax

Selecting a seat in rear half of the aircraft:    Rows 14 – 26
FEE $10 on WEBSITE SELF CHECK IN + 13%tax
FEE $15 at AIRPORT CHECK-IN + 13%tax

Selecting An EXIT ROW seat:                      Rows 12 & 13
FEE $25 on WEBSITE SELF CHECK IN + 13%tax
FEE $30 at AIRPORT CHECK-IN + 13%tax

PRIORITY BOARDING FEE
FEE $10 on WEBSITE SELF CHECK IN + 13%tax
FEE $15 at AIRPORT CHECK-IN + 13%tax

BOARDING PASS FEE
FEE $10 when boarding pass is printed at AIRPORT CHECK-IN + 13%tax

PETS FEE
Up to four (total for each aircraft) small pets that are not considered dangerous and are secured in a suitable pet carrier can be housed in the cabin
FEE $75 + 13%tax

FLIGHT CHANGES FEE
Add TravelFLEX FEE of $20 (plus applicable GST/HST) per person per segment and must be paid at the time of your initial booking on their website, which will incur no additional fee. If you phone the call centre there will be an additional FEE of $15 + 13%tax, for booking through the Call Centre.

The flex fee can be used ONCE to change flight date, destination or Travellers name, or any 1 or 2 of the total, at the same time. The new flight date must be within 90 days of the original booking flight date. Fare price differences are in addition to the change fee.

FEE of $75 + 13%tax for each separate time you make a change to the reservation up to three hours of the flight departure.

FEE of $100 + 13%tax if you make a change at the airport check-in counter up until 45 minutes prior to flight departure.

 

NEW LEAF SERVICES 7 CANADIAN CITIES

Abbotsford International Airport (YXX)
30440 Liberator Ave, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5 / (604) 855-1001

Kelowna International Airport (YLW)
5533 Airport Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 1S1 / (250) 765-5125

Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE)
2625 Airport Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7L 7L1 / (306) 975-8900

Regina International Airport (YQR)
5201 Regina Ave, Regina, SK S4W 1B3 / (306) 761-7555

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson  International Airport (YWG)
2000 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1C2 / (204) 987-9402

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM)
9300 Airport W, Mount Hope, ON L0R 1W0 / (905) 679-1999

Halifax International Airport (YHZ)
1 Bell Blvd, Enfield, NS B2T 1K2 / (902) 873-4422

COMPARE PRICING
If you are going to compare pricing for the routes that New Leaf is going to fly, make sure that you add in the price of baggage plus their taxes, to the published fare as with Air Canada and West Jet, it is included inside the price structure.

I checked the pricing on 2 routes which New Leaf will service, against what is available with air Canada and West Jet. The posted price includes travel with 1 personal bag, 1 checked bag and 1 carry on bag and calling a reservation agent, then printing your boarding pass at the airport.

The dates chosen were based on New Leaf flight schedule. No Seat selection or priority boarding were chosen. The prices change with the major airlines on a daily basis, so my comparison is only good for the time I looked at it and is not to be used as anything other than a snapshot of what there prices could be.

 

Toronto (yyz) or Hamilton (yhm) to Halifax (yhz)

New Leaf (Hamilton/Halifax)  $442.48

Air Canada (Toronto/Halifax)  $467.47

West Jet     (Toronto/Halifax)   $245.14

 

Toronto (yyz) or Hamilton (yhm) to Winnipeg (ywg)

New Leaf (Hamilton/Winnipeg)   $374.55

Air Canada (Toronto/ Winnipeg)  $382.24

West Jet     (Toronto/ Winnipeg)   $194.90

 

Buyer Beware
Ultimately, as a consumer purchasing Air Fare, if you want to get the most value for your money it is up to you, to do the research. When an Airline carrier breaks down their fees into components, it is easy to miscalculate your needs and then overpay for the service when faced with check in before your departure and you have no choice but to accept the prices you are given, or risk losing your seat on the plane.

The New Leaf  BUDGET airline which offers minimal services and if you are travelling between destinations and simply need transportation and are not concerned with bringing anything besides a purse or a briefcase,  their prices will be competitive. Once you factor in the need for luggage or a carry on of some sort, then the fees climb enough to ensure the need to compare the flight against other airlines, so you can see which one makes the financial sense to use.

The other Canadian airlines will do the math on what New Leaf is offering and the hope is that competition will drive pricing lower, to the consumer. The problem with Capitalism is that if their model is successful and their fee structure generates more revenue than anticipated, you can see other airlines choosing to follow their lead as well. Or the big players could drop rates and force the new guy out of business, like they’ve done to all the other regional airlines in the past.

Travel Agents do not have access to book flights using this airline, as their business model is to deal directly with the public. If there are any questions about the carrier, a Travel Agent can not assist you with it for this reason. If you want to check published Airline Fares, then during business hours, you can visit my Website to see the current pricing.

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