Category Archives: Swoop

Swoop to fly to San Diego this winter

Swoop has announced service to San Diego, California from Edmonton, Alta. and Abbotsford, B.C. beginning October 4, 2019. This announcement comes one week after the release of Swoop’s 2019 winter schedule which offers nonstop flights in 39 markets that are available for booking now through April 25, 2020.

As a complement to the published winter schedule, Swoop has added three-times weekly service between Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and three-times weekly service between Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) and San Diego International Airport (SAN). The nonstop San Diego routes are offered every Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

San Diego joins Los Cabos, Mexico as one of two new destinations in Swoop’s 2019 winter schedule which offers 28 winter getaway routes to fun and sun destinations.

Swoop will be accepting the delivery of three more aircraft in 2019, bringing its fleet total to 10 Boeing 737-NG 800s by the end of the year.

Flights are now available for booking through April 25, 2020.

Details of Swoop’s new service

Service
Between (Starts
October 4,
2019)
Service
Offered
Weekly
Frequency
Air
Transportation
Charges (ATC)
base fare from
Taxes,
Fees and
Charges
Total
One-Way
Price
From *
Edmonton and
San Diego
Thursday,
Friday &
Sunday
3x weekly $65.58 $93.42 $159CAD
Abbotsford and
San Diego
Thursday,
Friday &
Sunday
3x weekly $95.58 $63.42 $159CAD
 * Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

 

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Swoop’s nonstop Kelowna to Las Vegas service takes flight

Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FYBK (msn 40336) YHM (TMK Photography). Image: 946774.

Swoop on June 27 celebrated its new nonstop route between Kelowna, BC and Las Vegas, NV.

The inaugural flight wraps up the celebrations for the 2019 summer schedule. Flight WO826 departs Kelowna International Airport (YLW) at 2:35 p.m. and arrives at McCarran International Airport (LAS) at 5:08 p.m., local time. Prior to departure, travellers will be offered refreshments, swag and more at Kelowna International Airport.

Additionally, at 9:00 a.m., Bob and Big Ginger from Kelowna radio station Power 104 FM and Ara and Toby from 1031 Beach Morning Radio will be live on-location. The local stations are hosting a ‘SwoopCase’ party where pre-selected contestants arrive at the airport with their bags packed for the chance to board Swoop’s inaugural flight to Las Vegas. The winners will enjoy accommodations provided by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)at Caesars Palace.

Flights are now available for booking through to April 25, 2020.

Details of Swoop’s new service

Service Between Service
Offered
Weekly
Frequency
Air transportation charges (ATC)

base fare from 

Taxes, fees
and charges 
Total One-
Way Price
From*
Kelowna and Las
Vegas
Thursday, Sunday 2 x weekly $18.44 $80.56 $99
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

Top Copyright Photo (All others by the airline): Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FYBK (msn 40336) YHM (TMK Photography). Image: 946774.

Swoop aircraft slide show:

Route Map:

 

Swoop releases its 2019 Winter schedule, adds Los Cabos to its network

Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FYBK (msn 40336) YHM (TMK Photography). Image: 946775.

Swoop released its 2019 winter schedule with non-stop flights available for booking from June 25, 2019 through April 25, 2020. The schedule boasts 28 winter getaway routes, including the enticing new destination of Los Cabos, Mexico.

As part of the winter schedule, Swoop announced three-times weekly service between Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and twice-weekly service between Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) and Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). The Los Cabos routes start November 2, 2019 and November 17, 2019, respectively.

Swoop’s service in Winnipeg will increase from 16 to 26 weekly flights at the height of the winter schedule, 14 of which will serve transborder and international destinations. Winnipeg will enjoy new service to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; Mesa, Arizona; and Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay, Florida.

Edmonton will add service to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Los Cabos and Cancun, Mexico.

New sun-service from London, Ontario includes Cancun, Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Orlando, Florida.

Swoop has maintained its growth plan and will be accepting the delivery of three more aircraft by the end of 2019, bringing its fleet total to 10 Boeing 737-NG 800s.

Flights are now available for booking through to April 25, 2020.

Details of Swoop’s winter schedule

Domestic
Markets
Service Starts Service
Offered
Weekly
Frequency
Air
Transportation
Charges (ATC)
base fare from
Taxes,
Fees and
Charges
Total One-
Way Price
From *
Abbotsford
and London
June 25 Daily except
Saturday
6x $87.17 $11.83 $99CAD
Abbotsford
and Winnipeg
June 25 Monday,
Wednesday
& Friday
3x $115.73 $13.26 $129CAD
Edmonton
and
Abbotsford
June 25 Daily 16x $19.07 $39.93 $59CAD
Edmonton
and Winnipeg
June 25 Monday,
Wednesday
& Friday
3x $19.07 $39.93 $59CAD
Edmonton
and Hamilton
June 25 Daily except
Saturday
6x $76.21 $42.79 $119CAD
Edmonton
and London
June 25 Daily except
Saturday
6x $57.17 $41.83 $99CAD
Hamilton and Abbotsford June 25 Daily except
Saturday
6x $108.59 $50.41 $159CAD
Hamilton and
Winnipeg
June 25 Daily except
Thursday
6x $46.64 $42.36 $89CAD
Hamilton and
Halifax
June 25 Tuesday,
Thursday,
Friday &
Saturday
4x $55.49 $43.51 $99CAD
Transborder
Markets
Service Starts Service Offered Weekly
Frequency
Air
Transportation
Charges (ATC)
base fare from
Taxes,
Fees and
Charges
Total One-
Way Price
From *
Abbotsford
and Las
Vegas
June 25 Thursday &
Sunday
2x $38.44 $60.56 $99CAD
Kelowna and
Las Vegas
June 25 Thursday &
Sunday
2x $18.44 $80.56 $99CAD
Edmonton
and Las
Vegas
June 25 Daily 7x $27.49 $91.51 $119CAD
Edmonton
and Orlando
June 25 Monday &
Friday
2x $65.58 $93.41 $159CAD
Edmonton
and Mesa
June 25 Wednesday &
Sunday
2x $85.00 $94.39 $179.39CAD
Winnipeg and Las Vegas November 15 Monday &
Friday
2x $51.53 $87.47 $139CAD
Winnipeg and
Orlando
November 15 Tuesday &
Friday
2x $51.53 $87.47 $139CAD
Winnipeg and
Fort
Lauderdale
November 16 Monday &
Saturday
2x $70.58 $88.42 $159CAD
Winnipeg and
Tampa Bay
November 17 Thursday &
Sunday
2x $51.53 $87.47 $139CAD
Winnipeg and
Mesa
December 15 Thursday &
Sunday
2x $89.63 $89.37 $179CAD
London and
Las Vegas
October 3 Thursday &
Sunday
2x $69.00 $70.00 $139CAD
London and
Orlando
October 26 Wednesday &
Saturday
2x $69.00 $70.00 $139CAD
Hamilton and
Las Vegas
June 25 Monday,
Thursday,
Friday &
Sunday
4x $68.68  

$90.32

$159CAD
Hamilton
and Orlando
June 25 Monday,
Wednesday,
Thursday &
Saturday
4x $30.58 $88.42 $119CAD
Hamilton and
Tampa Bay
June 25 Monday,
Wednesday &
Sunday
3x $30.58 $88.42 $119CAD
Hamilton and
Fort
Lauderdale
June 25 Monday,
Friday &
Saturday
3x $30.58 $88.41 $119CAD
International
Markets
Service Starts Service
Offered
Weekly
Frequency
Air
Transportation
Charges (ATC)
base fare from
Taxes,
Fees and Charges
Total One-
Way Price
From *
Abbotsford
and Mazatlán
June 25 Wednesday
& Friday
2x $95.27 $63.91 $159.18CAD
Abbotsford
and Puerto
Vallarta
June 25 Monday &
Saturday
2x $135.27 $63.91 $199.18CAD
Edmonton
and Los
Cabos
November 2 Tuesday,
Thursday &
Saturday
3x $83.59 $95.41 $179CAD
Edmonton
and Puerto
Vallarta
October 19 Monday

& Saturday

2x $83.59 $95.41 $179CAD
Edmonton
and Cancun
October 24 Thursday &
Saturday
2x $83.59 $95.41 $179CAD
Edmonton
and Mazatlán
November 2 Wednesday &
Saturday
2x $83.59 $95.41 $179CAD
Winnipeg and
Los Cabos
November 17 Wednesday &
Sunday
2x $108.84 $90.16 $199CAD
Winnipeg and
Puerto
Vallarta
November 27 Tuesday 2x $88.84 $90.16
Top Copyright Photo: Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FYBK (msn 40336) YHM (TMK Photography). Image: 946775.
Swoop aircraft slide show:

Swoop carries its one-millionth traveller

Swoop has made this announcement:

Swoop celebrated its one-millionth traveller on a flight from Edmonton to Hamilton earlier this week. William and Emily Burchat were surprised to be selected as the lucky recipients of a round-trip for two on Swoop and a commemorative, Swoop branded, model aircraft. The pair were travelling to Hamilton with their twin infant daughters who were meeting their grandparents for the first time.

“It was an awesome experience. They were all super helpful, every single one of them,” said William of his first Swoop flight. “Their prices are cheap, but the quality isn’t. We save as much money as we can to give them (the twins) a better future. Every penny counts with them.”

“Both of us and the girls flew here for half the price it would have cost,” said Emily about why they chose Swoop. “We wouldn’t have been able to actually make the trip. It’s hard to travel as a family.”

A small Swoop team was on hand in Edmonton to kick-off the festivities, which included celebratory décor and refreshments at the gate. Travellers were encouraged to record their favourite travel stories at the Swoop Stories Video Booth to be shared on the Swoop social channels. Every traveller received an exclusive Swoop luggage tag, promo code and the hugely popular, Swoop piggy bank.

Swoop President Steven Greenway was waiting in Hamilton to surprise the millionth traveller.

“We suspected the millionth traveller would be flying this week, so we decided to have some fun and share the experience with an entire flight,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “After all, every traveller is equally as valued and we were eager to show our appreciation in a unique way.”

“The best compliments we receive are affirmations from word-of-mouth referrals,” said Karen McIsaac, Sr. Advisor of Communications for Swoop. “Of those who try us, more than 94 per cent say they would fly with Swoop again. † This kind of awareness and endorsement has been our biggest ally in bringing more affordable air travel to everyone.”

Based on a 2019 Swoop survey of 23,830 participants.

Swoop is a month shy of reaching one full-year of operation, having begun flights on June 20, 2018 with an initial fleet of three aircraft and a network of five Canadian cities. Since then, the airline has quickly expanded service to include 16 destinations across four countries. The Edmonton base has seen an exponential increase in weekly flights and now employs 104 Swoopsters. Hamilton has almost quadrupled its weekly flights since launch and currently employs 166 Swoopsters.

 

Swoop lifts-off with three more inaugural summer routes

Swoop on May 24 is celebrating three inaugural routes as part of its 2019 summer schedule. The routes include service from London, ON to both Abbotsford and Halifax, as well as service between Winnipeg and Kelowna.

The day-long inaugural celebrations begin at Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ) where Swoop President, Steven Greenway will send-off the 10:20a.m. flight to London International Airport (YXU). Travellers at participating airports can take part in a gate celebration that includes refreshments, sweet treats, gifts and more.

“Not only does today highlight three new routes, but it is also the induction of Kelowna into our network,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “We are welcoming many first-time Swoop travellers this month and are encouraged by research showing that more than 94% of those who try us would fly Swoop again.”

Based on a 2019 Swoop survey of 23,830 participants.

The inaugural-filled day concludes with a 9:46p.m. EST arrival at London International Airport (YXU) from Abbotsford International Airport (YXX).

Details of the May 24, 2019 inaugural flights

Flight Number Service between Departure (local time) Arrival (local time)
WO 315 Halifax to London, ON 10:20a.m. 11:40a.m.
WO 316 London, ON to Halifax 12:25p.m. 3:23p.m.
WO 415 Winnipeg to Kelowna 11:17a.m. 11:48a.m.
WO 416 Kelowna to Winnipeg 12:40p.m. 4:57p.m.
WO 223 London, ON to Abbotsford 12:10p.m. 1:52p.m.
WO212 Abbotsford to London, ON 2:45p.m. 9:46p.m.

Above Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

To round-out the summer schedule, Swoop looks forward to celebrating two more routes between Edmonton and Orlando on June 1, 2019 and between Kelowna and Las Vegas on June 27, 2019.

Flights are now available for booking through to October 26, 2019.

Details of Swoop’s May 24 inaugural service

Service
Between
Service Offered Weekly
Frequency
Air
transportation
charges (ATC)

base fare
from  

Taxes, fees
and charges 
Total One-
Way Price
From*
Winnipeg and
Kelowna
Monday,
Wednesday &
Friday
3 x weekly $81.21 $37.79 $119CAD
London, ON and
Abbotsford
Daily 7 x weekly $100.04 $28.96 $129CAD
London, ON and
Halifax
Daily, except
Saturday
6 x weekly $91.19 $27.81 $119CAD
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

Route Map:

Swoop takes flight at London International Airport, Ontario

Swoop today (April 28) celebrates the launch of air service in London, Ontario.

The inaugural flight departs Edmonton International Airport (YEG) at 7:00 a.m. local time and will be welcomed by a water cannon salute upon arrival at London International Airport (YXU) at 12:25 p.m. local time. Travellers at both airports will be invited to take part in a gate celebration that includes refreshments, sweet treats and gifts.

This is the first of three new routes launching in London, with service to Abbotsford, BC (YXX) and Halifax, NS (YHZ) beginning on May 24, 2019.

Flights are now available for booking through to October 26, 2019.

Details of Swoop’s service from London, ON

Top Copyright Photo:

April 1 Alert: Swoop brings lie-flat seats to its single class cabin

WestJet has had a proud tradition of April 1 spoofs. Now it extends to Swoop:

Swoop has set a new bar in ultra-low-cost unbundling with the introduction of its Recline-for-a-Dime™ product. The feature, expected to be configured across the fleet by the end of April 2019, allows travellers to insert a dime into the armrest of their seat in exchange for two-inches of 30-minute timed recline. Credit card tap is also enabled for even more convenience.

The cost to lie completely flat is $0.90, though travellers can fully customize the amount of time and the degree of recline they prefer, in $0.10 increments. When the time is up, the seat gently returns to its upright position. Swoop’s Flatter-than-Flat feature is offered for an additional $0.10, allowing travellers who have purchased the lie-flat option to further stretch their spine.

“Lie-flat luxury seating seems to be all the rage these days,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “Our travellers now have the option for a premium experience without breaking the bank. It’s a pivotal moment in the world of ultra-low-cost travel and only the beginning for product innovation at Swoop.”

Staying true to the ultra-low-cost model, Swoop cut the cost of reclining from the fare so travellers are only paying for what they use. Swoop is the only airline in the world to have the patent-pending air-worthy automated seat-recline technology.

“An innovation that truly has your back….”

For years, ULCC’s have been targeted for having cramped, unfriendly seats. Wanting to dispel this stereotype, Swoop conceived Recline-for-a-Dime while inadvertently discovering a few added benefits. Studies have shown that reclining at least six inches every 20 minutes on flights over 1.5 hours increases circulation and prevents thrombosis and swelling. Studies have also concluded a relationship between reclining and a reduction in jet lag. All the more reason to recline for a dime.

“It’s about dime! Recline.”

The standard degree of recline on most airlines that offer a premium economy option is eight inches. Market research has shown potential dissatisfaction from those seated behind a seat that is reclined more than this. In these cases, the non-reclining traveller can purchase Swoop’s 5-degrees-of-freedom option, which prevents the seat in front from reclining past the eight-inch satisfaction threshold.

The feedback from the cabin crew has been overwhelmingly positive. With the automated seat technology in place, gone are the days of monitoring that all seats have been returned to their upright position for take-off and landing.

Swoop expects to further develop the offering by introducing dynamic lumbar support, massage, motion-sync to streaming music and discounted recline-credits for the frequent traveller.

One from WestJet: