Category: WestJet Airlines

WestJet pilot’s eyes burned by laser on flight from Newfoundland to Florida

News provided by CBC News/ The Canadian Press

ncident happened when plane was 40 km from Orlando International Airport

Paola Loriggio · The Canadian Press · Posted: May 22, 2019

This photo shows the view from the cockpit when a laser pointer attack happens. (Transport Canada)

A WestJet pilot flying from Newfoundland to Orlando International Airport had his eyes burned by a green laser light, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the WestJet Airlines aircraft was about 40 kilometres from the airport when the laser light hit the pilot. The flight landed safely a short time later, and the pilot was placed on medical leave, which is routine in such cases.

The airline said in a statement that the incident took place Saturday but gave few details, citing privacy concerns.

“Any pilot who reports being struck by a laser is required for safety and health reasons to have an ophthalmology evaluation,” spokeswoman Morgan Bell said in an email.

Bell said laser incidents pose a “serious concern” for crew and aircraft safety and are immediately reported to local authorities for investigation.

A laser pointer like this can do serious damage.

“Pilots are extremely focused during all phases of flight, but especially during take-off and landing, when most laser incidents occur,” she said.

“When any sort of light enters the flight deck, pilots are trained to look away and maintain focus but they must also remain vigilant with respect to their surroundings and monitor the apron prior to landing.”

The FAA is investigating the incident. The agency said it had notified the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, which sent a deputy to a central Florida address pinpointed as a possible source of the light.

The sheriff’s office said no one at the location had any knowledge of the incident and said they don’t have a laser pointer.

Offenders could go to prison

Last year, the Canadian government announced strict new measures to ban most high-powered lasers around airports and in the country’s three largest cities due to the dangers they pose when aimed at aircraft.

The interim measures bar anyone from possessing a battery-operated hand-held laser over one milliwatts outside a private residence without a legitimate purpose, such as for work or education.

The rules apply to municipalities in the greater Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver areas, as well as within 10 kilometres of any Canadian airport or heliport.

Penalties for those convicted of deliberately targeting aircraft include fines of up to $100,000, five years in prison, or both, though the government has acknowledged that prosecutions are rare given the difficulty of catching people in the act.

However, the new rules also allow investigators to hand out fines of up to $5,000 for anyone caught with a hand-held laser in a prohibited zone without a reason. Corporations can face up to $25,000.

Transport Canada reported 379 incidents of lasers pointed at planes in 2017, most of which occurred in Ontario and Quebec.

WestJet gives Calgary more Dreamliner

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership

Dreamliner flights to Maui available now

CALGARY, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter.  

As part of the schedule release, WestJet also announced the 787-9 Dreamliner will be operate daily service between Toronto and London (Gatwick) starting October 23, 2019.

WestJet revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter (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 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Flying on the WestJet Dreamliner is a game changer in travel; guest feedback on the experience has been phenomenal,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “The Dreamliner was built for transoceanic routes with technology that reduces jetlag and leaves travellers feeling more refreshed upon arrival. With our custom cabins and award-winning service, guests are going to love the journey as much as the destination.”

“Our guests love travelling to Hawaii, and now their trip to Maui will be even more memorable with WestJet’s Dreamliner service to the island,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “Thank you to WestJet for another significant commitment to your Boeing 787-9 hub at YYC.”

“Our connection to the top destinations in the world for both business and pleasure is one of the many reasons Calgaryis such a dynamic, global city,” said Mary Moran, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development. “WestJet’s investment in its 787-9 Dreamliner fleet, and maintaining the aircraft in Calgary, is an economic driver for the city and we applaud the commitment to growing passenger routes for Calgary and the region.”

WestJet flies between Calgary and Maui up to six times weekly, or up to four times weekly on the Dreamliner, with service launching October 31, 2019. In addition, WestJet’s Dreamliner will operate between Calgary and London (Gatwick) four times weekly starting October 27, 2019. WestJet currently flies daily between Calgary and Gatwick. WestJet already serves more destinations with more flights from Calgary than any other airline, and these additions augment WestJet’s continued investment growth in the Calgary and Alberta economies.  

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 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.

 RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – KahuluiUp to six-
times 
weekly
11 a.m2:27 p.mOctober 31, 
2019
Kahului – CalgaryUp to six-
times 
weekly
10:30 p.m7:14 a.m.+1October 31, 
2019
Calgary – London 
(Gatwick)
Four-times 
weekly
7:45 p.m11:20 a.m.+1October 27, 
2019
London (Gatwick) –
Calgary
Four-times 
weekly
1:20 p.m3:25 p.mOctober 28, 
2019
Toronto – London 
(Gatwick)
Daily8:50 p.m9:10 a.m.+1October 23, 
2019
London (Gatwick) –
Toronto
Daily11:10 a.m1:57 p.mOctober 24, 
2019

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

Toronto gets on board the WestJet Dreamliner to London this winter

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Booking the 787-9 to Europe now available  

CALGARY, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will be operating its Toronto-London (Gatwick) route. The addition of the WestJet Dreamliner to this route gives Eastern Canada the opportunity to experience a new Business and Premium service between two large financial and tourism centres.

WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

This daily Dreamliner service, starting October 23, 2019, upgrades WestJet’s existing Toronto-London service operated on the 767. As part of the schedule update, WestJet also announced the 787-9 Dreamliner will be used to operate flights between Calgary and Maui up to four-times weekly starting October 31, 2019 and between Calgary and London four-times weekly starting October 27, 2019.

“Flying on the WestJet Dreamliner is a game changer in travel; guest feedback on the experience has been phenomenal,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “The Dreamliner was built for transoceanic routes with technology that reduces jetlag and leaves travellers feeling more refreshed upon arrival. With our custom cabins and award-winning service, guests are going to love the journey as much as the destination.”

“We congratulate Westjet on the expansion of their Dreamliner service from Toronto Pearson to London Gatwick, starting later this year,” said Scott Collier, Vice-President Customer and Terminal Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) “Toronto Pearson is proud to be part of WestJet’s continued growth and is glad to see this enhanced experience offered to passengers making business or leisure trips between Toronto and the UK.”

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.

 RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Toronto – London 
(Gatwick)
Daily8:50 p.m.9:10 a.m.+1October 23, 
2019
London (Gatwick) -TorontoDaily11:10 a.m.1:57 p.m.October 24,
2019
Calgary – KahuluiUp to six-
times
weekly
11 a.m.2:27 p.m.October 31,
2019
Kahului – CalgaryUp to six
-times
weekly
10:30 p.m.7:14 a.m.+1October 31,
2019
Calgary – London
(Gatwick)
Four-times
weekly
7:45 p.m.11:20 a.m.+1October 27,
2019
London (Gatwick)
– Calgary
Four-times
weekly
1:20 p.m.3:25 p.m.October 28,
2019

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

WestJet outlines 787-9 International service in W19 and expands Air France Intra-Europe codeshares from May 2019

News provided by RoutesOnline.com

By Jim Liu | Posted 20 May 2019

WestJet during the weekend of 19 MAY 2019’s schedule update filed Boeing 787-9 aircraft service in winter 2019/20 season. The 787-9 aircraft will be introduced on following routes.

Calgary – Kahului eff 31OCT2019 2 weekly (787-9 operates 5 weekly 12MAR20 – 22APR20)
Toronto – London Gatwick eff 23OCT2019 1 daily

Separately, the airline in winter 2019/20 season will add 4th weekly flight for Calgary – London Gatwick route, operated by Boeing 787-9 aircraft.


WestJet in the recent weeks expanded codeshare partnership with Air France, as the latter’s additional European service carrying WestJet’s WS-coded flight numbers, from 18MAY19.

WestJet operated by AIRFRANCE 
Paris CDG – Dusseldorf
Paris CDG – Frankfurt
Paris CDG – Hamburg
Paris CDG – Hannover
Paris CDG – Lisbon
Paris CDG – Munich
Paris CDG – Porto
Paris CDG – Turin 
Paris CDG – Vienna

Previously reported codeshare routes in April 2019, in effect from 18MAY19:
Paris CDG – Athens
Paris CDG – Biarritz 
Paris CDG – Brest
Paris CDG – Milan Malpensa
Paris CDG – Montpellier 
Paris CDG – Rome
Paris CDG – Venice

WestJet ratifies three-year agreement with WestJet flight dispatchers

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

CALGARY, May 18, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that WestJet flight dispatchers, represented by the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), voted 90 per cent in favour of a three-year agreement. The vote does not include WestJet Encore.

The agreement starts May 18, 2019 and expires May 18, 2022.

“This agreement is beneficial for the long-term sustainability of WestJet, WestJet Dispatchers and our WestJetters,” said Jeff Martin, WestJet Chief Operations Officer. “We thank our employees for their collaboration and openness to reaching an agreement.”

“This is a positive step in the right direction and a testament to WestJetters working together,” said Justin Jones, WestJet CALDA Chair.

WestJet continues Dreamliner momentum with Calgary-Paris inaugural

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Airline joined by Alberta political and tourism leaders in opening key economic, cultural and social ties with France

CALGARY, May 17, 2019 /CNW/ – With the departure of flight 10, WestJet today became the only airline to operate a non-stop route between Paris and Calgary. The airline’s newest route, along with its codeshare partnership with Air France, provides historic new access between Western Canada and Europe. Canadian business and leisure travellers now can fly to and from 11 cities in greater Europe including Rome, Venice, Athens and Lisbo  through WestJet’s Air France codeshare partnership from Paris. Today’s flight is the second of three 787-dreamliner inaugurals that are central to WestJet’s global strategy and selection of Calgary as its initial Dreamliner hub.

WestJet is now the only airline to operate a non-stop route between Paris and Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet is now the only airline to operate a non-stop route between Paris and Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“WestJet’s first non-stop flight from Calgary to Paris opens up a key market for inbound tourism to Western Canada and easy and unique travel opportunities throughout Europe for Western Canadians,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “We are proud to be Calgary’s biggest airline and will continue to invest in our operations and infrastructure to benefit the economy, tourism and markets in Calgary and Western Canada.”

The service operating between Calgary and London, Paris and Dublin will support 650 full-time jobs and $100 million in total economic output. This is in addition to WestJet’s yearly economic output of more than $5 billion and support of more than 32,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta.  Overall WestJet’s national economic impact on Canada annually generates $17.4 billion and supports more than 153,000 jobs.*

All flights between Calgary and Paris are operated on WestJet’s newest aircraft, the 320-seat, 787-9 Dreamliner featuring WestJet’s business, premium and economy cabins.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop Dreamliner service:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – ParisFour times weekly7:35 p.m.12:20 p.m. + 1May 17, 2019
Paris – CalgaryFour times weekly2:20 p.m.3:45 p.m.May 18, 2019

By June 2019, WestJet will offer flights to 67 non-stop destinations with an average of 975 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

*The Economic Impact of WestJet (2019) B787-900 International Scheduled Air Services: Calgary Dublin, London, Paris Prepared by RP Erickson and Associates

Additional Quotes

“WestJet’s non-stop flights between Calgary and Paris offer significant opportunities for Calgary’s robust tourism industry, which welcomes over 7.7 million visitors annually,” said Cindy Ady, CEO of Tourism Calgary. “Thanks to this new connection, we have enhanced opportunities to showcase our city’s unique offerings to more visitors and elevate Calgary’s reputation as the ultimate host city.”

“This is a huge win for Alberta. These direct flights to Europe open up access to new markets for Alberta businesses, while making it even easier for investors to come to our province,” said the Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, Government of Alberta. “It’s also a big boost for our tourism sector—and our government is proud to stand behind Alberta-based businesses like WestJet who are pounding the pavement to sell Alberta as a key destination and showing the world that Alberta is open for business.”

“WestJet’s new Dreamliner routes open up extensive markets for the Calgary business community to connect with a wider global customer base,” said Sandip Lalli, President and CEO of Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “WestJet’s ongoing business developments are a true testament of their reputation as a successful Albertan business operating internationally.”

“From downtown Calgary to Paris’ Champs-Elysees in about nine hours, we’re excited for this new direct flight to France. Congratulations and thank you to WestJet for their significant investment that contributes to economic growth in Calgary and Alberta,” said Rob Palmer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President, Finance, of The Calgary Airport Authority.”

CUPE response to Onex deal

News provided by CUPE 4070

CALGARY – 13 May 2019 – The union representing almost 4,000 cabin crew members at WestJet and Encore expressed guarded optimism about the company’s sale to Onex.  However, CUPE 4070 President Chris Rauenbusch expressed some concern about the future of the employee share holder plan.

“WestJet is a Canadian business success story, building from a small regional carrier to one of the world’s foremost airlines,” said Rauenbusch.  “We hope Onex will continue to develop WestJet to its full potential as an airline industry leader.”

“The good news is that Onex is looking to maintain WestJet as a Calgary based airline. They’ve committed to no job losses and to WestJet’s expansion plans. We will hold them to that promise.”

“We are concerned about what this deal means to the future of the employee share purchase plan, which is uncertain at the moment,” said Rauenbusch. “As employees without a pension plan, many Cabin Crew members rely upon their shares for a dignified retirement. “

Rauenbusch said CUPE will attempt to resolve the employee shareholder issue in bargaining for a new collective agreement, which has been underway since April.

WestJet sale leaves frontline staff exposed

Provided by Unifor/CNW

TORONTO, May 13, 2019 /CNW/ – Unifor will continue to stand up for frontline WestJet workers as the airline is sold to Onex Corporation, a takeover specialist with a long history of cost cutting and restructuring at the companies it buys.

“WestJet frontline workers across Canada have been signing Unifor cards, showing that they want to have a voice in the company,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

“We are working with some dedicated and loyal WestJet frontline workers who know that by joining Unifor they can gain that voice at this pivotal time in the company’s history.”

Frontline workers include customer service agents, who help customers check in at the airport, baggage service agents and guest service ambassadors, who help travellers who need added assistance boarding and leaving planes.

“WestJet’s frontline workers need a strong voice in these uncertain times. This announcement has many workers very nervous about their future and worried that the recent arbitrary changes the company has been making might only be the start of things to come,” said Unifor Organizing Director Kellie Scanlan.

“WestJet and Onex need to remember that these workers are the face of WestJet for travelers.”

Interest in joining Unifor has increased in recent weeks as WestJet imposed arbitrary changes to scheduling and uniforms while it moved to international flights, and announced a zero-per-cent wage increase one day ahead of posting a 33.4-per-cent boost in profits.

“Other workers at WestJet are able to sit down at the table and negotiate with the company when changes are made because they are unionized,” Scanlan said.

“Frontline workers need to have a seat at the table, as well, or be exposed to whatever arbitrary decisions Onex makes about their future. In times of change, workers need a voice or risk being left behind.”

Unifor will be reaching out to frontline workers across Canada in the days and weeks ahead as the sale of the company moves through shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy, including more than 10,000 frontline airport workers. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

SOURCE Unifor

WestJet to be Acquired by Onex

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

News Release Issued: May 13, 2019 (8:12am EDT)

WestJet shareholders to receive $31.00 per share in cash; Acquisition recognizes and continues WestJet’s industry-leading commitment to guest experience and employee culture

All amounts in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated  

CALGARY, May 13, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet Airlines Ltd. (“WestJet”)(TSX: WJA) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement that provides for its acquisition in an all-cash transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, Onex Corporation (“Onex”)(TSX: ONEX) and its affiliated funds will acquire all outstanding shares of WestJet for $31.00 per share, after which WestJet will operate as a privately-held company. The purchase price represents a 67% premium to Friday’s closing share price and a 63% premium to WestJet’s 20-day volume-weighted average trading price. The transaction value is approximately $5 billion including assumed debt.

WESTJET (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Since our first flight in 1996, WestJet has been singularly focused on providing better options for the Canadian travelling public and this transaction retains that commitment,” said Clive Beddoe, WestJet’s Founder and Chairman. “I am particularly pleased that WestJet will remain headquartered in Calgary and will continue to build on the success that our 14,000 WestJetters have created. Onex’ aerospace experience, history of positive employee relations and long-term orientation makes it an ideal partner for WestJetters, and I am excited about our future.”

“WestJet is one of Canada’s strongest brands and we have tremendous respect for the business that Clive Beddoe and all WestJetters have built over the years. WestJet is renowned internationally for its unparalleled guest experience and employee culture. We’re thrilled to be partnering with WestJetters and continuing this remarkable Canadian success story,” said Tawfiq Popatia, a Managing Director at Onex. 

Ed Sims, WestJet’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted to continue the journey of building an airline based on a growing network, providing competitive airfares and more choice to, from and within Canada, for communities large and small. Integral to this relationship is a commitment to our employees, and our unique ownership-driven culture.”

The investment will be led by Onex Partners, Onex’ private equity platform focused on larger investment opportunities.

Recommendation of the WestJet Board of Directors

Following an approach by Onex in March 2019, the WestJet board of directors formed a special committee of independent directors to provide the Board with its advice and recommendations with respect to the proposal from Onex and the transaction, and to supervise the negotiation of the terms and conditions of the transaction. After an extensive review of the proposed transaction, the special committee provided its unanimous recommendation of the transaction to the WestJet board of directors. The WestJet board of directors, having received and considered the recommendation of the special committee, determined that the transaction is in the best interests of WestJet and unanimously recommends that WestJet shareholders vote in favour of the transaction at the special meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the transaction.

Each of CIBC Capital Markets and BofA Merrill Lynch has provided the WestJet board of directors with an opinion to the effect that, as of May 12, 2019, the consideration to be received by holders of WestJet shares in the transaction was fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders, in each case subject to the respective limitations, qualifications, assumptions and other matters set forth in such opinions.

Each of the directors and executive officers of WestJet has entered into a voting support agreement pursuant to which each has committed to vote in favour of the transaction.

Additional Transaction Details

Equity financing will be led by Onex Partners.

The transaction is to be completed by way of an arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta). Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including court and shareholder approval and receipt of certain regulatory approvals, including approval under the Canada Transportation Act. The approval under the Canada Transportation Act involves a determination by the Minister of Transport which entails an assessment of the public interest as it relates to national transportation. Assuming the timely receipt of regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in the latter part of 2019 or early 2020.

WestJet expects to mail an information circular in late June 2019 for a special meeting of its shareholders expected to be held in July 2019 to approve the transaction.

The arrangement agreement for the transaction includes customary provisions relating to non-solicitation, subject to customary “fiduciary out” provisions that entitle WestJet to consider and accept a superior proposal if the purchaser does not match the superior proposal. WestJet has agreed to pay a fee to the purchaser upon the termination of the agreement in certain circumstances. The purchaser has agreed to pay a fee to WestJet if, after all other conditions to the closing of the transaction have been satisfied or waived, the purchaser is not in a position to fund the closing of the transaction.

WestJet is permitted to continue paying its regular quarterly cash dividend consistent with its dividend policy and past practice until closing.

Further details regarding the terms of the transaction are set out in the arrangement agreement, which will be publicly filed by WestJet under its profile at www.sedar.com. Additional information regarding the terms of the arrangement agreement and the background of the transaction will be provided in the information circular for the special meeting of shareholders.

Advisors

CIBC Capital Markets is acting as financial advisor to WestJet. BofA Merrill Lynch has provided financial advisory services to the WestJet board of directors. Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is serving as legal advisor to WestJet and Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP is serving as independent legal advisor to the special committee of WestJet’s board.

Goodmans LLP is acting as Canadian legal advisor to Onex and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is serving as U.S. legal advisor to Onex. DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is serving as Onex’ aviation regulatory counsel. Barclays is acting as lead financial advisor and lending bank to Onex with additional advisory and financing provided by Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets.

WestJet to become official airline partner of the Calgary Stampeders

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Airline to charter team for all away games with branding and gameday promotions to run at McMahon Stadium

CALGARY, May 9, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet and the Calgary Stampeders today set into a motion a proposed three-year partnership between the two Calgary-based companies.

As part of the proposed agreement, WestJet will become the official airline partner for the Stampeders and will charter the defending 2018 Grey Cup Champions to all away games through the 2021 season across Canada.

WestJet and the Calgary Stampeders celebrate new partnership in Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet and the Calgary Stampeders celebrate new partnership in Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet and Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet and Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“The Calgary Stampeders have a deep history within our local community and as Calgary’s hometown airline we’re extremely proud to kick-off our partnership with this championship organization,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “As new teammates, we look forward to supporting the Stampeders in their title defense and sharing in each other’s successes in the air and on the playing field across Canada for the next three seasons.”

“The Calgary Stampeder Football Club is very excited about this partnership between two proud Calgary institutions and we’re very much looking forward to teaming up with WestJet for the next three years,” said Stampeders Senior Director of Business Operations Mike Franco. “It’s an ideal union and we’re extremely pleased that a major international brand with strong local roots is meeting our team travel needs.”

The three-year deal is expected to include a WestJet branded on-field logo at McMahon Stadium and advertising, along with in-game promotional opportunities and co-branded content features of the team throughout the season.

The Calgary Stampeders are set to open the 2019 season on Saturday, June 15 at McMahon Stadium against Ottawa in a Grey Cup rematch. Fans hoping to catch pre-season action are encouraged to attend the team’s only pre-season contest on Friday, May 31 against Saskatchewan in Calgary.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 non-stop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.