VIDEO: Evolution of World Cup Balls

first_imgPowerade VIDEO: From Telstar to Brazuca – The Evolution of FIFA World Cup Balls Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:05 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Brazuca World Cup ball Powerade World Cup Videos As the game has evolved, the ball has evolved with it, each development leaving a significant mark on football’s showpiece World Cup balls have changed significantly over the past few decades.Despite being the most important facet of the whole sport, the balls didn’t make great evolutionary strides until the Telstar was rolled out for the World Cup in Mexico in 1970.Its black and white design made it the first ball to be seen clearly on television sets, while its successor, the Telstar Durlast, was made with a polyurethane coating to improve water resistancy. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The World Cup’s first non-leather ball was the Tango Durlast, introduced in 1986. Further developments saw the Etrusco Unico, a faster and more water-resistant model, used during Italia ’90, while USA ’94’s Questra proved beneficial to players as far as control and grip was concerned.The World Cup ball got quite the makeover in 2002 when Japan and South Korea presented the Fevernova, while Germany 06’s ball, the Teamgeist, was recently described as the roundest ever by designers.The Jabulani, used in South Africa ’10, was known for its unpredictable trajectory when struck fiercely, while the Brazuca, used in Brazil four years ago, was endorsed by superstars such as Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane.So how football’s elite take to the Adidas Telstar 18, the official match ball for the extravaganza in Russia.last_img read more


Puel reveals Schmeichel was devastated

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed that Kasper Schmeichel was devastated following a horrific helicopter crash that claimed the life of the owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.In the aftermath of Leicester’s draw with West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on October 27, the club owner’s helicopter crashed in the stadium’s staff car park, leading to his death.The Foxes’ mid-week League Cup clash against Southampton was cancelled out of respect for the Thai billionaire’s legacy at the club, with Leicester having miraculously won the Premier League title in 2015-16 and played in the Champions League under him in the height of their many achievements during his ownership.However, the players were insistent on playing away at Cardiff City, despite the obvious emotions created by the events of the previous week.Schmeichel was one of those to take it hardest with the Denmark international and Vichai known to share a close bond.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The goalkeeper was still present at the King Power Stadium when the crash happened and is thought to have been one of the first on the scene, reports indicating that police officers present on the scene had to intervene to restrain him from trying to help the victims with the helicopter ablaze.Manager Puel confirmed, according to Express:“I don’t want to give all the details of course. Just for Kasper, he saw a lot of things. Kasper, like other players, are devastated. All my squad have a lot of sadness and upset.”Schmeichel who penned a lengthy open letter to the owner and was visibly moved during the pre-match minute’s silence while tributes were paid to Srivaddhanaprabha by both clubs and both sets of supporters on a very emotional afternoon.last_img read more


Technology outages compound DMV inefficiencies and wait times

first_img Posted: August 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Sasha Foo takes a closer look at recent technology outages at local DMV’s, that combined with inefficiencies and long wait times, have made the problems with California DMV’s even worse. August 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo Technology outages compound DMV inefficiencies and wait times Sasha Foo, last_img read more


Closing arguments scheduled in civil trial between Drew Brees and jeweler

first_img Posted: June 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Closing arguments scheduled in civil trial between Drew Brees and jeweler June 19, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in the civil trial between NFL quarterback Drew Brees and a La Jolla jeweler who the football pro alleges defrauded him and his wife out of millions when he sold them several diamonds at far above their actual value.The Breeses say Vahid Moradi sold them $15 million in diamonds between 2012 and 2016. However, when the couple took the diamonds to an independent appraiser in 2017, they were told that the diamonds were worth about $9 million less than they had paid, according to Brees’ attorneys.The lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court last year, accuses Moradi and his company, CJ Charles Jewelers, of selling Brees and his wife Brittany several supposedly investment grade diamonds that were supposed to appreciate in value.On the witness stand, Brees testified that he and Moradi had developed a close friendship starting in 2003, when Brees began purchasing Panerai watches from Moradi’s store. Around 2008 or 2009, Moradi began advising Brees to invest in colored diamonds, of which Brees testified he knew little about, making him uncertain.Brees said Moradi told him the diamonds would appreciate anywhere from 150 to 200 percent, which was an opportunity the Breeses felt they should latch onto, as Brees “knew he can’t play football forever,” his attorney Rebecca Riley said in her opening statement.Brees testified, “I always try to see the best in people and unfortunately that’s probably why I’m in this situation right now.”Riley said Moradi represented himself as an expert in investment grade diamonds, and betrayed Brees’ trust in his expertise.Among the most egregious examples Riley pointed to was a diamond ring Moradi sold the Breeses for $8.1 million that was actually worth $3.75 million.Another diamond Moradi allegedly claimed was from Europe was actually purchased from a dealer in Orange County, she said.“Drew trusted Moradi,” Riley said. “He held him in esteem. He believed him to be a friend.”Moradi’s attorney, Peter Ross, said Aldo Dinelli, a Houston-based jeweler the Breeses consulted to appraise the diamonds, was a “con man” who scammed the couple.The attorney alleged that Dinelli advised the Breeses that Moradi had scammed them, even though he did not know how much the Breeses had paid for the pieces.“How could he possibly know that Drew Brees had been ripped off?” Ross asked the jury. “He couldn’t. But he had accurately sized up Drew Brees to be an easy mark.”Dinelli allegedly advised the Breeses to sell the pieces — now at prices below their actual worth — to a wholesale dealer associated with Dinelli, according to court filings from Moradi’s attorneys.Further, Ross said any discrepancies between what Moradi paid to obtain the diamonds and what the Breeses paid him was part of a standard markup that is commonplace within the industry to allow retailers to cover business expenses, according to the attorney. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more



Digital Security Bill wont gag journos voice says PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said there is nothing to be worried about the Digital Security Bill 2018 as it will not gag the voice of the journalist community, reports UNB.“I’ve seen several noted editors, journalists and wise persons of society giving their opinions against it. They’re only concerned about whether their voice is gagged. But their voice has not been gagged,” she said.The PM told parliament while delivering the valedictory speech of the 22nd session of the 10th parliament.She said had the voice been gagged they would not have had the capability to give opinions.She said the government must provide security to people and protect society, families and people’s character so that children and young generation do not take the wrong path and the adults do not get addicted (following the misuse of digital devices).“Considering this aspect, we’ve passed the Digital Security Bill. So, there’s nothing to be worried about it,” Hasina added.Noting that the interest of any particular group should not be considered here, she said, “Why’re our journalists getting very sensitive and worried? What’s the reason? I think there’s no logic behind it.”“What we’ve done is for the wellbeing of the country, the nation and the children,” she said.PM Hasina said it is very regrettable that some people gave opinions considering their own interest or from the perspective of their own organisations. “They haven’t thought for a single time about the interests of the entire society and the country.”She said the journalist community only considered the matter of journalism, but journalism should be constructive and accountable to the country and its people, and society.Journalism will surely not be for increasing conflict and harm to the country or tarnishing its image, Hasina said, adding that such kind of journalism should be practised which will take the country forward and develop confidence among people, not mislead them or create conflicts among them.She said journalism should not create any confrontational atmosphere or instigate terrorism and militancy.Noting that there was only one television channel in the country in the past, she said her government first dared to allow the private television channels and private radio stations.Mentioning that there are both merits and demerits of the social networking sites, including Facebook and YouTube, as well as digital devices, Hasina said there are bad impacts of the social media platforms and digital devices everywhere from the family to society. “So, considering this aspect, we think that it’s very essential to ensure security of minor children, students, youths and even elderly people.”“We’ve built the country as Digital Bangladesh and let people enjoy its benefits and remain away from its bad impacts. With this goal, we’ve passed the Digital Security Bill,” said the prime minister.last_img read more


Trump Administration Looking to Limit Legal Immigration Based on Income Public Benefits

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:06 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesA U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office.A new report shows immigrants from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean would be most affected by rules being considered by the Trump administration to restrict family-based immigration. According to leaked drafts of the policy, the administration is looking to set income limits, so green cards would be harder to obtain for less-affluent legal immigrants, usually coming to the country through a family connection.center_img Share Immigrants earning less than 250 percent above the federal poverty line ($62,000/year for a family of four) would have their income count against them when immigration officials are deciding whether or not to grant them a visa. New data from the Washington D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI) show the people most likely to meet income requirements come from Europe, Canada and Oceania (Australia), while immigrants from Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean are most likely not to meet the income threshold. “It might change the face of future immigrants coming to the state (Texas),” said Jeanne Batalova, an MPI senior analyst, “but also, it raises the question, what will happen to people who could be eligible, but cannot clear those new standards.”Because the considered rules could have large impacts on the race and ethnicities of future legal immigrants, some experts say it’s a way of bringing back the Immigration Act of 1924, which set quotas on how many people could immigrate from each country to maintain the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States at the time. Number and Share of Recently Arrived, Legally Present Noncitizens in Families with Annual Incomes below 250 Percent of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) by Region of Birth, United States and Texas, 2014-16Note: Recently arrived legally present noncitizens are persons with green cards or legal nonimmigrant visas who came to the United States in the five years prior to the survey.Source: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s pooled 2014-16 American Community Survey and 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) with MPI legal-status assignments.Recently Arrived, Legally Present Noncitizens: Total and in Families with Annual Incomes below 250 Percent of the Federal Poverty Line, United States and Texas, 2014-16Source: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s pooled 2014-16 American Community Survey and 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) with MPI legal-status assignments.The policy stands to have a greater impact on Texas because of the size and countries of origin of the immigrant community in the state. “Proportionately speaking, Texas is likely to be affected more than other states in the United States,” said Batalova.The policy would also greatly expand (from 3 percent to 47 percent) the share of legal immigrants that would be deemed a “public charge” based on their use, or their dependent’s use, of public benefits.A public charge determination weighs heavily against a legally present non citizen when an immigration official is deciding to grant or deny them a green card or visa. The new public charge rules would apply to nearly half of all lawfully present immigrants, including some 1.3 million Texans.Proposed public charge rules would also have major chilling effects on immigrant use of benefits like Medicaid and food stamps. “It potentially creates an enormous chilling effect,” said Mark Greenberg, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, “which could leave families with children fearful that receipt of publicly funded health care assistance is going to hurt their ability to get green cards or to get another family member admitted to the country.”last_img read more


Historys angels in the Capital

first_imgFamous for his strong expressionist visual language, Vikash Kalra has already conducted five solo exhibitions in Delhi and elsewhere. The present solo show, Angels of History is presented by Siddharth Tagore of Art Konsult, New Delhi and is curated by noted art critic and curator, JohnyML.Vikash Kalra, a young artist whose works have already become an integral part of most of the eminent art collections in India and abroad, is known as a ‘contemporary Souza’. Inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso and Souza, this self taught artist worked his ways through the dense forest of Indian art scene and established a space of his own. With a decade long career to claim for himself, Vikash has an interesting life which is worth following. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Born in Delhi and educated in Delhi University, Vikash had donned many hats during his growing up years. A book on Picasso found amongst the second hand books took Vikash to a new realm of experience. As if touched by a spiritual vision, he did 2000 drawings in a week’s time on magazine pages. It was a life changing experience. Vikash left everything behind to become an artist and the decision proved to be right as his talent was recognized by galleries and art collectors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Looking at the paintings of Vikash Kalra, which is prolific in output as he works like a possessed man day in and day out, one could say for sure that it is neither market nor critique on his works that sets his creative spirit ringing. There is something that is beyond all the materialistic considerations that makes this artist to work through conducive and difficult times. Perhaps, in Kalra’s own words, there is no time which is difficult for an artist,’ writes JohnyML, the curator of the show. An ardent collector of music and musical instruments, Vikash spends most of his time in his studios, painting, sculpting and making music of his liking. A documentary on his life has been produced by noted art critic, Vinod Bharadwaj. Vikash creative life so far has been the life of a wandering minstrel; the one who wanders through the streets of art. Angels of History places him along with the major contemporary artists in India.DETAILAt: Visual art Gallery, India Habitat Centre On Till: 19 April (11 am – 8 pm), Show will continue from 20 April to 4 May at Art Konsult, Lado SaraiTHE URBAN REALITY CHECKUrban life all around comes with a lot of pros and cons. Social satire has been around since people have been around. Cities have everything in king size, both the beauty and the ugliness. City life is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it. In Urban Realities both of the artists presents a glimpse of the trepidations, congruence and the conflicts of  urban life  in different forms through different mediums. Forchino chooses to create figures and scenes that give a comical twist to mundane characters. They are typically humorous subjects such as a family leaving on vacation in an overloaded car with flat tires etc. While Hemant Puri uses exploits of urban life and the contrast of traversing from semi urban to urban life in which space which is basic to every object plays a vital role.DETAILAt: Gallery Art Positive , Lado Sarai On Till: 10 April – 10 May (11am – 7 pm)FOR SOME TRANQUILITYThe group art show Tranquility at Shree Yash Art Gallery, New Delhi encompasses various eminent artists and brings them together by captivating a vast range of moods and moments in their respective walks of life. Participating artists include Madan Lal, Nand Lal Thakur, S.D.Shrotriya, R.C Bhawsar, Prithvi Soni, Harish Kumar, Manjit Soni and Savita Agrawal. The show is putting on display the  picturesque landscapes of Shrotriya, the true to life depictions ofBhawsar, the well known Prithvi Soni’s vibrant coloured Rajasthani folk classics, Nand Thakur’s myriad abstract forms, Harish Kumar whose art work valuation is steeping up due to sheer indian content. Viewers have by now been well acquainted with hues of contemporary works of Madan Lal. Lastly, the traditional art works of Savita Agrawal, Director and curator, Shree Yash Art Gallery.  The show is aptly titled Tranquility as it allows the artists to freely express their art forms with such dexterity and proficiency that the outcome has to be nothing but tranquil.DETAILAt: Shree Yash Art Gallery, Green Park Main On Till: 15 – 30 April (11 am – 7 pm)last_img read more


How to Deal With Increasingly Picky BusinessSoftware Buyers

first_img 5 min read When the topic is B2B software, easy-to-use and intuitive aren’t words that usually come to mind. More often, descriptions like clunky or confusing are more appropriate. Here’s another: crappy.Related: Be Sure to Balance SEO and User Experience in Your Web Page DesignWhat is it about software built for businesses, that we expect it to be pretty much unusable? I’m not going to name names, but you know who they are. They’re “powering” the HR, finance, sales and reporting functions of the world’s enterprises and SMBs alike.Dig a bit deeper and you’ll find a few reasons why B2B software has traditionally gotten a pass, despite torturing users with a clunky experience. Notably, the people who green-light the software haven’t been the same ones using the software. And that’s been a problem..In addition, the people actually using the software have seemed tolerant of their crappy user experience (UX) because that’s just part of their job — or so they think. As a software developer myself, I find that sad.Poor UX is also expensive: When you have many, many users, bad UX costs you money, in terms of extra support. In B2B, companies compensate by hiring more humans. But while that gives users the guided tutorials and support they need — creating a negative co-dependency — the companies with the bad UX don’t solve the customers’ problems.But, wait, there’s hope — what I like to call Great UXpectations. Read on.We’ve been guilty of substandard UX ourselves.It’s been almost a decade that HubSpot has been around, and we too have been guilty of delivering a substandard (read: crappy) user experience at times. But we’ve reacted to our customer feedback, and I’m proud to say that our customers now tend to love where HubSpot has gone. It’s been no small investment to get us there.The listening function alone — added to the response — has resulted in significant costs. When you have many, many users (as with B2C), you can amortize the investment in user experience across a broader base. When you have only hundreds of users, it doesn’t matter as much.The hope on the horizon that I alluded to is coming from our collective expectations for a great user experience. That’s true, whether we’re talking about users sharing photos with friends, finding a date or quickly analyzing sales trends from the past quarter. As B2C software has become woven tightly into the fabric of our daily lives, we’ve become far less inclined to differentiate between software that’s for business or pleasure. Because, quite often, those parts of our lives are intertwined.Related: Can ‘User-Experience’ Experts Become ‘Customer-Experience’ Experts?When we look to technology to power our personal lives, the new expectation is that your 85-year-old grandmother should be able to use it. That’s what I mean by “Great UXpectations.” So, what companies are delivering on these Great UXpectations?Shopify, for one, is bringing ecommerce to the masses — bringing stores online in droves. Entrepreneurs are finding Shopify’s user-friendly interface a saving grace for bringing their goods to the global market. Uber is another example of software that provides a seamless solution for getting from point A to point B, regardless of who is paying for it: you or your company.Is Uber easy to use? You bet. Does the company listen to its riders and drivers (actual users) to provide updates to the platform? Yup.Uber also is a good example of the disruptive factor of the next generation of user-friendly (and often free or freemium-model) B2B software. It got its foothold in companies through employees using the app. Those employees then demanded that their own employers get on board and adopt.Others such as Box, Dropbox and Slack (all terrific UX) have penetrated the business through usership among their employee ranks. Notably, that didn’t happen because the afore-mentioned companies knocked down the doors of purchasing or IT departments and CIOs.At HubSpot, we’ve seen great initial results from a few of our most recent products for businesses, including our browser plugin Sidekick, as well as HubSpot CRM. Already, more than 60,000 companies are using our sales platform. We see that as a sign that, like our peers at Dropbox and Slack, users are finding these products really useful.A happy user is a chatty user. He or she tells a colleague — be it a fellow sales team member, a business development associate or, just maybe, the CIO — and the love grows from there.So, if I were to pull out my crystal ball — or maybe just play Captain Obvious for a moment — I’d say that those B2B software companies that aren’t doubling down on UX right now should expect to see their growth stall. There’s just too much opportunity for upstarts to disrupt the technology in businesses one user at a time until adoption becomes inevitable.The consumer is in control now. And the expectations are great.Related: User Experience is Integral to Winning App Design Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 27, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more


Got foodie clients Kaanapali Beach Hotel just won two awards for its

first_img Posted by Tuesday, October 24, 2017 LAHAINA, HAWAII — Kaanapali Beach Hotel won big at The Maui News annual ‘Best of Maui’ Awards, taking home two awards that honoured its culinary offerings.The hotel’s Tiki terrace’s Sunday Champagne Brunch was awarded ‘Best Brunch Buffet’, while Executive Chef Tom Muromoto received the coveted title of ‘Best Chef’. An honourable mention was given to the Tiki Terrace restaurant in the ‘Best Resort Restaurant’ category.“To be recognized by The Maui News with these coveted readership-based awards is always a greatly prized honor, and our entire culinary team is tremendously proud of this affirmation of their work,” said Mike White, General Manager of Kaanapali Beach Hotel. “We’re grateful and thrilled to be considered alongside so many other remarkable brunches and chefs. We are committed to continue to provide our guests with lasting memories and experiences.”The Maui News ‘Best of Maui’ Awards was established in 1992 and is relied upon as a guide to Maui County’s top dining destinations, commercial activities, cultural programs, shopping, lodging and discounts. Visitors and residents participated in the 50-category survey by casting ballots on paper and electronically to vote for their favorite restaurants, entertainment, activities and more.Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s Sunday Champagne Brunch is a longstanding Maui tradition, beloved by visitors and residents, and has been the recipient of many prestigious awards throughout the years. The legendary brunch includes a spread featuring breads and pastries, tropical fruit, waffles, crab legs, sushi and Hawaiian specialties, such as poke, poi and kalua pig. There are also omelet and carving stations along with a decadent dessert table spread with a variety of confections. With availability for open-air or indoor seating, the Sunday Champagne Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also features live Hawaiian entertainment. The cost of the brunch is US$44.95 for adults, $25 for children six to 12 years old and children under five years old eat free with a paying adult.Chef Muromoto has served as the Executive Chef at the Tiki Terrace restaurant for nearly 20 years. He is known for his ability to create colourful and flavourful Hawaiian cuisine. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Culinary Tourism, Hawaiicenter_img Travelweek Group Got foodie clients? Kaanapali Beach Hotel just won two awards for its cuisine Sharelast_img read more


Analysis Can ULCCs fly in Canada Crunching the numbers on Jetlines Flair

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> This story originally ran in the December 21st, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — The Canadian skies are about to be filled with a new crop of ultra low-cost carriers (ULCCs) vying for deal-minded Canadian travellers looking for an inexpensive way of getting from A to B. The ULCC airline movement began in Europe and has since successfully migrated to both the U.S. and most of Asia. Canadians have long looked at carriers like easyJet, Ryanair, AirAsia, Spirit and Allegiant and asked, why not in Canada?Many have argued that the unique aspects of the Canadian marketplace – and by that they mean 36 million Canadians spread over 9.98 million square kilometres – make the ULCC business model unworkable. Where the ULCC model has thrived is in high-population density regions.Additionally, the ULCC model has been most successful in regions where airlines have been able to connect large urban areas that are fairly close to each other – about 1 to 2 hours’ flying time apart. Ryanair in Europe and Allegiant in the U.S. are prime examples of this traditional ULCC feature. The Canadian population density sits at about 3.7 people per square kilometre and is among the lowest in the world. Fairly recent low-cost and ultra low-cost casualties that faced this issue in Canada include Canada 3000, CanJet, Harmony, Jetsgo, Roots Air and Zoom.Ryanair in Europe and Allegiant in the U.S. are prime examples of this traditional ULCCSome Canadian passengers think the country already has a ULCC with Air Canada Rouge. While Air Canada Rouge utilizes some aspects of a ULCC business plan (think more ancillaries and lower employee costs), Air Canada Rouge is more of an LCC.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Over the next year a varied group of entrepreneurs is going to attempt to show that in reality, Canada is not so different from Europe, Asia or the U.S. when it comes to ULCCs. The question is, will they be successful?Flair Airlines is already up and running. Many believe Flair was simply a re-branding of virtual ULCC NewLeaf, but this is not the case. What’s a virtual ULCC? This is when a travel company – NewLeaf in this case – brands the airline and puts its own livery on the planes, but operates as a reseller for the airline’s fares, and is not the airline itself. NewLeaf was never an actual airline and it used planes chartered from Flair Airlines.Flair Airlines’ new liveryWhen Flair Airlines announced it was buying NewLeaf this past June, Flair’s management decided to continue NewLeaf’s business plan. Since it didn’t have to charter aircraft, as NewLeaf did, it could have lower costs. Flair Airlines had operated as a cargo and charter airline in Canada for more than a dozen years prior to this ULCC experiment. Flair has a fleet of Boeing 737-400s for its operation with plans for two more aircraft to join the fleet in 2018.In December 2017 Flair announced it was offering GDS access to its fares via Amadeus with Travelport (Galileo/Worldspan) access looking likely for January 2018. Discussions with Sabre are also in the works.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTFlair has also indicated that it is planning to grow and start international flights, and news about the expansion could be coming in these early months of 2018. Flair said it expects to add four more Boeing aircraft to accommodate the nearly 1.5 million ULCC passengers that are forecast to use Flair in 2019.Meanwhile WestJet plans to launch Swoop in June 2018, with two Boeing 737-800s. That number is expected to increase to six by September 2018 and to 10 by summer 2019.When WestJet announced the Swoop name back in September, Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy said, “It’s a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more Canadians to travel.” When WestJet launched in 1996 it was positioned as a “great leap forward for Canadian air travel”, and a no-frills LCC. More than 20 years later WestJet flies to more than 100 destinations and has its sights set on becoming a global carrier.This is the first installment of a two-part series. Click here to read Part 2. Michael Schoenberger is an aviation and travel industry expert and freelance travel writer.This story originally ran in the December 21st, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. Analysis: Can ULCCs fly in Canada? Crunching the numbers on Jetlines, Flair and Swoop By: Michael Schoenberger Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Share Tags: Canada Jetlines, Feature Story, Flair Airlines, Low-Cost Carriers, Swoop, Trend Watchlast_img read more