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WestJet today starts Boeing 767-300 scheduled service to Hawaii

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WestJet (Calgary) today celebrates the airline’s first flight from Alberta to Hawaii on its own Boeing 767-300 extended-range aircraft. To this point, flights to the Hawaiian Islands had been taking place on leased aircraft.

WestJet took delivery of its first Boeing 767-300 on August 27, 2015 and has been flying the aircraft between Calgary and Toronto in order to obtain Extended-range Twin-engine Operation (ETOPS) certification. This certification allows the aircraft to be operated for extended distances over water and is required for WestJet’s service to Hawaii and to London Gatwick, which commences service in May 2016.

WestJet’s Boeing 767-300 service to Hawaii departs Edmonton on January 10 at 8:15 a.m. and arrives in Maui at 12:37 p.m.

The airline will operate two 767-300 aircraft from Calgary and Edmonton to Honolulu and Maui. Each aircraft seats 262 guests. The aircraft include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two configuration, hot meals and all of the other amenities associated with Plus. The main cabin has 238 seats, with two seats on either side of the aircraft and three in the middle. One of the 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline’s new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system while the other will include tablets loaded with movies and popular televisions shows. By spring, both aircraft will be equipped with WestJet Connect.

WestJet’s seasonal service between Alberta and Hawaii began December 11, 2015, using two leased 767 aircraft from Omni Air International pending receipt of federal government certification for extended operation of WestJet’s 767s, which was received on December 30, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) lands at the Calgary base.

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WestJet announces year-round service to Europe

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WestJet (Calgary) today announced it is extending two of its new nonstop transatlantic services to London (Gatwick) from seasonal to year-round. Flights from Calgary and Toronto to London will now operate on a year-round basis, three times weekly and daily respectively through the winter, while service from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and St. John’s will operate seasonally as announced in September 2015.

Service dates for WestJet’s nonstop flights to London are:

  • Vancouver – seasonal May 6-October 21, 2016
  • Calgary – year-round from May 6, 2016
  • Edmonton – seasonal May 7-October 22, 2016
  • Winnipeg – seasonal May 7-October 1, 2016
  • Toronto – year-round from May 6, 2016
  • St. John’s – May 7-October 22, 2016

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Kalitta Air to add two Boeing 767-300 freighters as the pilots authorized a strike

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Kalitta Air (2nd) (Ypsilanti) is planning to add two Boeing 767-300F freighters according to Cargo Facts. The company has been a Boeing 747 operator. However this decision may be impacted by a strike vote by its pilots.

On December 9 the International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued this statement:

Pilots employed by Kalitta Air, LLC, have voted overwhelmingly, 213-7, to authorize a strike against the Ypsilanti, Michigan-based cargo airline.

Kalitta Air operates a fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft in support of the global network of DHL Express, a division of the German logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL. Ninety-two percent of eligible pilots voted in the referendum. Ninety-seven percent of voting pilots voted to authorize a strike. The pilot group is represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division, Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224.

“The pilots of Kalitta Air have sent a strong message to the airline’s management and their customers, including DHL, and potential customers,” said Scott Nelson, the elected chairman of the APA Teamsters Local 1224 Kalitta Air Executive Council. “Our members are prepared to strike over management delay tactics, violations of federal law, mistreatment of pilots and their continuing refusal to agree to a significantly-improved labor contract.”

Negotiations between the union and management started in October 2010. The company delayed responding to union wage and benefit proposals for more than two-and-half years. On Oct. 30, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued an injunction against the carrier for violating federal labor laws. Union communications have complained about persistent unprofessional conduct by managers and expressed alarm over the number of pilots that are considering leaving Kalitta Air for other airlines.

ABX Air, Inc., Atlas Air, Inc. and Southern Air, Inc. also perform flight operations in support of the DHL Express global network. Following the announcement of the strike authorization vote, union leadership at those carriers pledged to support the Kalitta pilots in the event of a strike.

“Gone are the days when pilots viewed one another as competitors in a race to the bottom that benefits our employers at the expense of our own paychecks and profession,” said Daniel C. Wells, president of APA Teamsters Local 1224. “Carriers like Kalitta need to make major improvements to pilot pay, benefits and working conditions if they are to retain and attract quality pilots and ultimately survive the worsening pilot shortage. This is true for all of the carriers where Local 1224 represents pilots. Status quo violations and uncompetitive pay and benefits will produce strikes and disruptions of customer networks, not labor peace and stability.”

Contract negotiations are currently subject to mediation efforts by the National Mediation Board, the federal agency that oversees labor relations in the airline and railroad industries.

“Kalitta pilots want to be treated with professional respect and work under a labor contract that is comparable to those of our peers at other airlines,” Nelson said. “Unfortunately, management seems stuck in the past and continues to insist on substandard terms and conditions of employment as a better course of action. They need to change course before it’s too late.”

The union has several initiatives planned for early 2016 aimed at publicizing the escalating labor dispute with Kalitta Air.

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Air Canada rouge to operate seasonal Vancouver – Dublin flights next summer

Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Boeing 767-333 ER WL C-FMWV (msn 25586) YVR (Chris Sands). Image: 930167.

Air Canada (Montreal) has announced a further, strategic expansion of its Vancouver hub with the addition of the only nonstop flights to Dublin, Ireland next summer. This new seasonal route follows the recent announcement of several enhancements at the airline’s Vancouver hub for 2016, including new transborder services to Chicago, San Jose and San Diego, double daily flights to London Heathrow, and the only flights linking Canada to Brisbane, Australia. The Vancouver-Dublin flights will be operated three times weekly by Air Canada’s leisure airline, Air Canada rouge, with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft beginning June 10, 2016.

This year to date, Air Canada has launched new international services from Montreal-Venice, Montreal-Mexico City, Toronto-Amsterdam, Toronto-Dubai, Toronto-Delhi and Vancouver-Osaka.

Next summer, Air Canada will be launching new international services from Montreal-Casablanca, Montreal-Lyon, Toronto-Prague, Toronto-Budapest, Toronto-Glasgow, Toronto-London Gatwick, Toronto-Warsaw, Toronto-Seoul, Vancouver-Brisbane and Vancouver-Dublin.

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WestJet reports record 3Q net earnings of C$101.8 million

WestJet (Calgary) today announced its third quarter 2015 results, with record net earnings of $101.8 million (all amounts in Canadian dollars), or $0.82 per diluted share, as compared with the adjusted net earnings1 of $85.4 million, or $0.66 per diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2014, up 19.2 per cent and 24.2 per cent, respectively, notwithstanding the significant weakening of the Canadian dollar year over year and the softening of the Western Canadian economy as a result of the collapse in energy prices. WestJet achieved an on-time performance rate of 86.0 per cent in the third quarter, a year-over-year improvement of 4.1 percentage points, placing WestJet as the top performing North American airline for the second consecutive quarter. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a record return on invested capital of 16.1 per cent, compared with the 16.0 per cent reported in the previous quarter while our total assets surpassed $5 billion for the first time in WestJet’s history.

“We are very pleased with another quarter of record financial results, as we improved our return on invested capital and operating margin while leading North American airlines in on-time performance for a second straight quarter,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “We are very excited about the next chapter of WestJet’s evolution, as we recently began flying wide-body aircraft in scheduled revenue service for the first time and announced non-stop service to London Gatwick from six Canadian cities beginning in the spring of 2016. I want to thank our 11,000 WestJetters for their commitment to delivering our award-winning brand of friendly caring service, and I look forward to celebrating a record November profit share with them later this month.”

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. WestJet’s first Boeing 767-338 ER WL C-FOGJ (msn 25274) taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

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Transaero Airlines ends all operations, Aeroflot to carry Transaero passengers until December 15

Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) has announced Transaero Airlines (Moscow) ended all operations last night at midnight (October 25) after losing its AOC effective today. Aeroflot will continue to fly passengers with Transaero tickets until December 15. According to Aeroflot; “Of the 1.93 million Transaero tickets sold for flights before December 15, 2015, 1.83 million passengers — or 94.8% of the total — have already been flown under Aeroflot’s operational management.”

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WestJet’s first Boeing 767-300 ER enters revenue service

WestJet (Calgary), as previously reported, yesterday (October 22) placed its first Boeing 767-300 ER into revenue service between Toronto (Pearson) and Calgary. The company issued this statement:

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WestJet’s first Boeing 767-300 extended-range aircraft performed its inaugural flight on October 22, departing Toronto Pearson International Airport at 9 a.m. EDT. Operating as WestJet flight 655, the aircraft arrived at Calgary International Airport.

Featuring a new teal and blue maple leaf-themed logo, which will eventually appear on all WestJet aircraft, the airline’s 767-300s seat 262 guests and have a range of approximately 11 hours. The aircraft will include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two configuration, hot meals and all other amenities associated with Plus. The main cabin has 238 seats, with two seats on either side of the aircraft and three in the middle. By next spring all four 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline’s new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system.

Beginning May 2016, WestJet will begin serving London (Gatwick) on a nonstop basis from six Canadian cities including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and St. John’s. With the exception of service from St. John’s, all London flights will operate on WestJet’s fleet of 767-300 extended-range aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-QANTAS Airways Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) taxies to runway on the first revenue flight at Toronto (Pearson). Note the new Maple Leaf logo.

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