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WestJet Encore Cabin Crew Members, represented by CUPE Local 4070, ratify five-year collective agreement

WestJet Encore has announced that Encore Cabin Crew Members, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have successfully ratified their first five-year agreement.

This ratified agreement is in place from August 1, 2021, through to and including July 31, 2026.

The time invested in the negotiations by both parties, leading up to ratification, was necessary to work through the many complex terms and conditions.

WestJet to launch nonstop Calgary – Seattle/Tacoma service

WestJet today announced new nonstop service between Calgary, AB and Seattle/Tacoma, WA. As the airline with the most flights from Calgary, the new nonstop service to Seattle will operate four-times weekly beginning November 4, 2021, on WestJet Encore’s Q400 aircraft and will increase to two-times daily on May 19, 2022.

With Canada’s border restrictions easing on August 9, 2021, WestJet is continuing to build upon its network position as Western Canada’s largest air carrier with the introduction of new service between the two iconic cities.

Details of WestJet’s new service between Calgary and Seattle/Tacoma:

Route Frequency Start date
Calgary – Seattle 4x weekly November 4, 2021
6x weekly December 20, 2021
1x daily March 28, 2022
2x daily May 19, 2022
Seattle – Calgary 4x weekly November 4, 2021
6x weekly December 20, 2021
1x daily March 28, 2022
2x daily May 19, 2022

 

WestJet to restore regional routes suspended due to COVID-19

WestJet today announced it will restore flights to the communities of Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney and Quebec City after service was suspended as a result of COVID-19. The reinstatement of service will restore WestJet’s complete network of pre-COVID-19 domestic airports.

Service is set to resume to the five airports WestJet suspended service from in November, beginning June 24, 2021 through to June 30, 2021. In addition, service between St. John’s and Toronto, which was indefinitely suspended in October, will resume effective June 24, 2021. Following a temporary suspension, the restart of service between St. John’s and Halifax will be advanced from June 24, 2021 to May 6, 2021. Full schedule details and restart dates are outlined below.

Recognizing the investments that WestJet’s travel and tourism partners in the regions need to make to begin to recover from the pandemic, the airline will continue to encourage the Atlantic premiers to advance their efforts to ensure the region is open to Canadians this summer.

Planned Network Service Resumptions:

Route Frequency Planned restart date
St. John’s-Halifax 6x weekly May 6, 2021
Charlottetown-Toronto 11x weekly June 24, 2021
St. John’s-Toronto 1x daily June 24, 2021
Fredericton-Toronto 1x daily June 26, 2021
Quebec City-Toronto 1x daily June 28, 2021
Sydney-Halifax 1x daily June 28, 2021
Moncton-Toronto 1x daily June 30, 2021

 

WestJet ratifies five-year agreement with WestJet Encore pilots

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEU (msn 4493) YYZ (Jay Selman). Image: 403935.

WestJet has announced that 92 percent of WestJet Encore pilots represented by the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) voted in favor of a five-year agreement. The vote represents 90 percent of the 505 WestJet Encore pilots.

The agreement starts January 1, 2019 and expires on January 1, 2024.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEU (msn 4493) YYZ (Jay Selman). Image: 403935.

WestJet Encore aircraft slide show:

 

WestJet touches down in Portland, Oregon

WestJet has made this announcement:

Building on WestJet’s position as Calgary’s largest air carrier, the airline began its new nonstop flight between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Calgary nInternational Airport (YYC) today. The new flight is the first-ever WestJet-scheduled service to and from Portland.

WestJet’s nonstop flight to Calgary allows for convenient access to its western Canadian network where the airline will operate 145 daily flights from Calgary to 54 destinations including Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Saskatoon, Regina, Atlanta, Nashville, New York, London, Paris and Dublin.  WestJet operates more flights to more destinations from Calgary than any other airline.  WestJet’s codeshare partner, Delta, also offers travellers from Calgary the opportunity to connect to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Seattle/Tacoma and Salt Lake City International Airport out of Portland.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary – Portland Daily 10:30 a.m. 11:17 a.m. April 29, 2019
Portland – Calgary Daily 12:10 p.m. 2:57 p.m. April. 29, 2019

This summer, WestJet will operate over 740 daily flights in peak summer to 92 destinations including 42 in Canada, 23 in the United States, 28 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and five in Europe.

WestJet’s Dreamliner takes its first transatlantic flight

WestJet officially launched its new Dreamliner featuring its new long-haul Business cabin seats between Calgary and London, Gatwick with the departure of WS1. The sold-out flight, expected to land in Gatwick at 11:00 a.m. local time, was a first for WestJet’s new 787-9 Dreamliner. The return flight, WS2 departs London at 1 p.m. local time on Monday.

“The three years since WestJet’s inaugural flight from Gatwick have been a real success story, with thousands of business and leisure passengers enjoying the vital low-cost connections between the UK and Canada that these services have provided,” said Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet’s presence at Gatwick continues to grow, and it’s very exciting for us to be supporting the airline as it moves into this important new era. The launch of the 787 Dreamliner will offer around 24,000 more GatwickCalgary seats per year on the same number of aircraft, and its highly fuel-efficient engines will also help us in our ongoing mission to become the UK’s most sustainable airport.”

Photo: The first WestJet 787 at LGW.

Tail 901, WestJet’s first Dreamliner, named Clive Beddoe, also carried the founder and chairman himself.

On May 17, WestJet will launch its inaugural direct Dreamliner flight between Calgary to Paris with its final transatlantic flight between Calgary and Dublin on June 1.

WestJet’s Dreamliners carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 nonstop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Details of WestJet’s new nonstop service:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary – London
(Gatwick)

Daily

7:20 p.m

11 a.m. +1

April 28, 2019

London (Gatwick) –
Calgary

Daily

1:30 p.m

3:40 p.m

April 29, 2018

In other news, WestJet Encore will drop the Halifax – Boston route on June 2, 2019.

All photos by WestJet.

CUPE files to represent WestJet Encore flight attendants

CUPE has made this announcement:

CUPE has filed an application at the Canada Industrial Relations Board to represent flight attendants at WestJet Encore.

A majority of WestJet Encore flight attendants have signed cards supporting unionization with CUPE, after citing the need for better schedules and better opportunities for career advancement among their reasons for seeking to unionize. CUPE is thrilled to get to work improving the lives of Encore staff.

CUPE has industry-leading experience and expertise in improving the working conditions and the lives of our flight attendant members,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “We look forward to adding Encore flight attendants to our airline family.”

Flight attendants have a tough job ensuring the safety of their passengers at 20,000 feet, along with challenging working conditions and often unpredictable schedules. But being part of a union makes a world of difference, as flight attendants at WestJet mainline can already attest. “Most definitely, my life is a lot better after joining CUPE,” said Kruti Sutaria, who is now the secretary-treasurer of CUPE Local 4070, representing WestJet mainline flight attendants.

In July 2018, CUPE was certified to represent roughly 3,000 flight attendants at WestJet’s mainline carrier. CUPE is Canada’s flight attendant union, representing 15,000 flight attendants at ten different airlines nationwide.

Meanwhile WestJet issued this statement:

WestJet has issued the following statement from President and CEO Ed Sims regarding the application for certification of its WestJet Encore flight attendants by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

“We respect the individual rights of our employees to choose their representation. The caring and passionate nature of all employee groups will ensure we collectively deliver on our strategy of becoming a global network airline while keeping safety at the forefront.”

WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GDEW (msn 4563) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 945784.

WestJet today announced it is adding more choice for travelers in London, Ontario and Montreal this summer with a new daily service starting June 24 through October 15 on WestJet Encore.

 

WestJet is the largest airline in London, and this summer will operate six flights per day from London, ON to three Canadian cities including Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. The airline will also operate 23 flights per day from Montreal including two times daily to Vancouver, three times daily to Calgary, daily to Edmonton and Winnipeg, 13 times daily to Toronto, twice daily to Halifax and daily to London, ON.

Details of WestJet’s service between London and Montreal:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
London –  Montreal Daily 10:20 a.m. 11:45 a.m. June 24, 2019
Montreal – London Daily 12:15 p.m. 1:49 p.m. June 24, 2019

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GDEW (msn 4563) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 945784.

WestJet Encore aircraft slide show:

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WestJet, Swoop and ALPA receive arbitrator’s award on first collective agreement for pilots

WestJet has stated it has received the award of the arbitrator, Mr. William Kaplan, in the interest arbitration between WestJet, Swoop and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).

The arbitrator’s award, which is binding on all parties, follows mediated negotiations and formal arbitration hearings that have taken place since May 2018. The award sets the terms for the first collective agreement including all outstanding terms and conditions of employment for pilots at WestJet and Swoop.

“Today’s award provides WestJet the ability to grow, operate a sustainable business and to compete effectively in the current operating environment,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “The conclusion of this first agreement allows us to now turn our attention to the arrival of WestJet’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner and our transition to a global network carrier. I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with our pilots as we deliver on our global future.”

ALPA represents approximately 1,600 WestJet and Swoop pilots not including WestJet Encore. WestJet Encore pilots are represented by ALPA in a separate bargaining unit, which is currently engaged in collective bargaining with the company.

WestJet will meet with ALPA leadership in early January 2019 to review the terms of the award and work towards finalizing the collective agreement. Due to the scope and complexity of the work required, the airline will not provide further comment at this time. WestJet remains committed to working directly with the pilots’ representation. The details of the collective agreement will be communicated when finalized.

In other news, WestJet on December 21 set a new record for guests flown in a single day for the fourth time this year. The group, including WestJet, WestJet Encore, Swoop and WestJet Link flew 82,618 guests, surpassing the previous record of 80,219 guests set on August 7, 2018.

WestJet Group to carry a record breaking number of passengers today

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The WestJet Group of Companies today set a company record for guests flown in a single day, flying an estimated 80,219 guests across its expanding network. This surpasses the previous record of 79,961 set on December 22, 2017.

“The WestJet Group continues to grow our guest numbers as our strategic plan is executed,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “We continue to expand our connectivity while providing more choice for Canadian travellers. Thank you to our 13,000 WestJetters for their part in our success and thank you to our guests for choosing WestJet, WestJet Encore, WestJet Link and Swoop for their summer travel plans.”

Photo: WestJet.