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WestJet to offer nonstop Atlanta service from Calgary

CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership

WestJet has announced it is expanding choice and connectivity for Calgarians when the airline begins operations between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) next spring.

WestJet will be the only airline flying nonstop from Calgary to ATL, the world’s largest airline hub – home of Delta Air Lines, a WestJet codeshare partner since 2011. Together with Delta, via HartsfieldJacksonairport WestJet will offer codeshare access to an extensive list of U.S. destinations including the southeastern United States and Gulf Coast and cities such as Memphis, Tenn., Charleston, S.C., New Orleans, La., Savannah, Ga., Pensacola and Panama City, Fla.

Starting March 3, 2019, WestJet will fly six times weekly between Calgary and Atlanta, moving to daily on April 7, 2019. WestJet serves more destinations from Calgary with more flights than any other airline. This this new route is another investment in the airport, city, and region.

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary –  Atlanta

Six times

weekly*

9:55 a.m.

4:08 p.m.

March 3, 2019

Atlanta – Calgary

Six times

weekly*

5:00 p.m.

7:39 p.m.

March 3, 2019

 

*Daily starting April 7, 2019

In other news, WestJet announced its support for Calgary’s 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 65 non-stop destinations with an average of 1,100 flights per week from YYC. Last month, WestJet announced its launching its first three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner international destinations from Calgary in 2019 including; London(Gatwick), Paris and Dublin.

WestJet’s Dreamliners will 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.

In other news, WestJet also announced it will be adding Barcelona to its growing presence in Europe with three-times weekly, nonstop service between Toronto and Barcelona starting May 24, 2019 through October 21, 2019.

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WestJet reports third quarter net earnings of $45.9 million, will fly from St. John’s to Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood

Delivered on July 19, 2018

WestJet today announced its third quarter results for 2018, with net earnings of $45.9 million, or $0.40 per fully diluted share. This result compares with net earnings of $135.9 million, or $1.15 per fully diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2017. Year-to-date, WestJet recorded net earnings of $62.3 million, or $0.54 per fully diluted share.

“We are pleased to return to profitability in the third quarter,” Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “We have achieved this result despite continued downward pressure from the dramatic increases in fuel price and competitive capacity, along with the lingering impact of the threat of industrial action. We now look forward to the delivery of our first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in late January, and starting direct services in Spring 2019 from Calgary to London (Gatwick), Paris, and Dublin. I would like to thank every WestJetter for their focus on delivering award-winning service to our guests.”

Operating highlights (stated in Canadian dollars)

Q3 2018

Q3 2017

Change

Net earnings (millions)

$45.9

$135.9

(66.3%)

Diluted earnings per share

$0.40

$1.15

(65.2%)

Total revenue (millions)

$1,260.9

$1,214.6

3.8%

Operating margin

6.2%

16.3%

(10.1 pts)

ASMs (available seat miles) (billions)

8.880

8.077

9.9%

RPMs (revenue passenger miles) (billions)

7.516

6.922

8.6%

Load factor

84.6%

85.7%

(1.1 pts)

Segment guests

6,940,569

6,530,873

6.3%

Yield (revenue per revenue passenger mile) (cents)

16.78

17.55

(4.4%)

RASM (revenue per available seat mile) (cents)

14.20

15.04

(5.6%)

CASM (cost per available seat mile) (cents)

13.32

12.58

5.9%

Fuel costs per litre (cents)

85

62

37.1%

CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share (cents)*

9.36

9.29

0.8%

 *Refer to reconciliations in the accompanying tables for further information regarding calculations.

In other news, WestJet today announced the addition of nonstop service from St. John’s to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood this winter. Service is available on a limited basis and starts March 11, 2019 through May 13, 2019.

This winter, along with Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, WestJet will operate 29 weekly departures from St. John’s including non-stop to Orlando, Toronto and Halifax.

Details on WestJet’s service between St. John’s and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood:

 Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

St. John’s –  Fort
Lauderdale

Once
weekly

2:30 p.m

6:44 p.m

March 11,
2019

Fort Lauderdale – St.
John’s

Once
weekly

7:30 a.m

1:38 p.m

March 11,
2019

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GZSG (msn 60516) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 943428.

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WestJet announces Calgary as home to the initial Dreamliner hub

WestJet today announced that it’s connecting Alberta to the world as it launches its first three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner international destinations from Calgary. WestJet becomes the first Canadian airline to base its Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC Calgary International Airport.

WestJet is launching nonstop service on board its Dreamliners from Calgary to London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin on April 28, May 17 and June 1, 2019, respectively.

The international scheduled service between Calgary and London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin will support 650 full-time jobs and $100 million in total economic output. This is in addition to WestJet’s yearly economic output of more than $5 billion, that supports more than 32,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta.  Overall WestJet’s national economic impact on Canada annually generates $17.4 billion and supports more than 153,000 jobs.*

The three new flights from the UK and Western Europe are expected to eventually bring up to 185,000 visitors to Calgary on a yearly basis, helping also increase local tourism.

The first of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners ordered by WestJet will arrive in Calgary early in 2019, with two more arriving by April. The aircraft will operate on domestic flights for crew training and regulatory compliance before the first scheduled international flight in April. WestJet also has options for an additional 10 aircraft to arrive between 2020 and 2024. Hub locations and routes for the remaining seven aircraft have not yet been announced.

WestJet’s Dreamliners will 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. The Dreamliner route from Calgary to London (Gatwick) will replace the Boeing 767 service that currently operates the route from Calgary.

WestJet has optimized connections to and from the airline’s network across Canada and Western U.S. through the airline’s YYC hub.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 65 non-stop destinations with an average of 1,100 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop Dreamliner service:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary – London (Gatwick) Daily 7:20 p.m. 11:00 a.m. +1 April 28, 2019
London (Gatwick) – Calgary Daily 1:30 p.m. 3:40 p.m. April 29, 2019
Calgary – Paris Four times weekly 7:20 p.m. 12:10 p.m. +1 May 17, 2019
Paris – Calgary Four times weekly 2:10 p.m. 3:30 p.m. May 18, 2019
Calgary – Dublin Three times weekly 8:45 p.m. 11:38 a.m. +1 June 1, 2019
Dublin– Calgary Three times weekly 1:45 p.m. 3:05 p.m. June 2, 2019
*The Economic Impact of WestJet (2019) B787-900 International Scheduled Air Services: Calgary – Dublin/London Gatwick/Paris prepared by RP ERICKSON & ASSOCIATES AVIATION CONSULTANTS CALGARY, ALBERTA

WestJet today unveiled its refreshed brand including a national advertising campaign, its first three international Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner routes and a new Platinum WestJet Rewards tier at an event in downtown Calgary.

Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, was joined for the announcement by Canadian community and business leaders.

The refreshed brand image outlines WestJet’s global ambitions and heralds new products aimed at international and Premium travellers.  Called, Love Where You’re Going, the new WestJet commercial is seen below.

“Today’s announcement marks a pivotal time for WestJet,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “Love where you’re going embodies both the thrill of travel and the sheer ambition we at WestJet have for our airline. Our 13,000 WestJetters are unique assets, and what we deliver for our 24 million guests is something that cannot be replicated.”

Guests will start to see the updated brand image and positioning reflected in many of WestJet’s assets including westjet.com, WestJet’s airport presence over time across Canada and gradually across the fleet.

In addition to the announcement of the brand refresh, Sims also revealed today in Calgary that WestJet will launch its first three 787 Dreamliner non-stop routes from Calgary to Paris, Dublin and London to become the first Canadian airline to base its Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC Calgary International Airport. Both announcements will have substantial beneficial economic impacts on the Alberta region.

Finally, as part of the new WestJet, Sims also announced that WestJet Rewards will introduce a new Platinum tier, making it easier for WestJet Rewards members to get even more value from the frequent flyer program as the airline heads global. The tier is targeted for launch later this year. Details on the new WestJet Rewards Platinum tier and other changes to the program can be found here.

All images by WestJet.

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WestJet to drop service to Mexico City

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-FWSK (msn 36420) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 942060.

WestJet will end service to Mexico City on October 27, 2018. The airline operates to MEX from both Calgary and Vancouver.

The route is served with Boeing 737-700 aircraft according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo (all other by WestJet): WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-FWSK (msn 36420) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 942060.

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WestJet becomes first Canadian airline to launch an AI Chatbot

WestJet today is offering its guests more convenience with the launch of the first ever artificial intelligence (AI) powered chatbot from a Canadian airline.

 

The chatbot, named Juliet, is available in English and French through Facebook Messenger, and enables travellers to easily manage many aspects of their trip including destination inspiration and discovery, flight booking and day-of travel information. To chat with Juliet, please visit: https://www.messenger.com/t/westjet

“Juliet is the first of many ways WestJet will be raising the bar using digital to improve the guest experience, and make the travel journey easier and more enjoyable,” said Alfredo C. Tan, WestJet Chief Digital and Innovation Officer. “A majority of internet users are already using a messenger platform, including Facebook Messenger. Launching Juliet gives even more access to quick, simple support on a platform that a majority of our guests already have at hand.”

Juliet, named after one of WestJet’s original aircraft, uses reinforcement learning allowing the chatbot to learn the way humans do, with a combination of instruction, examples, and experience, leading to better responses over time. WestJet will continue to add more functionality, features and capabilities to Juliet including availability on different platforms and voice interaction.

Photo: WestJet.

WestJet to maintain Edmonton – Las Vegas nonstop flights

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-76N WL C-GWSH (msn 29886) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 403427.

WestJet today announced that it will maintain nonstop service between Edmonton and Las Vegas with four weekly flights starting October 11, 2018. Flights will operate Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Edmonton – Las Vegas Four weekly 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. October 11, 2018*
Las Vegas – Edmonton Four weekly 11:20 a.m. 3:20 p.m. October 11, 2018*
*January 6, 2019 through March 31, 2019, the Sunday flights will operate a 6:15 p.m. departure from Edmonton and an 8:16 p.m. Las Vegas arrival and a 12 p.m. Las Vegas departure and a 4:09 p.m. Edmonton arrival.

The WestJet Group of Companies has the most international flights to Las Vegas, where both WestJet and Swoop will fly a combined 71 weekly flights from Edmonton, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Toronto this winter.

WestJet flies to 27 destinations from Edmonton – the most of any airline, with 56 average daily flights, linking the city with global markets such as London, England and Cancun, Mexico.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-76N WL C-GWSH (msn 29886) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 403427.

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WestJet adds Calgary – Montego Bay flights and more flights from YYC

Delivered on November 9, 2017

WestJet, the airline offering more flights to more destinations from Calgary than any other, will offer guests a new route to escape the cold this winter when the airline starts twice-weekly, nonstop service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The service begins on November 3, 2018.

The new route is part of WestJet’s seasonal schedule for winter 2018/2019, which includes more flights from Calgary to domestic, transborder, international and sun destinations including Maui, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orlando, Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta and Belize, among others.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary – Montego Bay Twice weekly 9:30 a.m. 4:44 p.m. Nov. 3, 2018*
Montego Bay – Calgary Twice weekly 1:20 p.m. 7:20 p.m. Nov. 3, 2018*
*Once weekly effective November 3, 2018 moving to twice weekly, January 6, 2019.

 

WestJet will also increase service on the following routes from Calgary:

  • Calgary-Nanaimo, from two times daily to three times daily or 21 weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Kamloops, from two times daily to three times daily or 21 weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Kelowna, from seven times daily to nine times daily each business day, or 59 weekly flights – more than any other carrier.
  • Calgary-Fort St. John will double service from once daily to twice daily.
  • Calgary-Grand Prairie, from four times daily to five times daily each business day.
  • Calgary-Yellowknife will double service from once daily to twice daily.
  • Calgary-Regina, from six daily flights to seven daily flights or 49 weekly.
  • Calgary-Saskatoon, from six daily flights to eight daily flights each business day.
  • Calgary-Maui, from four weekly flights to seven weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Phoenix, from 20 to 21 times weekly or three times daily.
  • Calgary-Las Vegas, from 19 to 20 times weekly.
  • Calgary-Orlando, from five to seven times weekly.
  • Calgary-Cancun, from 16 to 20 times weekly.
  • Calgary-Cabo San Lucas, from eight weekly flights to 10 weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Huatulco, from two weekly flights to three weekly flights.
  • Calgary-Mazatlan, from three weekly to four weekly.
  • Calgary-Puerto Vallarta, from 14 to 19 times weekly.
  • Calgary-Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo, from four weekly to five times weekly.
  • Calgary-Belize, from one to two times weekly.
  • Calgary-Nashville seasonal route ending will now be November 26, 2018 and will resume on March 1, 2019.
  • Extension of existing summer service on WestJet Link through the winter between Calgaryand Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Lloydminster and Prince George.

Other highlights of WestJet’s 2018/2019 winter schedule include:

  • New nonstop weekly service between Saskatoon and Orlando.
  • An additional daily flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo.
  • An increase of one daily flight from Edmonton to Kelowna for a total of seven flights a day each business day.
  • Edmonton-Los Angeles, from six weekly flights to seven weekly flights.
  • Edmonton-Orlando from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Edmonton-Cabo San Lucas from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Toronto-Las Vegas, from 14 weekly flights to 15 weekly.
  • Toronto-Fort Lauderdale from 12 weekly flights to 16 weekly.
  • Toronto-Orlando, from 15 weekly to 18 times weekly.
  • Toronto-Tampa, from seven weekly to eight times weekly.
  • Toronto-Kingston, Jamaica, from two to three times weekly.
  • Toronto-Grand Cayman, from two weekly flight to three times weekly.
  • Toronto-Nassau, from nine weekly flights to 12 weekly flights.
  • Toronto-Turks and Caicos, from two weekly flights to four times weekly.
  • Toronto-San Juan, from one weekly flight to two times weekly.
  • Toronto-St. Maarten will operate four times weekly.
  • Toronto-London (ON), from 14 weekly flights to 21 weekly flights or three times daily.

This winter, WestJet will operate an average of 701 daily flights to 96 destinations including 39 in Canada, 22 in the United States, 34 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and one in Europe.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GRAX (msn 60513) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 942327.

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