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SMBC delivers another MAX 8 aircraft to Swoop

SMBC Aviation Capital has announced the delivery of one Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft (MSN 42840) equipped with two CFM LEAP-1B27 engines to Swoop.

This is the third of six aircraft delivering to Swoop during summer 2022.

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Swoop grows presence in Saskatchewan, with new nonstop service to Regina

Swoop today arrived at Regina International Airport (YQR) for the first time. Swoop flight WO582 from EdmontonInternational Airport (YEG) and received a warm welcome upon landing at 8:00 a.m. local time before departing for Winnipeg.

Route  

Start Date  

Peak

Weekly

Frequency  

One-way

total price

(CAD)  

Base Fare

(CAD)  

Taxes &

Fees (CAD)  

Regina to

Edmonton

June 16,

2022

2x weekly

$69

$34.64

$30.41

Regina to

Winnipeg

June 16,

2022

2x weekly

$49

$15.59

$29.45

Regina to

Toronto

June 22,

2022

2x weekly

$59

$25.12

$29.93

Edmonton

to Regina

June 16,

2022

2x weekly

$69

$19.64

$45.41

Winnipeg to

Regina

June 16,

2022

2x weekly

$69

$16.64

$48.41

Toronto to

Regina

June 22,

2022

2x weekly

$49

$2.29

$42.76

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Swoop takes delivery of a Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

SMBC Aviation Capital made this announcement:

Victorville, California, June 15, 2022 – SMBC Aviation Capital has announced the delivery of one Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft (MSN 63976) equipped with two CFM LEAP engines to Swoop.

This is the first of six aircraft delivering to Swoop during summer 2022.

Bob Cummings to return to the WestJet Group as President of Swoop

#Chinook

The WestJet Group has announced the return of Bob Cummings to the airline’s Executive Leadership Team as President of Swoop, WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier. Cummings will begin his role on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Bob Cummings with Swoop Aircraft #Bob (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Most recently, Cummings spent two years at the helm of Central Mountain Air as Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he led through pandemic turbulence and positioned the regional airline for success in recovery, while building the airline’s culture. Prior to Central Mountain Air, Bob spent 13 years with the WestJet Group, spanning several notable Executive Vice-President positions, including President of Swoop in 2018, where he was responsible for the start-up and launch of Canada’s first successful ultra-low-cost airline.

During his tenure with WestJet, Bob led the growth of WestJet Vacations, WestJet Rewards, and was integral in the launch of WestJet Encore, WestJet’s regional airline. As WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, Bob grew the airline’s revenue from just over one billion to more than $4.5 billion. Prior to joining WestJet, Bob spent more than 13 years in leadership positions in the utility and telecom markets.

 

With his extensive North American commercial aviation experience, Bob will continue to build on Swoop’s strong foundation in recovery.

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Top Copyright Photo: Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FLBV (msn 40836) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 949878.

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Swoop now flies to St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Swoop on November 5 celebrated its inaugural flight to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) with a warm welcome reception to the Tampa Bay area.

Details of Swoop’s service currently for sale:

Service Between

Services Start Date

Peak Weekly Frequency

Toronto – St. Pete-Clearwater

Nov 5, 2021

3x (Mon, Fri, Sat)

Hamilton – St. Pete-Clearwater 

Nov 9, 2021

2x (Tue, Sat)

To celebrate this new route, Swoop’s Head of Commercial and Finance, Bert van der Stege and Head of Flight Operations, Shane Workman were joined by St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport Director, Tom Jewsbury and several key stakeholders for an inaugural ceremony upon arrival at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Travelers were also treated to inflight refreshments and giveaways.

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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Swoop to fly from Winnipeg to Sanford (near Orlando) this winter

Swoop announced today new service between Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) to its winter schedule, reaffirming Swoop’s commitment to bringing more ultra-low cost service from Winnipeg to domestic and transborder destinations. Seats from Winnipeg to Orlando Sanford are on sale now, with non-stop service set to begin in December.

Details of Swoop’s Winter Service between Winnipeg and Orlando Sanford

Route

Planned Start Date

Peak Weekly Frequency

Total one-way price (CAD)

Base Fare (CAD)

Taxes and fees (CAD)

Orlando Sanford – Winnipeg

December 9, 2021

2x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$101.02

$37.80

Winnipeg – Orlando Sanford

December 10, 2021

2x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$38.13

$100.87

†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by Sep 22, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) or while seats last, for travel between December 9, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Blackout dates between December 16, 2021 and January 6, 2022March 11, 2022 – April 4, 2022.

Swoop to add Los Cabos in Baja, Mexico

Swoop announced the addition of nonstop service to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) to its winter schedule from both Edmonton and Toronto, bringing more choice to Canadians looking to travel south of the border at an affordable price. Swoop’s nonstop service will operate twice weekly from Toronto and once weekly from Edmonton.

Los Cabos joins CancunPuerto Vallarta and Mazatlán as the fourth Mexican destination available for booking this winter, all at Swoop’s always available ultra-low fares. With demand for international travel and all-inclusive Getaway packages returning, today’s announcement signals another strong sign of recovery for the airline as it gears up for further growth through the addition of its tenth aircraft, expected to enter service this winter.

Details of Swoop’s Winter Service to Los Cabos

Route

Planned Start Date

Peak Weekly Frequency

Total one-way price (CAD)

Base fare (CAD)

Taxes and Fees (CAD)

Edmonton – Los Cabos

November 20, 2021

1x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$43.10

$95.90

 Los Cabos – Edmonton

November 20, 2021

1x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$64.83

$74.17

Toronto – Los Cabos

December 4, 2021

2x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$40.70

$98.30

Los Cabos – Toronto

December 4, 2021

2x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$64.83

$74.17

†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by Sep 22, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) or while seats last, for travel between November 20, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Blackout dates between December 16, 2021 and January 6, 2022, March 11, 2022 – April 4, 2022.

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Swoop reaches tentative agreement with CUPE

Named #Abottsford

Swoop has announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with CUPE Local 4070, representation for Swoop’s Inflight (flight attendant) group.

Both parties now await the ratification vote to be put forward to membership.

“We are pleased to have come to tentative terms on our first collective agreement with CUPE Local 4070,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop. “Our inflight group plays an integral role in our operations and we are grateful for their commitment to safety and enhancing the traveller experience at Swoop.”

Top Copyright Photo: Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FPLS (msn 60132) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954940.

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Swoop announces three new destinations – Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater and San Diego

Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), today unveiled plans to add three new U.S. destinations to its network with non-stop flights to San Diego (SAN), St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE) and Orlando Sanford (SFB) beginning this winter.

Swooping into Central Florida

Non-stop service to Orlando Sanford International Airport will be available from Toronto beginning October 9, from Hamilton beginning November 1 and from Edmonton beginning November 5.

Non-stop service to San Diego

Travelers from Edmonton looking to explore the vibrant city and sandy beaches of San Diego can find direct flights beginning October 31.

Say hello to sunny St. Pete-Clearwater

With nonstop flights and its proximity to Tampa Bay, Swoop’s service to sunny St. Petersburg-Clearwater will begin on November 5 from Toronto and on November 9 from Hamilton.

Details of Swoop’s new service currently for sale:

Service Between

Services Start Date

Peak Weekly Frequency

Edmonton – Orlando (Sanford)

Nov 5, 2021

2x (Mon, Fri)

Edmonton – San Diego

Oct 31, 2021

3x (Tue, Thu, Sun)

Hamilton – Orlando (Sanford)

Nov 1, 2021

2x (Mon, Fri)

Hamilton – St. Pete-Clearwater  

Nov 9, 2021

2x (Tue, Sat)

Toronto – Orlando (Sanford)

Oct 9, 2021

4x (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat)

Toronto – St. Pete-Clearwater

Nov 5, 2021

3x (Mon, Fri, Sat)

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