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WestJet is now connecting Vancouver and Cranbrook

WestJet Link - Pacific Coastal Airlines SAAB 340B C-GPCI (msn 407) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 943493.

WestJet’s regional air service, WestJet Link on October 27 celebrated the expansion of its services following its inaugural flight between the airline’s hub in Vancouver and Cranbrook, B.C.

Since its inception in June 2018, WestJet Link has operated more than 7,000 flights between WestJet’s home and largest hub in Calgary to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Prince George. In just over a year more than 200,000 guests have benefited from more convenient travel and better connectivity onto WestJet’s larger network through WestJet Link.

WestJet Link is operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines using its fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Premium, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

This winter, WestJet will operate more than 75 daily departures from Vancouver International Airport to 29 destinations.

Details of WestJet Link’s service between Vancouver and Cranbrook:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Cranbrook-
Vancouver
Daily 11:45 a.m. 12:25 p.m. October 27,
2019
Vancouver-
Cranbrook
Daily 1:35 p.m. 4:05 p.m. October 27,
2019

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Link – Pacific Coastal Airlines SAAB 340B C-GPCI (msn 407) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 943493.

 

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WestJet Link is now giving Cranbrook another hub option

WestJet today announced that its regional airline, WestJet Link, will begin operating nonstop flights between Vancouver and Cranbrook, B.C., on October 27, 2019.

With the addition of Vancouver-Cranbrook, WestJet Link will now operate six routes including Calgary to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Prince George, Lloydminster and Medicine Hat.

All WestJet Link flights are operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal by using its fleet of 34-seat SAAB 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Premium, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

Details of WestJet Link’s service between Vancouver and Cranbrook:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Vancouver-
Cranbrook
Daily 11:45 a.m. 12:25 p.m. October 27,
2019
Cranbrook-
Vancouver
Daily 1:35 p.m. 4:05 p.m. October 27,
2019

 

WestJet Link welcomes over 195,000 guests in its first year of service

WestJet’s newest air service, WestJet Link is celebrating carrying more than 195,000 guests in its first year of operation between Calgary and five cities in British Columbia and Alberta.

Since its inception last June, WestJet Link has operated over 7,000 flights between WestJet’s home and largest hub in Calgary to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Prince George.

 

WestJet Link is operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines using its fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat SAAB 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Premium, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

WestJet continues to offer more flights than any other airline to more destinations from Calgary with an average of 975 flights per week to 67 non-stop destinations.

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.

Pacific Coastal Airlines starts WestJet Link operations

WestJet made this announcement:

Today, June 20, 2018, WestJet inaugurated its new regional airline service, WestJet Link, from Cranbrook and Prince George to Calgary. Service starts from Lethbridge and Lloydminster to Calgary on June 21 and Medicine Hat to Calgary on June 22. Overall, WestJet Link connects five new cities to WestJet’s growing hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport.

These new routes add to WestJet’s existing leadership position in Calgary, offering more flights and seats to more destinations than any other airline with an average of 147 daily departures to 49 destinations.

All WestJet Link flights are operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat SAAB 340B aircraft (below). Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

Photo: Calgary International Airport.

WestJet Link routes and launch dates:

Route Frequency Effective
Calgary-Cranbrook Three times daily

Two times daily Saturday

June 20, 2018
Calgary-Prince George Once daily June 20, 2018
Calgary-Lethbridge Three times daily

Two times daily Saturday

June 21, 2018
Calgary-Lloydminster Six times weekly (no Saturday service) June 21, 2018
Calgary-Medicine Hat Three times daily

Two times daily Saturday

June 22, 2018

 

Pacific Coastal Airlines
A privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR), Pacific Coastal is the third largest airline at YVR in annual takeoffs and landings. It flies to 15 airports and connects to more than 50 destinations in the province, from as far east as Cranbrook in the Rocky Mountains and as far north as Prince George and Masset on the legendary island of Haida Gwaii.

Photo: WestJet.

WestJet Link launch is delayed

New livery for Pacific Coastal, new SAAB 340B

WestJet has announced a delay in the launch of WestJet Link, a capacity purchase agreement between WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, to June 2018. The delay comes as Pacific Coastal continues their work in order to be fully able to meet WestJet’s operational requirements.

WestJet Link routes and revised launch dates:

Route Frequency Effective
Calgary – Cranbrook Three times daily June 20, 2018
Calgary – Prince George Once daily June 20, 2018
Calgary – Lethbridge Three times daily June 21, 2018
Calgary – Lloydminster Once daily June 21, 2018
Calgary – Medicine Hat Three times daily June 22, 2018

Pacific Coastal Airlines has entered into a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with WestJet. Operating under the name WestJet Link, Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft will connect the communities of Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook, Lloydminster and Prince George to WestJet’s hub at the Calgary International Airport.

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft painted in WestJet colors.

Copyright Photo: Pacific Coastal Airlines SAAB 340B C-FPCU (msn 338) YVR (Ton Jochems). Image: 928367.

Pacific Coastal Airlines aircraft slide show:

WestJet introduces WestJet Link

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 1997 (diver)

WestJet on November 24, 2017 introduced WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colors, WestJet Link will connect the communities of Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at the Calgary International Airport (YYC). These new routes will add to WestJet’s existing leadership position in Calgary, offering more flights and seats to more destinations than any other airline.

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft will include six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

Details of WestJet’s new year-round nonstop service:

Route Frequency Days* Effective
Calgary – Lethbridge Three times Daily March 7, 2018
Calgary – Lloydminster Once Daily March 14, 2018
Calgary – Medicine Hat Three times Daily May 31, 2018
Calgary – Cranbrook Three times Daily March 7, 2018
Calgary – Prince George Once Daily March 14, 2018
* Reduced frequency on weekends and some holidays

 

Introductory one-way fares to/from Calgary are available starting from:

Departing Arriving Air transportation charges (ATC) Taxes, fees
and charges
Total one-way
price from*
Base fare
from
Other ATC
Lethbridge Calgary $60.00 $12.00 $26.83 $98.83
Calgary Lethbridge $60.00 $12.00 $42.58 $114.58
Lloydminster Calgary $87.00 $12.00 $12.43 $111.43
Calgary Lloydminster $87.00 $12.00 $43.93 $142.93
Medicine Hat Calgary $75.00 $12.00 $11.83 $98.83
Calgary Medicine Hat $75.00 $12.00 $43.33 $130.33
Cranbrook Calgary $64.00 $12.00 $22.83 $98.83
Calgary Cranbrook $64.00 $12.00 $42.78 $118.78
Prince George Calgary $69.00 $12.00 $37.78 $118.78
Calgary Prince George $69.00 $12.00 $43.03 $124.03
* Book by December 4, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between March 7 & June 27, 2018. For Medicine Hat travel from May 31 – June 27, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new for more information.

 

For today only, connecting one-way fares to/from Toronto are available at special prices with limited quantities for the new additions to the WestJet network:

Departing Arriving Air transportation charges (ATC) Taxes, fees
and charges
Total one-way
price from*
Seats
Available
Base fare
from
Other ATC
Lethbridge Toronto $97.00 $23.00 $29.23 $149.23 500
Toronto Lethbridge $97.00 $23.00 $51.90 $171.90 500
Lloydminster Toronto $112.00 $23.00 $14.23 $149.23 200
Toronto Lloydminster $112.00 $23.00 $53.85 $188.85 200
Medicine Hat Toronto $112.00 $23.00 $14.23 $149.23 500
Toronto Medicine Hat $112.00 $23.00 $53.85 $188.85 500
Cranbrook Toronto $101.00 $23.00 $25.23 $149.23 500
Toronto Cranbrook $101.00 $23.00 $52.42 $176.42 500
* Book by November 24, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between March 7 & June 27, 2018. For Medicine Hat travel from May 31 – June 27, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new for more information.

 

Pacific Coastal Airlines

A privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR), Pacific Coastal is the third largest airline at YVR in annual takeoffs and landings. It flies to 15 airports and connects to more than 50 destinations in the province, from as far east as Cranbrook in the Rocky Mountains and as far north as Prince George and Masset on the legendary island of Haida Gwaii.

Top Copyright Photo: Pacific Coastal SAAB 340 aircraft will now adopt the WestJet livery. Pacific Coastal Airlines (Pacific Coastal.com) SAAB 340A C-GCPU (msn 140) (diver) YVR (Ton Jochems). Image: 912125.