Tag Archives: Gatwick

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).

WestJet aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Wall Art

Norwegian to fly from London Gatwick to Oakland

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Norwegian Long Haul) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner LN-LNG (msn 35314) (Edvard Munch, Norwegian Artist) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930341.

Norwegian Long Haul (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) is planning to launch a new route connecting London (Gatwick) with Oakland in May 2016. The new route will be operated three days a week with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners starting on May 12 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Now registered in Norway (was previously registered in Ireland), Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner LN-LNG (msn 35314) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

Norwegian aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Prints-6 Sizes and 4 Finishes

WestJet reports record 3Q net earnings of C$101.8 million

WestJet (Calgary) today announced its third quarter 2015 results, with record net earnings of $101.8 million (all amounts in Canadian dollars), or $0.82 per diluted share, as compared with the adjusted net earnings1 of $85.4 million, or $0.66 per diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2014, up 19.2 per cent and 24.2 per cent, respectively, notwithstanding the significant weakening of the Canadian dollar year over year and the softening of the Western Canadian economy as a result of the collapse in energy prices. WestJet achieved an on-time performance rate of 86.0 per cent in the third quarter, a year-over-year improvement of 4.1 percentage points, placing WestJet as the top performing North American airline for the second consecutive quarter. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a record return on invested capital of 16.1 per cent, compared with the 16.0 per cent reported in the previous quarter while our total assets surpassed $5 billion for the first time in WestJet’s history.

“We are very pleased with another quarter of record financial results, as we improved our return on invested capital and operating margin while leading North American airlines in on-time performance for a second straight quarter,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “We are very excited about the next chapter of WestJet’s evolution, as we recently began flying wide-body aircraft in scheduled revenue service for the first time and announced non-stop service to London Gatwick from six Canadian cities beginning in the spring of 2016. I want to thank our 11,000 WestJetters for their commitment to delivering our award-winning brand of friendly caring service, and I look forward to celebrating a record November profit share with them later this month.”

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. WestJet’s first Boeing 767-338 ER WL C-FOGJ (msn 25274) taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

WestJet aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Prints-6 Sizes and 4 Finishes

 

Caribbean Airlines to end London Gatwick service on January 10, 2016

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) will operate the last Boeing 767-300 revenue flight on the London (Gatwick) – Port of Spain route on January 10, 2016 per Airline Route. The airline is getting out of the long-haul business.

Caribbean Airlines logo

The company will also retire its two Boeing 767-300 ERs when the route is ended.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-316 ER 9Y-LGW (msn 26327) departs from London (Gatwick).

Caribbean Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Airline Aircraft Type “Endangered Species List” (constantly updated): AG Airline Slide Show

Endangered Species List Mosaic 9.22.15

AG Bottom Ad Bar

Sunset for the last British Airways Boeing 737 revenue flight

British Airways 737-400 G-DOCX (97-Union flag)(sunset for last flight)(MF)(LR)

British Airways (London) as planned, operated the last Boeing 737 revenue flight on September 30 between Turin and London (Gatwick) with Boeing 737-436 G-DOCX (msn 25858).

Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli. G-DOCX sits on the gate at London (Gatwick) after it operated the last Boeing 737 revenue flight from Turin as flight BA 2579.

British Airways aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Airline Aircraft Type “Endangered Species List”:

Endangered Species List Mosaic 9.22.15

WestJet to serve London Gatwick with introductory fares

WestJet 767-300 WL (15)(Flt)(WestJet)(LR)

WestJet (Calgary) has announced it will launch new nonstop service next spring to London (Gatwick) a total of four times daily from six Canadian cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto (Pearson) and St. John’s.

These new routes represent WestJet’s first nonstop service to London, and the only non-stop service from Winnipeg to the United Kingdom.

WestJet will also be offering introductory pricing that adds only an additional $20 one way to connect from select airports into the six cities serving London (Gatwick).

WestJet’s nonstop flights from Canada to London all operate as overnight flights leaving late afternoon or evening, which is ideal for travellers connecting to all six airports from other regions in Canada. Some 45 airlines operate from Gatwick airport, offering WestJet guests low fares and easy connections to and from approximately 200 destinations in 90 countries, more destinations than from any other airport in the UK. Located just 30 minutes from all of Central London’s many attractions, Gatwick is also one of the easiest London airports to navigate, with a monorail connecting its two terminals.

With the exception of flights from St. John’s, which will operate on one of the airline’s Boeing Next-Generation 737s, all London flights will be operated by one of WestJet’s four 767-300 ER extended range aircraft. Featuring a new teal and blue maple leaf-themed logo, which will eventually appear on all WestJet aircraft, each 767 seats 262 guests and has a range of approximately 11 hours. The aircraft will include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two configuration, hot meals and all 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. By next spring all four 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline’s new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system.

Image: WestJet.

Video: WestJet.

British Airways is getting ready to operate the last Boeing 737 revenue flight

British Airways (London) is nearing the end of an aircraft era – the last operational single-aisle Boeing 737. BA is now down to just three active 149-seat Boeing 737-436s (G-DOCO, G-DOCW and G-DOCX), all based at London’s Gatwick Airport. The older Boeing 737-400s are being replaced by newer Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

British Airways logo

The older Boeing 737-400s have been gradually retired to the desert at Victorville, CA (VCV) and other locations and other operators.

Boeing 737-436 G-DOCO is now planned to be ferried to VCV on September 2.

The last two remaining 737-436s will close out a long line of BA Boeing 737 operations on September 30. Currently the last scheduled revenue flight of a BA 737 is between Turin (TRN) and London (Gatwick) (LGW) on September 30 with either of these two aircraft (G-DOCW or the pictured G-DOCX above). Of course, as with any aircraft type retirement, the last flight is always subject to operational needs as a possible replacement aircraft.

Above Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. The original BA Boeing 737 type, the new Boeing 737-200s were delivered in the pictured 1973 livery which featured a lower case “airways” for titles.

BA has been a long-time Boeing 737 operator. In July 1978, BA placed an order for 19 new Boeing 737-200s (above) to start the Trident replacement process. The new type entered revenue service in February 1980. The carrier gained experience with the type with leased-in 737-200s from Transavia Airlines starting in November 1977.

Above Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Later an experimental silver top version of the updated 1980 livery (with just “British” titles) was tried. Boeing 737-236 G-BKYA (msn 23159) arrives at the London (Heathrow) base when it was the main short-range BA airliner.

The company operated the venerable 737-200 (below) until 2001.

Below Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-236 G-BKYJ (msn 23168) taxies at Zurich in the 1984 Landor color scheme.

Above Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-34S G-OGBC (msn 29109) in the “Flowers from Mazowsze” Utopia tail design was actually operated by franchise carrier GB Airways in British colors.

The newer and larger 737-300s were operated from 1988 to 2009 (above) and the 737-500 (below) from 1996 through 2009.

Above Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-5H6 G-GFFJ (msn 27355) of British Airways departs from Lasham.

The larger Boeing 737-400s were introduced into the fleet in October 1991 with the delivery of three 141-seat 737-436s. The stretched 737 has served the carrier well over the years. A total of 37 Boeing 737-400s have been operated and the fleet has been gradually reduced as newer Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been introduced.

The Boeing 737-400 fleet was initially based at London’s Heathrow where the type replaced earlier Boeing 737-200s. When the new Airbus A319s and A320s arrived, the older Boeing 737-400s were moved to London’s Gatwick Airport. LGW has became the last stronghold of a BA 737.

Unfortunately for this historical Boeing 737 Classic tradition, BA decided not to order the Next-Generation advanced 737 models and instead elected to go with Airbus as replacements.

The Boeing 737 is sunsetting at British Airways. It served BA very well over the years. Farewell.

Top Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-436 G-DOCX (msn 25857) arrives back at the LGW base with the red nose in support of Red Nose Day.

British Airways aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Bottom Ad Bar