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On August 17, 2017 at 0:35 AM, 9924 said:

DEN?  Interesting to say the least.

Not surprising to me considering Frontier recently announced plans to start flying DEN-YYC next spring.

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5 hours ago, DL1892 said:

Not surprising to me considering Frontier recently announced plans to start flying DEN-YYC next spring.

Plus United Express year round service and seasonal mainline United service. I can see maybe United wanting to bump it up to increase service.

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Oui, ja, yes to more rewards opportunities!

Air France-KLM and WestJet now offer reciprocal frequent flyer benefits

Further to their successful codeshare partnership, today Air France-KLM and WestJet launched the earn phase of the airlines' reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Passengers can now accumulate their choice of Flying Blue Miles or WestJet dollars on all WestJet, Air France, and KLM flights. 

The ability to earn Flying Blue Miles or WestJet dollars on Air France-KLM will bring significant benefit to guests of all three airlines," said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "We are confident that our members are going to love earning WestJet dollars while flying on the extensive Air France-KLM global network, and we are equally excited to welcome their frequent flyers aboard and offer them the opportunity to earn Flying Blue Miles on the growing WestJet network."

"We are delighted to be further bolstering our partnership with WestJet and to now offer our 27 million Flying Blue members the privilege of earning Miles with our Canadian partner," declared Jean-Noël Rault, Vice-President and General Manager of Air France-KLM Canada. "We are already working on the next phase, which will enable our members to soon enjoy award tickets on flights operated by WestJet. We also look forward to offer WestJet guests the possibility to experience our service and discover the extent of our worldwide network."

The next phase, to be implemented by the end of 2017, will enable members of both frequent flyer programs to redeem their miles or dollars on all Air France, KLM and WestJet flights.

http://westjet2.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1264

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WestJet reports highest load factor in 21-year history

Airline increases traffic by 10.6 per cent and flies an all-time monthly record of 2.3 million guests

CALGARY, Sept. 12, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced August 2017 traffic results with a load factor of 90.6 per cent, an increase of 4.1 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 10.6 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 5.6 per cent over the same period. The airline flew an all-time monthly record of 2.3 million guests in August, a year-over-year increase of 13.8 per cent or approximately 288,000 additional guests.

"We are extremely pleased with our double-digit traffic growth, as we reported our highest ever load factor of 90.6 per cent, flew the most monthly number of guests in our twenty-one year history and set a new single day record on August 8th by flying 81,423 guests," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "My sincere thanks go out to our over 13,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver our award-winning brand of friendly caring service over this record breaking summer season."

August 2017 traffic results

 

August 2017

August 2016

Change

Load factor

90.6%

86.5%

4.1 pts

ASMs (billions)

2.794

2.646

5.6%

RPMs (billions)

2.531

2.289

10.6%

 

Year-to-date 2017

Year-to-date 2016

Change

Load factor

84.3%

82.6%

1.7 pts

ASMs (billions)

20.851

19.682

5.9%

RPMs (billions)

17.575

16.265

8.1%

 

In August, WestJet announced an enhancement to its codeshare partnership with Air France-KLM by launching the earn phase of the airlines' reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Passengers can now accumulate their choice of Flying Blue Miles or WestJet dollars on all WestJet, Air France, and KLM flights, opening 137 new destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Reward travel for our guests. Also in August, WestJet announced it will begin serving DenverInternational Airport daily from Calgary International Airport starting March 8, 2018.

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WestJet marks construction of new hangar at Calgary International Airport

WestJet invite media to attend a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction of the airline's new hangar at the YYC Calgary International Airport. The hangar, once complete, will occupy 125,000 square feet, accommodate its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and stand eight stories tall.

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I'm not sure what to make of the author.  They author only seems to make two points: somewhere between 25% and 50% of the time gate agents do not enforce zone boarding and one the seatbelt light goes off, a few people who really need to take a leak make a dash for the lavatories.  Both of these examples I'd cite as equivalent to asking for an extra pickle on your burger at Harvey's.   Both substantially increase customer satisfaction at insignificant cost.  What's worse: discretely letting the odd queue jumper pass or stopping the line to chastise and send the queue jumper embarrassingly to the back of the line?  Do you demean passengers and require they ask permission to use the lavatory?  Do you let some smug rule breakers feel satisfied about getting away with the extra pickle or do you instill fear and discomfort in everyone to the point where they feel the airline is being exceptionally generous to even allow them to board the flight they've paid for as some other airlines seem to do.

And as for the lazy guy that put his carry-on in the bin at the front, it's quite rude but what rule is that breaking?  Overhead bins aren't assigned with seats, maybe once there's a fee with the future ULCC but not now.  And if WestJet ever started using both the front and back doors again, as Ask the Pilot blogger Patrick Smith suggests is common elsewhere, then this guy would have to wait until the aircraft is nearly empty to get his bag.

 

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From the Windsor Star

Ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop coming to Windsor airport

Canada’s new ultra-low-cost air carrier Swoop will be operating out of Windsor, but the destinations passengers will be able to reach from YQG are being kept under wraps.

Canada’s new ultra-low-cost air carrier Swoop will be operating out of Windsor, but the destinations passengers will be able to reach from YQG are being kept under wraps.

“We will for competitive reasons — and I don’t think we’re unique in having this approach — won’t be unveiling our network until our booking launch which will be in February,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet’s executive vice-president responsible for the launch of the new airline.

“If we do end up signing big airport agreements, we may announce those beforehand which will give an indication of where we are flying to or from.”

Cummings said he has asked Windsor airport for information on what the current situation is and the catchment area and how far people are willing to drive to save money on a flight.

“Windsor’s very interesting,” Cummings said. “They have Sunwing and they have Transat operating over there in the winter.

“When you look at Detroit and how big Detroit is — and I believe it’s 22 minutes from downtown Detroit to the Windsor airport — and when you look at the catchment area of Detroit and you look at the economics and demographics of Detroit and the propensity to travel and so forth, it’s fairly high, so there are potentially people coming from Detroit and potentially people going to other border airports,” said Cummings.

Swoop is planning on offering fares 40 per cent lower than those currently available in Canada.

The airline will operate six Boeing 737-800s with a capacity of about 170 passengers beginning next June.

Cummings said he will be sitting down with Windsor and other airports to try and figure out how to make tickets as cheap as possible.

“The airports, with respect to their aviation fees, their landing and terminal fees, their AIFs (airport improvement fees), they’re a big part of that,” said Cummings.

“In Canada, the fuel taxes and some of the other things, we’re not going to be able to touch all of that,” he said.

“As we head towards our market launch, we’ll be sitting down with airports with respect to the low fares we’ll bring to the table with our business model and cost structure which we plan to get to very close to U.S. ULCC (ultra-low-cost carrier) cost structure and offer low fares but we then plan to marry up with airports to try and bring down the ticket price and stimulate growth.”

Cummings said the Boeing 737-800 has a range of 4,500 kilometres.

“In Windsor’s case, if you draw a 2,800-mile (4,500-kilometre) radius around Windsor you can get quite far south,” Cummings said.

“The target is the leisure market with respect to vacations down south, moreso in the summer visiting friends and relatives.”

chthompson@postmedia.com

 

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WestJet named APEX Award Five-Star Winner

 WestJet today announced it has been named a Five-Star winner by The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) at the APEX Awards at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California. WestJet was named a Five-Star winner in the low-cost category and was the only Canadian airline recognized at the Five-Star level.

"We are pleased to have been recognized by APEX as providing a guest experience worthy of a five-star rating," said Rossen Dimitrov, WestJet Chief Guest Experience Officer. "Our brand of caring and friendly service resonates with our guests and we are most appreciative that our efforts are appreciated by the travelling public. As WestJet continues our expansion to new destinations, it's exciting that our focus on guest experience is being rewarded."

The APEX Awards are determined using the TripIt app from Concur, with more than 13 million travellers rating airlines on a five-star scale, from November 2016 through July 2017. The ratings determined the winners of the Passenger Choice Awards, with four- and five-star-rated airlines further honored in the categories of Global, Major Regional and Low-Cost airlines.

 

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/about-us/media-investor-relations/index

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Details of WestJet's new routes:

Airline adds year-round Mexico City from Calgary and Vancouver starting March 2018

CALGARY, Oct 3, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today that is has expanded its position as the Canadian airline with the most flights to Mexico by adding flights from Calgary and Vancouver to Mexico City. Nonstop, year-round flights will start March 2018 and are vital to further expanding trade and tourism between the two countries.

Starting March 14, WestJet will begin service with four weekly flights between Calgary and Mexico City. On March 15, WestJet will launch three-time weekly service between Vancouver and Mexico City. Effective April 29, both routes move to daily service.

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary – Mexico City

Four times 
weekly

9:30 a.m.

2:44 p.m.

March 14, 
2018

Mexico City – Calgary

Four times 
weekly

3:45 p.m.

9:22 p.m.

March 15, 
2018

Calgary – Mexico City

Daily

9:40 a.m.

3:46 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Mexico City – Calgary

Daily

4:50 p.m.

9:12 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Vancouver – Mexico 
City

Three times 
weekly

8:30 a.m.

2:40 p.m.

March 15, 
2018

Mexico City  – 
Vancouver

Three times 
weekly

3:45 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

March 14, 
2018

Vancouver – Mexico 
City

Daily

7 a.m.

2:23 p.m.

April 29, 2018

Mexico City  – 
Vancouver

Daily

3:25 p.m.

6:58 p.m.

April 29, 2018

http://westjet2.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1275

 

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Vancouver getting more island time

WestJet adds service between Nanaimo, Comox and Vancouver

 

WestJet announced today that it will begin operating daily, year-round service from Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley Airport to Vancouver International Airport on WestJet Encore.

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Vancouver-Nanaimo

Daily

12:05 p.m.

12:38 p.m.

December 14, 2017

Nanaimo-Vancouver

Daily

1:10 p.m.

1:37 p.m.

December 14, 2017

Vancouver-Comox

Daily

2:20 p.m.

3:04 p.m.

December 14, 2017

Comox-Vancouver

Daily

3:35 p.m.

4:18 p.m.

December 14, 2017

 

http://westjet2.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1280

 

 

 

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WestJet launches Montreal-Boston

Oct. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the start of service between Montreal and Boston. The inaugural flight from Montreal Trudeau International Airport arrives at Boston Logan International Airport this morning, marking the last of three new routes launched by WestJet from Montreal this year.

 

WestJet began serving Boston Logan International Airport in 2016 with thrice daily service from Toronto on WestJet Encore.

Details of WestJet's new non-stop service:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Montreal –

Boston

Twice daily

7:15 a.m.

4 p.m.

8:45 a.m.

5:30 p.m.

October 15, 2017

Boston –

Montreal

Twice daily

9:25 a.m.

6:15 p.m.

10:57 a.m.

7:47 p.m.

October 15, 2017

 

http://westjet2.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1286

Hamilton lucks out with new Las Vegas service

WestJet expands service at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

WestJet announced today it will begin non-stop service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, effective December 29, 2017.

Service between Hamilton and Las Vegas will operate twice weekly beginning December 29, 2017, through April 27, 2018.

 

Details of WestJet's new non-stop service between Hamilton and Las Vegas:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Hamilton-Las Vegas

Monday and 
Friday

4:50 p.m.

6:36 p.m.

December 29, 2017

Las Vegas-Hamilton

Monday and 
Friday

11:00 p.m.

6:05 a.m.

December 29, 2017

 

 

http://westjet2.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1287

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And to further distance themselves from their original business model, WestJet now has a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Costal throughout various BC and AB cities - the SAAB 340s will be repainted under the the WS colours and the service will be rebranded WestJet Link

 

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/flight-info/flight-schedules/new?sm_cid=social:routes:2017release-westjet-link:twitter

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I'm surprised that nobody has posted this, as its already a few days old.

WestJet and Delta announced a Joint Venture between the two which takes their relationship far beyond code sharing ...

https://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCAKBN1E22D9-OCABS

 

And in other news, WestJet and their Jekyll and Hyde Experiment ...

http://business.financialpost.com/transportation/airlines/westjet-has-a-radical-plan-to-get-you-on-its-planes

7 hours ago, anyfong said:

Don't think that much people have filmed WestJet's 737 MAX from the inside. Here's my review from Toronto to Vancouver!

 

Very nice!  Cabin looks typical WS other than the ceiling and Space Bins.  Was their a noticeable difference in cabin noise compared to the 737-600/700/800s?

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43 minutes ago, 9924 said:

I'm surprised that nobody has posted this, as its already a few days old.

WestJet and Delta announced a Joint Venture between the two which takes their relationship far beyond code sharing ...

https://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCAKBN1E22D9-OCABS

 

And in other news, WestJet and their Jekyll and Hyde Experiment ...

http://business.financialpost.com/transportation/airlines/westjet-has-a-radical-plan-to-get-you-on-its-planes

Very nice!  Cabin looks typical WS other than the ceiling and Space Bins.  Was their a noticeable difference in cabin noise compared to the 737-600/700/800s?

It is much quieter than the NG's, even during cruise.

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