Category: WestJet Encore

Porter replacing Dash 8 door seals to address depressurisation risk

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02 August, 2019, FlightGlobal.com by Jon Hemmerdinger, Boston

Porter Airlines is replacing door seals on De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 turboprops following a rapid cabin decompression on 17 July, the Toronto-based airline says.

The cause of that decompression differs from a cargo door handle issue that has caused inflight depressurisations of several other Dash 8-400s recently, Porter adds.

The July depressurisation involved a Porter Q400 headed from Toronto to Boston. After the cabin lost altitude, the pilots descended to 10,000ft, determined the aircraft had no structural damage and continued to Boston, where they landed safely, according to an incident report from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

An inspection determined the aircraft’s “aft baggage blowout panel was loose”, the report says.

“This situation related to an imperfection in the door seal, which caused the panel to move,” Porter tells FlightGlobal. “The system worked as intended to equalise pressure in different areas of the aircraft.”

Porter “has a proactive programme to replace door seals, although there is no required timeframe for doing so,” the airline adds. “The failure rate is extremely low.”

De Havilland says the incident’s “root cause was found to be a damaged aft cargo door seal, which would have been replaced.”

“We are supporting Porter to resolve these technical issues, recommending a pressure decay check and have suggested regular inspections of the door seals to ensure they are in good condition in order to minimise events such as these,” De Havilland adds.

Canadian aviation regulatory Transport Canada “is aware of the recent occurrence on a Porter Airlines Q400, and is working with the manufacturer to determine if an unsafe condition is present,” it tells FlightGlobal.

Porter says that Transport Canada has not issued directives related to the door seal issue.

Porter stresses the 17 July incident “is different” from a cargo door handle issue that has caused inflight depressurisations of at least three other Dash 8-400s, including two Porter and one WestJet Encore aircraft, in the last year.

Porter and WestJet have said they are making modifications to their fleets to address the cargo door handle issue.

WestJet CEO says Boeing 737 Max grounding a ‘substantial loss’ ahead of buyout

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By The Canadian Press Mon., July 29, 2019

CALGARY – WestJet chief executive Ed Sims says the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max is having a “substantial negative impact” on the airline, even as the company reported robust earnings in its first full quarter without the fuel-efficient jetliner and on the cusp of its acquisition by Onex Corp.

In a phone interview, Sims said the grounding — now expected to continue at least through November — has forced WestJet to increase spending on fuel and cut its routes.

Sims declined to quantify the financial hit, saying he is in discussions with Boeing about the “substantial loss” of WestJet’s 13 Max 8s, which comprise about 10 per cent of the carrier’s seat capacity.

WestJet nonetheless beat analysts’ expectations with a 380 per cent profit increase year over year to $44.3 million last quarter, as a boost in passengers bumped up revenue 11 per cent to $1.21 billion.

Analyst Cameron Doerksen of National Bank of Canada says in an investor note the grounding will hinder capacity growth and raise expenses for Canadian airlines, but that lower jet fuel costs and a stronger Canadian dollar may help offset those headwinds.

On Friday, Alberta’s superior court approved the $3.5-billion deal between WestJet and Onex Corp., which expects to complete the buyout following further regulatory green lights later this year.

Authorities across the globe banned the Boeing aircraft from their skies last spring after two crashes — in Indonesia in October and Ethiopia in March — killed all 346 passengers aboard, including 18 Canadians.

WestJet says it found replacement aircraft for about 700 of the 1,000-plus 737 Max departures scheduled in June, the final month of the second quarter.

Sims said a sale of regional carrier Encore or budget offshoot Swoop are not on WestJet’s agenda at the moment, and that no layoffs of its 14,000 employees will stem from the buyout.

WestJet, founded as a no-frills regional upstart in 1996, has set its sights on Air Canada in recent years, challenging the carrier’s dominance on international routes by adding transatlantic flights, wide-body planes and premium fares.

The airline has also grappled with unionization and higher costs, which have offset some of its revenue growth. The company is expected to earn a per-share profit of $1.24 this year compared to $2.92 in 2015, according to analysts polled by financial markets data firm Refinitiv.

Plane blows 2 tires on landing at Edmonton International Airport

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No one was injured in the incident

Trevor Howlett · CBC News · Posted: Jul 19, 2019

A WestJet Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft, like this one shown here, blew two tires on landing Friday at Edmonton International Airport. (Pat Fogg/CBC)

Passengers on a WestJet flight to Edmonton had an unexpected scare Friday evening as their plane blew its two front tires while landing.

The flight was WS 3362 from Fort McMurray to Edmonton. There were 70 passengers on the flight. No one was injured in the incident. The plane was a Bombardier Q400. 

Thunderstorms in the area exacerbated the situation for passengers, as crews could not attend to the plane due to lightning risk, so the plane remained on the tarmac. It was about a 80 minutes later that passengers finally got to the gate. 

Ian Williams was on the flight at the time, heading home to Edmonton. 

“I knew we were landing in a storm, but all of a sudden there was a downdraft that slammed the front nose down, and all of a sudden we heard the tires go pop,” said Williams. 

Williams said the nose of the plane looked to be damaged. 

WestJet said the aircraft will be out of service, which will affect other flights.

“The aircraft has subsequently been removed from service for further inspection from our maintenance team and as a result flight 3125 and 3198 have been cancelled due to limited aircraft availability,” WestJet spokesperson Morgan Bell said in a statement.

“Our teams are working on reaccommodation options for guests affected by those cancellations and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Bell said the delay isn’t expected to affect connecting flights for passengers on WS 3362.

Williams praised the pilot for his handling of the situation and said he didn’t feel like the plane was in any danger.

CUPE Swoops in to represent final group of WestJet flight attendants

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OTTAWA, June 11, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been certified to represent flight attendants at Swoop, a fully owned subsidiary of WestJet.

CUPE has previously been certified by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent flight attendants at Westjet mainline and Encore, Westjet’s regional carrier.

With the addition of the 170 Swoop employees, CUPE now represents almost 4,000 WestJet Flight Attendants. All flight attendants of WestJet and its subsidiaries are now represented by CUPE.

“It is such a pleasure to welcome this last part of the WestJet organization into CUPE,” said Mark Hancock, President of CUPE National.  “We are honoured that Flight Attendants put their trust in us and we will work hard to keep that trust.”

CUPE is Canada’s largest union with 680,000 members including 15,000 flight attendants.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

WestJet ratifies three-year agreement with WestJet Encore flight dispatchers

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CALGARY, May 23, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that WestJet Encore flight dispatchers, represented by the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), have successfully ratified a three-year agreement.

This ratified agreement starts May 22, 2019 and expires on May 22, 2022.

“We are pleased with today’s outcome and believe that this agreement recognizes the hard work and valuable contributions of our WestJet Encore dispatchers,” said John Aaron, WestJet Vice-President and General Manager, Encore.

“Today’s outcome is a solid example of WestJet Encore dispatchers coming together to advance the quality of their own employee experience,” said Alexander Ritson, WestJet Encore CALDA Chair.

CUPE response to Onex deal

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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 and WestJet Encore flight dispatchers reach tentative agreements

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CALGARY, May 7, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that tentative agreements have been reached between both WestJet and the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA) and WestJet Encore and CALDA.

“We are pleased that fair and balanced solutions have been reached between the company and both of our flight dispatch groups,” said Jeff Martin, WestJet Chief Operations Officer. “We thank WestJet and WestJet Encore CALDA leadership for their continued commitment and dedication to achieving agreements that benefit both of our valued flight dispatch groups and the company as a whole.”

“WestJet leadership recognizes that its flight dispatchers play an integral role in the safe operation of every WestJet flight,” said Justin Jones, WestJet CALDA Chair. “Working collaboratively through this process created an agreement that balances the needs of our membership while taking care of the business to ensure the company’s long-term success. On behalf of CALDA I would like to thank everyone that was a part of this process. We look forward to working together with the WestJet team to take care of our valued guests.”

“We extend our thanks to the WestJet leadership team for their diligence and dedication in reaching a collective agreement,” said Alexander Ritson, WestJet Encore, CALDA Chair. “WestJet Encore flight dispatchers make our company both safe and successful and this agreement invests in a team that proudly serves our guests and the company every day.”

The tentative agreements are subject to final ratification by the parties.

WestJet statement on certification of Encore cabin crew

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CALGARY, May 3, 2019 /CNW/ -WestJet today received a certification order from the Canadian Industrial Relations Board confirming the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) as the certified bargaining agent for WestJet Encore cabin crew members.

“WestJet respects the individual rights of our employees to choose their representation,” said Jeff Martin, WestJet Chief Operations Officer. “We will work jointly with CUPE to ensure we continue to deliver on our strategy of becoming a global network airline.”


CUPE cleared for takeoff to represent WestJet Encore flight attendants

OTTAWA, May 3, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent approximately 600 flight attendants at WestJet Encore. With the majority of Encore flight attendants having signed cards in support of unionization, CUPE filed an application for certification on April 11.

OTTAWA, May 3, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent approximately 600 flight attendants at WestJet Encore. With the majority of Encore flight attendants having signed cards in support of unionization, CUPE filed an application for certification on April 11.

“On behalf of all 680,000 CUPE members across Canada, it’s an honour to welcome WestJet Encore flight attendants into our CUPE family,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “CUPE is Canada’s flight attendant union, and we couldn’t be more excited to get to work building their union and bargaining a strong contract to make their jobs and lives better.”

CUPE has been working with WestJetters for the past year to deliver strong union representation for WestJet Mainline flight attendants, and the changes we have seen for these workers are dramatic.

CUPE unionized flight attendants at WestJet’s mainline carrier in July 2018. With the addition of Encore, CUPE now represents nearly 4,000 WestJet flight attendants, and over 15,000 flight attendants nationwide. This increases CUPE’s ability to address industry-wide issues facing all of Canada’s flight attendants.

CUPE’s efforts to unionize flight attendants at WestJet’s low-cost carrier, Swoop, are ongoing.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

WestJet ratifies five-year agreement with WestJet Encore pilots

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CALGARY, May 2, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that 92 per cent of WestJet Encore pilots represented by the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) voted in favour of a five-year agreement. The vote represents 90 per cent of the 505 WestJet Encore pilots.

The agreement starts January 1, 2019 and expires on January 1, 2024.

“This agreement and outcome is beneficial for the long-term sustainability of WestJet, WestJet Encore pilots and all our WestJetters,” said John Aaron, Vice-President, Flight Operations and General Manager, WestJet Encore. “We thank ALPA and the ALPA Master Executive Council for their continued commitment and dedication to WestJet Encore pilots, and we’re pleased that by working together throughout this process we were able to solidify an agreement that is favourable to all parties.”

“Throughout negotiations, we continued to communicate with our pilots and their elected representatives, and made the best use of the vast ALPA resources to achieve our goal of getting a good first deal for our pilots,” said Capt. Ryan Petrie, WEN ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC) chairman. “This agreement represents a step in the right direction, bringing our pilot wages closer to levels more in line with our industry peers, along with enhancing our work rules and benefit structure.”

“This contract is thanks to the dedication and professionalism of our WestJet Encore negotiators and elected leadership, our pilots, and ALPA staff,” acknowledged Capt. Ryan Leier, WEN MEC vice chairman. “Thanks also goes to the airline management, and the mediator for their efforts in working with us to reach this agreement.”

Air Transat & Westjet Route Updates

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Air Transat W19 A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic network as of 28APR19

By Jim Liu | Posted 29 April 2019

Air Transat in last week’s schedule update filed planned Airbus A321neo LR European service for winter 2019/20 season, from late-October 2019. Planned A321neo LR Trans-Atlantic routes and frequency as of 28 APR 19 as follows.

Toronto – Glasgow eff 30OCT19 2 weekly
Toronto – London Gatwick eff 22OCT19 1 daily
Toronto – Manchester eff 04NOV19 2 weekly
Toronto – Porto eff 03NOV19 1 weekly

Additional routes to be filed in the next few weeks. With the exception of Glasgow, winter operation for routes listed above is scheduled until 30 APR 20.


WestJet discontinues Halifax – Boston service in early-June 2019

By Jim Liu |Posted 29 April 2019

WestJet from early-June 2019 is discontinuing Halifax – Boston service, reflected in recent schedule update. This daily service operated by WestJet Encore Dash8-Q400 aircraft is now scheduled until 02 JUN 19.

WS3712 YHZ 1240 – 1332 BOS DH4 D
WS3713 BOS 1850 – 2134 YHZ DH4 D


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