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Air Transat unveils its 2020 summer flight program for British Columbia and Alberta

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The airline is strengthening its position as a leader in holiday travel with an array of flight options to Europe and Mexico

MONTREAL, Feb. 18, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat, named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, proudly presents its 2020 summer flight program for British Columbia and Alberta. The airline will be offering 12 direct flights a week from Vancouver to Europe and Mexico. What’s more, Air Transat will continue to optimize its flights within Canada to provide travellers in Vancouver and Calgary with even more options to visit Europe via connecting flights.

European destinations still a priority
Air Transat’s new program features three direct flights a week from Vancouver to Amsterdam (Netherlands), London (England) and Manchester (England).

Air Transat has also increased its number of flights from Vancouver to Europe with connecting flights through Toronto and Montreal to Amsterdam (Netherlands), Athens (Greece), Basel-Mulhouse (Switzerland), Barcelona (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), Bordeaux (France), Copenhagen (Denmark), Lisbon (Portugal), London (England), Lyon (France), Madrid and Malaga (Spain), Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Paris (France), Porto (Portugal), Prague (Czech Republic), Rome (Italy), Toulouse (France), Venice (Italy) and Zagreb (Croatia). 

From Calgary, travellers will have access to 23 European destinations via Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Athens (Greece), Basel-Mulhouse (Switzerland), Barcelona (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow (Scotland), Lisbon (Portugal), London (England), Lyon (France), Madrid and Malaga (Spain), Manchester (England), Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Paris (France), Porto (Portugal), Prague (Czech Republic), Rome (Italy), Toulouse (France), Venice (Italy) and Zagreb (Croatia). 

Direct flights to explore Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Sunny destinations are a big draw, even in the summer. That’s why the airline will offer three direct flights a week from Vancouver to Puerto Vallarta.

Domestic flights to explore Canada
Each week, there will be 12 flights between Vancouver and Toronto and a daily flight between Vancouver and Montreal. From Calgary, Air Transat will fly once a week to Vancouver and four times a week to Toronto and Montreal. 

It’s worth noting that last year marked the arrival of Air Transat’s first Airbus A321neoLRs. Combining these aircraft with Air Transat’s widebody fleet gives the airline a great deal of flexibility. It means more flights to Europe and the South, in addition to connecting flights from major Canadian airports. Travellers win big, with more holiday choices and increased frequencies to their chosen destinations.

FLIGHTS FROM VANCOUVER TO EUROPE

CITY – CountryNo. of Direct FlightsNo. of Connecting Flights via Montreal and Toronto
LONDON – England315
MANCHESTER – England3
AMSTERDAM – Netherlands34
BRUSSELS – Belgium3
ZAGREB – Croatia3
PRAGUE – Czech Republic2
PARIS – France17
BORDEAUX – France1
LYON – France5
NANTES – France4
NICE – France2
MARSEILLE – France5
TOULOUSE – France5
ATHENS – Greece1
ROME – Italy12
VENICE – Italy3
LISBON – Portugal5
PORTO – Portugal6
BARCELONA – Spain4
MADRID – Spain3
MALAGA – Spain3
BASEL-MULHOUSE – Switzerland2
COPENHAGEN – Denmark1
Total9106

FLIGHTS FROM VANCOUVER TO PUERTO VALLARTA

CITY – CountryNo. of Direct Flights
PUERTO VALLARTA – Mexico3
Total3

FLIGHTS FROM CALGARY TO EUROPE

CITY – CountryNo. of Connecting Flights via Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto
LONDON – England11
MANCHESTER – England3
GLASGOW – Scotland3
AMSTERDAM – Netherlands2
BRUSSELS – Belgium2
ZAGREB – Croatia1
PRAGUE – Czech Republic2
PARIS – France13
LYON – France4
MARSEILLE – France3
NANTES – France2
NICE – France1
TOULOUSE – France3
ATHENS – Greece1
ROME – Italy7
VENICE – Italy2
LISBON – Portugal4
PORTO – Portugal3
BARCELONA – Spain2
MADRID – Spain2
MALAGA – Spain2
BASEL-MULHOUSE – Switzerland1
DUBLIN – Ireland2
Total76

FLIGHTS WITHIN CANADA

SegmentNo. of Direct Flights
Vancouver-Toronto12
Vancouver-Montreal7
Vancouver-Calgary 1
Calgary-Vancouver1
Calgary-Toronto4
Calgary-Montreal4
Total29

Worker hospitalized after de-icing machine malfunction at Calgary airport

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BY HEIDE PEARSON GLOBAL NEWS – February 8, 2020

An airport worker de-ices a plane at YYC Calgary International Airport on Saturday, Feb. 8.
 An airport worker de-ices a plane at YYC Calgary International Airport on Saturday, Feb. 8. Global News

A man was rushed to hospital early Saturday morning after falling in a de-icing machine at YYC Calgary International Airport.

The Calgary police airport unit was called to the de-icing bay just before 6:45 a.m. after reports that a boom on one of the machines had malfunctioned.

Officials said the boom fell, along with the worker inside it.

EMS said paramedics took one man to hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries and that he was in stable condition.

The Calgary Airport Authority said in an emailed statement that the worker was an Air Canada equipment operator trying to get snow off an airplane.

“There is no impact to operations at YYC,” external communications and media relations manager Reid Fiest said.STORY CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT

“Our thoughts are with the injured worker and we’re offering support to Air Canada’s team here.”

Air Canada said safety remains the airline’s top priority and it’s “focused on providing assistance to our injured employee.”

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WestJet welcomes Dawson Creek, B.C. to its network

WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership, Press Release

WestJet Link to offer the city’s only daily non-stop to Calgary

CALGARY, Feb. 7, 2020 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that it will add new non-stop daily service between Dawson Creek, B.C., and Calgary on WestJet Link beginning April 26, 2020.

The year-round service will give guests from Dawson Creek the opportunity to travel conveniently for business and pleasure throughout the WestJet network, where the airline operates more than 1,000 flights per week to more than 72 destinations across the globe from Calgary.

“Providing the opportunity for convenient travel into and out of Calgary will help strengthen Dawson Creek’s already vibrant oil and gas, agriculture and tourism industries, many of which have links to Calgary and beyond,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “The value of connecting people, markets and communities is immeasurable and we look forward to bringing Canada’s favourite airline to the city this April.”

With the addition of Calgary-Dawson Creek service, WestJet Link will now operate five routes between Calgary and Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster and Medicine Hat and one between Cranbrook and Vancouver. WestJet Link operations between Calgary and Prince George, B.C., will shift to year-round service on WestJet Encore’s 78-seat Q400 aircraft effective April 26.

“The City of Dawson Creek is pleased to welcome WestJet to our community,” said Dale Bumstead, Mayor of the City of Dawson Creek. “Dawson Creek is the hub of economic opportunity in the South Peace Region and WestJet service will further enhance these opportunities by providing our airport with additional destinations. Whether you are working in the area, attending a concert in our world-class event centre or visiting friends and family in the region, this new service will provide an added convenient travel option.”

WestJet Link is operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines using its fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Premium, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

Dawson Creek is WestJet’s 72nd destination out of Calgary, the airline’s home and hub. By June 2020, the airline will operate more than 1000 flights per week in peak season out of Calgary International Airport. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

“This new non-stop flight aboard WestJet will connect recreational and business guests to the beautiful city of Dawson Creek. The new link will also enable more B.C. guests to connect to WestJet’s extensive YYC hub. We’re excited to collaborate with WestJet Link on continued growth,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority.

Details of WestJet’s service between Dawson Creek, B.C. and Calgary:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary-Dawson CreekDaily1:15 p.m.2:19 p.m.April 26, 2020
Dawson Creek-CalgaryDaily2:50 p.m.5:49 p.m.April 26, 2020

Additional quotes:
“We’re excited to begin operating this new daily non-stop service between Calgary and Dawson Creek”, says Pacific Coastal Airline’s President, Quentin Smith. “The addition of this route to the existing network of WestJet Link operations is indicative of the strong relationship between our two airlines, and the ongoing growth opportunities that exist for Link service.”

“At ARC, we are always looking for opportunities to create partnerships and enhance relationships with our stakeholders,” said Ron Toly, ARC Resources Ltd. “The new WestJet Link service to Dawson Creek opens up the doors to continued opportunity and growth for all businesses in the BC Peace region area.”

“The BC Peace region is poised for continued business growth with projects like TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project,” said Kiel Giddens, Public Affairs Manager for TC Energy. “This new WestJet service is a welcome connection that our employees and contractors will be able to take advantage of.”

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WestJet announces 90 new and expanded travel opportunities from Calgary this summer

WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership, Press Release

Calgary’s hometown airline continues to invest in convenient and unique travel options

CALGARY, Feb. 7, 2020 /CNW/ – Today, WestJet announced its summer schedule featuring more than 90 new flights from Calgary including new non-stop WestJet Link service to Dawson Creek, B.C.

“WestJet is focused on investing in Alberta to build and strengthen our Calgary hub,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “As WestJet continues on its strategic path of becoming a global network airline, we are pleased to offer our guests the ability to conveniently connect for business or pleasure across Canada, Europe and beyond this summer.”

With today’s announcement of the new service between Calgary and Dawson Creek, B.C., WestJet Link will operate five routes including between Calgary and Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster and Medicine Hat and one between Cranbrook and Vancouver this summer. WestJet Link operations between Calgary and Prince George, B.C., will shift to year-round service on WestJet Encore’s 78-seat Q400 aircraft effective April 26.

In addition, beginning May 14, 2020 WestJet will begin new service between Calgary and Boston. WestJet is offering guests convenient flight times between its extensive hub out of Calgary and the capital of Massachusetts. 

WestJet also recently announced new four-times weekly service between Calgary and Charlottetown starting June 25, 2020.

The schedule also highlights frequency increases from Calgary to popular destinations including Portland, Ore., Victoria, Nanaimo, Comox, Grand Prairie, Fort McMurray, Brandon, Winnipeg, Abbotsford and Yellowknife.

“WestJet continues to invest in YYC Calgary International Airport as its home base and expansion focus. It is Calgary’s largest carrier and we are committed to facilitating their growth. These additional flights will serve more guests bound for more destinations, delivering recreational and business opportunities for our region,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority.

Highlights of WestJet’s 2020 summer schedule include:
Domestic:

  • Calgary-Dawson Creek, B.C., new daily WestJet Link service begins April 26, 2020
  • Calgary-Winnipeg, an increase of seven weekly flights
  • Calgary-Victoria, an increase of seven weekly flights
  • Calgary-Nanaimo, an increase of seven weekly flights
  • Calgary-Grand Prairie, an increase of seven weekly flights
  • Calgary-Abbotsford, an increase of five weekly flights
  • Calgary-Fort McMurray, an increase of five weekly flights
  • Calgary-Comox, an increase of four weekly flights
  • Calgary-Brandon, from seven times weekly to 11 times weekly
  • Calgary-Yellowknife, from twelve times weekly to 14 times weekly
  • Calgary-Charlottetown, new four-times weekly seasonal service begins June 25, 2020

Transborder:

  • Calgary-Portland, from once daily to twice daily for a total of 14 weekly flights
  • Calgary-Boston, new daily seasonal service begins May 14, 2020

International:

  • Calgary-Paris, from four-times weekly to six-times weekly
  • Calgary-Rome, new three-times weekly service begins May 2, 2020
  • Calgary-Cabo San Lucas, from twice-weekly to three-times weekly

The airline has added more than 300 Dreamliner departures out of Calgary in 2020, an increase of more than 52 per cent over 2019, to key transatlantic Dreamliner routes. The flights are uniquely and conveniently timed in the interest of Albertans and western Canadians with late-day departures and daytime arrivals to suit guests travelling to Europe. 

Dawson Creek is WestJet’s 72nd destination out of Calgary, WestJet’s home and largest hub. By June 2020, the airline will operate more than 1000 flights per week in peak season out of Calgary International Airport. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Flair Airlines offers three-month unlimited travel pass for $700 as discount competition heats up

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Low-cost carrier takes on Swoop in battle for best deals

ZEBA KHAN – February 5, 2020

Flair Airlines Ltd is offering a three-month unlimited pass from February to May. BRENT LEWIN/BLOOMBERG

Flair Airlines is offering a three-month unlimited travel pass as competition in the discount air space heats up.

Flair’s Go Travel Pass, which runs from Feb. 13 to May 13, offers two options. The basic pass for $499 allows unlimited travel for three months with Fridays and Sundays excluded and some blackout days. The unlimited pass offers unlimited travel for all days of the week at $699 with no blackout dates.

The airline travels to Vancouver, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto. It does not fly to Quebec.

“We are thrilled to offer our passengers the freedom and flexibility to travel with our unlimited pass.  Whether you are a student who needs to visit home, a small business owner on a budget, a family needing to connect or an adventure seeker looking for your next thrill; all Canadians deserve to travel without hesitation,” Sarah Riches, director of commercial for Flair Airlines said in a press release Wednesday.

Flair is one of only two ultra-low cost airlines in Canada. WestJet affiliate Swoop Airlines is the second.

And competition has been fierce. Earlier this month Swoop held a loonie seat sale where the base cost for a seat was only a dollar before taxes, fees and extras.

Last year the Competition Bureau launched an investigation into Swoop over allegations that “predatory pricing” was used to try to crowd Flair out of some routes.

Flair last year sold a stake of its company to a U.S. private investment firm in a bid to boost its fleet to compete against its rival.

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Canada allowed grounded Boeing 737 Max jets to fly — without passengers — at least 160 times

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Airlines can get permission to fly if ‘very strict conditions’ met

Ashley Burke · CBC News · Posted: Feb 03, 2020

Canada grounded Boeing 737 Max planes in March following 2 deadly crashes. Transport Canada is making exceptions for ferry flights for maintenance, storage or training purposes. None of these flights are allowed to carry passengers. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Canada has allowed at least 160 flights to criss-cross North America using Boeing 737 Max jets since grounding the fleet for commercial use almost a year ago. 

Transport Minister Marc Garneau banned the planes from Canada’s airspace in March after two crashes within five months in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people, including 18 Canadians. Satellite data showed both planes experienced significant flight control problems. Garneau said he won’t lift restrictions on the planes until all of Canada’s safety concerns have been addressed. 

CBC News analyzed flight data that shows Canadian airlines have continued to fly the jets for the past 11 months, often multiple times a week. The flights include four hours in the air over Canada from Windsor to Vancouver and shorter hauls such as Montreal to Trois-Rivières, Que., and Abbotsford, B.C., to Calgary.

Transport Canada said no passengers were on board any of the flights. The department said it has been allowing Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing to fly the planes for maintenance, storage, or pilot training under certain conditions. Only certain pilots with specialized training and briefings of the 737 Max are allowed to operate the aircraft.

The flights came as a shock to some families in Canada whose loved ones died on a 737 Max.

“It feels like a slap in the face,” said Chris Moore who lost his 24-year-old daughter in the Ethiopian Airlines crash. “Your loved one has died due to that plane and they’re still gearing up for the day when it’s ungrounded.”

Paul Njoroge, who lost his wife, 3 children and mother-in-law on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. (Njoroge family)

Paul Njoroge lost his wife, three young children, and mother-in-law in that same crash. He’s also concerned for the safety of the pilots in the air and Canadians on the ground.

“It’s shocking to me that they are still flying,” said Njoroge. “It just tells me that these people will never stop playing or juggling with human life.” 

“You cannot say it’s not safe for passengers, but still allow the plane to fly. If you’ve grounded the plane, it has to remain grounded.”

‘Ferry flights’ exempted

When Garneau banned the jets on March 13, the notice to airmen stated it was “necessary for the protection of aviation safety and the public.” But the notice also made exemptions for “ferry flights” that take off or land in Canada. 

CBC News pulled data from flight tracking website FlightRadar24 to see where Canadian 737 Max planes have been spotted in the skies since grounded.

An analysis reveals that Air Canada has been flying its Boeing 737 Max fleet the most often. Between March 14 and Jan. 16, Air Canada flew 121 times, in comparison to 29 times for WestJet and 12 for Sunwing.

In at least 27 instances, Air Canada took off or landed in Marana, Ariz. In some cases, flying more than five hours straight.

“Those aircraft movements were required for maintenance purposes, including to relocate them to the southern desert where they can be stored more safely,” said Air Canada in a statement to CBC News. 

Air Canada also said it’s using the ferry flights as an opportunity to keep pilot certifications current for those who train frontline pilots.

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WestJet said its ferry flights were for maintenance and storage space. Sunwing said it proactively grounded its fleet before Canada made it mandatory. Since then, the airline confirmed it moved several 737 Max aircraft from large, busy airports to outside storage facilities. 

“We approach these necessary transfers with an abundance of caution, conducting thorough risk assessments and only using senior pilots who were briefed on responses to any potential anomalies. All these flights operated without incident,” said Sunwing in a statement. 

Flights must be approved, follow ‘very strict conditions’

Transport Canada said in order for ferry flights to be approved, airlines must follow “very strict conditions”: 

  • Only advanced pilot evaluators are allowed to fly.
  • Pilots must get specialized briefings and training including on a 737 Max simulator.
  • Additional crew is on board all flights and a mandatory third pilot.
  • They can only fly in certain weather conditions.

Larry Vance, former Transportation Safety Board aviation crash investigator, said he has no concerns with the 737 Max flying under this criteria.

“These are not flying bombs about to explode,” said Vance. “They’re not gonna start dropping out of the sky on people. These are very safe airplanes flown under those conditions. 

“They’re only flown by the best of the pilots with briefings. Anything that might go wrong with the airplane they know how to handle it.”

Vance added that planes are like cars — if left idle they deteriorate, and need to be in the air to stay in top shape.

Victims’ families meeting with transport minister

That doesn’t comfort Moore and Njoroge, who question why the planes can’t be restored for service if and when Canada declares them safe for passengers. 

“That tells you a lot about the regulatory authorities promoting the industry instead of promoting safety, instead of safeguarding the lives of human beings.” said Njoroge.

“I don’t understand why they would use that as an excuse to fly,” said Moore.

Families of the Ethiopian Airlines crash victims say they are meeting with Garneau on Feb.12. Njoroge plans on asking Garneau to keep the planes on the ground — no exemptions.

Canada is continuing to independently review and validate changes to the Boeing 737 Max.

Transport Canada has four areas of concern that it wants addressed before the fleet can return to service including: acceptable levels of pilot workload, architecture of the flight controls, minimum training required for crew members, and aircraft performance, according to Garneau’s briefing binder obtained through an access to information request. 

“I certainly understand how the families feel,” Garneau said today, commenting on the story before entering the Commons chamber.

“We look at every single one of these ferry flights very carefully, where it’s going to go and who’s going to be on board and what training and preparation they’ve had before we accept and doing it.”

“I want to tell everybody that we’re not going to put these planes back into Canadian skies to fly passengers until we’re 100 per cent satisfied.

High-tech, low-carbon concrete project a Canadian first at YYC Calgary International Airport

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New deicing pad made with CarbonCure Concrete, reducing 160 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to 209 acres of forest absorbing CO2 over the course of a year.

CALGARY, Jan. 24, 2020 /CNW/ – Canadian cleantech company CarbonCure Technologies has announced the completion of a major new installation at YYC Calgary International Airport.

The new deicing pad, the East Deicing Apron, was built with CarbonCure Technologies’ reduced-carbon concrete in August and September of 2019. The first airplanes started using the facility just weeks ago.

CarbonCure concrete poured at Calgary International Airport reducing 160 tonnes of carbon emissions. (CNW Group/CarbonCure Technologies)
CarbonCure concrete poured at Calgary International Airport reducing 160 tonnes of carbon emissions. (CNW Group/CarbonCure Technologies)
CarbonCure concrete poured at Calgary International Airport reducing 160 tonnes of carbon emissions. (CNW Group/CarbonCure Technologies)
CarbonCure concrete poured at Calgary International Airport reducing 160 tonnes of carbon emissions. (CNW Group/CarbonCure Technologies)

The amount of concrete poured to build the East Deicing Apron was the second largest pour of CarbonCure concrete in a single project, and the largest quantity to be used at an airport in Canada.

“2019 was a record year for CarbonCure, as our producer partners’ total production volume and the associated carbon savings nearly doubled from that of 2018,” said Robert Niven, the company’s founder and CEO. “We are proud that a project based in Canada was such a large contributor to these milestones. This is yet another instance of CarbonCure concrete easily meeting rigorous performance standards, including the top-tier design and engineering standards required for airport paving.”

CarbonCure injects waste carbon dioxide (CO2) captured by industrial gas suppliers into concrete during mixing, enabling the production of stronger, more sustainable concrete. Every cubic metre of concrete made with this technology reduces an average of 16 kilograms of carbon emissions, meaning an average high-rise built with CarbonCure concrete would save approximately 120 tonnes of COemissions.

More than 25,000 cubic metres of CarbonCure concrete was poured for the construction of the East Deicing Apron project, realizing 160 tonnes of carbon savings. That’s equivalent to 209 acres of forest absorbing CO2 over the course of a year.

“YYC Calgary International Airport is pleased to be a leader as the largest airport user to-date of CarbonCure in Canada. As YYC strives to be a leader in airport sustainability, we fully supported our airline partners in the decision to inject captured carbon into the new East Deicing Apron’s concrete pavement,” said Carmelle Hunka, general counsel, vice president, risk and compliance of the Calgary Airport Authority.

In 2019 alone, CarbonCure partners’ total concrete production volume surpassed 3.3 million cubic metres, with an average monthly output of 145,000 cubic metres. Total CO2 emissions reductions for the year surpassed 55,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to the carbon absorbed by more than 70,000 acres of forest or taking 12,000 cars off the road for a year.

WestJet drives increased domestic tourism with new flight bridging Charlottetown and Calgary

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Airline announces 35 per cent increase in flights to YYG with new non-stop service connecting Prince Edward Island to Western Canada

CALGARY, Jan. 17, 2020 /CNW/ – WestJet today is bridging new domestic connections between the east and the west with the introduction of new non-stop seasonal service between Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Calgary beginning June 25, 2020.

This summer WestJet will offer more than 67,000 seats to Charlottetown (YYG), an increase of more than 20,000 from last year (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
This summer WestJet will offer more than 67,000 seats to Charlottetown (YYG), an increase of more than 20,000 from last year (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announces 35 per cent increase in flights to Charlottetown with new non-stop service connecting Prince Edward Island to Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announces 35 per cent increase in flights to Charlottetown with new non-stop service connecting Prince Edward Island to Calgary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“As the official airline of Destination Canada’s domestic tourism campaign, we are proud to invest in this historic new connection,” said Charles Duncan, WestJet Chief Strategy Officer. “Our partners in both P.E.I and Alberta are excited with the opportunity this service represents as both have a new opportunity to market their world-class tourism assets. This flight is a unique opportunity for Canadians looking to explore our country.”

WestJet’s seasonal service between Charlottetown Airport (YYG) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) will operate four-times weekly on WestJet’s 737 aircraft. Flights are timed for convenient connectivity from WestJet’s largest hub in Calgary to destinations across Western Canada including Vancouver, Edmonton, Kelowna and Victoria. The seasonal flight concludes September 7, 2020.

“This is a wonderful announcement for both Islanders who live here and Islanders living out west who, in their heart, still call Prince Edward Island home,” said Premier Dennis King. “This direct flight between P.E.I and Alberta will further strengthen our relationship with Western Canada, opening up new markets for our business community and encouraging more visitors from western North America to explore our Island.”

WestJet has served Prince Edward Island and the city of Charlottetown since 2005 and flights have more than doubled since introducing service. This summer, the airline will offer more than 67,000 seats to YYG, an increase of more than 20,000 from last year and in peak season will operate up to 20 flights per week from Charlottetown to Toronto and Calgary.

By June 2020 from Calgary, WestJet’s hub and home, the airline will operate more than 1000 flights per week in peak season to 57 destinations out of Calgary International Airport. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Details of WestJet’s service between Charlottetown and Calgary:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary-
Charlottetown
Four-times
weekly
10:45 p.m.6:23 a.m. (+1)June 25 –
Sept. 7, 2020
Charlottetown-
Calgary
Four-times
weekly
7:15 a.m.9:33 a.m.June 26 -Sept. 7, 2020

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“These additional flights are excellent news for the people of Prince Edward Island,” said Minister Lawrence MacAulay, Member of Parliament for Cardigan. “With record levels of tourism to the island, and a recent investment of $8.1 million into the Charlottetown Airport by the federal government, we understand the importance of increasing capacity for travel. I’m glad to see WestJet making it easier for Canadians to come experience our great province.”

“As the Birthplace of Confederation, Charlottetown has a lot to offer visitors. We are pleased to see this announcement from WestJet,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “This new connection will not only bring new opportunities for tourism and business, but will offer up a new way to reconnect Island families with loved ones in Western Canada.”

“This is obviously fantastic news, there has always been a strong connection between P.E.I and Alberta, with many Islanders calling the western province home,” said Doug Newson, CEO at YYG. “We are delighted that WestJet will be offering this service giving many Albertans the opportunity to vacation to our beautiful island and for Islanders to access stunning Western Canada through WestJet’s Calgary hub.”

“We are delighted our guests will be able to fly direct from YYC to Prince Edward Island this summer. From red-sand beaches, lighthouses and legendary vistas to its world-renowned seafood and agriculture there is so much to see and do in P.E.I. We’re also happy Islanders can visit our region, or connect through WestJet’s impressive hub at YYC,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority.

“With this new flight connecting Calgary and Prince Edward Island, WestJet continues to help us showcase everything Calgary has to offer to Canadian travellers,” says Cindy Ady, Tourism Calgary CEO. “Additional direct routes also support the economic impact of tourism, which directly contributes over $2 billion to Calgary’s economy each year. We are very eager to share Calgary with guests from P.E.I.”

Air Canada Celebrates the Arrival of its First Airbus A220, Continuing its Fleet Modernization Program

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  • Canadian-built aircraft unveiled at the airline’s Montreal headquarters
  • First commercial flight departs Montreal for Calgary January 16, offering customers a modern, spacious new cabin interior
  • A220 technology reduces fuel consumption by 20 per cent per seat

MONTREAL, Jan. 15, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today unveiled the newest member of its fleet, the Airbus A220-300, before employees and special guests at the airline’s Montreal headquarters. Built in Mirabel, Quebec, the Bombardier-designed aircraft continues Air Canada’s fleet modernization. The A220’s state-of-the-art design and cabin is destined to be extremely popular with customers, and this new aircraft will also help Air Canada reduce its carbon footprint through a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat.

Air Canada Celebrates the Arrival of its First Airbus A220, Continuing its Fleet Modernization Program (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada Celebrates the Arrival of its First Airbus A220, Continuing its Fleet Modernization Program (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Airbus A220 – Factsheet (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Airbus A220 – Factsheet
(CNW Group/Air Canada)

“This is an historic moment for Air Canada as we welcome the Airbus A220 into our fleet. We are the first airline in Canada to operate this next-generation aircraft, which was designed by Bombardier in Mirabel, Quebec. Our customers will enjoy a level of comfort unrivalled on a single-aisle aircraft and the A220’s operating efficiencies promise meaningful environmental and cost benefits. The arrival of the first of our order of 45 A220s, with a list price value of US$3.8 billion at the time it was made, underscores our contribution to Canada’s aerospace industry and its economy,” said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“I am especially pleased today given Air Canada’s role in completing the 2016 order for the C Series, as it was then called, at a time when the future of this aircraft program was in doubt. We are very proud to have paved the way for orders from other major carriers,” said Mr. Rovinescu.

“Airbus is very proud to be celebrating with our longstanding customer Air Canada, as they add their first A220 to their fleet. Airbus has been in Canada for over 35 years, and today we are becoming even more Canadian as passengers from Canada are about to discover a brand new flying experience on board this state-of-the art Canadian-designed and built aircraft. Congratulations to everyone at Air Canada and to the Airbus Canada team in Mirabel for this fantastic achievement. We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with Air Canada for the years to come,” said Philippe Balducchi, CEO, Airbus Canada Limited Partnership and Head of Country Canada for Airbus.

A220 Opens Up New Opportunities for Air Canada

Passengers will be welcomed aboard the A220-300 on January 16, 2020, on its maiden commercial flight between Montreal and Calgary. As more A220s enter the fleet, the aircraft will be initially deployed from Montreal and Toronto on existing Canadian and transborder routes such as to Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and New York – La Guardia.

The first two new A220 routes for Air Canada begin May 4, 2020 with the launch of Montreal-Seattle and Toronto-San Jose, California service, the only non-stop service between these city pairs.

“The A220 will allow Air Canada to further strengthen our position on transborder and transcontinental markets and be instrumental in our continued growth. The A220 will allow us to further expand our North American network, offering customers new routes and more robust year-round schedules. When connecting through our hubs across Canada onward to international destinations, customers travelling on an A220 will benefit from a virtually seamless cabin experience offering a comparable level of service and comforts as on a widebody aircraft,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President of Network Planning at Air Canada.

About the Air Canada A220-300

Air Canada’s first Airbus A220-300 was built at Airbus Canada’s (previously Bombardier) Mirabel facility employing close to 2,700 people. Each A220 includes parts from 30 Canadian suppliers.

Air Canada has firm orders for 45 A220s, with a total list price value of US$3.8 billion for the order at the time it was made, all of which are to be built at Mirabel.

Air Canada will be the first North American carrier to operate the larger A220-300 version of the aircraft, which has a range of 3,200 nautical miles.

The two-class cabin has 137 seats: 12 in a 2×2 configuration in Business Class and 125 in a 3×2 layout for Economy passengers. Customers will have more personal space thanks to the widest economy seats in the fleet at 19 inches, and the largest overhead stowage bins for an aircraft this size.

Additional features include larger windows and full-colour LED ambient and customizable mood lighting that contribute to reducing fatigue while travelling. The high ceilings, extra shoulder room and storage make this an unparalleled interior in the narrow-body segment.

Every seat on the A220 features a Panasonic in-flight entertainment system with content available in 15 languages and featuring more than 1,000 hours of high-quality entertainment, including content from Bell Media’s premium entertainment service, Crave, and Montreal-based multi-platform audio service, Stingray. The system also offers dynamic closed captioning for the deaf and is accessible to the visually impaired. The A220 will also have satellite-based, high speed Wi-Fi access.

The A220 will also further Air Canada’s environmental commitment, with engines projected to yield a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat.

Learn more about the A220-300 on our special web page. 

Report ranks WestJet most punctual airline in Canada, Air Canada 20th worldwide

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By The Canadian Press Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

A travel data provider ranks WestJet Airlines Ltd. as the most punctual airline in Canada.

OAG’s annual report regarding on-time performance says the Calgary-based carrier placed sixth among low-cost carriers in North America last year.

The report also lists WestJet at No. 15 among low-cost carriers worldwide with 79 per cent of its flights arriving on-time.

Air Canada squeaked into the so-called punctuality league, placing 20th among “mega airlines” behind the big four U.S. carriers as well as British Airways, Lufthansa, and Air China.

The report says the Toronto-based airline’s on-time performance was 66 per cent.

Calgary and Edmonton were the only Canadian airports to reach the top 20 for on-time performance, placing 17th and 20th in the large and medium categories, respectively.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 3, 2020.