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WestJet Airlines is a Canadian low budget airline which operates scheduled and charter flights with long haul routes.
WestJet flies mainly from Calgary International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport to Europe, Canada, Mexico, United States and Caribbean including Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Kelowna, Victoria, Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Saskatoon and Regina.
WestJet fleet consists of Boeing 767s. WestJet Encore is WestJet's subsidiary regional airline, which commenced opeations on June 2013 with a fleet of Bombardier Q400 twin-turboprop aircraft.
In March 2016, WestJet Encore inaugurated a new service between Toronto and Boston, which is the newest addition to WestJet's growing network. The new service will operate three times daily on WestJet Encore's fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.
In November 2016, WestJet announced a new service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from Calgary and Edmonton starting Jan. 19, 2017, just two days after competitor NewLeaf introduced its 2017 winter sun program with seasonal service on the same route. WestJet has announced it will begin serving Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport starting January 19th. Flights will be non-stop.
WestJet has codeshare agreements with the following partners including Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines and Qantas.
WestJet has interline agreements with many airlines including Transaero Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin Australia, LAN Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Fiji Airways, Condor, and Dragonair.
Swoop is a Canadian low-cost airline and a subsidiary of WestJet. It remains distinct from WestJet, with its own employees and check-in staff. The airline was founded in 2017 and will commence operations on June 20th 2018 from its base in Calgary, Alberta. The carrier will offer six weekly flights from Hamilton to Abbotsford, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax; six weekly flights from Abbotsford to Hamilton; and three daily flights between Abbotsford and Edmonton.
Westjet Frequent Flyer Program
Passengers can benefit from West Jet Rewards.
WestJet operates a frequent flyer program called WestJet Rewards to reward regular passengers with the airline.
There are three tiers of membership with WestJet:
Members can earn miles and then free checked bags, companion flights and airport lounge vouchers. To earn WestJet dollars, passengers will need to provide your WestJet Rewards ID when booking WestJet flights, WestJet Vacations Packages, or book car rentals and hotels online.
Carry on Baggage
Each passenger with WestJet is allowed 1 free piece of carry-on baggage and one personal item total.
The carry on luggage must be within the following dimensions: 53 centimeters or 21 inches in length, 38 centimeters or 15 inches in width, and 23 centimeters or 9 inches in depth.
The personal item must be within the following dimensions: 41 centimeters or 16 inches in length, 33 centimeters or 13 inches in width, and 15 centimeters or 6 inches in depth.
Checked baggage must be no more than 23 kiligrams, or 50 pounds in weight, and have dimensions within 157 total centimeters or 62 total inches.
Baggage exceeding the above weight or size allowance will be subject to applicable excess size restrictions and fees.
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Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
Calgary International Airport
Calgary International Airport is the international airport that serves Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Calgary International Airport acts as the hub airport for Air Canada West Jet, Flair Airlines, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express. The airport has 4 runaways and can handle nearly 20 million passengers every year. Airlines which fly to and from Calgary International Airport include Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air North, Air Transat, British Airways, Delta Airlines, KLM, Northern Air and many others.
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28th June 2018
WestJet Airlines stock set to improve if the price of oil falls
WestJet may have hit a low in the stock market yesterday, but there is still a shroud of optimism in the air for the investors of Canada's second largest airline. Higher fuel costs have contributed to WestJet's obstacles to battle their way up the marketplace of late, but all that may be about to change. Meanwhile, the company has high hopes. Not only is it pressing on with major expansion plans by increasing its intercontinental travel, it also has its sights set on launching a new discount carrier. Swoop has got off to a great start so far, so it will be interesting to see how this affects WestJet's future.
23rd May 2018
WestJet Airlines and pilots resume contract negotiations in Calgary
WestJet Airlines Ltd. has resumed contract negotiations with its pilots in Calgary, where the airline is based.
Talks between the airline and pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association began Monday and moved from Halifax, where they took place last week, the airline said in an email.
Neither side would say if progress has been made.
The pilots were legally able to launch a strike last Saturday, but committed not to disrupt passenger travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend as a goodwill gesture.
The union hasn't issued a replacement date for a possible strike while talks continue.
"We have not received any notification of labour action and remain actively engaged in negotiations, which began again yesterday in Calgary," spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said Tuesday.
The union tweeted a similar desire to reach the pilots' first collective agreement.
"We are committed to reaching an agreement with management and will be at the bargaining table this week," it said.
The ALPA represents about 1,500 pilots at WestJet's main service.
WestJet has said its bargaining team is focused on getting a "sustainable agreement that benefits our pilots, WestJetters and the company as a whole."
The airline has promised to refund tickets if flights are cancelled in the event of a strike.
WestJet has said that its bookings have slowed since the union said it would seek a strike mandate, which was supported by 91 per cent of its members.
The company warned earlier this month that its revenue per available seat mile will be flat- to negative two per cent this quarter due in part to the possible pilot strike.
Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital said Tuesday that improving market conditions in Alberta should help WestJet, however the Calgary carrier is facing "a number of near-term labour and cost issues."
The labour strife comes ahead of WestJet's planned launch of its Swoop ultra-low cost carrier, which has been a source of contention between pilots and the company.
Earlier this year, the union won a Canada Industrial Relations Board challenge to the company's proposed policy to offer pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.
The ALPA complained that the policy was a significant change in the company's terms of employment and an interference with the union's right to represent the pilots.
Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said ALPA represents 500 Encore pilots.
1st February 2018
WestJet Subsidiary Swoop announces flights to Mexico and US
The new ultra-low-cost carrier has bold plans to expand its horizons, planning operations in the southern U.S. and Mexico after it launches its Canada services in June. WestJet is counting on its Swoop brand to fend off a new breed of bargain carriers such as Flair Airlines while the fledgling carrier attempts to take market share from leisure operators Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines.
“In June, when we have all of the regulatory approvals, we will announce southern flying into the U.S. and Mexico, potentially the Caribbean as well,” Bob Cummings, WestJet’s executive vice president of strategy, said in an interview. “We will aggressively go after the cross-border opportunity, which is quite significant.”
Swoop begins services to popular regional destinations such as Hamilton and Ontario on June 20th. Their one way fees will stat from less than $100. “Part of the strategy of Swoop is for it to be complementary to WestJet,” Cummings said. “It made sense for us to start our network as largely Hamilton-based, with some Abbotsford. Over time, we will evolve and deploy into other markets.” The operation mostly will focus on secondary airports, such as Hamilton, which is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Toronto.
9th October 2017
Canada's WestJet adds maiden B737 MAX 8s
WestJet (WS, Calgary) has taken delivery of its maiden pair of B737 MAX 8s following the handing over of C-FRAX (msn 60510) and C-FRAN (msn 60511) late last month.
The aircraft will be deployed on the Canadian carrier's flights between Calgary, Vancouver Int'l, and Toronto Pearson initially before being deployed on international services.
WestJet expects to take delivery of four B737 MAX 8s this year out of a current type order total of twenty-three. A further four are due next year at which time its first of seven B737 MAX 9s are due to arrive.
05th October 2017
WestJet adds Calgary - Mexico City route in March 2018
WestJet from March 2018 is adding Calgary – Mexico City route, initially operating 4 times a week from 14MAR18. Boeing 737-700 is scheduled to operate this route.
WS2200 YYC0940 – 1444MEX 73W x246
WS2215 MEX1545 – 2122YYC 73W x135
From 29APR18, service will expand to daily operation. In yesterday’s report on Airlineroute, WestJet is also launching Vancouver – Mexico City service from 14MAR18. Flights to/from Vancouver will also increase to daily from 29APR18. The flight increase was not mentioned in yesterday’s report.
28th September 2017
WestJet names ULCC unit Swoop
WestJet (WS, Calgary) has formally christened its nascent ultra low-cost carrier unit Swoop (Calgary). WestJet said in a statement Swoop would launch out of its Calgary hub in Summer 2018 using a fleet of ten high-density B737-800s.
"The city offers Swoop the opportunity to save costs through shared services with WestJet's corporate head office, the availability of existing infrastructure, and talented, experienced WestJetters to draw from. We are confident that these qualities will support our ultra-low-cost operations and our guests well into the future," Bob Cummings WestJet's Executive Vice-President (Strategy) and the executive member responsible for the launch of Swoop, said.
Featuring its own Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), Swoop will launch around the time fellow ULCC Jetlines (Vancouver Int'l) expects to complete its own certification drive.
16th August 2017
WestJet to begin Calgary-Denver flights in 2018
Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet will expand its route network to include Denver on 8 March 2018, when it launches flights to the city from Calgary, WestJet announces.
The carrier will operate flights once daily between Denver and Calgary using Boeing 737s, according to the company and flight schedules. In announcing the news, WestJet notes that Colorado is Canada's largest trading partner and that Canada is the second largest foreign investor in Colorado. Currently, nearly 150 people travel daily between the cities, according to Calgary-based WestJet.
WestJet will compete with United Airlines, which flies up to four times daily between Calgary and Denver using a mix of Airbus A319s, Boeing 737s, Bombardier CRJ200s and Embraer 175s, according to flight schedules.
WestJet's new discount airline service not expected until next year.
WestJet's new discount airline service not expected until next year. WestJet says the launch of its new no-frills, low-cost airline won’t be until next summer after initially announcing plans it would start offering flights later this year. The delay comes in part after the airline decided to switch to a lower-cost booking system, CEO Gregg Saretsky said Tuesday as the company posted its second-quarter results. He said WestJet also doesn’t expect to get regulatory certificates until the first quarter of next year, which is when the airline aims to release an initial flight schedule and start selling tickets ahead of a June launch date for flights.
WestJet announced a planned service expansion for its US and international service for winter 2017/18 season. Majority of these service will receive additional frequencies from 29OCT17.
Calgary – Cancun Increase from 14 to 16 weekly
Calgary – Los Angeles Increase from 11 to 14 weekly
Calgary – Palm Springs Increase from 18 to 20 weekly
Calgary – Phoenix Increase from 19 to 20 weekly
Calgary – Puerto Vallarta Increase from 12 to 14 weekly
Calgary – San Jose/Los Cabos Increase from 7 to 8 weekly
Edmonton – Cancun Increase from 5 to 6 weekly
Regina – Puerto Vallarta Increase from 1 to 2 weekly
Toronto – Antigua Increase from 2 to 3 weekly
Toronto – Cancun Increase from 11 to 15 weekly
Toronto – Ft. Lauderdale Increase from 11 to 14 weekly
Toronto – Liberia (Costa Rica) Increase from 4 to 5 weekly
Toronto – Montego Bay Increase from 13 to 14 weekly
Toronto – Nassau Increase from 7 to 9 weekly
Toronto – Orlando Increase from 12 to 15 weekly
Toronto – Puerto Plata Increase from 5 to 6 weekly
Toronto – Punta Cana Increase from 6 to 7 weekly
Vancouver – Cancun Increase from 6 to 7 weekly
Vancouver – Puerto Vallarta Increase from 7 to 8 weekly
Vancouver – San Jose/Los Cabos Increase from 4 to 5 weekly
WestJet announces major order for 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. In June 2017, WestJet announced it was named favourite overall supplier for service and value and favourite airline in the low cost/hybrid category by Canadian travel agents in the 2017 Agents' Choice Awards by Baxter Travel Media.
WestJet also placed second in five categories including: airline (leisure/charter), airline (traditional), tour operator (WestJet Vacations), responsible travel and online booking resources.
WestJet announced that it had been recognised as Best Airline in Canada and Travellers' Choice winner Mid-Sized and Low-Cost Airlines North America. TripAdvisor has highlightights the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines worldwide gathered over a 12-month period.
WestJet has modified a 2013 order with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) for sixty-five B737 MAX which, at the time, entailed forty B737 MAX 8s and twenty-five B737 MAX 7s.A review of the Canadian carrier's 2016 earnings shows it rejigged the order to now include thirty B737 MAX 8s and ten B737 MAX 9s. WestJet says it has options to purchase ten more B737 MAX aircraft between the years 2020 and 2021.
In addition, WestJet’s B737 MAX 7 and MAX 8 aircraft orders can each be substituted for the other model of aircraft, or for B737 MAX 9 aircraft. In terms of deliveries, the first four MAX 8s are due this year followed by four more in 2018 when the first three MAX 9s are also due. The first two MAX 7s are scheduled to deliver in 2019.
WesJet announced it will double its Houston service witht he addition of a second nonstop flight starting in May. WesJet first launched its first Houston flight in September 2015.
The new WestJet flight departs IAH for Calgary at 8 a.m. every day except Sundays, and the return flight leaves Calgary at 6:45 p.m. and arrives in Houston at 11:44 p.m. WestJet also will continue to operate its original flight — which arrives in Houston at 3:24 p.m. and departs for Calgary at 5 p.m. — six days per week.
In November 2016, WestJet announcd it had partnered with McDonald's Canada in a move that will see the restaurant's McCafé Premium Roast coffee available on board WestJet aircraft. The first flight, taking place on November 21, 2016, from Toronto to Calgary, represents a global-first for McDonald's and an unprecedented next step in the McCafé coffee journey, which in recent years has continued its emphasis on providing Canadians with A New Way to Café. In October 2016, WestJet announced today the airline will increase its capacity out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport by 40 per cent in 2017 with the return of non-stop service to Edmonton and Halifax and a new route to Winnipeg. Four-time weekly service to Edmonton returns January 16 until October 28. Daily service to Halifax returns January 16 until October 28. Three-time weekly service to Winnipeg, starts January 17 until October 26. By January 2017, WestJet will be offering 27 weekly departures to seven non-stop destinations out of Hamilton to meet increasing guest demand. In addition, WestJet is now Edmonton International Airport's largest air carrier with almost 75 per cent more seats than the next largest carrier. Overall, WestJet's guests in Edmonton have a total of 55 daily departures to 28 different WestJet destinations to choose from.
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