Category Archives: WestJet

WestJet to modify its Boeing 737-700s with the Aerodynamic Drag Reduction System (ADRS 1) system

WestJet today announced a new partnership with Aero Design Labs to modify the airline’s Boeing 737-700 NG aircraft for greater reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency.

As WestJet continues to make investments to reduce the airline’s environmental footprint, it’s anticipated that the modifications will reduce overall fuel burn through drag reduction and lead to long-term cost savings and reduced carbon emissions on the 737-700 aircraft.

The Aero Design Labs team created the Aerodynamic Drag Reduction System (ADRS 1) for the Boeing 737-700 fleet. WestJet was a key partner in the installation, certification and validation of the product. The airline and Aero Design Labs worked together to gather data and findings which drove additional modifications and feedback on the technology, which will be added to the aircraft once approved and validated by Transport Canada for commercial use.

WestJet’s partnership with Aero Design Labs comes as the airline furthers its efforts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Following regulatory approvals, WestJet will continue to work with Aero Design labs to determine further fleet implementation plans and to validate data and efficiency findings.

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WestJet’s new service between Toronto and Edinburgh takes off

WestJet on June 3 celebrated the launch of service to Edinburgh with the departure of WS16 from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 9:25 p.m. local time last night. With the addition of the airline’s latest connection to Europe, WestJet will now fly non-stop to five European destinations from Toronto this summer including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, London-Gatwick and Barcelona, Spain.

From left: Benoit Cliche, Cabin Crew Member, Marco Lot, Cabin Crew Member, Jared Mikoch-Gerke, WestJet, Director, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Janik Reigate, Greater Toronto Airport Authority, Director, Strategic Customer Relationships, Gary Cox, Government of Scotland, Head of Aviation, Kathrin Vasheghani Farahani, Cabin Crew Member, Wiktor Malec, Cabin Crew Member. Photo Credit: Erik McRitchie (@erikmcr on Instagram) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet’s newest transatlantic flight will operate during peak season, three-times weekly. WestJet currently offers service to two Scottish destinations with service from Toronto to Edinburgh and Glasgow and flights between Halifax and Glasgow.

Route Peak Frequency    Start date     Departure

(local time)    

Arrival

(local time)    

Toronto –
Edinburgh
3x weekly June 2,
2022
9:25 p.m. 9:05 a.m.+1
Edinburgh –
Toronto
3x weekly June 3,
2022
10:25 a.m. 12:42 p.m.
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WestJet ratifies 10-year agreement with WestJet flight dispatchers

WestJet has announced that WestJet flight dispatchers, represented by the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), voted more than 90 per cent in favor of a 10-year agreement.

This ratified agreement starts June 1, 2022 and expires on May 31, 2032.

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WestJet takes off and arrives in Rome

WestJet last night launched its long-awaited service to Rome with the departure of WestJet flight 32 from YYC Calgary International Airport at 6:20 p.m. local time. This first ever scheduled connection between Calgary and Rome, operated on WestJet’s 320-seat 787 Dreamliner, marked a major milestone in the recovery of Alberta’s travel and tourism industry and was celebrated alongside The Honourable Rajan Sawhney, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Bob Sartor, President and CEO, YYC Calgary Airport Authority.

WestJet Rome inaugural ribbon cutting. From left: Angela Avery, WestJet, Executive Vice-President, External Affairs, Bob Sartor, CEO, YYC Calgary International Airport Authority, Minister Rajan Sawhney, Government of Alberta, Minister of Transportation, Chris Hedlin, WestJet, Vice-President, Network & Alliances. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet’s new service to and from Rome rounds out the airline’s enhanced investments in Alberta’s transatlantic connectivity and is providing Alberta with a 43 per cent increase in WestJet’s service to Europe, compared to 2019. With five European destinations to explore, Western Canadians and northwestern based Americans can now seamlessly connect to Rome, Paris, Dublin and both London-Heathrow and Gatwick from WestJet’s convenient Calgary hub.  This new connection will further expedite Canada’s travel and tourism recovery as international visitors benefit from a convenient nonstop flight to experience the vibrancy of what Alberta and Canada has to offer.

WestJet’s service to Rome will operate during peak season up to three-times weekly.  The flight was originally set to launch in May of 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

Route Peak frequency Start date Departure Arrival
Calgary – Rome 3x weekly May 7, 2022 6:20 p.m. 11:55 a.m. (local)
Rome – Calgary 3x weekly May 8, 2022 1:55 p.m. (local) 4:19 p.m.

WestJet arrives in Rome (photos by APG Italy via Marco Finelli):

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Air Transat and WestJet launch Transatlantic codeshare

Air Transat and WestJet today have launched a new transatlantic codeshare.

WestJet’s “WS” code is now activated for sale on select Air Transat operated flights to/from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Croatia.  Connections via Montreal and Toronto are now available for flight dates beginning May 17, 2022.

 

On May 4, 2022, Air Transat’s “TS” code will be activated on select WestJet flights, and from that date Air Transat will also offer itineraries connecting select WestJet flights with appealing Air Transat European destinations.

Subject to connectivity between their scheduled flights, Air Transat and WestJet will both offer the following transatlantic routings:

WestJet Operated Flights

Air Transat “TS” Codeshare
Applied

Connection

Via

Air Transat Operated Flights

WestJet “WS” Codeshare Applied

Deer Lake

St. John’s

Halifax

Sydney

Fredericton

Moncton

Charlottetown

Montreal

Quebec City 

London, ON

Ottawa

Thunder Bay

Toronto

Winnipeg

Regina

Saskatoon

Boston

N.Y. LaGuardia

Montreal

Toronto

France:

Italy:

 

Spain:

 

Portugal:

 

Switzerland:

 

Croatia:

Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Nice

 

Lamezia, Rome

Malaga

 

Faro

 

Basel-Mulhouse

 

Zagreb

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WestJet Cargo’s first Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighter lands in Calgary

WestJet Cargo, today welcomed the arrival of its first of four Boeing Converted Freighter (Boeing 737-800BCF) aircraft on lease from BBAM Limited Partnership (BBAM). WestJet Cargo is the first operator in Canada to operate the Boeing 737-800BCF which will be used for express cargo and e-commerce freight.

Prior to its delivery to WestJet Cargo in Calgary, the first aircraft (msn 34686) completed conversion by Boeing at an approved MRO facility in Guangzhou, China. WestJet Cargo plans to have all four BCFs in service by the end of 2022.

Leveraging its quick to load and fly narrow body aircraft, the 737-800 equipped with CFM56-7B engines enables WestJet Cargo to offer greater fuel efficiency, flexibility and frequency for its customers. WestJet Cargo routes and scheduled services will accommodate the diverse needs of cargo customers using WestJet’s existing network and highly skilled 737 pilots.

WestJet announced its new dedicated cargo service, using 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF), to fulfill the larger-scale needs of Canadian businesses, freight forwarders, shippers and individual customers in June 2021.

 

WestJet takes off for London’s Heathrow Airport

WestJet today, celebrates the completion of its inaugural flight from Calgary International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport with the arrival of flight WS18 at 12:00 pm local time. This new service complements WestJet’s already existing flights to London-Gatwick with the airline offering up to nine times weekly service between Calgary and London this summer.

Chris Hedlin, WestJet Vice President, Network & Alliances, Colleen Tynan, WestJet Vice President, Airports, Chris Miles, Vice President Operations and Infrastructure, Calgary Airport Authority & WestJet Cabin Crew Employees (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet today, celebrates the completion of its inaugural flight from Calgary International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport with the arrival of flight WS18 at 12:00 pm local time. This new service complements WestJet’s already existing flights to London-Gatwick with the airline offering up to nine times weekly service between Calgary and London this summer.

WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group announce partnership expansion to better serve Canada’s express cargo market

WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group today announced a long-term partnership that will support the expansion and growth of domestic cargo opportunities for both businesses. Beginning in 2022, WestJet Cargo will partner with the GTA Group to increase shipping capacity using four dedicated 737-800NG freighters operated by WestJet, to fulfill overnight express cargo service out of WestJet’s Toronto hub.

WestJet’s 737-800NG narrow body aircraft is perfectly suited to serve the overnight express freight community offering increased flexibility and frequency. Quick to fill and fly, with among the best fuel efficiency in the cargo category, these freighters will provide the partnership a competitive cost advantage. In addition to dedicated freighters, WestJet Cargo will further support the GTA Group’s service through WestJet’s existing cargo business in the bellies of its commercial fleet.

Founded in 2001 and based out of Toronto, Ontario, the GTA Group of companies offers a diverse array of aviation related services ranging from ground service equipment maintenance, rental and sales to ground and cargo handling, ecommerce and cargo sales.

As WestJet Cargo continues to grow, so too will its team, network and flight plans.

WestJet announces its 2022 Summer Schedule

WestJet today announced its 2022 summer schedule, marking a significant milestone in recovery through the restoration of its network to near pre-pandemic levels. Making significant investments in its transatlantic network, the airline will offer a multitude of connections to Europe this summer, with more non-stop service options across the country from Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax. WestJet also announced new, daily service between Toronto and Chicago beginning May 19, 2022.

At its peak this summer, WestJet will serve 43 domestic, 23 transborder, 16 Caribbean and eight transatlantic destinations, restoring 94 per cent of its pre-pandemic routes with more than 600 daily departures network wide. Complementing WestJet’s network, Swoop previously announced significant expansion plans for its domestic network in preparation for Canada’s busy summer travel season.

Restoring transatlantic connectivity

This summer, WestJet is restoring transatlantic connections across the country and significantly reinvesting in the Atlantic Gateway, bringing back international connectivity to Atlantic Canada with increased service between Halifax to Paris, London, Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Additionally, the airline will re-introduce connectivity to the Eternal City with non-stop service between Rome, Italy and its home hub in Calgary.

Route Frequency Start date
Halifax-Paris 4x weekly May 7, 2022
Halifax-Gatwick 1x daily May 1, 2022
Halifax-Dublin 3x weekly May 1, 2022
Halifax – Glasgow 3x weekly May 2, 2022
Toronto – Barcelona 3x weekly May 13, 2022
Toronto – Dublin 1x daily May 15, 2022
Toronto – Glasgow 4x weekly May 20, 2022
Toronto – Edinburgh 3x weekly June 2, 2022
Toronto – London Gatwick Daily (increasing to 9x weekly in June) May 1, 2022
Calgary – Rome 3x weekly May 7, 2022
Calgary – Paris 5x weekly March 14, 2022
Calgary – London Heathrow 4x weekly March 26, 2022
Calgary – London, Gatwick 5x weekly March 14, 2022
Calgary – Dublin 3x weekly May 8, 2022
Vancouver – London, Gatwick 1x daily May 1, 2022

Alberta network returns to pre-pandemic levels
WestJet will restore service levels across Alberta to pre-pandemic levels with more than 180 daily departures from both Calgary and Edmonton this summer. WestJet’s investments in transatlantic flying from Calgary International Airport will see the airline increase the critical tourism pipeline between Alberta and Europe by 43 per cent when compared to 2019, supported by new routes and increased non-stop options to London Gatwick, Paris and Dublin.

“The restoration of our Alberta network marks a major milestone in WestJet and the province’s recovery as we rebuild our network and strengthen critical connections to global hubs and business economies,” continued Weatherill.

Alberta service:

  • Calgary: 142 daily departures, 35 domestic, 16 transborder and eight international destinations
  • Edmonton: 38 daily departures, 15 domestic and two transborder destinations

New daily transborder service between Toronto and Chicago

“We are also thrilled to provide daily non-stop service between Toronto and Chicago, two dynamic global cities,” continued Weatherill.  “Whether traveling for business or leisure, this new route provides guests with increased options to discover these two vibrant cities or seamlessly connect to their chosen destination via our expansive network.”

Route Frequency Start date
Toronto – Chicago 1x daily May 19, 2022
Chicago – Toronto 1x daily May 16, 2022

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