Category: WestJet Encore

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 and WestJet Encore flight dispatchers reach tentative agreements

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

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

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)/CNW

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

News provided by RoutesOnline.com

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


No other information provided from source. Canadian Aviation News

WestJet statement regarding the application for certification of WestJet Encore cabin crew

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

CALGARY, April 12, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today issued the following statement from President and CEO Ed Sims regarding the application for certification of its WestJet Encore flight attendants by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

“We respect the individual rights of our employees to choose their representation. The caring and passionate nature of all employee groups will ensure we collectively deliver on our strategy of becoming a global network airline while keeping safety at the forefront.”

CUPE files to represent WestJet Encore flight attendants

Provided by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)/CNW

OTTAWA, April 11, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has filed an application at the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent flight attendants at WestJet Encore.

A majority of WestJet Encore flight attendants have signed cards supporting unionization with CUPE, after citing the need for better schedules and better opportunities for career advancement among their reasons for seeking to unionize. CUPE is thrilled to get to work improving the lives of Encore staff.

“CUPE has industry-leading experience and expertise in improving the working conditions and the lives of our flight attendant members,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “We look forward to adding Encore flight attendants to our airline family.”

Flight attendants have a tough job ensuring the safety of their passengers at 20,000 feet, along with challenging working conditions and often unpredictable schedules. But being part of a union makes a world of difference, as flight attendants at WestJet mainline can already attest. “Most definitely, my life is a lot better after joining CUPE,” said Kruti Sutaria, who is now the secretary-treasurer of CUPE Local 4070, representing WestJet mainline flight attendants.

In July 2018, CUPE was certified to represent roughly 3,000 flight attendants at WestJet’s mainline carrier. CUPE is Canada’s flight attendant union, representing 15,000 flight attendants at ten different airlines nationwide.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

WestJet reaches tentative agreement with WestJet Encore pilots

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

CALGARY, April 5, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that it tentatively reached an agreement with the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) representing its 510 WestJet Encore pilots.

The tentative agreement will be presented to the ALPA membership group for ratification.

“We thank ALPA and the ALPA Master Executive Council for their strong commitment to working with us to come to an agreement that truly represents the interests of their membership and our business as a whole,” said John Aaron, Vice-President, Flight Operations and General Manager, WestJet Encore. “We look forward to the ratification of the agreement to the benefit of our guests, employees and shareholders.”

“We are pleased we could reach an agreement and look forward to having our pilots vote on our first collectively bargained agreement,” said Captain Ryan Petrie, WestJet Encore MEC Chairman.

“We would like to thank all those involved who have given their time and energy to allow us to reach this milestone,” said Captain Ryan Leier, WestJet Encore MEC Vice-Chairman.

WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal

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CALGARY, Feb. 26, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced it is adding more choice for travellers in London and Montreal this summer with a new daily service starting June 24 through October 15 on WestJet Encore.

WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“We continue to see robust use of our service between Montreal and Toronto and are aware that many of these guests travel to and from London,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “We are certain WestJet guests from Montreal and London will enjoy more convenient access to these popular leisure and business markets during the busy summer travel season.”

“We are very pleased to be able to offer passengers the option to fly to Montreal with WestJet,” said Michael Seabrook, London International Airport President and CEO. “Montreal is one of our biggest markets, and with the addition of this non-stop flight our passengers have options. It allows us to provide an easy and comfortable travel experience to even more travellers.”

WestJet is the largest airline in London, and this summer will operate six flights per day from London, ON to three Canadian cities including Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. The airline will also operate 23 flights per day from Montreal including two times daily to Vancouver, three times daily to Calgary, daily to Edmonton and Winnipeg, 13 times daily to Toronto, twice daily to Halifax and daily to London, ON.

Details of WestJet’s service between London and Montreal:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
London –  MontrealDaily10:20 a.m.11:45 a.m.June 24, 2019
Montreal – LondonDaily12:15 p.m.1:49 p.m.June 24, 2019

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in 2019 summer schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new.

This summer, WestJet will operate more than 750 daily flights in peak summer to 92 destinations including 42 in Canada, 23 in the United States, 27 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and five in Europe.

HOME SAFE: Emergency sends WestJet back to Halifax

News provided by TravelIndustryToday.com

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04 JAN 2019: A WestJet flight en route to Newfoundland returned to Halifax Thursday morning after declaring an emergency because of a possible problem with its landing gear. The airline says crew aboard WestJet Encore Flight 3428 got an indication of a potential issue with the nose landing gear shortly after takeoff at about 8 am.

Morgan Bell, a media adviser for the airline, says the flight landed safely after circling the airport to burn fuel and reduce landing weight.

The 82 crew and passengers were taken off the Q400 aircraft, which was to be inspected by the airline’s maintenance team.

Theresa Rath Spicer, spokeswoman for the Halifax airport, says an emergency response team was deployed and escorted the plane back to the gate after it landed at about 9:40 a.m.

She was not able to comment on the status of the flight.