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WestJet, Delta Air Lines obtain clearance from the Canadian Competition Bureau for transborder joint venture

WestJet and Delta Air Lines today announced that their proposed U.S. – Canada transborder joint venture has received clearance under Canada’s Competition Act from the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB). The CCB issued a no-action letter confirming that it does not intend to challenge the proposed joint venture agreement between WestJet and Delta Air Lines.

The proposed joint venture between the two airlines is still subject to regulatory approval from the Department of Transportation in the United States.

Upon receipt of all regulatory clearances or approvals the new joint venture will enable Delta and WestJet to deepen their existing partnership with expanded codesharing, reciprocal elite frequent flyer benefits, optimized growth across the U.S.-Canada transborder networks, and co-location at key hubs with initiatives designed to deliver a more seamless guest experience. The partners will also begin implementing joint sales and marketing activities and increase belly cargo cooperation.

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WestJet begins summer service between Edmonton and St. John’s

WestJet today again connected Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador with the departure of its nonstop flight between the Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and St. John’s International Airport (YYT).

As part of WestJet’s summer schedule, the new three-times weekly service features conveniently timed flights and strengthens ties between two important destinations in WestJet’s network.

Details of WestJet’s service between Edmonton and St. John’s:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Edmonton-St.
John’s
Three-times
weekly
9:15 p.m. 6:09 a.m. (+1) June 25, 2019
St. John’s-
Edmonton
Three-times
weekly
9:00 a.m. 11:40 a.m. June 26, 2019

 

This summer, WestJet will operate more than 50 weekly departures from St. John’s to Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and Toronto.

Photo: WestJet.

WestJet announces new vacation routes for the winter

WestJet has announced a hot new reason to travel south this winter – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Starting November 5, 2019, WestJet will operate nonstop between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) with weekly service that gets guests to the beach by the afternoon of the same day.

In addition, the airline announced a new weekly nonstop between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), Dominican Republic on its Boeing 767-300 aircraft starting December 13, 2019. The airline’s widebody 767 will also operate on flights between Toronto and both Montego Bay, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

(CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Details on WestJet’s new winter 2019/2020 routes:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Victoria-San Jose

Del Cabo

(Cabo San Lucas)

One-time

weekly

8 a.m. 1:14 p.m. November 5,

2019

San Jose Del Cabo

(Cabo San Lucas)-

Victoria

One-time

weekly

2:15 p.m. 5:55 p.m. November 5,

2019

Calgary-Punta Cana One-time

weekly

11 p.m. 8:45 a.m. December

13, 2019

Punta Cana-Calgary One-time

weekly

10:15 a.m. 2:56 p.m. December

14, 2019

This winter, WestJet will operate more than 90 weekly departures from Victoria International Airport to seven destinations in the WestJet network including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

WestJet is now flying to Barcelona

WestJet on May 24 opened greater access to both Europe and Canada with its inaugural flight between Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) and Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ). The airline’s new route is its first to Spain and gives European business and leisure travellers access to the greater WestJet network through the airline’s Toronto hub.

The three-times weekly service is operated on WestJet’s Boeing 767-300 that includes the airline’s updated Premium and Economy cabin service. This summer, with the addition of Barcelona, WestJet will operate to five European cities including London, Gatwick, Paris, Dublin and Glasgow.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Toronto-Barcelona Three-times weekly 10:05 p.m. 11:50 a.m. +1 May 24, 2019
Barcelona-Toronto Three-times weekly 1:20 p.m. 4:15 p.m. May 25, 2019

Photo: WestJet.

WestJet to fly the Dreamliner to Maui

WestJet's third Dreamliner

WestJet today revealed its winter Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter.

As part of the schedule release, WestJet also announced the 787-9 Dreamliner will be operate daily service between Toronto and London (Gatwick) starting October 23, 2019.

WestJet flies between Calgary and Maui up to six times weekly, or up to four times weekly on the Dreamliner, with service launching October 31, 2019. In addition, WestJet’s Dreamliner will operate between Calgary and London (Gatwick) four times weekly starting October 27, 2019. WestJet currently flies daily between Calgary and Gatwick. WestJet already serves more destinations with more flights from Calgary than any other airline, and these additions augment WestJet’s continued investment growth in the Calgary and Alberta economies.

The WestJet Dreamliner features 320 seats in three cabins: business, premium and economy, all of which contain a high-level of comfort and WestJet’s award-winning guest service. The Dreamliner’s Business cabin features all-aisle-access, lie-flat seats with on-demand dining and entertainment. The upscale Premium cabin is the ideal combination of comfort, value and guest service including a separate cabin, elevated meal service and signature welcome perks featuring champagne and amenity case. WestJet’s improved Economy cabin features on-demand inflight entertainment, blankets and pillows and complimentary food and beverages with a select number of extra legroom seats available for purchase.

 Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary – Kahului Up to six-
times
weekly
11 a.m 2:27 p.m October 31,
2019
Kahului – Calgary Up to six-
times
weekly
10:30 p.m 7:14 a.m.+1 October 31,
2019
Calgary – London
(Gatwick)
Four-times
weekly
7:45 p.m 11:20 a.m.+1 October 27,
2019
London (Gatwick) –
Calgary
Four-times
weekly
1:20 p.m 3:25 p.m October 28,
2019
Toronto – London
(Gatwick)
Daily 8:50 p.m 9:10 a.m.+1 October 23,
2019
London (Gatwick) –
Toronto
Daily 11:10 a.m 1:57 p.m October 24,
2019

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GUDO (msn 64976) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 945843.

WestJet aircraft slide show:

Video: The complete WestJet 787 Dreamliner review

A new video from Sam Chui.

In this video, I take a trip to Calgary, Canada, at the invitation of the Canadian airline WestJet’s guest experience team, to enjoy a flight from Calgary to London aboard their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aeroplane. This video will feature not only WestJet Business Class, but also look into Premium and Economy cabin. Moreover, I share some behind the scenes product development story on the WestJet 787.

I fly in to Calgary on one of WestJet’s Boeing 737’s and before I go on my voyage on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Westjet, I take the opportunity to visit the stunningly beautiful Banff national park in Alberta. Banff national park is located within the Canadian Rocky mountains and is a UNESCO world heritage site and also Canada’s first, and flagship, national park, established in 1885. It is west of Calgary and covers an area of more than 6000 square kilometres. I see the beautiful, bright turquoise blue lakes of the park, fed by rushing streams and rivers which are in turn fed by glacial melt water. Banff national park is a real jewel in the crown of Canada and I highly recommend a visit!

After my visit to the park, I get back to the aviation side of things and start my journey from Calgary to London at the international terminal of Calgary airport, making use of the Aspire lounge for international departures.

I take my flight in business class, which consists of sixteen individual private pods with lie-flat seats which can convert in to a bed. There are also 28 premium economy seats on the WestJet Boeing 787 Dreamliner and a further 276 economy seats spread across two cabins within the aircraft.

I am given a warm welcome in to the WestJet Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a personalised introduction to the facilities afforded by my business class pod by a member of the flight attendant team. I am shown the large, touchscreen 4K entertainment screen, which offers a variety of in-flight games, television programs, films and music and am given complimentary, noise cancelling headphones. I am also shown the adjustable arm-rests of the seat and the storage bins where I can tuck away my belongings. My welcome is capped off with the WestJet signature drink – a lovely refreshing mix of green tea and cranberry juice – and also the provision of a complimentary Matt & Nat amenity kit.

My flight from Calgary to London on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with WestJet is over eight hours long and takes me to a maximum altitude of 36,000 feet, but before I can get in to the air, the cold, snowy weather in Canada means that the wings of the aircraft have to be de-iced but to WestJet’s credit, their staff work very well in the adverse weather conditions to keep everything running on time.

Up in the air, I enjoy some exceptional, restaurant quality WestJet cuisine. The service in premium economy and business class is as in a restaurant, with each dish being taken to the customer individually, rather than being given from a trolley, and on special non-slip trays to reduce accidents. WestJet have paid great attention to detail by integrating reminders of Canada’s fabulous nature in to their food service – the food trays of economy are bright, turquoise blue just like the lakes of the Banff national park and the salt and pepper pots in business class are made in the shape of the Rocky mountains.

In premium economy, customers enjoy a rice and curry dish, refreshing and authentic draft Canadian beer and a salad complete with goat’s cheese. The vegetarian option is extraordinary – a vegetarian shepherd’s pie, the signature dish of Canadian chef Bill Alexander. In business class, I am able to choose from lots of smaller dishes rather than having just one, big main meal. I enjoy Italian antipasto, smoked salmon mille-feuille, alberta beef short ribs and sour cherry pie. There are also Ravioli dishes – each one unlike the other with irregular pasta cuts, representing the nature of Canada. I think that high praise is due to WestJet for the phenomenal quality of their airline food, which I think has really put them on the map as a major international airline and shows their considerable development from their start as a low cost, budget airline.

The meal is rounded off nicely with the serving of some special, Canadian Ice wine – one frozen grape yields only one drop of the very sweet wine – before I get some quality sleep and land at London Gatwick.

All in all, I highly enjoyed my trip with WestJet on their Boeing 787 Dreamliner aeroplane and my hat is off to them for their food. What did you think of the beauty of the Banff national park and the flight itself? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section down below and, as always, thanks for watching!

WestJet operates its inaugural flight from Calgary to Paris

WestJet made this announcement:

With the departure of flight 10, WestJet on May 17 became the only airline to operate a nonstop route between Paris and Calgary.

The airline’s newest route, along with its codeshare partnership with Air France, provides historic new access between Western Canada and Europe. Canadian business and leisure travellers now can fly to and from 11 cities in greater Europe including Rome, Venice, Athens and Lisbon through WestJet’s Air France codeshare partnership from Paris. This flight is the second of three 787 Dreamliner inaugurals that are central to WestJet’s global strategy and selection of Calgary as its initial Dreamliner hub.

All flights between Calgary and Paris are operated on WestJet’s newest aircraft, the 320-seat, 787-9 Dreamliner.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop Dreamliner service:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Calgary – Paris Four times weekly 7:35 p.m. 12:20 p.m. + 1 May 17, 2019
Paris – Calgary Four times weekly 2:20 p.m. 3:45 p.m. May 18, 2019

 

By June 2019, WestJet will offer flights to 67 non-stop destinations with an average of 975 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.