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WestJet ratifies five-year agreement with WestJet Encore pilots

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEU (msn 4493) YYZ (Jay Selman). Image: 403935.

WestJet has announced that 92 percent of WestJet Encore pilots represented by the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) voted in favor of a five-year agreement. The vote represents 90 percent of the 505 WestJet Encore pilots.

The agreement starts January 1, 2019 and expires on January 1, 2024.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEU (msn 4493) YYZ (Jay Selman). Image: 403935.

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WestJet touches down in Portland, Oregon

WestJet has made this announcement:

Building on WestJet’s position as Calgary’s largest air carrier, the airline began its new nonstop flight between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Calgary nInternational Airport (YYC) today. The new flight is the first-ever WestJet-scheduled service to and from Portland.

WestJet’s nonstop flight to Calgary allows for convenient access to its western Canadian network where the airline will operate 145 daily flights from Calgary to 54 destinations including Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Saskatoon, Regina, Atlanta, Nashville, New York, London, Paris and Dublin.  WestJet operates more flights to more destinations from Calgary than any other airline.  WestJet’s codeshare partner, Delta, also offers travellers from Calgary the opportunity to connect to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Seattle/Tacoma and Salt Lake City International Airport out of Portland.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary – Portland Daily 10:30 a.m. 11:17 a.m. April 29, 2019
Portland – Calgary Daily 12:10 p.m. 2:57 p.m. April. 29, 2019

This summer, WestJet will operate over 740 daily flights in peak summer to 92 destinations including 42 in Canada, 23 in the United States, 28 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and five in Europe.

CUPE files to represent WestJet Encore flight attendants

CUPE has made this announcement:

CUPE has filed an application at the Canada Industrial Relations Board to represent flight attendants at WestJet Encore.

A majority of WestJet Encore flight attendants have signed cards supporting unionization with CUPE, after citing the need for better schedules and better opportunities for career advancement among their reasons for seeking to unionize. CUPE is thrilled to get to work improving the lives of Encore staff.

CUPE has industry-leading experience and expertise in improving the working conditions and the lives of our flight attendant members,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “We look forward to adding Encore flight attendants to our airline family.”

Flight attendants have a tough job ensuring the safety of their passengers at 20,000 feet, along with challenging working conditions and often unpredictable schedules. But being part of a union makes a world of difference, as flight attendants at WestJet mainline can already attest. “Most definitely, my life is a lot better after joining CUPE,” said Kruti Sutaria, who is now the secretary-treasurer of CUPE Local 4070, representing WestJet mainline flight attendants.

In July 2018, CUPE was certified to represent roughly 3,000 flight attendants at WestJet’s mainline carrier. CUPE is Canada’s flight attendant union, representing 15,000 flight attendants at ten different airlines nationwide.

Meanwhile WestJet issued this statement:

WestJet has issued the following statement from President and CEO Ed Sims regarding the application for certification of its WestJet Encore flight attendants by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

“We respect the individual rights of our employees to choose their representation. The caring and passionate nature of all employee groups will ensure we collectively deliver on our strategy of becoming a global network airline while keeping safety at the forefront.”

WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GDEW (msn 4563) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 945784.

WestJet today announced it is adding more choice for travelers in London, Ontario and Montreal this summer with a new daily service starting June 24 through October 15 on WestJet Encore.

 

WestJet is the largest airline in London, and this summer will operate six flights per day from London, ON to three Canadian cities including Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. The airline will also operate 23 flights per day from Montreal including two times daily to Vancouver, three times daily to Calgary, daily to Edmonton and Winnipeg, 13 times daily to Toronto, twice daily to Halifax and daily to London, ON.

Details of WestJet’s service between London and Montreal:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
London –  Montreal Daily 10:20 a.m. 11:45 a.m. June 24, 2019
Montreal – London Daily 12:15 p.m. 1:49 p.m. June 24, 2019

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GDEW (msn 4563) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 945784.

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WestJet announces Calgary service to Terrace, B.C.

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FWEZ (msn 4483) YVR (Brandon Farris). Image: 931590.

WestJet has announced new twice-weekly, nonstop service between Calgary and Terrace, B.C., effective September 4, 2018. This new route brings the number of nonstop destinations WestJet serves from Calgary to 63, more than any other airline.

Operated by WestJet Encore using Bombardier Q400 aircraft, the additional service will benefit the entire northwest region of the province which continues to be economically strong due to investment in forestry, mining, smelting, hydroelectricity, liquefied natural gas and infrastructure projects in the KitimatTerrace industrial corridor.

WestJet Encore also operates twice-daily service to Vancouver. Both routes provide the opportunity to conveniently connect to and from Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and Kona, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo and Mazatlan in addition to connecting to the remainder of WestJet’s extensive domestic, transborder and international network.

Details of WestJet Encore’s new twice-weekly, non-stop service between Calgary and Terrace, are:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary – Terrace

Twice weekly

9:30 p.m.

10:50 p.m.

September 4, 2018

Terrace – Calgary

Twice weekly

6:30 a.m.

9:35 a.m.

September 5, 2018

Top Copyright Photo (all others by WestJet): WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FWEZ (msn 4483) YVR (Brandon Farris). Image: 931590.

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WestJet Encore reaches an unique agreement with its cabin crew members

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FQWE (msn 4473) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 928067.

WestJet Encore announced on January 9, 2018 its cabin crew members have reached an evergreen agreement between WestJet Encore and WestJet Encore Cabin Crew Members (CCMs).

The agreement was designed to address key concerns and feedback collected and brought forward by the WestJet Cabin Crew Association (WCCA) representing WestJet Encore CCMs. The agreement covers work rules, compensation, including guaranteed minimum hours, and career progression and guarantees an ongoing annual review of the contract.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is simple, fair and provides opportunity for ongoing feedback and adjustments,” said Charles Duncan, President, WestJet Encore. “We wanted to create something with flexibility built in, so we could address concerns brought forward by our team in a timely matter. This agreement highlights the benefits of leaders and WestJetters working directly together. I thank the WCCA, our WestJet Encore CCMs and the Encore leadership team for their work on this agreement and genuine commitment to our business and our people.”

The agreement began January 1, 2018.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FQWE (msn 4473) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 928067.

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WestJet Encore pilots approve the new five-year agreement

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEO (msn 4462) YYC (Ton Jochems). Image: 928309.

WestJet Encore (Calgary) announced ts pilots have voted in favor of a new agreement with 93 percent of eligible pilots voting.

The tentative agreement was negotiated between WestJet Encore and the WestJet Pilots’ Association (WJPA), the association representing its pilots. Voting on the agreement began on December 12, 2015 and ended December 20, 2015.

Nearly 275 WestJet Encore pilots are represented by the WJPA, a subgroup of WestJet’s Proactive Communication Team (PACT), the wholly-elected employee association representing WestJet’s more than 11,000 employees. This is the first ratified agreement between WestJet and its Encore pilots.

The new agreement begins January 1, 2016 and expires on December 31, 2020.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEO (msn 4462) taxies at the Calgary base.

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