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WestJet to fly to Las Vegas from Abbotsford

WestJet (Calgary) has announced new nonstop, twice-weekly service between Abbotsford, British Columbia and Las Vegas, set to launch on October 29, 2015.

According to the airline, “The Abbotsford International Airport recently eliminated several fees, including the airport improvement fee, creating a cost-friendly environment for WestJet to grow service from the Fraser Valley.”

“Abbotsford and WestJet have been partners since 1997, and we see the recently announced fee drops at the airport as an opportunity to further build service in the area,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. “We need more airport authorities across Canada to think like Abbotsford.”

“We are committed to continually improving options for guests flying out of Abbotsford, just as they have committed to supporting our airline for the last 17 years. We are betting on the success of this route as part of our winter 2015-2016 schedule, and we are proud to offer an ultra-low fare in celebration of the announcement.”

Details of new Thursday/Sunday non-stop service between Abbotsford and Las Vegas:

WestJet Abbotsford-LAS Schedule

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-FEWJ (msn 32769) departs from Hamilton.

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WestJet today launches seasonal Winnipeg-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood flights

WestJet (Calgary) today launched new weekly, seasonal, nonstop service between Winnipeg and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida. Flights out of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson Airport operate every Saturday until April 25, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7CT C-FEWJ (msn 32769) arrives in Los Angeles.

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WestJet launches nonstop seasonal Calgary-Miami flights

WestJet (Calgary) yesterday (October 28) launched new nonstop seasonal service between Calgary and Miami, Florida, home to the largest cruise ship port in the world. The first flight leaves Calgary International Airport at 1:30 p.m. MDT and arrives at Miami International Airport at 8:45 p.m. EDT .

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop seasonal service between Calgary and Miami are:

Flight Departing Arriving Effective
1500 Calgary at 1:30 p.m. Miami at 8:43 p.m. October 28, 2013
1501 Miami at 9:35 a.m. Calgary at 1:45 p.m. October 29, 2013

The launch marks the start of service four times weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until December 14, 2013 . Effective December 16, 2013 , the service increases to six times weekly (Monday through Saturday).

Miami International Airport is a major hub of American Airlines, one of WestJet’s airline partners. From Miami , WestJet guests have the opportunity to connect to many different AA destinations throughout the United States , Central and South America. WestJet guests may also access Miami via American Airlines codeshare flights from Toronto and Montreal.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com.  Boeing 737-7CT WL C-FEWJ (msn 32769) taxies to the gate at Miami International Airport.

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WestJet has a record second quarter

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) today announced a second quarter net earnings record of C$42.5 million, or C$0.31 per diluted share; up from the net earnings of C$25.6 million, or C$0.18 per diluted share, reported in the second quarter of 2011. These financial results mark WestJet’s 29th consecutive quarter of profitability. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 11.4 per cent, up from the 10.8 per cent reported last quarter.

Today, WestJet also announced that it will be introducing a premium economy product on its entire Boeing 737 fleet featuring extra legroom, convenience and other amenities. Modifications to the aircraft will begin in August and the airline expects to have the fleet fully reconfigured by the end of 2012.

Operating highlights (stated in Canadian dollars)

Q2 2012 Q2 2011 Change Year-to-date 2012 Year-to-date 2011 Change
Net earnings (millions) $42.5 $25.6 65.9% $110.8 $73.9 50.0%
Diluted earnings per share $0.31 $0.18 72.2% $0.81 $0.52 55.8%
Total revenues (millions) $809.3 $742.3 9.0% $1,700.2 $1,514.7 12.2%
Operating margin 8.7% 6.9% 1.8 pts. 10.4% 8.7% 1.7 pts.
ASMs (available seat miles) (billions) 5.389 5.238 2.9% 11.079 10.468 5.8%
RPMs (revenue passenger miles) (billions) 4.395 4.092 7.4% 9.116 8.382 8.8%
Load factor 81.6% 78.1% 3.5 pts. 82.3% 80.1% 2.2 pts.
Segment guests 4,267,598 3,941,609 8.3% 8,498,013 7,840,717 8.4%
Yield (revenue per revenue passenger mile) (cents) 18.41 18.14 1.5% 18.65 18.07 3.2%
RASM (revenue per available seat mile) (cents) 15.02 14.17 6.0% 15.35 14.47 6.1%
CASM (cost per available seat mile) (cents) 13.71 13.19 3.9% 13.76 13.22 4.1%
CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share (cents)* 9.12 8.70 4.8% 9.03 8.81 2.5%

WestJet expects RASM growth in the third quarter to be moderately stronger than the first half growth and anticipates ongoing operating margin expansion in the second half of 2012.

WestJet now projects its full-year CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share to increase between three to 3.5 per cent year over year from its previous expectation of up 1.5 to 2.5 per cent. This revision is primarily due to higher flight operations and inflight recruitment and training expenses in the fourth quarter in anticipation of our expanded winter schedule which was only recently finalized, increased maintenance expense and a slight reduction in capacity associated with the aircraft reconfiguration project. The airline anticipates that its fuel costs will range between $0.90 and $0.92 per litre for the third quarter of 2012.

The airline also declared an increase to its quarterly dividend from $0.06 to $0.08.

WestJet and Bombardier signed a definitive purchase agreement on July 31, 2012. The purchase agreement includes a firm order of 20 DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen turboprop aircraft with purchase options for an additional 25 Q400 aircraft. Of the firm orders, seven turboprops are scheduled to be delivered in 2013. This will be followed by seven more of the confirmed orders in 2014, four in 2015 and two in 2016. The scheduled delivery slots for the 25 optional aircraft range between 2014 and 2018.

In other news, WestJet and WestJet Vacations today announced that guests on board WestJet flights can expect an extra-special inflight experience as part of their travels during the month of August.

Working with the Walt Disney Company (Canada) Ltd., WestJet is launching a unique inflight experience with a little Disney-inspired magic on board. Guests will receive complimentary Disney-themed snacks and napkins while enjoying free Disney cartoons and movies on seatback televisions throughout the flight. On select routes, guests will also enjoy Disney-themed jokes, fun facts and a complimentary gift.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.


WestJet announces new seasonal routes

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) announced the upcoming launch of two new seasonal non-stop services between Quebec City and Cancun and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Starting December 11, 2010, guests from Quebec City and its surrounding area will be able to fly nonstop to Cancun every Saturday until April 30, 2011. Service to Fort Lauderdale will begin December 12, 2010, with one flight every Sunday until April 24, 2011.

WestJet also announced the upcoming launch of a new seasonal nonstop service between Ottawa and Las Vegas. In addition to this new route, WestJet will also increase the frequency of flights from Ottawa to Cancun, Punta Cana, Montego Bay and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Starting on December 9, 2010, guests from Ottawa and its surrounding area will be able to fly nonstop to Las Vegas twice weekly until April 28, 2011. Also starting in December, frequency from Ottawa to Cancun will increase from two to three times weekly, from Ottawa to Punta Cana will increase from once to twice weekly, from Ottawa to Montego Bay will increase from twice to three times weekly, and from Ottawa to Fort Lauderdale will increase from once to twice weekly. These frequency increases are in addition to the recently announced year-round service from Ottawa to Vancouver and Halifax.

WestJet also announced it will launch new nonstop seasonal service this winter between Saskatoon and Phoenix. From December 17, 2010, until April 29, 2011, guests will be able to fly nonstop between Saskatoon and Phoenix once weekly on Fridays.

WestJet also announced it will fly nonstop between Edmonton and Orlando on a weekly basis starting on December 18, 2010.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-7CT C-FEWJ (msn 32769) taxies to the gate at Miami.