Canadian discount airline, NewLeaf is set to launch in just over two weeks, but it appears it might run into some trouble during takeoff.
Some of the vendors the company has been working with are saying that they haven’t been paid. Hessie Jones, for example, who works for the analytics firm Arcompany, says she’s been waiting for a cheque since April 2015. Jones says that she received an email mentioning that her invoice would be processed, but it never happened.
While this could just be an oversight on NewLeaf’s part, airline rights advocate Gabor Lukacs thinks it could be a symptom of a deeper problem.
“For a respectable company that does business as an airline, 130 thousand dollars should be small change,” Lukacs said. “If paying 130 thousand dollars to the people who built this brand is an issue, then the company is very close to insolvency.”
If true, this could mean NewLeaf might find itself stuck on the tarmac for a while longer. But the company denies that it’s having any financial trouble whatsoever, and says it’s clear for liftoff.
“We are 100 per cent funded,” said Dean Dacko, chief commercial officer. “We have all the resources, including all of our relationships, to deliver those services.”
In fact, NewLeaf says it’s received far more bookings than they expected. So then what’s the deal with the unpaid vendors?
Dacko said he was unaware of it, but that the problems will be resolved directly with the companies.
Just like any flight then, we’ll buckle our seatbelts and pray that there won’t be any delays. You can learn more about NewLeaf’s unpaid vendors in the video above.