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WestJet launches 787 Dreamliner service to Maui

WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GURP (msn 64975) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946083.

WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner yesterday (October 31) carried guests for the first time between Calgary and Maui providing Hawaii-loving travelers the opportunity to experience WestJet’s state-of-the-art aircraft and award-winning guest experience while flying over the Pacific.

WestJet is the Canadian airline with the most flights to Hawaii and this winter will operate up to 54 weekly flights to four destinations. During peak season, the airline will operate 22 weekly flights between Western Canada and Maui and up to 28 weekly flights between Vancouver and Honolulu, Lihue and Kona.

Photo: Adrian Edwards via WestJet.

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 sparkling wine and an 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.

Details of WestJet’s current service between Calgary and Maui (OGG):

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
*Departure times may vary by day of week

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GURP (msn 64975) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946083.

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WestJet announces Calgary – Rome 787 service

WestJet today announced that western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal nonstop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020, subject to government approvals.

WestJet seasonal service between Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino (FCO) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) will operate three-times weekly in peak season. Flights are timed for convenient connections across WestJet’s network in North America, including to and from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The airline today also announced it is adding more than 300 Dreamliner departures, an increase of more than 52 per cent over 2019, to key transatlantic Dreamliner routes out of Calgary including:

  • Calgary-London (Gatwick) six-times weekly starting April 4, 2020, increases to daily service April 14, 2020.
  • Calgary-Paris starting March 12, three-times weekly, increases to four-times weekly April 6, and to six times weekly on June 2, 2020. This is an additional two weekly flights over summer 2019.
  • Calgary-Dublin resumes twice-weekly service on May 3, 2020 and increases to three-times weekly flights on May 30, 2020.

Details of WestJet’s Dreamliner service between Rome and Calgary

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
 

Calgary-Rome

(FCO)

 

 

One-time

weekly

 

6 p.m.

 

12 p.m. (+1)

 

May 2, 2020

 

Rome (FCO)-

Calgary

 

 

One-time

weekly

 

2 p.m.

 

4:33 p.m.

 

May 3, 2020

 

Calgary-Rome

(FCO)

 

 

Three-times

weekly

 

6 p.m.

 

12 p.m. (+1)

 

May 28, 2020

 

Rome (FCO)-

Calgary

 

 

Three-times

weekly

 

2 p.m.

 

4:33 p.m.

 

May 29, 2020

 

Details of WestJet’s enhanced Dreamliner service between Calgary and London, Paris and Dublin

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
 

Calgary-London (LGW)

 

Daily 7:50 p.m. 11:25 a.m. (+1) April 14, 2020
 

London (LGW)-Calgary

 

Daily 1:30 p.m. 3:20 p.m. April 15, 2020
 

Calgary-Paris (CDG)

 

 

Four-times weekly

 

7:20 p.m. 12:20 p.m. (+1) March 12, 2020
 

Paris (CDG)-Calgary

 

 

Four-times weekly

 

2:20 p.m. 3:16 p.m.  

March 13, 2020

 

 

Calgary-Paris (CDG)

 

Six-times weekly 7:20 p.m. 12:20 p.m. (+1) June 2, 2020
 

Paris (CDG)-Calgary

 

Six-times weekly 2:20 p.m. 3:16 p.m. June 3, 2020
 

Calgary-Dublin (DUB)

 

Twice-weekly 7:50 p.m. 10:55 a.m. (+1)  

May 3, 2020

 

 

Dublin (DUB)-Calgary

 

Twice-weekly 1 p.m. 2:28 p.m. May 4, 2020
 

Calgary-Dublin (DUB)

 

Three-times weekly 7:50 p.m. 10:55 a.m. (+1) May 30, 2020
 

Dublin (DUB)-Calgary

 

Three-times weekly 1 p.m. 2:28 p.m. May 31, 2020

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WestJet reports its second-highest ever third quarter net earnings of $119.4 million

WestJet has announced its third quarter results for 2019, with net earnings of $119.4 million, or $1.02 per fully diluted share compared with net earnings of $70.1 million, or $0.61 per fully diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2018, a year-over-year increase of 70.4 per cent and 67.2 per cent respectively.

“We are very pleased with these remarkable results, achieving our highest ever third quarter load factor, second-highest ever third quarter net earnings and the third-highest quarterly net earnings in WestJet’s history,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “These results would not have been possible without the continued energy and dedication of all 14,000 WestJetters in delivering our award-winning brand of friendly and caring service through the busy summer period. I also want to thank the almost seven million guests who travelled with us in the third quarter for their continued support.”

Operating highlights* (stated in Canadian dollars)

Q3 2019 Q3 2018 Change
Net earnings (millions) $119.4 $70.1 70.4%
Diluted earnings per share $1.02 $0.61 67.2%
Total revenue (millions) $1,392.9 $1,260.9 10.5%
Operating margin 13.5% 8.0% 5.5 pts.
ASMs (available seat miles) (billions) 8.838 8.880 (0.5%)
RPMs (revenue passenger miles) (billions) 7.671 7.517 2.1%
Load factor 86.8% 84.6% 2.2 pts.
Segment guests 6,812,228 6,940,569 (1.8%)
Yield (revenue per revenue passenger mile) (cents) 18.16 16.78 8.2%
RASM (revenue per available seat mile) (cents) 15.76 14.20 11.0%
CASM (cost per available seat mile) (cents) 13.64 13.06 4.4%
Fuel costs per litre (cents) 76 85 (10.6%)
CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share (cents)* 9.96 9.10 9.5%
*Refer to reconciliations in the accompanying tables for further information regarding calculations.

 

Dividend declaration
On October 28, 2019, WestJet’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.14 per common voting share and variable voting share for the fourth quarter of 2019, to be paid on December 31, 2019, to shareholders of record on December 18, 2019. All dividends paid by WestJet are, pursuant to subsection 89(14) of the Income Tax Act, designated as eligible dividends, unless indicated otherwise. An eligible dividend paid to a Canadian resident is entitled to the enhanced dividend tax credit.

WestJet launches Toronto – London Gatwick 787 service

WestJet's third Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

WestJet’s state-of-the-art aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, today will be operating its inaugural Toronto-London (Gatwick) route giving guests on both sides of the Atlantic the opportunity to experience the airline’s new Business and Premium service between two large financial and tourism centers.

WestJet’s daily, year-round Dreamliner service replaces the airline’s existing Toronto-London service operated on the Boeing 767 and complements WestJet’s existing Calgary-London (Gatwick) and the recently announced Vancouver-London (Gatwick) Dreamliner service, which starts April 26, 2020.

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 including an 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.

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GUDO (msn 64976) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 945898.

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WestJet to add more Boeing 787 Dreamliner service in 2020

WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GURP (msn 64975) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 947972.

WestJet today announced its guests in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto will benefit from more domestic and transatlantic 787-9 Dreamliner service for summer 2020, giving the airline’s guests more opportunity to experience WestJet’s new Business Premium and Economy cabins on the state-of-the-art aircraft.

Dreamliner schedule highlights:

  • Earlier Dreamliner service between London, Gatwick and Calgary, operating daily as of April 14, 2020.
  • Year-round daily service between Toronto and London, Gatwick on the Dreamliner.
  • Daily seasonal summer Dreamliner service between Vancouver and London, Gatwick commences on April 26, 2010.
  • Domestic year-round 787 service between Calgary and Toronto beginning in June.
  • Transatlantic Dreamliner service between Paris and Calgary resumes March 12, 2020.

Photo: Adrian Edwards.

WestJet will receive three additional Boeing Dreamliners in 2020 bringing the airline’s total to six of up to 20.

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 an 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.

Details of WestJet’s 787 summer service:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary-Paris

Four-times weekly

7:35 p.m.

12:20 p.m. (+1)

March 12, 2020

Calgary-Toronto

Daily

8:30 a.m.

1:56 p.m.

Daily as of June

Calgary-Dublin

Three-times weekly

8:45 p.m.

11:36 a.m. (+1)

May 30, 2020

Calgary-London, Gatwick

Daily

7:50 p.m.

11:20 a.m. (+1)

April 14, 2020

Vancouver-London, Gatwick

Daily

5:25 p.m.

10:30 a.m. (+1)

April 26, 2020

London, Gatwick-Vancouver

Daily

10:55 a.m.

12:27 p.m.

April 27, 2020

Toronto-London, Gatwick

Daily

8:45 p.m.

9:00 a.m. (+1)

October 23, 2019

London, Gatwick-Toronto

Daily

12:35 p.m.

3:54 p.m.

October 24, 2019

Toronto-Calgary

Daily

4:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Daily as of June

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner C-GURP (msn 64975) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 947972.

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WestJet wants to stand out from the herd with a new advertising campaign

WestJet made this announcement:

As the airline founded on care, WestJet set out to do things differently and its latest advertising campaign, launched today, highlights what sets it apart through its continued commitment to treating people like people.

(CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Named TripAdvisor’s best airline in Canada by the travelling public for three consecutive years, the campaign focuses on WestJet’s award-winning guest service, no overbooking and being Canada’s most on-time airline. It reaffirms the airline’s continued commitment to making air travel something its guests not only enjoy but look forward to.

“We want the travelling public to know that as we become a global network carrier, we will never lose sight of the caring WestJet touch,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “Travel can be unpredictable and this campaign represents how we will always try to put ourselves in our guests shoes by delivering the caring guest experience that has made WestJet stand out from the herd.”

Created in partnership with Rethink, the campaign consists of a comprehensive digital and out-of-home presence that will run from coast-to-coast, launching on October 21, the night of Canada’s federal election and carrying throughout the holidays.

“We wanted to playfully show how travel can feel when other airlines don’t treat people with the same attention and care that WestJet does,” said Christina Yu, managing partner at Rethink. “We have experienced first-hand what sets WestJet apart from the competition and we love how this campaign challenges the norms in the industry.”

WestJet to build a flagship lounge at Calgary

WestJet today announced that work has begun on its first proprietary flagship lounge at the Calgary International Airport (YYC).

As the airline with the most departures, destinations and seats from Calgary, the construction of the lounge underscores WestJet’s ongoing commitment to growing its premium presence and guest experience.

Working in partnership with the Calgary Airport Authority, WestJet’s new lounge will be located near Concourse B to conveniently serve guests travelling from Concourses A and B in the Domestic Terminal, and from Concourse D in the International Terminal.

Designed in partnership with Gensler, world-class design and architectural firm, the lounge will seamlessly blend contemporary interior design with refined mountain living. This custom Canadian-inspired space brings together exceptional local food and beverage, along with business amenities designed to keep travellers connected. Once complete, it will be a place for guests to work, relax, rejuvenate and collaborate in comfort and style, reflective of WestJet’s ongoing premiumization of its Boeing fleet and award-winning hospitality and service.

WestJet flagship lounge is scheduled to open in late summer 2020. Platinum, Gold and Silver WestJet Rewards members with complimentary lounge access benefits, along with guests travelling in the Business cabin, will be among the first to enjoy the new space.

More details on the lounge will be released in the coming months.