Category Archives: WestJet Airlines

WestJet Pilots Seek ALPA Representation

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet pilots filed membership cards today with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to hold an election for representation by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA).
“WestJet pilots told us they are ready for a certified union,” said ALPA president Capt. Tim Canoll. “Now is the time for them to take the next step and vote for ALPA in order to obtain the resources available to secure their goals.”
In the next few weeks, the CIRB will verify the membership cards and schedule an ALPA representation vote.    ALPA expects that the secret-ballot election will be conducted in May.
“WestJet pilots have demonstrated the pilot unity needed to certify a union on the property, and we believe WestJet pilots will be successful in their election for ALPA representation,” Canoll said. “The WestJet pilots work for a profitable and productive company, and with the vast resources available through ALPA representation, they will begin the process to legally negotiate the terms of their employment and establish a collective bargaining agreement under the Canada Labour Code that other union-represented aviation groups in Canada enjoy today.”
ALPA Canada president Capt. Dan Adamus added, “WestJet pilots play a crucial role in the success of their airline and we look forward to their contributions to advancing success with ALPA as we work together to achieve our mutual objectives.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 55,000 pilots at 32 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the flightcrew members who fly for Air Georgian, Air Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Canadian North, First Air, Jazz Aviation, Kelowna Flightcraft, and Wasaya.    Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.

WestJet announces intent to launch ultra-low-cost carrier


CALGARY, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced its intention to launch a new, ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals.    Service is expected to start in late 2017 with an initial fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s designed by the airline that first brought low-cost air travel to Canada in 1996.  The ULCC will provide Canadians with no-frills, lower-cost travel options.
“We have built WestJet from its low-cost, regional roots into a renowned, international airline with service to 21 countries and today it’s all about disrupting at the price-sensitive end of the market,” said Clive Beddoe, co-founder of WestJet and Chair of the Board of the Directors.    “Launching a ULCC will broaden WestJet’s growth opportunities and open new market segments by offering more choice to those Canadians looking for lower fares.”   ”
The worldview on low-cost airlines has changed since the launch of WestJet in 1996 and we are responding,” commented Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO.   “The complete un-bundling of services and products in order to lower fares for the price-sensitive traveller has created the ULCC category and our new airline will provide Canadians a pro-competitive, cheap and cheerful flying experience from a company with a proven track record.”

WestJet reports March load factor of 84.1 per cent

Airline increases traffic by 8.7 per cent, flies a record 2.0 million guests for the month of March

CALGARY, April 13, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced March 2017 traffic results with a load factor of 84.1 per cent, an increase of 0.9 percentage points year over year.    Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.7 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 7.4 per cent over the same period.    The airline flew a record 5.7 million guests in the first quarter, a year-over-year increase of 6.8 per cent or approximately 363,000 additional guests.
“We continue to be pleased with our strong traffic growth as a record number of guests chose to fly with us in the first quarter,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.  “My thanks go out to all WestJetters for their dedication to providing our growing number of guests with a safe and remarkable travel experience.”

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WestJet recently announced an expansion to their reciprocal frequent flyer agreement with Delta Air Lines to include redemption of WestJet dollars on new select Delta routes including Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Madrid, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney (Australia).    Delta SkyMiles Members can now redeem miles anywhere WestJet flies.

WestJet announces new EVP and CIO


CALGARY, April 10, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that Craig Maccubbin has been named Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer (CIO).
“Craig’s range of experiences, expertise and background in low-cost airlines, IT and human resources makes him the perfect fit as we tackle an ongoing technology transformation at WestJet,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO.    “For more than 20 years WestJet has been an industry leader in innovation and guest experience.    As we continue our global growth, Craig’s appointment reaffirms our commitment to providing the best technology solutions for our 22 million guests and more than 12,000 WestJetters.    We look forward to having Craig on board.”
Craig joins WestJet from Southwest Airlines, where he was most recently the Chief Technology Officer.    In this role, he was responsible for leading Technology Operations, including all infrastructure and mobile platforms for the airline, while leading a team of 500 employees.  During his 25-year career, Craig has held a number of leadership positions, including Chief Information Officer for organizations such as Spirit Airlines, and Black Entertainment Television.
Craig will join WestJet in Calgary effective April 24, 2017 pending immigration approval.