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Harmony Airways
IATA
HQ
ICAO
HMY
Callsign
HARMONY
Founded 2002
Ceased operations 2007
Hubs Vancouver International Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations 9
Parent company HMY Airways Inc (defunct)
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia
Key people
  • Dr. David T.K. Ho, Owner
  • Kirk Henderson, Interim President
Website harmonyairways.com
A Harmony Boeing 757-200

Harmony Airways was an airline headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, a suburb of Vancouver.[1] It operated holiday flights from Canada to Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada and Manchester. Its main base was Vancouver International Airport.[2]

On March 27, 2007, Harmony Airways announced that it had issued layoff notices to all staff, and that it was ending scheduled flight service on April 9, 2007. The airline will examine other opportunities and may turn into charter airline.

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History

The airline started operations in 2002 and was originally named HMY Airways, before being renamed Harmony Airways in May 2004. It was wholly owned by David Ho.[2]

The Canadian aviation market is very tough on new startups, and a few early mistakes led to Harmony Airways' quick demise. The choice of a fleet consisting entirely of late 1980s Boeing 757s did not help with rising fuel costs. With planes seating 171 passengers, the Boeing 757-200 compared poorly to Westjet's 166-passenger Boeing 737-800. The 737 had significant cost advantages such as landing fees, fuel consumption, and other operating costs[3]. The company was also impatient with its scheduling. They cancelled new routes after only a short time and did not let the routes mature with the customer base. The Vancouver to New York route is very profitable for Cathay Pacific. They use a Boeing 747-400 and now Boeing 777-300 on this route daily. Harmony Airways, thinking this would be a great route for them to compete in, invested significant dollars setting this route up with an enormous advertising campaign. Cathay Pacific lowered their fares and the route became unprofitable for Harmony Airways. The same scenario unfolded on their Oakland route. After significant money spent on advertising they failed to compete with Alaska Airlines and United Airlines. They then re-focused their attention on Hawaii and vacation destinations. With Westjet placing two Boeing 737-800 on the same route, Harmony again could not compete.[4].

Destinations

Harmony Airways served the following destinations:

  • All destinations ended April 9, 2007.

Services

Economy service on Harmony Airways featured a 32" seat pitch, meal and beverage service (including a glass of BC wine), in-flight movies and music (including free headphones) and free advance seat selection. Harmony offered vacation packages (through its tour operator, Harmony Vacations).

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harmonyone

harmonyone was the business class service offered by Harmony Airways. Passengers received express check-in, boarding priority, three- or four-course meals prepared by a chef that were served on china, wider seats than economy (with a 52" seat pitch), an amenity kit, Harmony Airway's "Interlude" hand-held entertainment system, and laptop plug-ins.

Harmony Vacations

Harmony Vacations (formerly Companion Holidays) was the tour operator for Harmony Airways offering package vacations to the Hawaiian Islands, California and Nevada, and offers connecting flights throughout British Columbia with Hawkair and Pacific Coastal Airlines. They also had an agreement with Air North for flights to and from Whitehorse. From Oahu and Maui, there were connecting flights with Hawaiian Airlines to the other Hawaiian Islands.

Harmony Vacations offer packages to: Las Vegas, Primm (Primm Valley), Palm Springs (seasonally), Honolulu, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii ("The Big Island").

Fleet

The Harmony Airways fleet included the following aircraft:

As of March 2007 the Harmony Airways fleet included [2] 4 Boeing 757-200 On March 22, 2007 the National Post reported that Harmony Airways would reduce its fleet to 3 Boeing 757-200. In the summer of 2007, British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce purchased two of Harmony's 757-200s in order to harvest the plane's RB211-535 engines to support other customers' engine needs. Rolls-Royce then sold the remaining aircraft hulls to an American salvage company. [5]

Partner airlines

Canada and US

Asia and Oceania

References

  1. ^ "Harmony Airways Contact Us." Harmony Airways. Retrieved on September 10, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Flight International 3 April 2007
  3. ^ Canada Today
  4. ^ CBC
  5. ^ Vanderklippe, Nathan (2007-03-22). "Harmony's flight plan hits China wall". National Post. http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=e83ba2c1-d3d5-47d0-84a7-edaee5a50403&k=14884. Retrieved 2007-03-24.  

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