WestJet Joins De Havilland Component Solutions Program to Enhance Support to Its Fleet of Dash 8-400 Aircraft

CALGARY, AB, Dec. 19, 2022  /CNW/ – De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) today announced that it has signed a De Havilland Component Solutions Program (“DCS Program”) agreement with WestJet Encore Ltd. Under the agreement, De Havilland Canada will manage component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the airline’s fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft and provide access to De Havilland Canada’s strategically located exchange pool.

De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

“The DCS Program offers the cost predictability that is so important in airline management, and we also look forward to benefitting from access to De Havilland Canada’s expertise in warranty administration, planning and supplier management to enhance the operations of our Dash 8-400 aircraft,” said Lisa Davis, Vice-President and General Manager, WestJet Encore.

“With the addition of WestJet to the DCS Program, our support to the fleet of Dash 8-400 aircraft in North America is significantly increased and includes the two largest operators on the continent,” said Leighton Storsley, Vice President, Aftermarket and Business Development, De Havilland Canada. “We thank WestJet for affording us this opportunity to manage this aspect of the airline’s component MRO services.”

About the De Havilland Component Solutions (DCS) Program

The DCS program supports the operation of Dash 8-400 aircraft by ensuring cost-effective repair solutions and global accessibility to over a thousand different aircraft components positioned at strategically located distribution centers and at some customers’ operating hubs. The program, which is designed to meet the growing demand for customized repair solutions, accommodates each customer’s requirements and environment. With its low carbon footprint, low operating costs, industry-leading passenger experience and jet-like performance, the Dash 8-400 aircraft, which seats up to 90 passengers, is the environmentally responsible choice for operators seeking optimal performance on regional routes. More than 200 Dash 8-400 aircraft are enrolled or under contract with the DCS program.

About the WestJet Group of Companies 

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 110 destinations in 24 countries.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit www.westjet.com.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada. https://dehavilland.com

De Havilland Canada, Dash 8-400, DCS and De Havilland Component Solutions are trademarks of De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

WestJet announces Tanya Foster as Chief Information Officer

CALGARY, AB, Dec. 14, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced the appointment of Tanya Foster as Chief Information Officer. Foster will join WestJet’s executive leadership on January 9, 2023.

Following an extensive global search, Foster will bring more than 20 years of IT experience and forging links between business strategy and technology solutions to WestJet. As WestJet’s Chief Information Officer, she will oversee all aspects of the airline’s IT capabilities, ensuring its technology platforms are efficient, easy-to-use and cost effective. 

Tanya Foster, WestJet Chief Information Officer (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Tanya Foster, WestJet Chief Information Officer

“I am pleased to welcome Tanya to the WestJet Group. With her extensive experience she will lead the continuous modernization of our technological foundations, improve efficiencies and support a best-in-class travel experience for our guests.” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, CEO of the WestJet Group. “With Tanya becoming our new CIO we will start a new technological chapter for WestJet, as we implement our renewed strategy and reinforce being a friendly, reliable, and affordable airline.”

Foster joins the airline from Shaw Communications, where she served as Vice-President, Enterprise Solutions and Strategic Delivery. During her time at Shaw Communications, she partnered with business stakeholders to drive topline revenue, create business efficiencies and manage business risk through delivery of modern technology solutions. Foster is a people-first leader and mentor with a demonstrated ability to build high-performing, diverse teams driving transformation through technology solutions.  

“I am thrilled to be joining WestJet and its incredible IT team at such an exciting and pivotal time, as the organization looks to achieve its new strategy through technological and digital excellence,” said Foster. “WestJet is known for its incredible team of people and I feel confident that through flexible, scalable IT solutions, WestJetters will unlock incredible new potential and find increased value in their work, taking the organization and its guests to new heights.”

About WestJet

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 110 destinations in 24 countries.  

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com

WestJet inspires the spirit of giving with Miracle Miles

Guests surprised in-flight with opportunity to give back $1 for every mile flown to their favourite charities

Miracle Miles to continue on select flights throughout the holidays

CALGARY, AB, Dec. 12, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today, released its annual Christmas Miracle video. This year’s spot introduces WestJet’s newest community investment program Miracle Miles, transforming ordinary flights with WestJet into an opportunity for guests to give back to their communities. The initiative grants anyone onboard select flights with $1 for every mile flown to give to an eligible charity or non-profit organization of their choice.

WestJet guests surprised in-flight with opportunity to give back $1 for every mile flown to their favourite charities or non-profit organizations (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“At WestJet we are proud to serve a diverse array of communities all year long. In the holiday season we know there is joy to be found in both giving and receiving, so for this year’s Christmas Miracle, we wanted to offer our guests and WestJetters the opportunity to give back to the people and places that are most meaningful to them by supporting a charity or non-profit organization of their own choosing,” said Angela Avery, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief People, Corporate & Sustainability Officer.

WestJet guests surprised in-flight with opportunity to give back $1 for every mile flown to their favourite charities or non-profit organizations (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet took to the skies to launch its first Miracle Miles trip on November 26, on flight WS551 from Winnipeg to Calgary. Onboard a total of 128 guests and six crew members travelled 677 nautical miles and collectively donated a total of $90,718 to Canadian charities of their choice.

As the holiday season continues, WestJet through its Miracle Miles program will continue to be present on select flights across Canada, as the airline donates over $150,000 to charities and non-profit organizations across Canada this December. These flights will be kept a surprise until cruising altitude, giving guests and WestJetters additional opportunities to give back.

“We hope to bring a little extra joy this holiday season through the power of Miracle Miles by giving guests and WestJetters the opportunity to support the organizations near and dear to their hearts,” concluded Avery.

About WestJet

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 110 destinations in 24 countries.