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Calgary Zoo secures twice weekly bamboo shipments for giant pandas

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A panda at the Calgary Zoo is seen munching on bamboo.
 A panda at the Calgary Zoo is seen munching on bamboo. Global News

BY HEIDE PEARSON GLOBAL NEWS, Posted November 7, 2019

The Calgary Zoo has secured a new airline to bring hundreds of kilograms of bamboo a week to Panda Passage for its four hungry and picky giant pandas to eat.

The zoo’s bamboo supply was put in jeopardy in September, when Hainan Airlines — which had been importing the bamboo since the bears arrived — announced it was changing its direct flight from Calgary to Beijing from year-round to seasonal and the last flight would be Oct. 31.RELATED NEWS

Officials have been working ever since to find a way to get the weekly shipments to Calgary to feed the pandas.

The zoo announced Thursday that it had partnered with WestJet Cargo to secure the imports.

“As Calgary’s hometown airline, WestJet heard about the bamboo challenges and flew into action with the WestJet Cargo team offering to fly the bamboo shipments from Toronto to Calgary twice weekly,” the zoo said in a news release.STORY CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT

“Since our giant pandas don’t like wilted bamboo, this was fantastic news as WestJet Cargo also provides cool storage that ensures the pandas have access to the freshest bamboo possible.”1:58Pandas enjoy first snowfall at Calgary Zoo Pandas enjoy first snowfall at Calgary Zoo

The first shipment of bamboo arrived via WestJet Cargo on Oct. 26 and are set to come every Tuesday and Saturday in the future.

“We’re happy we were able to step in and support our friends at the Calgary Zoo through our cargo operations,” WestJet senior commercial manager of cargo Nicolas Saignat said.

“WestJet has a great love and appreciation for animals, and we are delighted to be able to assist in providing the freshest bamboo for Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue who currently call Calgary home.”

The two panda cubs, Jai Panpan and Jai Yue Yue, are set to head to China in the new year as part of a breeding program the family of four are involved with.

The four giant pandas arrived at the Calgary Zoo from the Toronto Zoo in 2018.© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Wheel mishap with WestJet flight shuts down Calgary airport runway

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A runway at the Calgary International Airport had to be shut down when the front wheel of a WestJet flight went off the tarmac after landing. No passengers were hurt.

6 November 2019,  The Canadian Press

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A runway at the Calgary International Airport had to be shut down when the front wheel of a WestJet flight went off the tarmac after landing. – DARRYL DYCK , THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY—A runway at the Calgary International Airport had to be shut down for a number of hours when the front wheel of a WestJet flight went off the tarmac after landing.

The airport says in a social media posting that no one was hurt when the accident happened shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The posting says the plane had just arrived safely from Los Cabos, Mexico when the nose wheel slipped off along the east runway.

The passengers were taken by buses to the airport terminal.

There was no immediate word on the number of people aboard, or what caused the accident.

Other flights were diverted to the west runway until the aircraft was removed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 6, 2019.

Travellers are discovering Canada’s in-terminal airport hotels

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MARK STACHIEW Updated: November 1, 2019

Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel room
Canadian travellers are discovering the advantages of staying at airport hotels, like the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. HANDOUT PHOTO / FAIRMONT HOTELS

Once the domain of desperate travellers stranded by weather delays or in need of a quick place to sleep before connecting to another flight, in-terminal airport hotels are upping their game and a lot of people are choosing them for reasons beyond necessity.

“Airport hotels, once viewed as just for stopovers and one-night stays, have started to upgrade their offerings to provide luxurious stress-free stays to kick off or end your vacation, creating a seamless experience from hotel to flight,” said Sabrina Bhangoo, Director of Public Relations for Marriott in Canada.

“This trend is not only happening here in Canada but also the U.S. The New York Times, recently highlighted various amenities that airport hotels are adopting to make their properties more attractive to guests.”

“Hotel airports are becoming increasingly popular and are among our busiest,” said France Savard, the senior public relations coordinator for Germain Hotels, which includes the Alt brand. “We currently have two, in Halifax and Toronto Pearson, and actually we will have a third one by the end of 2020 or early 2021 at the Ottawa Airport.”

Savard noted that a lot of travellers are starting their vacations a day early with a night’s stay at airport hotels, especially if they are boarding early morning flights to sun destinations. For people who live further out of town, getting to the airport on time can be impossible so staying at the airport makes it easier and many hotels offer convenient parking packages making it affordable to leave their cars there while they are away.

Every major airport in Canada is surrounded by hotels, but only a few of them are located right within the heart of the airport terminal. From West to East, here are the in-terminal hotels where travellers can stay in this country:

Fairmont Vancouver Airport

The Jetside Lounge at Fairmont Vancouver Airport offers views that planespotters love. HANDOUT PHOTO / FAIRMONT HOTELS

Not only does Vancouver’s airport regularly bring home awards, but so does the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. It’s been named the top Airport Hotel in North America by the Skytrax World Airport Awards for six years in a row. This luxury hotel features all the amenities you expect from a Fairmont property including high-end dining options, a pool, gym and spa, but also carries on the Fairmont tradition of offering afternoon tea, but with a nod to its airport setting. As you sip your tea and nibble on your biscuits, you get a close-up view of airport operations, thrilling planespotters of all ages.

Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel

Edmonton Airport’s Renaissance hotel is hugely popular with travellers. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

The Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel is the city’s newest CAA/AAA 4 Diamond Hotel and is the only Renaissance in the world attached to an airport terminal. Its soundproofed rooms are perfect for guests who need to sleep any time of day, no matter what time zone their bodies think they are in. Aimed at both business and leisure travellers, the Renaissance has all the amenities travellers need including a fitness facility, pool and the ultra-modern Halo Bar and Bistro.

Calgary Airport Marriott Hotel

The Calgary Airport Marriott has been completely redesigned. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

A lot ot travellers that stay at airport hotels are secret planespotters. Marriott knows that which is why guests who stay on this airport’s seventh floor receive an in-room telescope so they can watch the planes come and go. Conveniently located between the international and domestic terminals, the Calgary Airport Marriott Hotel offers comfortable rooms that offer your choice of mountain, city or runway views. The hotel is also home to the Yakima Social Kitchen and Bar which serves locally-sourced cuisine based on Aboriginal, Asian and North American influences, all of which can be washed down with selections from their all-Canadian craft beer collection.

Delta Hotel by Marriott Calgary Airport In-Terminal

No matter what time you check in to Calgary Airport’s Delta Hotel, you can take advantage of their 24-hour room service. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

If the Marriott is full, Calgary’s airport offers a second in-terminal option, the Delta which is actually across the street from the main terminal attached to it by an all-weather pedestrian overpass. It has all of the comforts and amenities you would expect from a modern hotel. Their parking packages are especially attractive for people who want to stash their car somewhere while they are away.

Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport

If you need a nice place to stay at Canada’s biggest airport, the Sheraton Gateway Hotel is one of your options. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

Toronto’s traffic is notorious so if you need to get to Pearson for an early-morning flight, it means having to leave your house at some ungodly hour. It can be even worse depending on where in the GTA you are coming from. The Sheraton Gateway Hotel is the ideal place to avoid that headache by staying the night before your departure. Integrated into Terminal 3, the hotel is easy to get to as it’s a short hop to the airport’s UP Express station, the train that whisks passengers to Pearson from Union Station downtown.

Alt Hotel Toronto Airport

Alt Hotels spotlight local artists through the altexpo, a pictures mosaic that greets you as you enter the hotel. HANDOUT PHOTO / ALT HOTELS

Technically, this hotel isn’t in the airport terminal, but it’s connected to Pearson by Terminal Link, the rail line that connects the airport’s terminal buildings so passengers can seamlessly step from the hotel to the airport via the adjacent Viscount Station. Alt hotels are known for being comfortable and paying attention to small details, like having no set checkout times when guests book directly with them which is convenient if you have a flight that leaves later in the day.

Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

If you like watching planes come and go, you’ll spend a lot of time in the lounge at Montreal airport’s Marriott. HANDOUT PHOTO / MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

Sitting atop the U.S. departures terminal of Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, the Montreal Airport Marriott Hotel is a newly-renovated, contemporary hotel that is a comfortable option for travellers who need to stay at the airport. If you want to relax before or after your flight, the hotel is home to a first-class spa and, as you would expect in a city that’s known for its love of food, its Bijou Resto and Bar serves international dishes to suit every palate, but don’t forget to try their poutine.

Alt Hotel Halifax Airport

Alt Hotel’s Halifax airport hotel is attached directly to the terminal building by an all-weather walkway. HANDOUT PHOTO / ALT HOTELS

Canadian-owned and family-operated, Alt Hotels describe itself as “no frills chic,” providing guests what they need without the extra fluff and their Halifax airport destination is no exception. They are noted for having beds that are super comfortable and because guests always ask where to buy their beddings, linens and pillows, they point them to Simons.ca, the Quebec-based retailer that supplies them.

– Mark Stachiew is a Montreal-based freelance writer who shares travel news and tips at www.stachiew.com and curates a collection of cool travel gear at www.jetsetgeneration.com.

WestJet Dreamliner takes off for Maui

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Airline first carrier to offer scheduled Dreamliner service to OGG

CALGARY, Oct. 31, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner will carry guests for the first time between Calgary and Maui providing Hawaii-loving travellers the opportunity to experience WestJet’s state-of-the-art aircraft and award-winning guest experience while flying over the Pacific.

WestJet's Boeing 787 Dreamliner (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“As the Canadian carrier with the most flights to Hawaii we’re providing a superior experience for our guests flying across the Pacific this winter,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet is the first to offer scheduled Dreamliner service to Maui and we’re confident guests will enjoy their travel experience onboard our Dreamliners as they head to and from Hawaiian paradise.”

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.

“Our guests love a direct getaway to beautiful Maui, adding Dreamliner service to one of Hawaii’s most desirable places makes the journey even better,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “We’re proud to be WestJet’s hub and the home to its Dreamliner fleet and will continue to support our strategic partner’s exciting growth.”

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):

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
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

WestJet answering Italian holiday dreams with non-stop Dreamliner service between Rome and Calgary

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Airline also increases capacity by 200,000 seats on key Dreamliner routes out of Calgary

CALGARY, Oct. 30, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, WestJet announced that western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020, subject to government approvals.

WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020 (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020 (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Whether they have Italian roots or are dreaming of a bucket list destination, western Canadians have never had convenient, non-stop access to the Eternal City,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “WestJet’s continued international expansion from our home in Calgary reinforces our commitment to investing in the city as an international aviation hub. With travel via Dreamliner and an elapsed travel time as opposed to connecting through eastern hubs, this flight positions us as a preferable transatlantic option for a wonderful summer holiday in beautiful and historic Rome.”

“We are extremely proud to welcome WestJet to Rome Fiumicino Airport as its new destination in Europe and first in Italy,” said Fausto Palombelli, Chief Commercial Officer of Aeroporti di Roma. “Rome Fiumicino, the first airport in Europe for passenger satisfaction, is constantly developing as the main Italian hub and preferred gateway to the Mediterranean and Southeast Europe. The new WestJet flight is the answer to an increasing demand between Canada and Italy, that has been growing beyond the capacity introduced into the market. Flying non-stop to Calgary will allow Italian customers to reach and discover a destination never served before and provide preferential access to central and western Canada and the U.S.”

“Our guests now have the option to avoid a long day of travel including connections, with WestJet’s new non-stop flight from Calgary to Rome,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “WestJet is our airport’s largest carrier and our strategic partner. We congratulate them on this new Dreamliner route to Italy.”

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.

WestJet’s transatlantic Dreamliner flights, based out of Calgary, are uniquely and conveniently timed in the interest of Albertans and western Canadians with late-day departures and daytime arrivals to suit guests travelling transatlantic. 

“After the success we had on our Dreamliner routes out of Calgary in summer 2019, we have added 200,000 more seats and lengthened the operating dates on our seasonal routes,” continued Sims. “The reception of these flights reinforces that we are providing services that were long overlooked for travellers from the west. Our investments in Alberta are driving economic growth, boosting our visitor economy, enabling businesses and communities to grow and unlock their potential while connecting families and friends.”

Details of WestJet’s Dreamliner service between Rome and Calgary

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective 
 Calgary-Rome(FCO)  One-timeweekly 6 p.m. 
 12 p.m. (+1) May 2, 2020 
 Rome (FCO)-Calgary   One-timeweekly 2 p.m.
 4:33 p.m. May 3, 2020
 Calgary-Rome(FCO)  Three-timesweekly 6 p.m. 
 12 p.m. (+1) May 28, 2020
 Rome (FCO)-Calgary   Three-timesweekly 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 Daily1:30 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 weekly7:20 p.m.12:20 p.m. (+1)June 2, 2020
 Paris (CDG)-Calgary Six-times weekly2:20 p.m.3:16 p.m.June 3, 2020
 Calgary-Dublin (DUB) Twice-weekly7:50 p.m.10:55 a.m. (+1) May 3, 2020 
 Dublin (DUB)-Calgary Twice-weekly1 p.m.2:28 p.m.May 4, 2020
 Calgary-Dublin (DUB) Three-times weekly7:50 p.m.10:55 a.m. (+1)May 30, 2020
 Dublin (DUB)-Calgary Three-times weekly1 p.m.2:28 p.m.May 31, 2020

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 787-9 summer schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new

Air Transat previews its summer 2020 offering, with new Europe, U.S. destinations

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Friday, October 25, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

MONTREAL — Air Transat has unveiled its full program for summer 2020, with 150 flights a week to 27 European cities and more flights to the South and the U.S.

New summer destinations include Copenhagen, Faro and San Diego and New Orleans in the U.S.

The airline has boosted the number of destinations available from Montreal and Toronto, plus numerous domestic and connecting flights will benefit travellers across the country.

“The arrival of our Airbus A321neoLRs marks the dawn of a new era for us,” says Transat’s Chief Operating Officer, Annick Guérard. “Along with our wide-body fleet, these aircraft help us become more flexible by increasing the options to reach Europe from major Canadian airports. Travellers win big, with more holiday choices and increased frequencies.”

She says TGV AIR will be back in the summer of 2020, following its successful debut in 2019. In partnership with SNCF, France’s national rail service, Air Transat clients can combine a flight to Paris with rail travel from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. That way, travellers can access 18 French cities as well as Brussels, Belgium. “Our priority is to give tourists choices,” says Guérard. “Many of our customers took advantage of this service this year.”

Here are the highlights of Air Transat’s summer 2020 schedule…

EUROPE

In summer 2020 Air Transat will operate 24 flights a week to the United Kingdom from Toronto, five more than in 2019, including two daily flights to London in high season.More news:  “Don’t shy away from selling Hawaii”: Agents get the latest updates at ALOHA Canada 2019

The airline will have five flights to Manchester and five to Glasgow each week. Most of these destinations will be available to travellers flying from Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, thanks to connecting flights.

In total, Air Transat will offer direct flights to 15 European cities from Toronto. It will also operate flights from Montreal to London five times a week.

From Montreal Air Transat will operate 17 flights a week to Paris, three more than in 2019, and will once again feature Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse and Basel-Mulhouse.

Most of these French destinations will also be available from Quebec City, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

In total, Air Transat will have direct flights to 20 European cities from Montreal.

Earlier this month Air Transat announced new direct service between Montreal and Copenhagen. Running 2x/weekly from June 16 to Sept. 20, 2020, it’s the only nonstop service between the two cities.

Air Transat will also fly to Paris from Toronto five times a week.

The airline will operate four direct flights a week to Paris from Quebec City, one more than in 2019. It will also keep its flights from Quebec City to Montreal, thus offering Quebec City travellers access to 16 European cities.More news:  “You can count on us”: Cuba specialist Hola Sun has perks for agents & clients this winter

From Vancouver, Air Transat will fly three times a week to Amsterdam, Manchester and London. It will also offer 12 flights a week to Toronto and seven flights a week to Montreal, making the majority of its European destinations available to its West Coast customers.

Air Transat will also offer 58 flights a week to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Croatia from Toronto and Montreal, including one flight to Faro for the first time in the summer of 2020.

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DOMESTIC & CONNECTORS

Air Transat continues to enhance its domestic flight program for travellers looking for a connecting flight to Europe.

From Vancouver, the airline will offer 12 flights a week to Toronto and a daily flight to Montreal. From Calgary, it will fly to Toronto and Montreal four times a week, respectively. In addition, there will be 14 flights a week between Toronto and Montreal, and four between Quebec City and Montreal.

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SOUTH DESTINATIONS

In 2020 Air Transat will have 30 flights a week from Toronto to 10 South destinations.

From Montreal, Air Transat will offer 50 flights a week to 16 destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S., including Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, San Diego and New Orleans.

Air Transat will also offer flights to Punta Cana, Cancun and Fort Lauderdale from Quebec City.

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WestJet Dreamin’ more Dreamliner in 2020

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Guests to benefit from more 787 service between European
destinations and Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver

CALGARY, Oct. 22, 2019 /CNW/ – 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.

“As we welcome new 787 deliveries, we continue to showcase WestJet’s award-winning guest experience to the world,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “Our Dreamliner service is unique to WestJet and through increased domestic and transatlantic connections we’re able to offer Canadians and visitors a superior experience whether travelling for business or leisure.”

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.

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:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary-ParisFour-times weekly7:35 p.m.12:20 p.m. (+1)March 12, 2020
Calgary-TorontoDaily8:30 a.m.1:56 p.m.Daily as of June
Calgary-DublinThree-times weekly8:45 p.m.11:36 a.m. (+1)May 30, 2020
Calgary-London, GatwickDaily7:50 p.m.11:20 a.m. (+1)April 14, 2020
Vancouver-London, GatwickDaily5:25 p.m.10:30 a.m. (+1)April 26, 2020
London, Gatwick-VancouverDaily10:55 a.m.12:27 p.m.April 27, 2020
Toronto-London, GatwickDaily8:45 p.m.9:00 a.m. (+1)October 23, 2019
London, Gatwick-TorontoDaily12:35 p.m.3:54 p.m.October 24, 2019
Toronto-CalgaryDaily4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.Daily as of June

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 787-9 summer schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new.

WestJet’s flagship lounge in Calgary, a home within our home

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Construction begins on new space that will give top-tier WestJet Rewards members and select partner members a refined environment to work and rejuvenate

CALGARY, Oct. 3, 2019 /CNW/ – 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.

WestJet's flagship lounge in Calgary will give top-tier WestJet Rewards members and select partner members a refined environment to work and rejuvenate. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s flagship lounge in Calgary will give top-tier WestJet Rewards members and select partner members a refined environment to work and rejuvenate. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“As WestJet continues its accelerated journey to becoming a global network carrier our new flagship lounge in Calgary will give top-tier WestJet Rewards members, Business cabin guests and select partner travellers a home within our home in Calgary,” said d’Arcy Monaghan, WestJet’s Vice-President, Loyalty. “This lounge will showcase WestJet’s award-winning hospitality, refined style, elevated products and premium experience our guests have been enjoying with the launch of our new Dreamliner.”

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.

“Whether guests are starting a journey, or connecting, this premium lounge will elevate their experience,” said Rob Palmer, CFO and Vice-President, The Calgary Airport Authority. “YYC is already proud to be home to WestJet, its Dreamliner hub, and now we’re excited to welcome this flagship lounge at our airport. Congratulations to WestJet.”

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.

Lufthansa Group to offer five Canadian gateways in 2020 with Ottawa as new addition

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  • Lufthansa begins flights to and from Ottawa, Canada – Frankfurt, Germany
  • Canadian passengers will have increased opportunities to experience Lufthansa Group carriers when traveling to Europe and beyond

EAST MEADOW, NY, Sept. 10, 2019 /CNW/ – Great news is coming for Lufthansa Group passengers in the Canadian capital. The group, Europe’s largest aviation company, will increase its number of gateways in Canada, commencing service from Ottawa to Frankfurt, Germany. On May 16th, 2020, Ottawa joins the four other Lufthansa Group Canadian gateways: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

The new Ottawa route, beginning on May 16, 2020 and lasting until October 24, 2020, will be a summer seasonal flight with an Airbus A340-300 offering a seat configuration of 30 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy Class Seats and 221 Economy Class seats. The flight will operate five times per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. LH 473 will depart Ottawa at 5:50pm and arrive the following day at Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub at 7:15am. The return flight from Frankfurt – LH 472 – will depart at 1:45pm and arrive back in Ottawa at 4:05pm. All times are local.

“These are exciting times for the Lufthansa Group and its expansion, growth and increased capacity in North America. We have been serving Canada for over six decades and the ongoing expansion of our airlines flying to the region, especially the addition of the new Ottawa – Frankfurt route, underscores the Lufthansa Group’s ever-increasing commitment to the Canadian market, its economy and our customers,” said Hans DeHaan, Senior Director of Sales Canada, Lufthansa Group.

Onboard Experience

Lufthansa’s Ottawa service employs the Airbus A330-300 in a three-class cabin configuration. The aircraft includes 30 Business Class, 28 Premium Economy and 221 Economy Class seats to accommodate a total of 279 passengers. Lufthansa’s state-of-the-art aircraft offers customers an onboard experience that includes comfortable seating in all classes, acclaimed culinary offerings, a plethora of in-flight entertainment operations and Wi-Fi throughout the entire journey. As the only five-star-rated airline in the Western Hemisphere (certified by Skytrax), Lufthansa is one of a select group of airlines worldwide to earn the coveted rating.

Frankfurt, Germany’s most international city, offers a rich culture and history, with a population of about 5.6 million. The Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region is one of Europe’s leading economic centers and a popular travel destination. It is home to a wide range of tourist attractions and sights, including world-class ballet, opera, theaters and art exhibitions. As Germany’s fifth largest city, it is the nation’s financial powerhouse—home to the German Central Bank and the European Central bank, which manages the euro. It is also the gateway to Germany’s robust hi-tech scene.

The Lufthansa Group – with its airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Edelweiss, Eurowings and Swiss International Air Lines – as well as its Star Alliance and joint venture partner Air Canada, additionally offer a large range of options to fly from Canada to Europe and beyond.  Passengers specifically arriving in Frankfurt can connect to over 1,300 destinations worldwide through Lufthansa Group carriers and Star Alliance partners—the world’s largest airline network.

Aside from the new Ottawa route, the Lufthansa Group also serves four other Canadian gateways:

Lufthansa Group in Montreal
Beginning in March 2020, Brussels Airlines will launch its new, non-stop seasonal service between Montréal, Quebec and Brussels, Belgium. With Brussels’ new gateway in Montreal, Lufthansa Group’s passenger airlines will be fully represented in this region, joining Austrian, which was successfully introduced to Montreal in April 2019, as well as Lufthansa and SWISS.

Lufthansa Group in Toronto
Lufthansa offers year-round, daily flights from Toronto to its two hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.

Lufthansa Group in Vancouver
Lufthansa and Edelweiss (a subsidiary of SWISS) fly to Vancouver. Lufthansa flies daily from Vancouver to its two main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, while Edelweiss offers service from Vancouver to Zurich on a seasonal basis.

Lufthansa Group in Calgary
SWISS’s subsidiary, Edelweiss, offers seasonal flights from Calgary to Zurich. The next timetable runs from May – August 2020.

The New Service in Brief
2020 Summer Schedule (May 16th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020) in local time

FlightFromToDepartureArrivalDays
LH473OttawaFrankfurt17:5007:15 (+1)Mon,Tu,Thu,Sat,
Sun
LH472FrankfurtOttawa13:4516:05Mon,Tu,Thu,Sat,
Sun

WestJet cancels 10 Sask. flights to sunny locations after Max 8 grounding continues

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Flights to Phoenix, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta affected, not known when flights will return to normal

CBC News · Posted: Sep 10, 2019

A Boeing 737 Max 8 in Westjet’s hangar in Calgary. (Mia Sheldon/CBC)

Saskatchewan travellers looking to fly south for the winter this year might be in for a bumpy ride.

This week, WestJet announced flight cancellations from airports in Regina and Saskatoon. 

The company blamed the disruptions on Boeing’s 737 Max 8 jets. The planes were pulled from service by Transport Canada after 346 people were killed in crashes involving Indonesia’s Lion Air in 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines in March of this year. Both incidents involved the Max 8.

“Guests who hold a current reservation impacted by this update will be notified proactively if there are changes to their itinerary,” wrote WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell. “Where possible, we will work to substitute other aircraft directly onto a route and will not impact a guests itinerary so notifications will not be necessary.”

The following flights will be affected:

  • Saskatoon-Phoenix: Three weekly flights suspended.
  • Regina-Orlando: One weekly flight suspended.
  • Regina-Phoenix: Three weekly flights suspended.
  • Regina-Cancun: suspended one weekly flight in November. WestJet will operate one weekly flight in December.
  • Regina–Puerto Vallarta: One weekly flight suspended. WestJet will continue to operate once weekly in November. Two weekly flights will be suspended in December.

Air Canada and Sunwing had already announced plans to pull all Max 8s from its schedule until next year.

WestJet said the suspensions are temporary and that flights will resume once the Max 8 is cleared to return to service. However, that won’t happen until January 5, at the earliest. 

Transport Canada hasn’t said when the ban will be lifted.

Boeing says a system designed to help keep the Max 8 stable seemed to be a factor in each crash.

Many other governing bodies, including China, the United States and the European aviation authority, have banned the planes from their airspace.

WestJet currently owns 13 Max 8 jets, accounting for 10 per cent of its fleet.

Many other flights from Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto have also been affected.

With files from Ian Hanomansing