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WestJet moves its Whitehorse service to Calgary

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-76N WL C-GLWS (msn 32581) YYC (Ton Jochems). Image: 928299.

WestJet on January 25 announced that it will move its nonstop seasonal service between Whitehorse and Vancouver to Calgary International Airport (YYC), effective June 29, 2018. For the first time, flights between Whitehorse and Calgary will be available for purchase as of January 29, 2018.

“WestJet has been serving Whitehorse with seasonal summer service to Vancouver since 2012,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “As we continue to expand our Calgary hub, it makes sense to move the service from Vancouver to Calgary to offer residents of Whitehorse more destinations via YYC Calgary International Airport. This is also an opportunity for residents to fly non-stop to Calgary, and this summer will also see an increase to our seasonal service from three times weekly to four times weekly.”

WestJet offers 31 nonstop routes from Vancouver and 52 nonstop routes from Calgary.

Details of WestJet’s new nonstop seasonal service between Whitehorse and Calgary:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Whitehorse – Calgary Four times weekly 6 a.m. 9:32 a.m. June 30, 2018
Calgary – Whitehorse Four times weekly 9:45 p.m. 11:26 p.m. June 29, 2018

The service is part of the airline’s seasonal schedule for the summer of 2018, full details of which will be released January 29, 2018.

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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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American to end its relationship with WestJet

American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N947AN (msn 29536) LAX. Image: 933336.

Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines and WestJet agreed to deepen their existing partnership by entering into a comprehensive transborder joint venture that will increase travel choices between the U.S. and Canada.

According to the announcement, “Delta and WestJet have entered into a preliminary memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding their intention to deepen their existing partnership to form a commercial joint venture arrangement, which will offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network, world-class airline products, enhanced frequent flyer benefits, shared airport facilities and amenities, and a more seamless travel experience.”

Probably as a result of this agreement, American Airlines is ending its codeshare relationship with WestJet effective on January 15, 2018.

In addition, both American and WestJet will end their frequent flyer partnership effective on July 31, 2018. American Airlines has announced July 31, 2018 will be the last day to fly and earn miles on WestJet.

Previously American Airlines and WestJet Airlines had launched a comprehensive codeshare agreement that gave customers of both airlines more choices and greater connectivity when travelling between the United States and Canada, as well as across American’s worldwide network.

This codeshare relationship allowed American to place its AA* code on WestJet flights, and WestJet to place its WS* code on flights of American Airlines. It is all ending because of Delta’s new interest in WestJet.

Bottom Line: United is aligned with Air Canada. Delta is now aligned with WestJet. American is out in the cold in Canada. Will American now look at some of the newly proposed Canadian carriers including Jetlines?

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 737-823 WL N947AN (msn 29536) LAX. Image: 933336.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FKRF (msn 60123) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 939576.

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FKRF (msn 60123) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 939576.

 

WestJet today starts Boeing 767-300 scheduled service to Hawaii

Ex-QANTAS VH-OGJ, delivered August 27, 2015

WestJet (Calgary) today celebrates the airline’s first flight from Alberta to Hawaii on its own Boeing 767-300 extended-range aircraft. To this point, flights to the Hawaiian Islands had been taking place on leased aircraft.

WestJet took delivery of its first Boeing 767-300 on August 27, 2015 and has been flying the aircraft between Calgary and Toronto in order to obtain Extended-range Twin-engine Operation (ETOPS) certification. This certification allows the aircraft to be operated for extended distances over water and is required for WestJet’s service to Hawaii and to London Gatwick, which commences service in May 2016.

WestJet’s Boeing 767-300 service to Hawaii departs Edmonton on January 10 at 8:15 a.m. and arrives in Maui at 12:37 p.m.

The airline will operate two 767-300 aircraft from Calgary and Edmonton to Honolulu and Maui. Each aircraft seats 262 guests. The aircraft include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two configuration, hot meals and all of the other amenities associated with Plus. The main cabin has 238 seats, with two seats on either side of the aircraft and three in the middle. One of the 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline’s new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system while the other will include tablets loaded with movies and popular televisions shows. By spring, both aircraft will be equipped with WestJet Connect.

WestJet’s seasonal service between Alberta and Hawaii began December 11, 2015, using two leased 767 aircraft from Omni Air International pending receipt of federal government certification for extended operation of WestJet’s 767s, which was received on December 30, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-338 ER C-FOGJ (msn 25274) lands at the Calgary base.

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8 passengers hurt by turbulence on Air Canada flight AC088, 21 sent to the hospital

Air Canada Boeing 777-333 ER C-FITL (msn 35256) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 927231.

Air Canada (Montreal) issued this statement concerning passengers that were hurt by turbulence on flight AC088 from Shanghai to Toronto on December 30:

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Flight AC088, en route to Toronto from Shanghai , was diverted to Calgary on due to turbulence where it landed without incident at 15:23 MT (17:23 ET) on December 30. The Boeing 777-300 ER was carrying 332 passengers and 19 crew members.

Passengers and crew were immediately met by Air Canada teams and examined by medical personnel. Twenty-one passengers were transferred directly to local hospitals from the airport comprising eight with non-life threatening injuries and 13 for observation.

Air Canada is making arrangements to accommodate all passengers including those continuing on to Toronto .

Air Canada is cooperating fully with the Transportation Safety Board in its investigation of this incident.

Air Canada did not specify the exact location of the turbulence but it was likely to have occurred somewhere over northern Canada.

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Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-333 ER C-FITL (msn 35256) lands at Calgary prior to the incident.

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Air Canada and the IAMAW reach a tentative 10-year agreement

Air Canada Airbus A330-343 C-GHKR (msn 400) YYC (Ton Jochems). Image: 928673.

Air Canada (Montreal) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) today announced they have reached a new agreement, subject to ratification, on collective agreement terms for ten years. The IAMAW represents 7,500 Air Canada employees who work in technical maintenance and as operational support employees at airports handling baggage and in Air Canada Cargo.

“This new agreement with the IAMAW on collective agreement terms for ten years is an important achievement that will support long-term and profitable growth at Air Canada and one that recognizes the important contribution of IAMAW members. Moreover, it will benefit all stakeholders by giving our company more certainty and flexibility, while at the same time providing stability for our employees,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada. “This is now our sixth agreement — the third with terms for 10 years — that we have reached with our unions over the past year. As such, it is a further confirmation of the collaborative partnership Air Canada and its employees enjoy and our shared focus on taking care of customers and building one of the world’s leading international carriers.”

The agreement is subject to ratification by IAMAW’s membership as well as to certain openers over the 10-year period. Details of the agreement will not be released pending ratification by IAMAW and approval by the Air Canada Board of Directors.

The union will recommend ratification to its members and the Company will seek the Air Canada Board of Directors’ approval for the agreement promptly.

This agreement with IAMAW, subject to ratification, follows on the conclusion in November 2015 of a new agreement with Air Canada’s 6,500 flight attendants on collective agreement terms for ten years. It is the sixth agreement reached by Air Canada and its unions, including those with ACPA, representing the airline’s 3,000 pilots, Unifor representing the airline’s 4,000 Customer Service and Sales Agents in Canada, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) representing its U.S. unionized workforce and UNITE representing its U.K unionized workforce.

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Air Canada reports 3Q net income of GAAP C$815 million

Air Canada Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIUW (msn 35249) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 927233.

Air Canada (Montreal) today reported record third quarter adjusted net income of $734 million (all amounts are in Canadian dollars) or $2.50 per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $457 million or $1.55 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014, an improvement of $277 million or approximately 61 per cent. EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and aircraft rent) amounted to $1,076 million compared to EBITDAR of $749 million in the same quarter in 2014, an increase of $327 million or approximately 44 per cent year-over-year.

On a GAAP basis, Air Canada reported record third quarter operating income of $815 million compared to operating income of $526 million, an improvement of $289 million or approximately 55 per cent from the third quarter of 2014. An operating margin of 20.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2015 reflected an improvement of 6.5 percentage points from the same quarter in 2014.

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Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIUW (msn 35249) departs from Calgary.

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