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WestJet orders 10 firm Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners + 10 options

WestJet on May 2, 2017 announced a definitive purchase agreement with The Boeing Company for up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This agreement includes commitments for 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to be delivered between the first quarter of 2019 and December 2021, with options for an additional 10 aircraft to be delivered between 2020 and 2024. The airline also announced it has selected General Electric’s GEnx-1B engine for the 787.

As part of this purchase agreement, WestJet is converting 15 firm orders for the Boeing 737 MAX that were to be delivered between 2019 and 2021 to options available between 2022 and 2024.

On the financial side, WestJet also announced its 48th consecutive profitable quarter, with first quarter 2017 net earnings of $48.3 million (all amounts in Canadian dollars), or $0.41 per diluted share. This compares with quarterly net earnings of $87.6 million, or $0.71 per diluted share reported in the first quarter of 2016. These first quarter 2017 results include a pre-tax non-cash adjustment to its maintenance provision of $18.5 million and irregular operations related costs of $7.0 million due to severe winter weather experienced in the quarter. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 10.0 per cent, compared with the 11.3 per cent reported in the previous quarter.

“We are pleased to report strong topline revenue growth and our first positive unit revenue (RASM) performance in eight quarters. We are seeing good results from Plus, our premium economy product, growth in our WestJet Rewards program and penetration into the business traveller segment all of which gives us confidence that RASM will continue to improve for the remainder of the year,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “I want to thank our over 12,000 WestJetters for their continued dedication to safely providing our growing number of guests with WestJet’s award-winning brand of friendly caring service, especially given the challenging winter weather conditions we endured in the quarter.”

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WestJet announces two new routes

WestJet announces two new routes

WestJet has announced new flights from Edmonton, AB, to Hamilton, ON, and Winnipeg, MB, to Kelowna, BC. Flights are available for sale as of Monday June 27, 2016 , with service commencing July 28, 2016.

WestJet also announced enhanced schedules between Vancouver and Winnipeg, and Edmonton and Vancouver. Starting July 28 through September 6, 2016, flights operating between Vancouver and Winnipeg will operate 24 times weekly. Flights between Edmonton and Vancouver will operate 54 times weekly. These new flights offer greater flexibility and more options during the peak summer travel period.

Flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT WL C-GJWS (msn 34152) SFO (Mark Durbin). Image: 903098.

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WestJet today starts Boeing 767-300 scheduled service to Hawaii

Ex-QANTAS VH-OGJ, delivered August 27, 2015

WestJet (Calgary) today celebrates the airline’s first flight from Alberta to Hawaii on its own Boeing 767-300 extended-range aircraft. To this point, flights to the Hawaiian Islands had been taking place on leased aircraft.

WestJet took delivery of its first Boeing 767-300 on August 27, 2015 and has been flying the aircraft between Calgary and Toronto in order to obtain Extended-range Twin-engine Operation (ETOPS) certification. This certification allows the aircraft to be operated for extended distances over water and is required for WestJet’s service to Hawaii and to London Gatwick, which commences service in May 2016.

WestJet’s Boeing 767-300 service to Hawaii departs Edmonton on January 10 at 8:15 a.m. and arrives in Maui at 12:37 p.m.

The airline will operate two 767-300 aircraft from Calgary and Edmonton to Honolulu and Maui. Each aircraft seats 262 guests. The aircraft include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two configuration, hot meals and all of the other amenities associated with Plus. The main cabin has 238 seats, with two seats on either side of the aircraft and three in the middle. One of the 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline’s new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system while the other will include tablets loaded with movies and popular televisions shows. By spring, both aircraft will be equipped with WestJet Connect.

WestJet’s seasonal service between Alberta and Hawaii began December 11, 2015, using two leased 767 aircraft from Omni Air International pending receipt of federal government certification for extended operation of WestJet’s 767s, which was received on December 30, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) lands at the Calgary base.

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WestJet announces year-round service to Europe

WestJet Airlines Boeing 767-338 ER WL C-FOGJ (msn 25274) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 929953.

WestJet (Calgary) today announced it is extending two of its new nonstop transatlantic services to London (Gatwick) from seasonal to year-round. Flights from Calgary and Toronto to London will now operate on a year-round basis, three times weekly and daily respectively through the winter, while service from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and St. John’s will operate seasonally as announced in September 2015.

Service dates for WestJet’s nonstop flights to London are:

  • Vancouver – seasonal May 6-October 21, 2016
  • Calgary – year-round from May 6, 2016
  • Edmonton – seasonal May 7-October 22, 2016
  • Winnipeg – seasonal May 7-October 1, 2016
  • Toronto – year-round from May 6, 2016
  • St. John’s – May 7-October 22, 2016

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-QANTAS Airways Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) is pictured at Toronto (Pearson).

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WestJet releases its fourth annual Christmas video

WestJet (Calgary) today celebrates the release of the airline’s fourth annual holiday video, WestJet Christmas Miracle: 12,000 Mini Miracles, showing how WestJetters and Blue Santa inspired nearly 32,000 random acts of kindness across Canada and from as far away as Europe and Australia.

Set to the tune of the Carol of the Blue Hats, the video tells the story of a magical 24 hours where WestJetters, and those moved by their actions, went out of their way to do something special for someone else. The video’s narrative demonstrates the power a simple act of thoughtfulness can have on someone’s day. The video launches on WestJet’s social media channels on Wednesday, December 16.

This year’s initiative garnered 10,000 mentions on Facebook and Twitter, 200 million Twitter impressions and more than 300,000 visits to the mini-miracle website hub.

Since the launch of the very first WestJet Christmas Miracle video in 2012, videos have nearly 50 million views.

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WestJet launches new services from Toronto Pearson

Stunning view of WestJet's Frozen logo jet

WestJet (Calgary) will launch new nonstop services from Toronto Pearson to six destinations over the next week beginning with twice-weekly service to West Palm Beach which started yesterday (December 11). Other new nonstop destinations include Huatulco, Merida and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, San Jose, Costa Rica, and Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida.

WestJet will operate 92 daily departures to 59 destinations from Toronto Pearson this winter, an increase of seven and 13 per cent respectively compared to last winter.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop services launching from Toronto Pearson this month:

Route Frequency Departs Arrives Effective

Toronto – West Palm Beach Twice weekly 7:25 a.m. 10:32 a.m. Dec. 11, 2015
West Palm Beach – Toronto Twice weekly 11:20 a.m. 2:19 p.m. Dec. 11, 2015
Toronto – Huatulco Twice weekly 9:15 a.m. 1:55 p.m. Dec. 13, 2015
Huatulco – Toronto Twice weekly 2:45 p.m. 8:29 p.m. Dec. 13, 2015
Toronto – Merida Once weekly 8:15 a.m. 11:33 a.m. Dec. 15, 2015
Merida – Toronto Once weekly 12:25 p.m. 5:14 p.m. Dec. 15, 2015
Toronto – San Jose, CR Twice weekly 9:15 a.m. 1:40 p.m. Dec. 15, 2015
San Jose CR – Toronto Twice weekly 2:30 p.m. 8:38 p.m. Dec. 15, 2015
Toronto – Sarasota Twice weekly 8:05 a.m. 11:06 a.m. Dec. 18, 2015
Sarasota – Toronto Twice weekly 11:55 a.m. 2:39 p.m. Dec. 18, 2015
Toronto – Cabo San Lucas Once weekly 9:15 a.m. 12:32 p.m. Dec. 19, 2015
Cabo San Lucas – Toronto Once weekly 1:25 p.m. 8:32 p.m. Dec. 19, 2015

WestJet’s 2015 winter schedule also contains a number of new nonstop routes including Vancouver, Kitchener-Waterloo and Charlottetown to Orlando; Calgary to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Liberia, Costa Rica; and Toronto and Halifax to Boston.

In other news, WestJet will today (December 12) launch new nonstop service from Calgary to Huatulco, its tenth destination in Mexico, and add new nonstop flights from Calgary to Liberia, Costa Rica, beginning on December 19.

With these new services, WestJet will operate 109 daily departures to 47 destinations from Calgary International Airport this winter, an increase of 12 and 17 per cent respectively over last winter. The airline now offers nonstop service from Calgary to 26 Canadian, 10 U.S. and 11 international destinations.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8CT C-GWST (msn 37158) in the eye-catching Walt Disney World – Frozen livery departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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WestJetters to perform 12,000 mini miracles

WestJet (Calgary) made this announcement:

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Santa will pull out his blue coat, pants and hat to help his WestJet elves reach their goal of performing 12,000 mini miracles across Canada and the WestJet world on Wednesday, December 9, as part of WestJet’s Mini-Miracle Day.

“WestJet’s goal is to officially kick off the holiday season by performing 12,000 random acts of kindness in an effort to enrich the lives of everyone in the WestJet world,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President, Marketing and Communications. “Everyone deserves the opportunity to be on the receiving end of a mini miracle.”

In an effort to give his reindeer a rest before Christmas Day, Santa will hop on a WestJet Boeing 737 and travel across Canada over a 20-hour period. Starting in Halifax, the “Big Man” will join his WestJet elves on the streets to deliver mini miracles across the country. Santa’s memorable day will include a trip up the CN Tower in Toronto, a caroling parade on Stephen Avenue in Calgary, a dogsled ride to Beck’s Kennel in Yellowknife, and a trip to Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver.

In addition to Santa providing toys, flight vouchers and family trips, street teams comprised of WestJetters will be active in 13 cities around the WestJet world – London, UK, St. John’s, Nfld., Quebec City, Toronto, New York City, Orlando, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Las Vegas, Vancouver, and Hawaii – where they will perform a wide range of spontaneous mini miracles in the community. Mini miracles will range from giving away free hot beverages to shoveling sidewalks, helping the elderly with groceries, purchasing tickets to community attractions, paying parking fees, handing out umbrellas and blankets, and providing meals to charitable groups, to name just a few.

WestJetters will also be performing mini miracles in all 38 airports served by the airline across Canada at 10 a.m. local time in each city.

“This is the fourth year of WestJet’s Christmas Miracle campaign, which has become the most anticipated day of the year for many of our WestJetters,” said Bartrem. “Having the opportunity to put smiles on people’s faces while doing good deeds in communities around the WestJet world defines who we are as a company, and is a reflection of our caring corporate culture. It’s a testament to how we treat our guests who fly with us.”

A command centre will be set up at WestJet’s headquarters in Calgary to track Santa’s travels across the country and monitor completed miracles around the WestJet world. It will have a Santa tracker, showcase photos and videos of reported miracles, reports from Santa during his flight path, and a timer and miracle counter. The command centre will be fully operational for 24 hours starting at midnight (MST) on December 9.