Thinking about booking a flight with Lynx? This Lynx Airline review will tell you everything you need to know about Canada’s newest budget airline. Lynx Air officially took off on its first flight from Calgary to Vancouver on April 7, 2022 and Wander Woman Travel Magazine was there! We checked out the new plane, met the CEO and other staff, experienced a return flight and learned all about the airline. Along the way, we found out what happens on an inaugural flight. Here’s what you should know if you’re planning to book a flight with Lynx Air.
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New Airplanes or Old Airplanes – What Kind of Airplanes Does Lynx Air Use?
Lynx Air operates a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft. I could smell the new airplane smell when I walked onto the inaugural flight from Calgary to do research for this Lynx Airline Review. In case you’re wondering, new airplane smell is a lot like new car smell only bigger. The plane was pristine and had a decent amount of legroom. There are no plugins or USB ports on this plane. There are also no screens, Wi-Fi or entertainment onboard.
Related: Read our Swoop Airlines Review post to learn more about another Canadian budget airline.
Lynx Airline Review – How Many Planes Does Lynx Air Have?
As of April 7, 2022, Lynx Air has three brand-new planes. The company has ambitious plans to grow its fleet to 46 Boring 737 aircraft over the next five to seven years. At the time of their inaugural flight, Lynx Air employed 165 people, but they are planning to grow their workforce to more than 400 by the end of the year.
If you want entertainment on a Lynx Air flight, bring it with you. My preference is a good book and I really love this one.
Where Does Lynx Air Fly?
Lynx Air’s inaugural flight was from Calgary to Vancouver. The airline will begin flying from Calgary to Toronto on April 11. It is adding service to Kelowna on April 15, Winnipeg on April 19 and Victoria on May 12. The airline will be adding two more aircraft to its fleet in the next few months and plans to operate 148 flights per week coast to coast across Canada by summer 2022.
Review – The Good Things About Flying with Lynx Airlines
There are some good reasons to consider flying with Lynx Airlines and here’s what we found out in our Lynx Airline review. The first reason is the fare. With some tickets starting as low as $39, you can’t beat it. Lynx Air’s CEO Merren McArthur put it best, “Airfares have been too high for too long in Canada, and we aim to change that.” The second positive is that Lynx Air is flying with brand-new Boeing 737 planes. They’re not fancy, but they’re nice. This is a budget airline and you pay for what you want and don’t pay for extras you don’t plan to use.
Review – The Bad Things About Flying with Lynx Airlines
Some airlines include carry-on bags in the price of the ticket, but Lynx Air does not. You don’t get a complimentary carry-on bag with Lynx. You get one free personal item, which is the size of a small backpack at most. Be sure to calculate the cost of baggage into the total ticket price. If you want onboard entertainment, beverage service, snacks and meals provided on your flight, Lynx isn’t for you. If you want to splurge on first class, you can’t do it on Lynx. There is only one class of service. Lynx is an ultra-affordable airline and you pay for any extra services like seat assignments, carry-on and checked baggage. Because this airline is completely new, we also don’t have accurate information about their on-time performance and customer service satisfaction.
Tips for Flying on Lynx Air – Lynx Airlines Review
There are a few things you can do to make your travel experience better when you’re flying with Lynx Air.
- There’s no inflight entertainment. Bring a book or a magazine to read.
- Download a movie, music or other entertainment onto your own electronic device.
- Be sure that your electronic devices are fully charged, because there are no plugins onboard.
- Pack an empty water bottle and fill it once you are through security.
- Bring snacks from home.
- You can also purchase beverages, snacks and meals at the airport before stepping onto the plane.
- Purchase checked or carry-on bags before you arrive at the airport and you will save money.
- Always do your online check-in. It will allow you to reconfirm your flight times and it lets the airline know you’re coming.
Merren McArthur – Lynx Air’s Awesome Experienced Female CEO
Lynx Air has an incredibly experienced CEO. Merren McArthur served as CEO of ultra low-cost carrier Tigerair Australia. She was also CEO of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and founding CEO of Virgin Australia Cargo. McArthur knows a thing or two about running a low cost carrier and that experience will benefit Lynx Air. “We are super excited to be finally taking to the skies today,” she said at the inaugural flight ceremony in Calgary. “Lynx is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all Canadians, with a transparent à la carte pricing model, which empowers passengers to pick and pay for the services they want, so they can save money on the trip and spend where it counts – at their destination.”
What is an Inaugural Flight Like?
Flying on the inaugural flight for a brand new airline was a first for me and it was a real eye opener. There were media members in attendance as well as people who had just booked tickets and were unaware when they made the purchase that they would be on an inaugural route. There were also people onboard who had specifically purchased their tickets because it was an inaugural flight. On the flight from Calgary to Vancouver, everyone on board was given a free Lynx umbrella. On the flight from Vancouver to Calgary, everyone on board was given a pair of Lynx sunglasses to celebrate the occasion. They passed out cupcakes outside the gate in Calgary and cookies outside the gate in Vancouver. There were ribbon cuttings in both destinations and speeches of course. In Vancouver, there was a DJ and First Nations singing and drumming. Before the plane took off from Vancouver, it was baptized with everyone on board. There was a jovial spirit about this flight with clapping at takeoff and landing. During the flight, the CEO walked down the aisles and visited with passengers. It was a fun experience all in all.
Airplane Baptism is a Real Thing
The airplane baptism ritual is a worldwide tradition and I experienced it on the flight from Vancouver to Calgary. As we were getting ready to depart from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), our pilot steered the plane to pass between two fire trucks. The fire trucks sprayed water over the plane as it went past. This ritual was used to celebrate the new route, the new aircraft and the new airline. Apparently, this is a thing in the airline industry. It was not unique to Lynx Air.
What is an AvGeek?
AvGeeks are real. I learned that on the Lynx Air inaugural flight. An Aviation Geek or AvGeek, is someone who is passionate about aviation and that passion shines through in many ways. The hashtag, #AvGeek, is a thing on social media. You don’t need to be a pilot or work in the aviation business to be an AvGeek. A whole group of AvGeeks booked themselves on the Lynx Air inaugural flight. Some of them flew in from other destinations including the USA to travel on the new airline’s first flight. Other AvGeek activities include airplane watching, reading about aviation and posting on social media about aviation. Some AvGeeks have such substantial followings that they are considered airline influencers and they get invited on inaugural flights and to other events to help promote airlines.
Lynx Airline Review Summary
Here’s the summary of our Lynx Airline review based on two flights and extensive research. Lynx Air is an exciting new ultra affordable Canadian airline. It has a fleet of brand-new planes that are certified by Transport Canada. The airline is led by a very experienced CEO who should help it to succeed in a competitive market. I had a good experience flying from Calgary to Vancouver return with Lynx. The plane was comfortable, the staff was pleasant and it was a good experience overall. Be aware that carry-on bags are not included and add that cost to the ticket price if you’re thinking of booking a flight with Lynx. I would be fine with flying Lynx Air again.
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