WestJet Airlines (Calgary) yesterday (May 29) operated its one millionth flight of its Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. The milestone flight is WS 612 from Calgary to Toronto (Pearson), departing Calgary International Airport at 12:10 p.m. MDT and arriving at Toronto Pearson at 5:52 p.m. EDT.
WestJet launched in 1996 with a fleet of three Boeing 737-200s (see below), serving five destinations in Western Canada. It began replacing those aircraft with the more fuel-efficient Boeing Next-Generation 737-600, -700 and -800 series aircraft in May 2001, becoming a completely Next-Generation fleet in January 2006.
Since 2001, WestJet has flown approximately 110 million guests on one million flights with its Boeing Next-Generation aircraft, travelling a total distance of 2.4 billion kilometers or the equivalent distance of 15 trips to Mars and back.
Launched with just 220 WestJetters in 1996, the airline now employs more than 8,600 people in 32 cities across Canada. Inducted into Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame, WestJet consistently ranks as one of the country’s top employers and is proud to be Canada’s preferred airline.
WestJet has recorded 28 consecutive quarters of profitability and is currently one of the most profitable airlines in North America. Thanks to the efforts of WestJetters, the airline has made a profit in all but two quarters over its 16-year history, sharing more than $220 million in profits among its employees in that time.
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