Leylah Fernandez, who became an overnight tennis star with her appearance in the 2021 U.S. Open final, signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Flair Airlines. The ultra low-cost carrier becomes the first Canadian company to develop a such a deal with the 19-year-old from Montreal.
Fernandez is currently ranked 28 in the world. She is coached by her father, Jorge Fernandez. Originally from Montreal, Fernandez currently lives and trains in Boynton Beach, Florida, with her family. She started playing professional tennis in 2017.
“Flair’s alignment with Leylah is a perfect match as together we disrupt and show how a combination of intelligence, hard work and efficiency is a powerful force,” says Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines. “Supporting a wickedly smart and talented Canadian superstar is exhilarating, and Flair is excited to support her professional career to continue its upward trajectory. Leylah has defied the odds, and we are doing the same at Flair.”
Fernandez joins fellow Canadian tennis stars Felix Auger Aliassime and Eugenie Bouchard who are also brand ambassadors for Flair, which is in the midst of expanding its fleet with the continued delivery of new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The airline has grown to serve 18 Canadian destinations as well as six new destinations in the U.S.