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WestJet requires mandatory employee vaccination and mandatory traveller vaccination

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-GQWJ (msn 35505) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955621.

WestJet made this announcement:

The WestJet Group has shared the evolution of its Safety Above All program to reflect mandatory employee vaccination and mandatory traveller vaccination, in line with the Government of Canada mandate.

Effective October 30, 2021, The WestJet Group will implement the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policy for air travelers and will operate as a fully vaccinated airline, managing minimal accommodations pursuant to human rights law.

Mandatory vaccination policy for travelers

For travel on or after October 30, 2021, the implementation of the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policy for travelers marks a major change to the Canadian travel journey.

For Phase I, for travel between October 30 and November 29, 2021, in order to travel with The WestJet Group, guests must prepare to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a valid PCR test to demonstrate the requirements for travel.

For Phase II, for travel on or after November 30, 2021, only proof of vaccination for guests 12 years or older, with narrow exceptions, will be acceptable for travel on the WestJet Group.

The WestJet Group mandatory employee vaccination policy

As announced, effective October 30, 2021, WestJet and Swoop will transition to fully vaccinated airlines with the implementation of the company’s mandatory employee vaccination policy.

All WestJet Group employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and full vaccination status is a requirement of employment for all future employees hired by the WestJet Group, with accommodations managed pursuant to human rights law.

Employees who failed to achieve full vaccination status by October 30, 2021, face unpaid leave and termination of employment.

International travel vaccination passport

The WestJet Group welcomes a standardized and digital proof of vaccination that will enable Canadians to securely and quickly demonstrate their vaccination status in order to travel abroad and is awaiting additional details on timelines, nationwide availability and global acceptance.

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-GQWJ (msn 35505) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955621.

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WestJet’s pilots vote against union representation

WestJet (Calgary) has issued this statement:

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WestJet today issued the following statement from President and CEO Gregg Saretsky regarding the outcome of the unionization vote among its Boeing 737 pilots.

“We are pleased that the majority of our pilots who voted have voted against union representation. Our model of cooperation and employee representation through the WestJet Pilots’ Association has allowed for the continued success of our pilots and our airline. Despite the positive outcome, there is continued work that needs to take place to better understand some of the issues for our pilot group and we can now turn our efforts to that goal.”

Meanwhile WJPA issued this statement:

Today the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) released the official results of the vote to unionize WestJet pilots. The results demonstrate decisive support for the WJPA: over 684 eligible pilots, representing 55 per cent of WestJet pilots who voted, showed their support for the WJPA by voting no to the WestJet Professional Pilots Association acting as their bargaining agent in matters of collective bargaining with their employer.

“WestJet pilots were offered a clear choice—continued representation by the WJPA or unionization,” said Captain Paul Ysselmuiden and Captain Michael Wesolowski , co-chairs of the WJPA. “These results demonstrate decisive support for the WJPA to continue to lead more than 1,500 pilots into the future.”

The WJPA strongly believes that WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots are stronger when they are part of one team. Moving forward, the WJPA will continue to effectively advocate on behalf of all WestJet and WestJet Encore pilots.

Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7CT C-GQWJ (msn 35505) with the Tartan tail is pictured on the taxiway at Glasgow, Scotland.

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WestJet increases nonstop service from Edmonton

WestJet (Calgary) today announced new nonstop service between Edmonton and Nanaimo, British Columbia, as well as more flights between Edmonton and Grande Prairie, Kelowna, Regina and Saskatoon.

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This winter, WestJet will fly nonstop from Edmonton to 26 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean including Orlando, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Maui, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

WestJet’s popular nonstop seasonal service between Edmonton and Maui begins on December 11, 2015, on board the airline’s Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

In other news, WestJet will also offer daily winter seasonal Boeing 767-300 ER service from Toronto (Pearson) to Montego Bay, Jamaica from December 5, 2015 through April 30, 2016 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7CT C-GQWJ (msn 35505) with the special Tartan Tail taxies at the Calgary hub.

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WestJet to launch its “Tartan” Halifax – Glasgow service on May 29

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WestJet (Calgary) will launch service from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Glasgow, Scotland, on board a special version of one of its Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft adorned with a custom-designed WestJet tartan on its tail.

To mark the occasion of its first service to the United Kingdom, WestJet worked with the world’s last dedicated hand-crafted tartan mill, D.C. Dalgliesh of Selkirk, Scotland, to design a commemorative tartan in the airline’s distinctive blue and teal corporate colours. In addition to producing neck ties, cufflinks and scarves, WestJet also decaled two aircraft with the same tartan.

“We wanted to create something unique to celebrate our new service to Scotland and what could be more Scottish than creating our own company tartan?” said Lindsay Robertson, WestJet’s Lead, Creative Services. “On top of that, decaling an aircraft was something fun that we knew our guests would enjoy and in fact, one aircraft is already in service across our network and creating a lot of buzz. We encourage anyone who sees it to take a photo and tweet with the hashtag #TartanTail.”

WestJet’s first flight from Halifax to Glasgow departs Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015. The daily, nonstop seasonal service runs until October 24, 2015.

WestJet launched its first transatlantic service in June 2014 between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Dublin, Ireland. The daily, non-stop seasonal service resumed on May 1 this year, six weeks earlier than last year. It concludes on October 23, 2015.

Photo below: Andy Cline (CNW Group/WestJet).

WestJet unveils its new #TartanTail, one of two Boeing Next-Generation 737s with a custom-designed tartan decal to mark the airline's new service between Halifax and Scotland launching May 29, 2015. Photo credit: Andy Cline (CNW Group/WestJet)

WestJet unveils its new #TartanTail, one of two Boeing Next-Generation 737s with a custom-designed tartan decal to mark the airline’s new service between Halifax and Scotland launching May 29, 2015. Photo credit: Andy Cline (CNW Group/WestJet)

 

WestJet celebrates the launch of the new Glasgow route with “Tartan Tail”

WestJet 737-700 WL C-GQWJ (15-Tartan Tail)(Tail)(WestJet)(LR)

WestJet (Calgary) will introduce seasonal Halifax – Glasgow trans-Atlantic service on May 29. To celebrate this historic launch, WestJet has decorated its Boeing 737-7CT C-GQWJ (msn 35505) with an unique “Tartan Tail”.

The company issued this short statement and top photo on the unique livery:

Introducing ‪#‎TartanTail‬! Keep your eyes on the skies, and at airports across our network, for this WestJet aircraft sporting a tartan tail in honor of our new service to Glasgow International Airport.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Fresh out of the paint shop is C-GQWJ at the Calgary hub.

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