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
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-QANTAS Airways Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) is pictured at Toronto (Pearson).
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has updated its fleet plan for its subsidiary KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam):
On December 19, the thirtieth—and, provisionally, final—Embraer 190 arrived in the Netherlands. Starting next year, KLM Cityhopper’s fleet will by supplemented by fifteen Embraer 175s. The first of its kind is scheduled to arrive in March. This signals a new phase in KLM Cityhopper’s fleet renewal program.
KLM Cityhopper on course to an all-Embraer fleet.
KLM Cityhopper is Europe’s largest regional carrier. Each year, it carries out more than 100,000 flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to fifty-four European destinations. In 2016, the number will grow to fifty-eight destinations.
By replacing the Fokker 70 with the Embraer 175 and the Embraer 190, KLM Cityhopper’s fleet will consist of thirty Embraer 190s, and fifteen Embraer 175s by no later than 2018. As a result, KLM will have the single-largest Embraer fleet in Europe.
Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. The venerable Fokker 70 will be retired in 2018. KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZL (msn 11536) taxies to the gate at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Norwegian Long Haul (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) is planning to launch a new route connecting London (Gatwick) with Oakland in May 2016. The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners starting on May 12 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Now registered in Norway (was previously registered in Ireland), Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner LN-LNG (msn 35314) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.
Finnair (Helsinki) has announced it will add more pilots and cabin staff. The company issued this statement:
Finnair prepares for growth in its long-haul traffic starting in 2016 and begins the biggest recruitment drive in the company’s history. In addition to the approximately 70 pilots and 130 cabin attendants recruited this year, the company is seeking to recruit 100 new pilots and 300 new cabin crew members. Some 50 people are also hired to perform customer service tasks and other functions during the spring.
In October, Finnair took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft and altogether 19 have been ordered. The new wide-body aircraft are the engine of Finnair’s growth and add capacity to its long-haul traffic from spring 2016 onwards. Increasing capacity also increases the need for personnel. Earlier this year, Finnair stated that growth translates to approximately 1000 new jobs by 2020.
Recruitment of the flying personnel starts on December 4, 2015. After the selections have been made, the trainings and employment for the different employee groups will begin in phases from spring 2016 onwards, following the increase in Finnair’s need for new employees.
Finnair’s strategic objective is to double its traffic between Asia and Europe by 2020 from the 2010 level. The strategy is based on the growing markets in Asia, fast connections between Europe and Northeast Asia, quality service, and cost-efficient, punctual operations. As Asian traffic grows Finnair is also increasing capacity in its European traffic because a significant part of the company’s customers are transfer passengers.
Copyright Photo: AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 OH-LZI (msn 5922) taxies at London (Heathrow).
El Al Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv) reported a record third quarter net profit of $936 million, up from a net profit of only $10.1 million in the same quarter a year ago. The change was a direct result of lower fuel costs.
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.
Air Canada (Montreal) has announced it is boosting international flights at its Vancouver (YVR) hub next summer with double daily flights from YVR to London Heathrow. In addition, the airline’s new nonstop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane, Australia will now launch two weeks earlier on June 1, 2016 to meet demand.
AC will use Boeing 777-300 ERs and 787-9 Dreamliners on the YVR-LHR route.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-FNOE (msn 35265) departs from Toronto (Pearson).