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WestJet unveils refreshed on-board experience as part of Dreamliner launches

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Enhanced service offerings and products highlight WestJet’s Canadian roots across the airlines’ Business, Premium and Economy cabins

CALGARY, June 13, 2019 /CNW/ – Following the successful launch of WestJet’s Dreamliners from Calgary to London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin, guests travelling across WestJet’s global network can now experience the airline’s elevated amenities and on-board experience. 

Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Tailored to showcase WestJet’s authentic Canadian story, enhanced service offerings and products are featured across WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 767 and 737 transatlantic service. Guests can expect to see updates continue to roll across the WestJet fleet throughout 2019 and 2020.

Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat and Province Apothecary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat and Province Apothecary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company Premium Cabin amenities (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company Premium Cabin amenities (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Our guests are going to love our uniquely Canadian products and we are proud to showcase our like-minded partners who share our passion for thoughtful, quality products created in Canada,” said Louis Saint-Cyr, WestJet’s Vice-President, Guest Experience. “WestJet continues our global transformation and these elevated products and services complement the award-winning onboard experience we are known for.”

The Boarding Sessions with Sean Jones (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
The Boarding Sessions with Sean Jones (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

The Boarding Sessions with Sean Jones
For the first time in Canadian music history, guests will hear a soundtrack of soulful music onboard an aircraft from Canadian Juno award-winning recording artist Sean Jones. During boarding guests are treated to original music and classic covers of iconic Canadian artists – like The Band, Sarah McLachlan and The Guess Who – that Jones drew inspiration from for his album. The album is available for download and the story behind The Boarding Sessions is available to watch onboard WestJet’s Dreamliners.

Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat and Province Apothecary
Business cabin guests departing on European-bound transatlantic flights will receive tan-coloured amenity kits, designed by Montreal’s Matt & Nat, while guests departing to Canada receive navy-coloured kits. These beautiful kits feature organic skincare products from Toronto’s Province Apothecary that use only the highest quality ingredients sourced from provinces across Canada.

Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company Premium Cabin amenities
Guests flying on select flights in WestJet’s Premium cabin receive Rocky Mountain Soap Company kits that feature handmade products with simple, natural ingredients for healthy and beautiful skin. Rocky Mountain Soap Company lavatory products including foaming hand wash, hand cream and refreshing wellness sprays are also available throughout most of the airline’s Premium and Economy cabins.  

To see detailed inspiration behind the products, click here.

Additional Quotes: 
“I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished with Boarding Sessions and grateful to WestJet for bringing this music to life,” said Sean Jones. “Working on this project has been one of the highlights of my career and I’m excited to have built a playlist of my music that will be heard by people not just in Canada but across WestJet’s global network.”

“As a fellow Alberta-based company, we’re excited to be part of the new in-flight experience on the Dreamliner and the improved experience on other select WestJet Flights,” said Karina Birch, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, co-owner and CEO. “Influenced by the nature that surrounds us, we’re unwavering in our commitment to using only simple natural ingredients and to working with local partners.  We’re thrilled WestJet travellers can now take nature with them wherever they go.”

“We are so excited to be a part of the WestJet onboard experience by sharing our exclusive vegan and cruelty-free amenity kits with their guests,” said Manny Kohli, President and CEO of Matt & Nat. “Partnering with a fellow Canadian brand is an honour for us and a wonderful opportunity for travellers to discover our recycled vegan line of goods.”

“We are beyond excited to be bringing holistic skincare and wellness to WestJet’s onboard experience,” said Julie Clark, CEO and Founder of Province Apothecary. “As a Canadian brand focused on sustainable and high-quality products, it is an honour to be sharing this partnership with like-minded Canadian brand, Matt & Nat, and to be sharing our values with WestJet guests near and far.”

Air Transat announces the new features of its winter 2019-2020 flight program

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The carrier will add New Orleans, Louisiana, to its list of destinations and will serve Madrid and Malaga, Spain, year round

MONTREAL, June 6, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat today announced the new features of its flight program for winter 2019–2020, effective November 1, and is continuing to develop its service to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, Florida and Louisiana, offering over 30 Sun destinations as well as several European regions. In addition, the carrier will add new Airbus A321neoLR aircraft to its operations this winter.

“Bringing our Airbus A321neoLRs into our fleet in winter 2019–2020 will give us greater flexibility, which will help us reinforce our leadership in Quebec, strengthen our presence in Ontario and return in force in the Canadian West,” says Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “We will therefore be adding new destinations out of Vancouver, including Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as well as Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica,” she adds.

Even more new routes and destinations 
This winter, the airline will introduce new destinations and routes out of several regions of the country. Air Transat will now be the only airline to offer a direct flight from Montreal to New Orleans, Louisiana, with two direct flights per week beginning in November.

In the West, Air Transat will refocus a significant portion of its operations on Vancouver, becoming the only carrier to serve Fort Lauderdale, Florida (two direct flights a week). In addition, the airline will offer new flights to San José and Liberia, Costa Rica (two flights a week), and reintroduce a direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

In Ontario, the carrier will increase its presence, including a new direct flight to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, from London. A new direct flight to Santa Clara, Cuba, from Hamilton will also be added, as well as an additional direct flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for a total of two direct flights a week.

More flights to Florida and sustained frequency to the Dominican Republic and Mexico
Air Transat will be investing in Florida, with a focus on Fort Lauderdale. Daily direct flights will now be offered from Montreal during peak season as well as an increased frequency from Quebec City (five direct flights a week).

Air Transat will enhance its program with an additional direct flight to Puerto Plata out of Montreal (five direct flights weekly). Punta Cana will also benefit from an additional direct flight out of Hamilton (two direct flights a week), in addition to existing daily direct flights out of Montreal and Toronto.

To Mexico, Air Transat will be offering an additional direct flight to Puerto Vallarta out of Calgary, for a total of four direct flights a week, in addition to its daily direct flights to Cancun/Riviera Maya from Montreal and Toronto.

Winter in Europe
Beginning in winter 2019–2020, Air Transat will fly year-round to Madrid and Malaga, Spain, out of Montreal (two direct flights a week, respectively) as well as out of Toronto and Vancouver through connecting flights in addition to its daily direct flight from Montreal to Paris, France.

Out of Toronto, the airline will offer its two weekly direct flights to Glasgow and Manchester, United Kingdom, year-round and will extend the flight season until mid-January for Barcelona, Spain (two flights a week), and Rome, Italy (two direct flights a week), in addition to offering daily flights to London, United Kingdom.

Domestic and connecting flights for more options
Air Transat’s domestic flights program, which connects several of Canada’s major cities, will offer a wider choice of transatlantic destinations through connecting flights and will also give Canadians a chance to discover their own vast country. The carrier will continue its daily flights between Montreal and Toronto, in addition to its seven direct flights a week between Vancouver and Toronto and its three weekly direct flights between Montreal and Vancouver.

WestJet celebrates Calgary-Dublin launch

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney attends inaugural event in support of airline’s efforts to strengthen Alberta’s global influence

CALGARY, June 1, 2019 /CNW/ – With the departure of flight WS6 tonight, WestJet becomes the only airline operating a non-stop route between Calgary and Dublin. The airline’s newest route provides historic access between Western Canada and Ireland and is the last of three 787 Dreamliner inaugurals that are central to WestJet’s global strategy and focus on Calgary as its initial Dreamliner hub.

“With the launch of our third transatlantic Dreamliner flight, WestJet adds to our exceptional growth into and out of Calgary, where we remain the airline with the most destinations and departures,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “With more than 4.5 million Canadians claiming Irish heritage*, we are pleased to be providing Canadians with easy access between Western Canada and Ireland.”

“Today’s inaugural Calgary-Dublin flight from Alberta-born and bred WestJet is a declaration of confidence in the economic future of our province, and more proof that we are open for business and ready to take on the world,” said Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney.  “A thank-you to WestJet for helping to connect Alberta to the rest of the world with this and other new direct routes to international destinations.”

WestJet’s newest Dreamliner route adds to its existing 787-9 flights between Calgary, Paris and London (Gatwick), supporting tourism and trade between Europe and Canada. In addition, WestJet’s Calgary-Dublin service complements its existing seasonal Halifax-Dublin route. WestJet has been operating flights to Dublin from Eastern Canada since 2014.

“I am delighted to welcome the launch by WestJet of its new non-stop Dreamliner service from Calgary to Dublin, beginning June 1,” said Jim Kelly, Embassy of Ireland, Ambassador. “WestJet’s new service will provide a major expansion of air connectivity between Western Canada and Ireland. I have no doubt that it will open new avenues for business connections and leisure tourism between Ireland and Alberta, a province where more than half a million people claim Irish heritage.”

Flights between Calgary and Dublin are operated by the airline’s fleet of 320-seat, 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft featuring WestJet’s business, premium and economy cabins. 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 amenity case. WestJet’s improved Economy cabin features on-demand inflight entertainment, blankets and pillows with a select number of extra legroom seats available for purchase.

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

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

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – Dublin3X weekly(Wed., Sat., Sun.)8:45 p.m.11:36 a.m. +1June 1 to October 5, 2019
Calgary – Dublin2x weekly
(Wed. and Sat.)
8:45 p.m.11:36 a.m. +1October 6 to October 19, 2019
RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Dublin – Calgary3X weekly (Mon., Thu., Sun.)1:40 p.m.3:02 p.m.June 2 to October 6, 2019
Dublin – Calgary2X weekly (Thu., Sun.)1:40 p.m.3:02 p.m.October 7 to October 20, 2019

Additional Stakeholder Quotes:
“We’re excited that WestJet is offering our travellers a layover-free flight to Ireland’s capital city,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “With thousands of years of history, Dublin has it all for the passengers boarding this direct Dreamliner flight. Thank you to WestJet for making another significant investment in YYC.”

Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority

“We have forged a strong bond and friendship with WestJet and we are delighted to welcome its new direct service between Calgary and Dublin Airport,” said Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport Managing Director. “We are particularly pleased that the new service will offer further options and flexibility for passengers with potential onward connections to 24 destinations including Vancouver and Las Vegas. It’s a great honour that WestJet has chosen Dublin Airport as part of its first group of airports to be served with its new Dreamliner aircraft. I have no doubt this new service will be popular in both directions for business and leisure passengers.  We wish WestJet every success with its new route and we will continue to work closely with them to promote the new service.”

Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport Managing Director

Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We are excited about WestJet’s new Calgary to Dublin service on the Dreamliner and their overall expansion into Ireland. The increase provides a major boost for both leisure and business tourism from Canada to the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland looks forward to working closely with WestJet and the Dublin Airport to drive demand for the new flights. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”

Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada

WestJet W19 Alberta – Hawaii aircraft changes as of 28MAY19

News provided by RoutesOnline.com

By Jim Liu Posted 29 May 2019 04:00

WestJet during the weekend of 19MAY19’s schedule update filed service changes to Hawaii, from Calgary and Edmonton. The airline currently plans to operate Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, replacing 767. 

Calgary – Honolulu eff 08DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates 3 weekly. This replaces 2 weekly 767 service in W18
08DEC19 – 15DEC19 Day 57
16DEC19 – 24APR20 Day 157

WS1860 YYC 1615 – 2039 HNL 738 157
WS1861 HNL 2140 – 0705+1YYC 7M8 157

Calgary – Kahului eff 15DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates from this date, instead of 28OCT19. The 737 MAX 8 operates 4 times a week, 787-9 operates twice a week (787-9 operation was highlighted last week on Airlineroute). This replaces mix of 737 MAX 8 and 767 in W18
WS1858 YYC 1100 – 1513 OGG 7M8 123
WS1858 YYC 1100 – 1427 OGG 789 46
WS1858 YYC 1330 – 1743 OGG 7M8 7

WS1857 OGG 2130 – 0703+1 YYC 7M8 x456
WS1857 OGG 2230 – 0714+1 YYC 789 46

Edmonton – Kahului eff 08DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates 2 weekly, replacing 767
WS1884 YEG 1635 – 2106 OGG 7M8 57
WS1885 OGG 2215 – 0750+1 YEG 7M8 57

Separately, preliminary schedule for summer 2020 also sees 737 MAX 8 assigned on additional routes, also appeared during the weekend of 19MAY19’s schedule update:
Calgary – New York JFK One flight scheduled on 03JUN20
Toronto – Grand Cayman 30APR20 – 28MAY20 1 weekly

Planned Boeing 737 MAX 8 operation remains pending.

New kiosks expected to ease process for international arrivals at YYC

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By Josh Ritchie | Posted May 21, 2019 | Updated May 22, 2019

  • 80 primary inspection kiosks will replace the 43 existing units.
  • The kiosks are expected to cut the arrival process in half.
  • The first 36 of 80 units will be ready to use for those passing through YYC on Wednesday.
(Jonathan Muma, 660 NEWS)

It’s about to get a whole lot easier for people arriving from an international destination at Calgary airport thanks to the installation of primary inspection kiosks.

80 kiosks will replace the 43 existing units, which is expected to cut the arrival process in half.

“You will no longer have to fill out the paper forms, so now in a very simple, self-serve kind of way, you can just go up to a kiosk and you can fill out more or less the same information and you can get through the customs experience very quickly,” says Michael Hayward, Vice President of Marketing and Guest Experience with the Calgary Airport Authority.

READ MORE: New kiosks to streamline international flight return process

If you want to make the process even easier, you can download the CanBorder eDeclaration app and then scan a QR code at one of the kiosks upon arrival.

As of Wednesday, the first 36 of 80 units will be ready to use for those passing through YYC’s arrivals, with the remaining units expected to be ready to go by June 4.

WestJet gives Calgary more Dreamliner

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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.

WestJet continues Dreamliner momentum with Calgary-Paris inaugural

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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.”

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.

WestJet rings Calgarians for #LondonCalling video

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Authentic phonebooth from England used to surprise unsuspecting passersby in airline’s latest video

CALGARY, May 7, 2019 /CNW/ – Following the official launch of WestJet’s new 787-9 Dreamliner service between Calgaryand London, Gatwick the airline’s newest marketing video #LondonCalling highlights real-time surprises for unsuspecting Calgarians. To view click here.

In the video, WestJet’s teal painted phonebooth was positioned to ring throughout the day in downtown Calgary in hopes of enticing curious pedestrians to answer the call. Of the thousands who walked by, 10 of those who answered were gifted round-trip tickets for two from Calgary to London, Gatwick.

WestJet's #LondonCalling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s #LondonCalling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“London is an incredible destination for our guests and with our new non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and London, Gatwick there’s never been a more comfortable way to get there,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “We thought there was no better approach to entice guests to visit Britain than by testing out Calgarians’ curiosity for adventure through the unusual ringing of an iconic London phonebooth in our own downtown core.”

The phonebooth used in #LondonCalling is authentic and was shipped from the United Kingdom prior to being painted teal. The ‘Piccadilly style kiosk’ weighs over 1,500 pounds and was transferred throughout the day on April 23 to locations on Stephen Avenue and Eau Claire in downtown Calgary.

WestJet currently offers daily flights between Calgary and London, Gatwick. Its new Dreamliner aircraft carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline’s newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.

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.

Amazing Austin, now part of WestJet’s network

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership

Airline inaugurates first flight to AUS

CALGARY, May 2, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today began operating its new nonstop flight between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Calgary International Airport (YYC). The new destination adds to WestJet’s network out of Calgary where the airline operates the most flights to the most destinations.

WestJet has begun service between Calgary and Austin, Texas (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet has begun service between Calgary and Austin, Texas (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“We’re thrilled to welcome the fun, funky and innovative city of Austin to the WestJet network,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “Including the just-launched destinations of Atlanta and Portland, these three key markets help diversify Alberta’s economy, open new trade links and forge stronger connections between Alberta and these major destinations. We are pleased to share our caring Canadian spirit with Texans once again.”

“WestJet’s new daily, nonstop air service between Calgary and Austin will enhance the already close ties that this city has with the state of Texas,” said Lucia C. Piazza, Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.  “This service will allow Canadians easy access to the dynamic economy and flourishing cultural scene that Austin offers, either as a final destination or as a gateway to points beyond.  Likewise, Texans will be able to enjoy increased access to Alberta to explore and do business.”

Austin is WestJet’s second destination in Texas where the airline also operates twice-daily flights to Houston.

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – AustinTwice 
Weekly
10 a.m.2:43 p.m.May 2, 2019
Austin – CalgaryTwice 
Weekly
3:35 p.m.6:31 p.m.May 2, 2019