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WestJet introduces WestJet Link

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 1997 (diver)

WestJet on November 24, 2017 introduced WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colors, WestJet Link will connect the communities of Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at the Calgary International Airport (YYC). These new routes will add to WestJet’s existing leadership position in Calgary, offering more flights and seats to more destinations than any other airline.

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft will include six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

Details of WestJet’s new year-round nonstop service:

Route Frequency Days* Effective
Calgary – Lethbridge Three times Daily March 7, 2018
Calgary – Lloydminster Once Daily March 14, 2018
Calgary – Medicine Hat Three times Daily May 31, 2018
Calgary – Cranbrook Three times Daily March 7, 2018
Calgary – Prince George Once Daily March 14, 2018
* Reduced frequency on weekends and some holidays

 

Introductory one-way fares to/from Calgary are available starting from:

Departing Arriving Air transportation charges (ATC) Taxes, fees
and charges
Total one-way
price from*
Base fare
from
Other ATC
Lethbridge Calgary $60.00 $12.00 $26.83 $98.83
Calgary Lethbridge $60.00 $12.00 $42.58 $114.58
Lloydminster Calgary $87.00 $12.00 $12.43 $111.43
Calgary Lloydminster $87.00 $12.00 $43.93 $142.93
Medicine Hat Calgary $75.00 $12.00 $11.83 $98.83
Calgary Medicine Hat $75.00 $12.00 $43.33 $130.33
Cranbrook Calgary $64.00 $12.00 $22.83 $98.83
Calgary Cranbrook $64.00 $12.00 $42.78 $118.78
Prince George Calgary $69.00 $12.00 $37.78 $118.78
Calgary Prince George $69.00 $12.00 $43.03 $124.03
* Book by December 4, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between March 7 & June 27, 2018. For Medicine Hat travel from May 31 – June 27, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new for more information.

 

For today only, connecting one-way fares to/from Toronto are available at special prices with limited quantities for the new additions to the WestJet network:

Departing Arriving Air transportation charges (ATC) Taxes, fees
and charges
Total one-way
price from*
Seats
Available
Base fare
from
Other ATC
Lethbridge Toronto $97.00 $23.00 $29.23 $149.23 500
Toronto Lethbridge $97.00 $23.00 $51.90 $171.90 500
Lloydminster Toronto $112.00 $23.00 $14.23 $149.23 200
Toronto Lloydminster $112.00 $23.00 $53.85 $188.85 200
Medicine Hat Toronto $112.00 $23.00 $14.23 $149.23 500
Toronto Medicine Hat $112.00 $23.00 $53.85 $188.85 500
Cranbrook Toronto $101.00 $23.00 $25.23 $149.23 500
Toronto Cranbrook $101.00 $23.00 $52.42 $176.42 500
* Book by November 24, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between March 7 & June 27, 2018. For Medicine Hat travel from May 31 – June 27, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new for more information.

 

Pacific Coastal Airlines

A privately owned, British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR), Pacific Coastal is the third largest airline at YVR in annual takeoffs and landings. It flies to 15 airports and connects to more than 50 destinations in the province, from as far east as Cranbrook in the Rocky Mountains and as far north as Prince George and Masset on the legendary island of Haida Gwaii.

Top Copyright Photo: Pacific Coastal SAAB 340 aircraft will now adopt the WestJet livery. Pacific Coastal Airlines (Pacific Coastal.com) SAAB 340A C-GCPU (msn 140) (diver) YVR (Ton Jochems). Image: 912125.

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WestJet, Air France and KLM launch reciprocal frequent flyer redemption

WestJet's first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

WestJet, Air France and KLM on November 15, 2017 announced the redemption phase of their reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Flying Blue Miles can now be redeemed for WestJet flights and WestJet dollars can now be redeemed for flights within the Air France and KLM global network.

The announcement comes on the heels of the airlines’ successful launch of the earn phase of the reciprocal frequent flyer agreement and further complements their long-standing code share cooperation.

Members of WestJet Rewards can now redeem WestJet dollars on Air France-KLM destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Members of Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue program can now redeem their Flying Blue Miles to WestJet destinations throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FRAX (msn 60510) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 939575.

WestJet reports record third quarter net earnings of $138.4 million, up 19 percent

WestJet's first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

WestJet on October 31, 2017 announced its third quarter results for 2017, with record net earnings of $138.4 million, or $1.18 per fully diluted share, as compared with the net earnings of $116.0 million, or $0.97 per fully diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2016, up 19.4 per cent and 21.6 per cent, respectively. WestJet achieved its 50th consecutive quarter of profitability and flew an all-time quarterly record of 6.5 million guests. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 10.2 per cent, up compared to the 9.8 per cent reported in the previous quarter.

“Today we reported our 50th consecutive profitable quarter, which included record earnings, margin expansion, positive year over year RASM growth, and improved return on invested capital, as we achieved the highest ever quarterly load factor in our 21-year history and flew an all-time quarterly record number of guests. Our business fundamentals continue to strengthen, which combined with new strategic initiatives, including the launching of Swoop in the summer of 2018 and Boeing Dreamliner service starting in 2019, gives us great confidence in our ability to deliver sustainable profitable growth and earnings expansion,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “I want to thank our more than 13,000 WestJetters for their dedication and energy in delivering our award-winning brand of friendly caring service, and I especially look forward to celebrating our success at the November profit share event.”

Operating highlights (stated in Canadian dollars)

Q3 2017 Q3 2016 Change Year-to-date 2017 Year-to-date 2016 Change
Net earnings (millions) $138.4 $116.0 19.4% $235.1 $240.3 (2.1%)
Diluted earnings per share $1.18 $0.97 21.6% $2.00 $1.98 1.0%
Total revenue (millions) $1,215.6 $1,124.3 8.1% $3,384.9 $3,105.1 9.0%
Operating margin 16.6% 15.1% 1.5 pts 10.7% 11.4% (0.7 pts)
ASMs (available seat miles) (billions) 8.077 7.635 5.8% 23.339 22.045 5.9%
RPMs (revenue passenger miles) (billions) 6.922 6.414 7.9% 19.575 18.152 7.8%
Load factor 85.7% 84.0% 1.7 pts 83.9% 82.3% 1.6 pts
Segment guests 6,530,873 5,900,967 10.7% 18,127,408 16,527,411 9.7%
Yield (revenue per revenue passenger mile) (cents) 17.56 17.53 0.2% 17.29 17.11 1.1%
RASM (revenue per available seat mile) (cents) 15.05 14.73 2.2% 14.50 14.09 2.9%
CASM (cost per available seat mile) (cents) 12.55 12.50 0.4% 12.96 12.48 3.8%
Fuel costs per litre (cents) 62 57 8.8% 63 53 18.9%
CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share (cents)* 9.26 9.38 (1.3%) 9.78 9.72 0.6%
 *Refer to reconciliations in the accompanying tables for further information regarding calculations.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FRAX (msn 60510) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 939575.

 

 

WestJet partners with The Chopped Leaf

WestJet announced today that it has partnered with fresh casual restaurant, The Chopped Leaf, in a move that will see the restaurant’s whole-food offerings available on board WestJet aircraft.

WestJet has partnered with fresh casual restaurant, The Chopped Leaf, to offer the restaurant's whole-foods on board WestJet aircraft. (CNW Group/WestJet)

“WestJet and The Chopped Leaf have a common goal to break down the ‘airline food’ stigma,” said Rossen Dimitrov, WestJet Chief Guest Experience Officer. “The ingredients in our new menu have been sourced to provide healthier options with quality and taste in mind. We continue to evolve our onboard offerings to meet the needs of our 22 million annual guests.”

“WestJet values are very similar to ours at The Chopped Leaf,” said Nick Veloce, Innovative Food Brands Inc. President & COO parent company The Chopped Leaf. “We want to ensure our customers are delighted with their food experience and take great effort in making sure that each person who visits our locations leaves with a positive experience. This partnership with WestJet is now perfectly aligned to delivering on this wherever our customers are.”

Ingredients in The Chopped Leaf items are made from real food including whole grains, vegetables and meats that contain little to no preservatives. Specific menu items can be viewed in the onboard menu in seat pockets of WestJet flights. The Chopped Leaf meals will be rotated throughout the pre-purchase and buy-on-board menus as more products and variety are developed.

WestJet will offer guests on more than 250 daily flights the ability to pre-purchase or buy-on-board whole bowls, multi-grain sandwiches and salads. The Chopped Leaf products will be available for purchase on flights beginning November 15, 2017 and pre-purchase is available now for flights starting the same day.

In addition to its partnership with The Chopped Leaf, as of September 1, 2017 WestJet is now offering prosecco and a selection of international wines on board.

WestJet officially unveils Canada’s first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for WestJet, delivered on September 29, 2017

WestJet on October 11, 2017 officially unveiled its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft, one of 50 scheduled for delivery in the next four years.

“We are proud to make history as the first Canadian airline to receive the Boeing 737 MAX,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “The MAX’s design updates, including Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and the Boeing Sky Interior, will contribute to improvements in fuel efficiency and overall guest experience. We look forward to welcoming guests on board our sleek new aircraft along with our signature caring, people-driven service.”

“We worked closely with WestJet to make sure the 737 MAX raises the bar when it comes to efficiency, reliability and the passenger experience,” said Brad McMullen, Boeing’s Vice-President of Sales for the Americas. “This is a great airplane for a great customer, and we’re excited to see WestJet put the MAX into service.”

The aircraft, which has been at WestJet’s Calgary hangar since September 29 for inspections, training and test flights, is the first of 50 Boeing 737 Max scheduled to be delivered through 2027. The aircraft is expected to officially enter service on November 9, 2017, when it operates from Calgary to Toronto (Pearson).

The Boeing 737 MAX is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines, designed for fuel efficiency and noise reduction. Overall, the aircraft is 14 per cent more fuel-efficient than current 737 Next-Generations and have a reduced operational noise footprint of up to 40 per cent through quiet-engine technology.

WestJet’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft feature a single cabin with 174 seats. Its seating configuration consists of three rows of Plus in addition to 11 more rows with a seat pitch of 34 inches. Further enhancing WestJet’s guest experience, the aircraft comes with Boeing’s new Sky Interior which has features such as customizable LED lighting and new speakers to improve sound and clarity of onboard announcements.

WestJet’s current fleet consists of 117 Boeing Next-Generation 737s, four Boeing 767s and 42 Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. WestJet has also entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in January 2019. With one of the youngest fleets in the airline industry, WestJet continues its global growth while controlling operating costs and providing an award-winning guest experience.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FRAX (msn 60510) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939453.

WestJet announces the name and logo for its ultra-low-cost airline, named Swoop

WestJet has announced the name and logo for its ultra-low-cost airline (ULCC) in Canada.

Named Swoop, the ULCC will begin selling flights in early 2018.

“The name Swoop denotes exactly what we plan to do,” said Bob Cummings WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy and the executive member responsible for the launch of Swoop. “It’s a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more Canadians to travel.”

Swoop will provide Canadians with a no-frills, lower-fare travel option backed by an airline with a proven track record of bringing lower fares to Canadians and an investment-grade credit rating.

 

Swoop will be based in Calgary.

Swoop has flown in to the Canadian travel market to provide the country with a no-frills, lower-fare air travel option that will get more Canadians travelling. Swoop has the unique position of being the only ultra-low-fare carrier in Canada with a strong balance sheet, a modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft and a management team with deep knowledge of the aviation market.

WestJet adds more sun routes and frequencies for the coming winter

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-GWSZ (msn 37092) (Walt Disney World - Magic Plane) YVR (Steve Bailey). Image: 936503.

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) has announced an additional 55 weekly nonstop flights this winter from Toronto Pearson International Airport to key domestic business destinations as well as popular sun spots in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. The service is part of the airline’s seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18.

Details of WestJet’s increased service from Toronto:

  • TorontoMontreal, from 83 to 91 times weekly (14 times each business day).
  • TorontoOttawa, from 77 to 85 times weekly (13 times each business day).
  • TorontoVancouver, from 45 to 52 times weekly (eight times each business day).
  • TorontoCalgary, from 56 to 68 times weekly, more than any other carrier (10 times each business day).
  • TorontoWinnipeg, from 31 to 38 times weekly (six times each business day).
  • TorontoKelowna, from five to seven times weekly.
  • TorontoOrlando, from 12 to 15 times weekly.
  • TorontoFort Lauderdale/Hollywood, from 11 to 14 times weekly.
  • TorontoCancun, from 11 to 15 times weekly.
  • TorontoMontego Bay, from 13 to 14 times weekly.
  • TorontoNassau, from seven to nine times weekly.
  • TorontoLiberia, from four to five times weekly.
  • TorontoAntigua, from two to three times weekly.
  • TorontoPunta Cana, from six to seven times weekly.
  • Toronto-Puerto Plata, from five to six times weekly.

WestJet also announced the addition of dozens of new flights across Canada. The additional flights deliver optimized service for both the business and leisure traveller and give Canadians greater connectivity into and out of WestJet hubs in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, providing more flight frequency between key routes, better scheduling and greater access from smaller airports into the wider WestJet network.

Highlights of WestJet’s 2017-18 winter schedule include:

  • New nonstop weekly service from Calgary to Belize City, Belize.
  • New nonstop weekly service from Edmonton and Vancouver to Huatulco.
  • Service from both Regina and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta will increase by one weekly flight for a total of twice weekly.
  • Additional flights from Edmonton to a number of domestic and international destinations including Cancun, Abbotsford and Victoria.
  • Additional flights from Calgary to a number of sun destinations including Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Palm Springs and Puerto Vallarta.
  • Additional flights from Calgary to a number of domestic destinations including Kitchener, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Kelowna and Brandon.
  • Additional flights from Vancouver to a number of domestic and international destinations including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Fort St. John, Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray.
  • Extension of existing summer service increases through the winter including three daily flights between Toronto and Moncton, six daily flights between Edmonton and Kelowna and 12 weekly flights between Calgaryand Houston.

This winter WestJet will operate an average of 700 daily flights to 93 destinations including 37 in Canada, 22 in the United States, 33 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America and one in Europe.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-GWSZ (msn 37092) (Walt Disney World – Magic Plane) YVR (Steve Bailey). Image: 936503.