Category: Canada Jetlines

Canada Jetlines Partners with Elavon to Provide Secure Payment Processing

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V) (JETMF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Elavon, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), as its payment processing partner of choice.

Elavon provides end-to-end payment processing solutions and services to more than 1.3 million customers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, and is a leading payments provider to airlines around the world.

Elavon will provide Jetlines’ customers with a secure and easy-to-use payment processing platform. Its omnichannel payment solutions will allow Jetlines’ future passengers to pay however they want whether its in-person, online, on the phone, or on their mobile device. Elavon also offers top-tier security controls to protect Jetlines and its future passengers’ data and privacy. Elavon’s platform will prevent fraud through its advanced and proprietary risk management tools, fraud detection solutions, and managed chargeback services.

Jetlines Chief Financial Officer, Carlo Valente, commented, “Elavon and U.S. Bank have a track record of delivering reliable, innovative, and secure payment solutions. Elavon is consistently rated among the top global payment providers and offers secure payments solutions that comply with industry standards. With data breaches becoming more and more common today, security of customer payments is crucial while also reducing the cost of payment card industry (PCI) data compliance. Elavon meets these needs with its award-winning, international processing platform and global payment solutions.”

“We are honored Jetlines named us their payments processing partner of choice,” said Brett Turner, head of airline acquiring, Elavon. “We’ve been processing payments for the airline industry since 1989, serving global and regional carriers of all sizes. Adding Jetlines to our portfolio of airline customers deepens our commitment to the Canadian market.”

About Elavon, Inc.

Elavon, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), provides end-to-end payment processing solutions and services to more than 1.3 million customers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. As the leading provider for airlines and a top five provider in hospitality, healthcare, retail, and public sector/education, Elavon’s innovative payment solutions are designed to solve pain points for businesses from small to enterprise-sized.

About Canada Jetlines Ltd.

Canada Jetlines is set to become Canada’s first true Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) airline, with plans to operate flights across Canada and provide non-stop service from Canada to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. The Company plans to commence operations with the Airbus A320 fleet, the most widely used aircraft for ultra-low-cost carriers worldwide. Jetlines is led by a board and management team with extensive experience and expertise in low-cost airlines, start-ups and capital markets. The Company was granted an unprecedented exemption from the Government of Canada that will permit it to conduct domestic air services while having up to 49% foreign voting interests.

For more information on Jetlines, please visit our website at www.jetlines.ca.

Jetlines Announces Commercial Agreements with Booking.com/Google Flights/Travel Fusion and Salesforce

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 19, 2019 – Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V) (JETMF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to provide an update on recent commercial developments related to Jetlines’ build out in preparation for launch.

Distribution

Jetlines has reached agreements with two companies to supplement its approach to selling tickets directly through the Jetlines website.

Jetlines has signed an agreement with Travel Fusion, a leading online travel content aggregator and innovator of Direct Connect distribution solutions. Travel Fusion operates the world’s largest Direct Connect distribution and payment platform, directly linking hundreds of travel suppliers to Online Travel Agencies, online (Corporate) Booking Tools, Travel Search and Mobile services. Travel Fusion aggregates over 220 low cost carriers, full service carriers, and rail operators. Travel Fusion’s proven and scalable architecture enables fast adaptability to changes in the industry and includes full support for ancillary services.

Jetlines will enter into an agreement with Google Flights, an industry leading flight search engine. Google Flights allows you to book flights from more than 300 airline and online travel agency partners. It has the built-in capability to book one-way, round-trip, and multi-city tickets, and includes functionalities such as an interactive calendar, price graphs to find the best fares, and the capability to filter flight searches by cabin class, airlines, and number of stops.

Ancillaries

Jetlines has reached an agreement with CarTrawler, a global leader in end-to-end travel technology that will give Jetlines’ future passengers access to a suite of ground transportation solutions including car rental, bus, rail, chauffeur and taxi transfers directly from the Jetlines’ website. CarTrawler’s platform is used by over 100 different international airlines including Ryanair, Virgin Australia, AirAsia, FlyDubai and Vueling by connecting international car rental brands, buses, chauffeurs and taxi transfers from over 2,000 agents in 50,000 locations.

Jetlines is entering into an agreement with Booking.com, one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world. The Booking.com website and mobile application is available in over 40 languages, and offers over 28 million listings world-wide. Jetlines’ customers will be able to book their ideal accommodation quickly and easily through Jetlines’ website without incurring any added fees. Booking.com is also supported by a dedicated team of customer support specialists that work to continuously improve customer experience and the ease of transactions.

E-Commerce & Marketing

While Jetlines and the marketing agency of record, Cossette, continue to work on the comprehensive marketing plan for 2019, Jetlines has entered into a partnership with Salesforce to leverage their digital marketing and CRM services and expertise. Jetlines’ ability to operate through a clean-sheet design allowing it to bring technology and personalization to the forefront of the customer experience is a significant opportunity for Jetlines. Salesforce’s innovative data-driven approach will allow Jetlines to best utilize the information that its future passengers share and to optimize sales and marketing initiatives.

“We are determined to make travel easy and affordable to Canadians in a very open and honest way. We want to give our future customers the optionality of when and how they purchase their Jetlines’ tickets, and what ancillary products or services they may want to add when travelling with us,” commented Jordi Porcel, Chief Sales, Marketing, and Customer Experience Officer. “We are committed to providing a positive experience for our future passengers and that is reflected in the agreements we are reaching with key companies that are leaders in their respective industries,” Mr. Porcel added.

Canada Jetlines and Québec City Airport Sign Agreement

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February 13, 2019 Canada Jetlines Ltd. (TSX-V: JET) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) and the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) (the “Québec City airport”, “YQB” or the “airport”) are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement in principle. Canada Jetlines intends to provide future ultra-low fare service from the airport.

In 2017, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport doubled its capacity by opening a brand-new international terminal. Since its privatization in 2000, the airport has tripled its traffic going from 643,000 passengers to 1.8 million in 2018. YQB remains one of the fastest growing airports in Canada, with an annual compound passenger growth rate of 7.2% per year for the last 15 years.

Québec City has long been recognized as a premium tourist destination for Canadians, Americans, and international visitors. In 2016, Québec City had over 4 million tourists and that number continues to increase annually. Jetlines is excited about its plans to come into the market and provide a low-cost alternative to locals and tourists alike.

Javier Suarez, Jetlines CEO, stated “Québec City is an exciting addition to our future route network that will provide more Canadians with diversified and low-cost alternatives to explore this beautiful country. Jetlines plans to offer domestic as well as international flights. Québec City is also home to world-class tourism infrastructure and has been an increasingly popular destination for many travelers in recent years. This partnership will allow us to tap into the market opportunity available and stimulate demand for more travel, which Jetlines will be able to leverage to grow its business.”

“We salute Canada Jetlines’ willingness to serve the passengers of Québec City. This decision aligns perfectly with our development strategy to improve accessibility to Québec City, increase the region’s connections to the rest of the world, and support its economic growth, visibility and prestige”, said Gaëtan Gagné, President and CEO of YQB. “Bringing a low-cost option to Québec City was one of our top priority for the future and one of the reasons why we’ve expanded our terminal. I am delighted to see that this strategy is paying off and we welcome Jetlines with enthusiasm”, he concluded.

The Company’s ability to service this airport is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

Canada Jetlines Announces Planned Routes out of Montreal Saint-Hubert Longueuil Airport

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February 11, 2019 – Canada Jetlines Ltd. (TSX-V: JET) the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce that it intends to offer direct flights from Aéroport Montréal Saint-Hubert Longueuil (“Montreal Saint Hubert Airport” or the “airport”) to several cities in Canada including cities in Quebec, as well as US destinations including Florida and New York.

Montreal Saint Hubert Airport is being expanded as part of a plan to position itself as a low-cost airport serving the Montérégie region of Quebec and Montréal. The airport’s location is closer to Montréal’s business and leisure core than Montréal’s main airport, Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Montreal Saint Hubert Airport is expected to be able to support ULCC airlines like Jetlines as early as the end of next year. The airport recently upgraded its runway, a project that received support from the federal government, who injected $13 million into the project. Montreal Saint-Hubert also has plans to build a new passenger terminal building. 

Javier Suarez, CEO, stated “we are thrilled to announce routes we plan to fly in the future. We fully support the airport’s vision of building a low-cost secondary airport for the Montréal region, and we are looking forward to delivering ultra-low fares to our passengers. Our low fares should encourage people from Montréal and the surrounding areas to travel more often. Driven by these low fares, Montréal should experience an increase in the number of tourists and visitors it receives. Our relationship with the airport is important for us to be able to extend Jetlines’ reach in Eastern Canada, and we are pleased to have them as a partner.”  

“Jetlines is committed to becoming Canada’s first true ultra-low cost carrier. It’s not fair for Canadians to have to consistently overpay for their air travel, whether be it to travel for leisure, or to visit their friends and family. Jetlines is here to put an end to this. Our partnership with Montreal Saint-Hubert airport is a crucial milestone in our vision for air travel in Canada, as well as for our long-term plans”, added Mark Morabito, Executive Chairman. 

“We are particularly pleased with Jetlines’ announcement today. Offering a low cost alternative for air service to other cities in Quebec, Canada and the United States is in direct alignment with our vision for the development of the airport.  Florida is a favourite destination for Quebecers and this new service will help us repatriate the exodus of Canadians flying to the United States from border airports such as those in Plattsburgh and Burlington. And, this announcement certainly validates our request to Minister Garneau for assistance regarding Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) services and the need to re-examine government agreements signed decades ago that currently limit our access to these markets. We are currently examining the use of a temporary facility so that we may accelerate this service offering”, said Jane Foyle, General Manager of DASH-L, the non-profit organization that manages the airport.

The Company’s ability to service this airport is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

Canada Jetlines Announces Secured Slots at Vancouver International Airport and Has Selected the Airport as its Home Base

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February 7, 2019

Canada Jetlines Ltd. (TSX-V: JET) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce that it has chosen Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to be its home airport and primary base of operations when it begins flight operations targeted for later this year. Jetlines has filed and received confirmation from YVR that all airport slots needed to operate their initial network using their first two Airbus A320 aircraft will be available.

Jetlines selected YVR as their future base for operations due to it being the second busiest airport in Canada, serving more than 25.9 million passengers in 2018. It is also the busiest airport in British Columbia and the airport with the largest catchment area. The airport has more than 2.5 million people living less than 30 minutes drive from it. As well as it being the closest airport to Vancouver’s city center, the airport is also extremely well connected to the city by transit with a rapid transit rail.

In addition to the desirable location and facilities, Jetlines was attracted to YVR due to their competitive rates and charges. The airport’s ConnectYVR program provides airlines a standard rate structure for landing and terminal fees. This program rewards airlines for efficiency and growing their services at YVR providing further incentive for Jetlines to build their base of operations out of Vancouver.

CEO Javier Suarez stated “I am extremely excited to be able to use Vancouver International Airport as our primary base of operations once we launch. The Greater Vancouver area population, cost to operate from the airport, and transit accessibility, linked with the enormous tourist attraction that Vancouver has, provides Jetlines with a massive business opportunity. Having launched more than 300 routes in my career with most of them out of primary airports, I have no doubt that the Vancouver Airport will offer Jetlines the opportunity to launch and profitably operate a large number of routes.”

“We welcome the news that Jetlines is planning to use YVR as their base of operations once they launch. It is great to hear that this Canadian-operated airline is making positive progress to begin offering service. We are excited that Jetlines intends to offer flights from YVR across Canada and to several sun destinations as this will provide added choice for our passengers in the future,” said Anne Murray, Vice President, Airline Business Development and Public Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority. 

The Company’s ability to service this airport is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

Canada Jetlines Announces Ground Handling Agreement

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V) (JETMF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce an agreement with Global Aviation Services, Inc. (“Global Aviation) for ground handling services.

Global Aviation, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, is an aviation services company that offers a full suite of services including ground handling, aircraft detailing, flight supervision and management, mobility assistance, ticketing, and cabin cleaning. With continued growth planned for 2019, there are currently 45 airlines and 12 airports in Canada and the US combined that are partnered with Global Aviation for their passenger, baggage, and load-control services.

Global Aviation is expected to provide Jetlines with safe, quality, on-time and environmentally conscientious service. Their Customer Service Agents (“CSA”) are all highly trained with exemplary people skills, technical proficiency and a total accountability “CAN-DO” attitude –ensuring the ultimate in customer experience of their clients and guests. Global Aviation is well-known for its delivery of quality check-in and boarding services, centralized baggage tracing and, creating the jet bridge connection to the aircraft – services that are all important to Jetlines’ operational plans and will help ensure strong on-time performance.

Chief Operating Officer, Michael Bata, commented, “We are very excited to partner with Global Aviation for our ground handling needs. One of Jetlines’ core values, along with maintaining cost control as Canada’s first ULCC, will be providing our passengers with a pleasant experience from start to finish and Global Aviation, along with their team members, will be an integral part of that experience on both fronts.”

“We at Global are excited to receive the multi-city award and welcome Canada Jetlines to the Global Family. Global Aviation Services will provide Canada Jetlines with ground handling services at locations across North America,” stated Global Aviation Services President and CEO Carm Borg. “It’s truly exciting to have two Canadian companies partnering together to serve the people of Canada,” Mr. Borg added.

Canada Jetlines Reaches Agreements with Winnipeg and Kelowna Airports

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V) (JETMF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce it intends to provide ultra-low fare service from both the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG).

CEO Javier Suarez stated “we are thrilled to announce that we intend to operate out of more Canadian airports. Our very low fares should encourage people in Winnipeg and Kelowna to travel more often and see more of their own country. Similarly, driven by these low fares, both markets should experience an increase in the number of tourists in their regions. The addition of these airports will extend our reach, giving Jetlines future access to more large populations and strong markets.”

“We are excited to welcome Jetlines to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “The addition of Jetlines to this market gives travellers another low-cost option to explore all this city and province have to offer.”

Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport commented, “we are excited to see Canada Jetlines come to Kelowna. Adding another ultra-low-cost-carrier to YLW will give residents more flight options, and visitors more opportunities to experience all that the Okanagan has to offer.”

The Company’s ability to service these airports is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

Canada Jetlines Reaches Agreement with Aerodom for Flights to Dominican Republic Airports

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V) (JETMF: OTCQB) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce it intends to provide future service to several sun destinations in the Dominican Republic including Puerto Plata, Samaná, and Santo Domingo.

Jetlines has reached an agreement with Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (“Aerodom”) to provide future service to Puerto Plata’s Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) and the Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS), or Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ). Aerodom manages and operates several airports in the Dominican Republic, servicing an average of over 5 million passengers travelling to 58 cities around the world annually.

Jetlines CEO, Javier Suarez commented, “We are very excited to announce future service to these destinations. Adding these Caribbean airports to our network will enable Canadian’s to travel affordably during the cold winter season. Our very low fares will allow our customers to visit these destinations at a very low cost. Dominican Republic is one of the fastest-growing and most-visited tourist destinations in the Caribbean and the diverse geography, rich culture, and warm hospitality make it an attractive vacation spot for many Canadians.”

“We are delighted to enter into a partnership with Canada Jetlines, which will allow more Canadian tourists to visit the nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options that the Dominican Republic has to offer. Without a doubt all our visitors will have a wonderful time in Samaná, Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo. Aerodom will continue to work to provide passengers with the best airport experience and to continuously have more routes served and more airlines operating at our airports.” said Alvaro Leite, Chief Commercial Officer, Aerodom.

The Company’s ability to service these routes is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. The exact arrival and departure airports for routes to the Dominican Republic will be determined once regulatory approvals are received.

Canada Jetlines Appoints SmartLynx CEO to Board of Directors

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January 21, 2019

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada Jetlines Ltd. (JET: TSX-V) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of SmartLynx Airlines SIA (“SmartLynx”), to Jetlines’ board of directors.

Mr. Surintas has over eight years of executive experience with commercial businesses in North America and Europe combined. Since June 2016, he has held the position of CEO and Director of SmartLynx. As part of his leadership at SmartLynx, Mr. Surintas oversees the company performance and strategy to maintain its status as Europe’s leading ACMI operator. Mr. Surintas joins the Board following the closing of the initial $7.5 million SmartLynx private placement (see press release dated December 27, 2018).

“We recognize and greatly appreciate the continued confidence and support shown by SmartLynx. I am confident that Mr. Surintas will help Jetlines’ board and senior management to realize more outstanding achievements for our current shareholders and stakeholders,” commented Executive Chairman, Mark Morabito.

Zygimantas Surintas stated, “I see a wide range of opportunities for Jetlines and I am excited about my role as the Company’s newest board member. There is significant opportunity in the Canadian market and SmartLynx is committed to a long-term partnership with Jetlines. I will be working closely with the Jetlines team to continue to deliver on the Company’s mission to operate ultra-low cost flights throughout Canada, the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean.”

Canada Jetlines Reaches Agreements with Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Cancun Airports

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17 January 2019 – Canada Jetlines Ltd. (TSX-V:JET) (the “Company” or “Jetlines”) is pleased to announce it intends to provide future service to several sun destinations in Mexico including Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Cancun.

Jetlines has reached agreements with both Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (NYSE: PAC) (“GAP”) to provide future service to the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) and the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) as well as Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (NYSE: ASR) (“ASUR”) to provide future service to the Cancun International Airport (CUN). Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, and Cancun are some of Mexico’s top tourism destinations for Canadians with nearly two million passengers travelling from Canada down to Mexico every year, with the numbers continually rising.

CEO Javier Suarez commented, “We are thrilled to announce future service to these airports. I have worked in this market extensively and have a deep understanding of how to operate successful routes in and out of Mexico. We look forward to providing Canadians with ultra-low fares for their vacation plans. With the money saved, Canadians will have the ability to spend more at their destinations; staying longer or in nicer resorts with their friends and family members. Our low fares will also encourage Mexicans to visit beautiful Canada.”

GAP’s CEO Raul Revuelta commented, “We at GAP are pleased to welcome Jetlines at our Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos airports. During 2018, for the first time in history, we received a combined traffic of 10 million passengers at both airports; this due to the growing number of hotel rooms and the high quality of the touristic products offered at these amazing destinations. I am sure that our Canadian friends will have a wonderful time while visiting Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, and we at GAP will continue to work to provide them with the best airport experience.”

ASUR’s Customer and Route Development Director Alejandro Vales commented, “ASUR is delighted to welcome Jetlines to our Cancun airport. A brand-new Canadian airline bridging new origins from Canada to our world-class destination will be a recipe for success indeed.”The Company’s ability to service these routes is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.