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WestJet comment on flight crew fatigue regulations

WestJet today provided the following comment on federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s flight crew fatigue regulations.

“The safety of our guests and our crew is of utmost importance,” said Scott Wilson, WestJet Vice-President, Operations. “We welcome the Minister’s announcement outlining the move to new flight and duty time regulations. Utilizing scientific principles on fatigue will provide prevention and mitigation while aligning with international standards and best practices.”

As outlined in the new regulations, WestJet will work to implement the updated crew fatigue standards over the next 24 months.

WestJet has provided safe flying to Canadians since 1996 and now operates more than 700 daily flights to more than 100 destinations across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.

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WestJet expands its codeshare agreement with QANTAS

Delivered on July 19, 2018

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WestJet today announced it has expanded its codeshare relationship with Qantas by placing its WS code and flight numbers on QANTAS-operated flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Itineraries connecting the growing WestJet network to these Australian destinations are available today for purchase on all WestJet sales channels for flights starting December 6, 2018.

WestJet and QANTAS have been codeshare partners since 2014 and the airlines have offered QANTAS Frequent Flyer and WestJet Rewards members the ability to earn and redeem loyalty rewards since 2017. Travellers will also continue to enjoy one-stop check-in and baggage transfers to their final destination.

WestJet operates flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto to Los Angeles. The WS code will be added on QANTAS’ daily flights between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and its seasonal service between Vancouver and Sydney.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GZSG (msn 60516) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944547.

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WestJet to launch seasonal, nonstop service to Dublin from Halifax

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GXAX (msn 60512) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944507.

WestJet today announced it is adding to its growing Atlantic gateway from Halifax with the addition of daily nonstop service to Dublin, Ireland starting April 29, 2019 and operating through October 25, 2019.

(CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

 

Details of WestJet’s service between Halifax and Dublin

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Halifax –  Dublin

Daily

10:20 p.m.

7:33 a.m.+1

April 29, 2019

Dublin –  Halifax

Daily

9:00 a.m.

11:02 a.m.

April 30, 2019

WestJet has served Halifax International Airport for 15 years and this summer will operate non-stop service to 16 cities including London (Gatwick), Paris, Dublin, Glasgow, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. At peak summer schedule, the airline will operate more than 25 flights per day from YHZ.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by WestJet): WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GXAX (msn 60512) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944507.

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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 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 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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