Historic partnership between the WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta sets foundation for future of aviation growth across province

WestJet Group designates Calgary as its exclusive global connecting hub, and will concentrate all 787 Dreamliner intercontinental flying to YYC Calgary International Airport

Partnership to make Alberta the most cost-competitive aviation market in Canada, promote the province to the world, drive sustainability, enhance post-secondary programs, and improve skilled labour supply for the aviation sector

WestJet Group to double its capacity in YYC before end of decade

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 5, 2022 /CNW/ – The WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership, focused on significantly advancing aviation across the province in support of a stronger economy and a long-lasting, sustainable future for Alberta’s aviation sector. As the airline furthers its growth strategy, WestJet will invest aircraft capacity, with an asset value in excess of seven billion dollars, in Calgary alone, through significant fleet commitments to be based within the province.

WestJet will designate YYC Calgary International Airport as its single global connecting hub and will concentrate all intercontinental 787 Dreamliner flying in Calgary, unlocking opportunity for new routes within North America, to Europe, with the potential to reach Asia. Alongside the 787s, WestJet will grow its mid-range fleet and strengthen its North American offerings, with its commitment to double capacity in Calgary before the end of the decade.

In addition to Calgary, WestJet plans to grow its network across other Canadian communities, strengthening its footprint in the east and in leisure travel across the entire country, consistent with its strategic plan released in June 2022 and its recent purchase announcement of 42 Boeing 737-10 MAX aircraft. 

“Alberta has been WestJet’s home for 26 years and today’s historic agreement builds upon an existing foundation of low taxes and investment-friendly policies. As Western Canada’s home team carrier, Alberta is an area where we want to continue to invest to secure WestJet’s thriving future,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, Chief Executive Officer, the WestJet Group. “Through the pandemic and onward, the Government of Alberta prioritized the importance and advancement of aviation and the visitor economy across the province and recognized that aviation is central to the economic diversification of Alberta.”

The agreement between the airline and the Government of Alberta will see the government invest in developing Alberta’s aviation sector. It further lays out strategic, collaborative priorities to ensure provincial policies are aligned and in support of the development of the entire aviation industry in Alberta. The Government of Alberta and the WestJet Group will seek opportunities to address the overall cost-competitiveness challenges for the sector.

“This is a blockbuster day for Alberta and a game-changer for our economy. Diversification and economic development are happening right here in Alberta,” said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta. “By choosing Calgary as its single global hub, locating its entire Dreamliner fleet here, and increasing its annual seat capacity by 80 per cent, WestJet will massively improve global connectivity, tourism and options for passengers.”

“Today is a proud day for our organization as we continue to strengthen our home province with four distinct advantages: affordability, sustainability, infrastructure and people,” continued von Hoensbroech. “This agreement is a testament to WestJet’s commitment to our global hub airport in Calgary, as investments like this can only occur under the right commercial and operational environments. YYC Calgary International Airport is providing us that confidence and with these investments, Calgary can become North America’s most connected mid-sized city.”

Partnership highlights:

Affordability

  • Provide Travel Alberta with additional funding in support of travel and tourism efforts
  • Work to address the challenges associated with high aviation fuel prices for air passengers and industry
  • Advance Alberta’s status as a global aviation hub by enabling more to and from flights and more connecting passengers

People

  • Improve access to pilot training with investment and expansion of the Mount Royal University pilot training program
  • Collaboration to ensure pilots are trained in Alberta with the appropriate technology and partnerships
  • Potential development of advanced commercial aviation training programs for aviation-related specialties, including a potential degree program
  • Funding of an annual hiring training grant to ensure support for training and other associated costs

Sustainability

  • Commitment to the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) capacity at scale in Alberta as central to economic diversification and reducing carbon emissions from aviation
  • Commitment to assist WestJet in improving its own technology and software in support of a low-carbon future

Infrastructure

  • Government of Alberta and the WestJet Group to seek opportunities to enable growth through strategic public and private investments that support aerospace and aviation sector needs

Additional Quotes

“For more than a quarter century WestJet has been a leader in Canada’s aviation sector and a critical part of our city’s economic growth and diversification. I can’t overstate the importance for companies in Calgary to be able to easily connect to other leading global business centres,” said Calgary Mayor, Jyoti Gondek. “Today is a prime example of effective collaboration between the City and the Province with a leading local company to make a major investment in our economic future and make Calgary a global aviation sector hub.”

“It’s an exciting day for YYC and Alberta. WestJet’s decision to make YYC its single global hub demonstrates confidence in the Calgary airport and solidifies a major investment in the region and Alberta,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, of The Calgary Airport Authority. “We are firmly committed to ensuring our hub carrier and strategic airline partner has the commercial and operational environment it needs to continue growing its business with YYC. We welcome the support for the future investment in the Alberta and Calgary air transportation sector announced today by WestJet and the Government of Alberta.”

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 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic. 

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

WestJet Group furthers growth strategy, inking deal with Boeing for an additional 42 fuel-efficient 737-10 aircraft plus 22 options

Multi-billion-dollar investment to strengthen airline’s presence in Western Canada and underpin growth in transcontinental and leisure offerings from eastern Canadian communities

Aircraft to foster low-cost positioning and greater affordability for Canadians

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 29, 2022 /CNW/ – Today the WestJet Group announced an agreement with Boeing to purchase an additional 42 MAX aircraft, along with options for 22 more. This order is in addition to WestJet’s remaining 23 MAX orders and extends the airline’s fleet growth plans out to 2028.

“With this additional order, the WestJet Group will accept delivery of no fewer than 65 aircraft in the next six years, at least 50 will be 737-10 aircraft, furthering our commitment to affordable travel options for Canadians and jobs for our company and the aerospace industry,” said WestJet Group Chief Executive Officer Alexis von Hoensbroech. “WestJet’s expansion plans are rooted in an enhanced presence in Western Canada and a growth strategy in eastern Canadian communities through increased transcontinental flights and more direct routes to sun and leisure destinations. This will be further strengthened once our Sunwing transaction has been approved.”

WestJet’s Board of Directors approved the order for state-of-the-art Boeing 737-10 aircraft, the largest model in Boeing’s MAX family. The 737-10 provides superior economic benefits to any other 737 aircraft in WestJet’s fleet, while ensuring simplicity through expected training commonality across the airline’s 737 fleet.

“The 737-10 will provide WestJet with additional capacity and unrivalled efficiency as the airline further expands its network of destinations across Canada and internationally. WestJet understands the value of the 737 MAX family, with the 737-10 set to perfectly complement the outstanding capability and flexibility already afforded by the 737-8, along with improved sustainability across its fleet,” said Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“The 737-10 will be a game changer, with one of the lowest costs per seat among mid-range aircraft. This will foster our low-cost positioning and affordability for Canadians. In addition, with its lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions, the 737-10 will further improve the environmental footprint of our fleet,” said von Hoensbroech. “Thank you to our Board of Directors, who endorsed both the business and environmental merits of this agreement. It reflects our confidence in our business model and sustained market recovery, as we emerge from the pandemic being one of few airlines at scale that have not drawn any sector-specific government aid.”

The WestJet Group’s fleet, with an average age under 10 years, is among the youngest of established North American carriers.

Features of the Boeing 737-10:

  • Greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle airplane in the industry.
  • Can cover 99 per cent of the world’s single-aisle routes, ideal to serve WestJet’s growing domestic and international network.
  • Reduced fuel use and carbon emissions by at least 20 per cent per seat compared to previous generations, helping airlines make air travel even more sustainable.
  • Improved guest comfort with a quieter cabin featuring the Boeing Sky Interior, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger overhead stowage bins.
  • Quieter airplane, creating a 50 percent smaller noise footprint than the airplanes it replaces.

WestJet has a current fleet size of approximately 170 aircraft across the WestJet Group, with 110 active 737s. WestJet announced its strategic path forward in June, with the 737 as a key pillar of long-term growth.

Additional Quotes:
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra
“Today’s announcement by WestJet is exciting news for Canadian travelers and our national air industry as a whole. As we enter post-pandemic recovery, investments like these in sustainable and affordable air travel will ensure that our air sector remains strong. I look forward to continuing the work our Government is doing with WestJet and air carriers across the country to make air travel safer, cleaner, and more affordable for everyone.”

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 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic.

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

Recent  recognition includes:

  • 2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
  • 2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
  • 2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
  • 2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)

WestJet’s weekly operations and performance report (September 19 – September 25)

By WestJet | September 28, 2022 | 3 min read

WestJet’s weekly operations and performance report (September 19 – September 25)

Airline continues to deliver reliability, improving on-time performance while proactively managing the impacts of Hurricane Fiona

As per flight statistics provided by Cirium, from September 19 to September 25, WestJet completed 96.6 per cent of all scheduled flights throughout the week. Additionally, the airline continued to improve its on-time performance, with 78.6 per cent of WestJet’s departures arriving within 15 minutes of scheduled time.  

WestJet’s weekly performance – September 19 – September 25, 2022

CF (Completion factor)96.6%*
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)78.6%*

*Completion factor impacted by proactive cancellations in advance and during Hurricane Fiona

A statement from Alexis von Hoensbroech on Canada’s removal of travel restrictions

On September 26, 2022, the government of Canada announced the long-awaited removal of all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions, effective October 1, 2022. Read WestJet’s fulsome statement in response to the announcement on behalf of Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet, CEO. 

WestJet’s weekly operations and performance report (September 12 – September 18)

Airline continues to improve on-time performance

As per flight statistics provided by Cirium, from September 12 to September 18, WestJet maintained its week-over-week completion factor with the airline completing 98.4 per cent of all scheduled flights throughout the week. Additionally, the airline built on its momentum from the previous week, and continued to improve its on-time performance, with 78.4 per cent of WestJet’s departures arriving within 15 minutes of scheduled time.  

WestJet’s weekly performance – September 12 – September 18, 2022

CF (Completion factor)98.4%
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)78.4%*

WestJet’s weekly operations and performance report (September 5 – September 11)

Airline maintains strong completion factor and achieves best on-time performance since March 2022

As per flight statistics provided by Cirium, from September 5 to September 11, WestJet maintained its week-over-week completion factor with the airline completing 98.9 per cent of all scheduled flights throughout the week. Additionally, over the last two weeks the airline took further strides and significantly improved its on-time performance by 13 percentage points, with 76.8 per cent of WestJet’s departures arriving within 15 minutes of scheduled time, further demonstrating the airline’s ongoing commitment to reliability.  

WestJet’s weekly performance – September 5 – September 11, 2022

CF (Completion factor)98.9%
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)76.8%*

*Highest A15 percentage since March 2022

WestJet returns to Amsterdam

On Thursday, September 8, WestJet announced the return of non-stop service to Amsterdam from the airline’s global hub in Calgary beginning on November 14, 2022.

WestJet’s return of service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) will operate through the airline’s winter schedule, three-times weekly. Service between Calgary and Amsterdam was last operated by WestJet on November 1, 2021.

Learn more

WestJet’s weekly operations and performance report (August 29 – September 4)

Airline finishes August ranked third in North American for completion factor; delivers stability over busy September long weekend  

WestJet completed the month of August as third overall amongst major North American air carriers for its completion factor across its network. 

WestJet’s August 2022 performance

CF (Completion factor – percentage of scheduled flights that are completed)98.8%*
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)65.7%**

As per flight statistics provided by Cirium, from August 29 to September 4, WestJet maintained its week-over-week completion factor with the airline completing 98.8 per cent of all scheduled flights throughout the week and the September long weekend. Additionally, the airline significantly improved its on-time performance, with 72.4 per cent of WestJet’s departures arriving within 15 minutes of scheduled time. 

WestJet’s weekly performance – August 29 – September 4, 2022

CF (Completion factor)98.8%
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)72.4%

WestJet’s weekly operations and performance report (August 23 – 28)

Airline’s completion factor and on-time performance continues to improve amongst major North American air carriers

As summer comes to a close, WestJet is trending third overall amongst major North American air carriers for its completion factor across its network throughout the month of August. As per flight statistics provided by Cirium, from August 23 to 28, WestJet maintained its week-over-week completion factor with the airline completing 98.9 per cent of all scheduled flights throughout the week. Additionally, the airline continues to lead amongst Canadian carriers for its on-time arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time. 

WestJet’s weekly performance – August 23 – August 28, 2022

CF (Completion factor)98.9%
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)63.7%

Labour Day long-weekend travel outlook

In advance of the upcoming long weekend, WestJet is expecting to fly an average of 48,000 guests on 514 flights per day between Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5, 2022. 

WestJet’s weekly operations and performance report (August 15 – 22)

Airline continues to improve completion factor, provides update on safety and announces new transborder route

As per flight statistics provided by Cirium, from August 15 to 22, WestJet continued to improve upon its completion factor from the week prior, completing 99 per cent of all scheduled flights throughout the week. Additionally, 64.9 per cent of all scheduled and operated flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, as WestJet continues to lead amongst major Canadian air carriers for its on-time performance.  

WestJet’s weekly performance – August 15 – August 22, 2022

CF (Completion factor)99%
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)64.9%

A WestJet statement on safety

While many aspects of air travel have changed over the last two and half years WestJet’s unwavering commitment to safety has not. The overwhelming majority of WestJet’s guests continue to do an exceptional job navigating travel; however, it only takes one instance of disruptive behaviour onboard to create stress and uncertainty for all guests and crew.

In alignment with its promise to prioritize the safety and well-being of everyone in WestJet’s world, the airline continues to advocate for the removal of legacy pandemic measures that are no longer backed by science and require its crew members to uphold measures that have been lifted in every other sector in Canada.

Learn more  

Manitoba sees stars as WestJet announces direct flights between Winnipeg and Los Angeles

On Wednesday, August 17, WestJet celebrated its newest route, with the announcement of service between Winnipeg and Los Angeles, beginning October 31, 2022. The route, which will operate three-times weekly on a year-round basis, will strengthen integral ties and convenience in transportation between Winnipeg’s expanding television and film industry and the esteemed, world-renowned hub of entertainment itself, Los Angeles.   

Learn more

August 16, 2022 – Operational update

Airline maintains completion factor and reports noteworthy baggage improvements across network and at major airports  

As per flight statistics provided by Cirium, from August 8 to 14, WestJet maintained its week-over-week completion factor with the airline completing 98.8 per cent of all scheduled flights. In addition, the airline continues to lead amongst Canadian carriers for its on-time arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time. 

WestJet’s weekly performance – August 8 – August 14, 2022

CF (Completion factor)98.8%
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)65.6%

Baggage improvements across network and major airports

WestJet is reporting improvements* related to baggage wait times in its Calgary and Toronto hubs, as well as a 25 per cent decrease in reports of mishandled (missing) bags across its network, as a result of ongoing efforts to mitigate baggage delays and impacts across its network.

The airline continues to work alongside third-party service providers to alleviate baggage delays and has invested in additional WestJet oversight to support partners responsible for actioning and delivering baggage services in a timely manner.

Baggage wait-time improvements at major airports:

  • YYZ Toronto Pearson International Airport – 33 per cent improvement with an average current wait time of 35 minutes
  • YYC Calgary International Airport – Ongoing month-over-month wait time improvements with a current average wait time of 33 minutes 

 * Compared to June of 2022

A statement on operational safety

As Canadians return to travel and the aviation ecosystem continues to work toward travel improvement, disruptions still exist, some of which are preventable. To ensure safe and timely travel, and to avoid unnecessary delays, diversions or cancellations, WestJet is asking that guests continue to pack their patience and adhere to the instructions of its inflight crews. In addition, the airline is reminding guests who may require additional assistance through their travel journey, of the services available to them through its Assistance Services.

WestJet will always maintain its unwavering commitment to safety.

August 9, 2022 – Operational update

Airline improves completion factor and announces winter network restarts

As per flight statistics provided by Cirium, from August 1 to 7, WestJet improved upon its completion factor from the week prior, completing 98.6 per cent of all scheduled flights throughout the week, maintaining its lead amongst major Canadian air carriers. Additionally, 87.7 per cent of all scheduled and operated flights arrived within 45 minutes of their scheduled arrival time.

WestJet’s weekly performance – August 1 – August 7, 2022

CF (Completion factor)98.6%*
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)64.7%

 *0.1% of cancellations were a result of crew resourcing

WestJet to restore 17 sun and leisure routes to destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico and U.S. this winter

On Monday, August 8, WestJet celebrated the return of 17 sun and leisure routes to its network this winter, that were previously suspended for more than two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more on WestJet’s restarting winter routes as the airline returns long-awaited destinations to communities across Canada. 

August 4, 2022 – Operational Update

Airline led major Canadian air carriers in completion through July  

At the midway point of peak summer travel, WestJet continues to strive to deliver a reliable schedule within a challenging operating environment, as Canadians and international guests return to the skies. As per flight statistics provided by Cirium, from July 1 to 31, WestJet led amongst major Canadian air carriers, completing 97.5 per cent of all scheduled flights across the month, with 82 per cent of all scheduled and operated flights arriving within 45 minutes of scheduled arrival time.

“Our latest performance reflects the responsible and proactive approach our teams took to stabilize our operations in the face of a myriad of hurdles including industry-wide staffing challenges, legacy pandemic health policies, spiking fuel prices, supply-chain issues and inflation,” said Diederik Pen, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. “Our number one priority is ensuring our guests arrive safely to their destination, as on-time as the current aviation landscape allows for.”

WestJet’s July 2022 performance

CF (Completion factor – percentage of scheduled flights that are completed)97.5%*
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)57.9%**

*/** Significant operational impact on July 14 and 15th due to Western Canadian train derailment which led to network-wide IT outage

** Arrivals and departures remain impacted by ongoing challenges outside of WestJet’s control including third-party staffing shortages, airport construction, CATSA and CBSA processing and staffing 

WestJet’s August long-weekend operational performance – July 29 – August 1, 2022

CF (Completion factor)97.7%*
A15 (Arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time)60.3%

 *Significant weather event (thunderstorm) impacted Calgary operations on Friday, July 29th 

As announced in June, the airline meticulously planned operations and responsibly reduced its schedule to support peak summer travel which resulted in operating 21 per cent less capacity, in comparison to July 2019. This proactive approach has not been without guest impact but has enabled the airline to significantly prevent reactive cancellations across the network which in return has reduced impacts to guests and crew.  

“We recognize the travel environment remains challenging and sincerely apologize to our guests for any disruption we’ve caused to their long-awaited travel plans,” continued Pen. “We will continue to be transparent as we strive for improvement, reliability and on-time performance and appreciate their continued patience and understanding. My sincere thank you to our guests for their continued patience and understanding and our WestJetters for their dedication as we work together in recovery.”

For the duration of WestJet’s summer operations, transparent weekly operational updates will be posted on this page every Tuesday retroactive for seven days.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Has WestJet recalled all crew including pilots and cabin crew? Why are there cancellations related to crew?

While WestJet is not immune to the challenges currently facing the industry, we have worked to balance flying in line with sufficient staffing levels to support operational needs. All WestJet flight crew have been recalled and the airline continues to balance stable growth in line with industry. Despite our best efforts at times, flights have been cancelled for crew availability or for crew safety. 

Cancellations for crew can attributed to a myriad of reasons as the Canadian transportation regulations permit crew to work a certain number of hours in a duty-day. Compounding delays and disruptions as a result of the current Canadian operating environment can result in duty-day expiration and downline flight cancellations for safety.  

Where does WestJet stand in terms of delayed or missing baggage?

Recognizing the current travel ecosystem, we understand there have been impacts on our guests across the travel journey, including baggage delays and we thank our guests for their continued patience and understanding. We are committed to doing everything we can to deliver the WestJet experience our guests expect from us and we are making every effort to connect impacted guests with their missing bags. We continue to work alongside our third-party service providers to alleviate baggage delays and have invested in additional WestJet oversight to support our partners responsible for actioning and delivering our baggage services in a timely manner. More information on our policies and compensation for lost bags is available online here: https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/baggage/lost-delayed-damaged

WestJet flies its second sustainable aviation fuel flight in collaboration with Neste and Avfuel

By WestJet | September 27, 2022 | 4 min read

WestJet yesterday operated the airline’s second ever sustainable aviation fuel flight with the departure of WestJet flight WS1681 out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to YYC Calgary International Airport.

The departure of WS1681 coincided with the end of New York’s UN General Assembly and Climate Week NYC where world leaders gathered to discuss critical issues facing our environment, including the need to decarbonize and reduce global emissions. 

“Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) holds enormous potential to decarbonize aviation and WestJet is committed to furthering our investments in this space to reduce our environmental footprint for years to come,” said Gareth Lewis, director of sustainability & ESG, WestJet. “Today’s SAF flight highlights our commitment and continued efforts to advance SAF as the low carbon fuel standard for aviation and help educate our passengers and stakeholders about its benefits.”

WestJet purchased 4,500 gallons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM from Avfuel Corporation for the September 26 flight, providing an approximate 11 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over the fuel’s lifecycle. SAF is the most effective way to reduce the carbon footprint of air travel and Neste MY SAF can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80%* compared to fossil jet fuel when used in its neat form. Neste MY SAF is made from 100% sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste. The SAF can be blended in with conventional jet fuel to meet all certification and safety requirements, making it an ideal solution to reduce GHGs from air travel, while requiring no new investments in aircraft engines, fuel infrastructure or distribution processes. The partnership between Neste, the world’s largest SAF producer, and Avfuel made the SAF flight possible. 

“We are thankful to both companies for bringing the Avfuel team in to help facilitate this milestone transaction,” said Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s manager of alternative fuels. “It’s a testament to WestJet’s commitment to environmentally responsible operations, and indicative of Avfuel and Neste’s reach for facilitating sustainable operations together.” 

As WestJet furthers efforts to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the airline is committed to growing responsibly and encouraging a SAF ecosystem to increase production in North America. SAF is a major pillar of WestJet’s ESG strategy, and is a key component in the roadmap to decarbonize aviation and provide lower emission flights for its guests.  

Along with yesterday’s SAF flight, WestJet has focused on a number of sustainability initiatives, including operating one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient aircraft fleets in North America; investing in fuel-efficient aircraft engines and blended winglet technology; using advanced RNP approach software technology to make efficient aircraft landing approaches, and implementing gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards at its corporate head office.

*Calculated with established life cycle assessment (LCA) methodologies, such as CORSIA methodology.

WestJet’s Alexis von Hoensbroech on Canada’s removal of travel restrictions

Alexis von Hoensbroech

By Alexis von Hoensbroech | September 26, 2022 | 1 min read

A statement from Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group’s CEO on Canada’s removal of travel restrictions

Throughout the pandemic, WestJet has advocated for health and safety measures that were grounded in science and data and were consistent with all consumer activities. Today’s announcement aligns with the travel policies of other major nations, reflects our industry’s outstanding commitment to safety, and recognizes that air travel is no less safe than any other consumer activity.

As Canadians and international visitors look to make travel plans, the long-awaited removal of all remaining measures effective October 1, 2022 will further expedite recovery for our industry and the Canadian economy. We are relieved our guests can finally travel with additional confidence and certainty, knowing they can make decisions that are the best for them, and their travel plans won’t be interrupted.

Effective October 1, 2022, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:

·       submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;

·       provide proof of vaccination;

·       undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;

·       carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;

·       monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada.

Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements. As of October 1, 2022, travellers will no longer be required to:

·       undergo health checks for travel on air; or

·       wear masks on planes and trains.

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WestJet Returns to Amsterdam

WestJet Returns to Amsterdam

By WestJet | September 8, 2022

Non-stop service to resume from airline’s global hub in Calgary

WestJet today announced the return of non-stop service to Amsterdam from the airline’s global hub in Calgary on November 14, 2022.

“As one of the world’s most connected cities, Amsterdam is a destination we know our guests are eager to continue to explore,” said Chris Hedlin, WestJet Vice President, Network & Alliances. “With the return of non-stop service to Schiphol, we are bringing even more opportunity for travel between Western Canada and Europe, while strengthening WestJet’s commitment to furthering Alberta’s inbound and outbound tourism economy this winter.”

WestJet’s return of service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) will operate through the airline’s winter schedule, with three-times weekly service beginning, November 14, 2022. Service between Calgary and Amsterdam was last operated by WestJet on November 1, 2021.

“WestJet’s expansion of their international network from YYC is another exciting announcement demonstrating the strength of our partnership,” said Rob Palmer, Vice President Commercial, Strategy and CFO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “With more flights available between Calgary and Amsterdam, we look forward to showing guests all that our airport and our region has to offer.”

Details of WestJet’s service between Calgary and Amsterdam:

RouteFrequencyStart DateDeparture Time
 (local time)
Arrival Time
(local time)
Calgary – Amsterdam3x WeeklyNovember 14, 202220:1012:40
Amsterdam – Calgary3x WeeklyNovember 15, 202214:4015:39

Munchie Mix Takes off as Pangea Finalizes Distribution via WestJet

16 September 2022 – Revised by Pangea Natural Foods Inc

VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 15, 2022 /CNW/ — Pangea Natural Foods Inc. (CSE: PNGA) (“Pangea” or the “Company“), a natural food company, is adding WestJet to the list of airlines distributing the Pangea Munch Mix. This is the third airline distributing the Company’s products, with Air Canada and British Airways already distributing the Pangea Munchie Mix to their passengers.

“We are very excited about the momentum we have built with a number of airline partners carrying Pangea’s Munchie Mix,” says Pangea CEO Pratap Sandhu. “The launch of this is yet another way that Pangea aims for its Munchie Mix to become the snack of choice for travelers. We look forward to making Pangea’s healthy, GMO-free products readily available to customers not just in Canada and the United States, but globally.”

The Pangea Munchie Mix will be available to WestJet’s business class passengers on the global carrier’s fleet of aircrafts. The airline operates Canada’s second largest airline with a fleet of over 160 planes, serving 109 destinations in 24 countries.

Sandhu adds, “The global airline catering business is estimated to be worth US$21 billion by 2024 and Pangea is looking forward to playing a role in the industry.[1] Between British Airways, Air Canada and now WestJet, Pangea’s Munchie Mix will be available on over 650 airplanes worldwide. For us, this is just the beginning.”

About Pangea Natural Foods Inc.

Pangea Natural Foods Inc. is a food manufacturing company focused on manufacturing and distributing high quality food products that are nutritious and free of GMO ingredients, fillers, antibiotics, hormones, and bioengineered ingredients.