Category: WestJet Airlines

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.

WestJetters come together to build five more homes for families in Dominican Republic

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Since 2012, more than 450 WestJetters have built 48 homes through WestJet Live Different Builds

CALGARY, Nov. 5, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, 48 WestJetters are back in Canada after returning from the Dominican Republic for WestJet’s ninth humanitarian trip with WestJet Live Different Builds. The team spent 11 days building five homes for families in the local community of La Union in Puerto Plata.

More than 450 WestJetters have volunteered their time to WestJet Live Different Builds over the past eight years. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
More than 450 WestJetters have volunteered their time to WestJet Live Different Builds over the past eight years. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
The WestJet Live Different Builds team spent 11 days building five homes for families in the local community of La Union in Puerto Plata. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
The WestJet Live Different Builds team spent 11 days building five homes for families in the local community of La Union in Puerto Plata. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Since 2012, WestJetters have built 48 homes through WestJet Live Different Builds. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Since 2012, WestJetters have built 48 homes through WestJet Live Different Builds. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
This year, 48 WestJetters immersed themselves within the local community and raised more than $18,000 to refurbish a community playground and renovate two additional homes that were in disrepair. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
This year, 48 WestJetters immersed themselves within the local community and raised more than $18,000 to refurbish a community playground and renovate two additional homes that were in disrepair. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“It is inspiring to see the transformation of the communities that more than 450 WestJetters have volunteered their time and given their hearts to over the past eight years,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “As a brand and airline with caring at its core, we are grateful there are hundreds of WestJetters who have significantly changed the lives of these deserving families in the Dominican Republic. We are thankful to work alongside Live Different to continue making these important trips happen.”

This year, in addition to constructing the homes, WestJetters immersed themselves within the local community and raised more than $18,000 to refurbish a community playground and renovate two additional homes that were in disrepair.

“We are extremely proud to work with WestJetters who all exemplify our shared values,” said Alison Willis, Live Different Director of International Programs. “The annual WestJet Live Different Build is only possible because of the commitment of the entire WestJet community. On behalf of all of us at Live Different, and from our friends and partners in the Dominican Republic, a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s work possible.”

Since 2012, WestJet has partnered with Canadian-based charity Live Different  to make international community investment possible in one of the airline’s most popular Caribbean destinations.

The Live Different Builds team is WestJet’s on-the-ground charitable partner in the Puerto Plata area. The team works with the local community to ensure the build addresses the neighbourhood’s needs and is done in a healthy and sustainable manner. Live Different Builds also oversees the project management, hires local contractors and translators to work alongside the WestJet volunteers and provides on-site instruction and support. WestJet Live Different Builds would not exist without Live Different’s careful guidance and years of experience doing this type of work.

To find out more about WestJet Live Different Builds, click here. For information on Live Different visit their website here.

Canada’s flight attendants band together to demand safety assurances over 737 Max

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Canada’s flight attendants band together to demand safety assurances over 737...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

OTTAWA — Flight attendants on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border are standing in solidarity over safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max.

The unions representing flight attendants at Air Canada, Sunwing and WestJet are showing their support for their American counterparts, who last week expressed their concerns about the troubled aircraft. In a letter dated Oct. 30, American Airlines’ flight attendants union, which represents 28,000 employees, said they are refusing to “walk onto a plane that may not be safe and are calling for the highest possible safety standards to avoid another tragedy.”

The Air Canada Component of CUPE (Air Canada Mainline and Air Canada Rouge), CUPE local 4055 (Sunwing), and CUPE local 4070 (WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop) are calling on Transport Canada to take its responsibility in ensuring the safety of these aircraft.

In an official statement, CUPE said: “The safety of passengers and crew must always come first. The federal government’s decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max in Canada was the right thing to do. Given the record of Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration in that file, it will now be up to Transport Canada to provide assurances that these aircraft are fully compliant and safe for union members and the travelling public.”

Like the U.S. flight attendant unions, CUPE must be consulted before Transport Canada makes the decision to allow the Max to fly in Canada again.

“We need access to all the information required to assess the safety of these aircraft,” said CUPE. “The highest possible safety standards will be called for to avoid another tragedy. Simply stating these aircraft are safe does not make it so.”

Air Canada, Sunwing and WestJet are the three Canadian airlines operating the Boeing 737 Max. CUPE represents more than 13,000 flight attendants across all three airlines.

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 France working to lure Canadian business passengers with new jets, more flights — and seats that recline flat

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Airline plans to increase capacity on the Toronto-Paris route by 15% by summer 2020 on top of a 20% increase over the past three years

EMILY JACKSON Updated: October 29, 2019

Air France is vying for more Canadian customers — especially those who fancy lying flat in business class on overnight flights to Paris — with investments to increase the number of flights to and from Toronto on its newest Airbus aircraft.

The airline owned by Air France KLM Group plans to increase capacity on the Toronto-Paris route by 15 per cent by summer 2020 on top of a 20 per cent increase over the past three years, executives said in Toronto on Monday after arriving on Air France’s first Airbus A350-900’s inaugural transatlantic flight.

Much like Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd., which is ramping up transatlantic flights with its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Air France is moving upmarket to try to attract business class passengers with its brand new planes. It doubled the number of business seats available in summer 2019 and by next summer will operate two flights daily for the first time since it started flying in and out of Toronto’s international airport in 1976.

“Canada is our third market after the U.S. and China,” chief executive Anne Rigail said in an interview. “It’s really very important for us to offer the best of our products to Ontario customers.”

Despite challenges Air France faces in its domestic market — it plans to reduce short- and mid-haul capacity by 2.5 per cent this winter amidst increased competition from high-speed trains and low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet — it expects its long-haul capacity to rise 4 per cent this season.

Air France has not been majorly affected by the Boeing 737 Max groundings, as it had none of the jets in its predominantly Airbus fleet. While the groundings will affect how Air France handles safety certifications going forward, Rigail said it’s difficult to see the exact impact from the groundings given the larger economic context.

“The economy context is a bit concerning,” Rigail said. “We have this trade war that is affecting the customer demand. We see it on the yield.”

Still, capacity between Canada and Europe rose 5 per cent last year, and Air France expects that steady growth to continue this year, said Vincent Etchebehere, general manager of Air France KLM Canada.

Many long-haul airlines have taken a low-cost approach on transatlantic flights, causing Air France to tweak its communication strategy in the North America to pitch its fares as competitive once all the “hidden fees” from rivals are added, Etchebehere said. But he sees a bit of a reversal in Canada, where airlines such as WestJet are upgrading to full service.

“That is why our business strategy in terms of quality of the offering improvement is so consistent for Canada,” he said.

The new A350s have larger windows, wider screens, are 40 per cent quieter and the business class seats recline flat. The executives insisted these features make a difference even though they said the flight schedule is the number one selling factor for business travellers.

As such, Air France is spending to try to raise brand awareness in Canada with a sponsorship for the Toronto International Film Festival. (Etchebehere said the 2005 incident where an Air France flight overshot the runway at Toronto Pearson didn’t have a noticeable affect on the brand.)

It’s also pitching itself as the sustainable choice given investments to renew its fleet. By 2025, it expects to take delivery of 28 A350s (it signed a $7.5-billion deal with Airbus in 2013). In July 2019, Air France announced a $5.5-billion order for 60 A220s, the model formerly known as the C Series until Airbus took control of the plane from Bombardier.

The A350 reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 25 per cent and the A220 by 20 per cent, CEO Rigail said. Air France has already reduced its overall carbon dioxide emissions by 7 per cent since 2011, she said, and by 2030 plans to cut them by 50 per cent from 2005 levels.

“In Europe, we feel really big pressure from our consumers, business or leisure, to be able to travel in a more sustainable way,” she said.

The executives were curious to know how Canadians reacted to the news that Air France bought the A220 planes given they’re still manufactured in Mirabel, Que., even though Bombardier gave Airbus a 50.1 per cent stake in the project in exchange for taking over procurement, marketing and sales.

“It was a big step. Everyone wondering why we were choosing a Canadian aircraft,” Rigail said.

She described the plane as “tremendous” in terms of cost and customer experience.

“You had quite a problem with production. The conditions were perfect for everyone,” she said.

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

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership

CALGARY, Oct. 28, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet (TSX: WJA) today 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 2019Q3 2018Change
Net earnings (millions)$119.4$70.170.4%
Diluted earnings per share$1.02$0.6167.2%
Total revenue (millions)$1,392.9$1,260.910.5%
Operating margin13.5%8.0%5.5 pts.
ASMs (available seat miles) (billions)8.8388.880(0.5%)
RPMs (revenue passenger miles) (billions)7.6717.5172.1%
Load factor86.8%84.6%2.2 pts.
Segment guests6,812,2286,940,569(1.8%)
Yield (revenue per revenue passenger mile) (cents)18.1616.788.2%
RASM (revenue per available seat mile) (cents)15.7614.2011.0%
CASM (cost per available seat mile) (cents)13.6413.064.4%
Fuel costs per litre (cents)7685(10.6%)
CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share (cents)*9.969.109.5%

WestJet now connecting Vancouver and Cranbrook

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CALGARY, Oct. 28, 2019 /CNW/ – Yesterday, WestJet’s regional air service, WestJet Link celebrated the expansion of its services following its inaugural flight between the airline’s hub in Vancouver and Cranbrook, B.C.

WestJet Link expands service with first flight between Vancouver and Cranbrook, B.C. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Link expands service with first flight between Vancouver and Cranbrook, B.C. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Guests now have better access and more convenient options for travel to and from the interior of British Columbia,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “Whether travelling for business or leisure, this new route gives guests the option to connect through our hub in Vancouver to destinations across our global network, including London U.K. on our Dreamliner.”

Since its inception in June 2018, WestJet Link has operated more than 7,000 flights between WestJet’s home and largest hub in Calgary to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Prince George. In just over a year more than 200,000 guests have benefited from more convenient travel and better connectivity onto WestJet’s larger network through WestJet Link.  

“We are delighted to welcome WestJet Link’s daily service from Vancouver to Cranbrook,” said Anne Murray, Vice President, Airline Business Development and Public Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority. “As Canada’s second busiest airport, YVR proudly links passengers to communities in British Columbia, North America and around the world. WestJet Link’s route to Cranbrook will further strengthen their Vancouver hub and drive economic benefits for our region, by connecting customers to a great B.C. destination.”

“The region has welcomed WestJet with great support as expected,” said Tristen Chernove, CEO of Elevate Airports Inc. and Canadian Rockies International Airport Manager.  “Now entering WestJet’s second year of service at YXC, this expansion into its Vancouver hub comes at a perfect time as our region prepares for our busiest time of year with inbound winter adventurers and outbound sun seekers. We are proud to see air travel options continue to grow at YXC and we are grateful that WestJet believes so strongly in our market.”

WestJet Link is operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines using its fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Premium, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

“The addition of WestJet Link’s service to Vancouver International Airport’s main terminal is evidence of the growing partnership between our two airlines,” said Quentin Smith, President, Pacific Coastal Airlines.  “We look forward to working with WestJet on further development of WestJet Link’s operations over the coming years.”

This winter, WestJet will operate more than 75 daily departures from Vancouver International Airport to 29 destinations.

Details of WestJet Link’s service between Vancouver and Cranbrook:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Cranbrook-
Vancouver
Daily11:45 a.m.12:25 p.m.October 27,
2019
Vancouver-
Cranbrook
Daily1:35 p.m.4:05 p.m.October 27,
2019

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.