Showing posts with label WestJet Encore. Show all posts
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20 October, 2022

WestJet Encore to offer service between Terrace, B.C., and Calgary

WestJet Encore will start a new service between  Terrace, B.C., and Calgary, from  1st December this year. 

Creating a gateway for business and leisure travel opportunities, WestJet Encore's service to Terrace, will provide a convenient connection to WestJet's home and largest global hub in Calgary where the airline will operate more than 800 flights per week, to more than 65 destinations around the world, in December.

"We are thrilled to provide increased capacity to support Terrace and Western B.C.'s critical projects and expanding industries," said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer. "The West is our home and as we turn to an exciting new chapter of growth, we are committed to providing vital domestic connections that support the economic diversification and success of Western Canada."

The route will operate four times weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, on WestJet Encore's Q400 aircraft. 

"Welcoming back WestJet's direct service to Calgary is eagerly welcomed by all of Terrace," said Carol Leclerc, Mayor of the City of Terrace. "Following the pandemic, the Terrace-Kitimat Airport numbers have been growing and air traffic is busy. Terrace is a key service centre for Northwest B.C. and it's integral for our residents, businesses and industry to have access to critical services such as air travel."

10 October, 2022

WestJet and Korean Air enhance codeshare agreement with the addition of WestJet codeshare on flights to Seoul, South Korea


WestJet and Korean Air enhance codeshare agreement with the addition of WestJet codeshare on flights to Seoul, South Korea

WestJet and Korean Air have expanded their long-standing codeshare agreement with the placement of WestJet's codeshare on Korean's flights between both Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Vancouver International (YVR) in Canada and Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea.

This is WestJet's first reciprocal codeshare with an Asian partner.  With WestJet's "WS" code now active for sale on Korean's flights to Seoul, guests have more opportunities than ever before to combine WestJet and Korean flights to meet their trans-Pacific travel needs.

"It's incredibly exciting for WestJet to codeshare on flights across the Pacific to Asia for the first time.  We've had a strong codeshare with Korean since 2012 and we're very pleased to be taking this important step with a world-class partner like Korean," said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.  "We're looking forward to the new opportunities our now reciprocal codeshare will bring to consumers travelling between Canada and Asia." 

16 July, 2021

WestJet Encore reaching agreement with union

WestJet Encore announced this week that a tentative agreement had been reached with CUPE Local 4070, representation for the WestJet Encore Inflight (Cabin Crew) group. Both parties now await the ratification vote to be put forward to membership.

Earlier this year in February, WestJet and CUPE reached an agreement on behalf of the WestJet Inflight team that operates the airline's jet fleet.

"For the second time this year, I am pleased to share that we've tentatively come to terms on an agreement with CUPE Local 4070. We have negotiated the first collective agreement, on behalf of our WestJet Encore Inflight group, with CUPE," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. "Our Inflight team members, who operate on our turboprop fleet, are an important and valued part of our operation. We intend to continue supporting them as they continue the safe, caring service our guests expect of the WestJet Group."

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27 March, 2021

11 new routes to be introduced within Canada from WestJet

Canadian carrier WestJet is to introduce 11 new domestic routes across Western Canada to its schedule, starting in June this year. 

These new routes will offer new nonstop services for 15 communities across Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.  The new routes include service between Toronto (YYZ) and Comox (YQQ); between Ottawa (YOW) and Victoria (YYJ) and eight new routes connecting the prairie provinces to British Columbia tourism destinations, such as Regina (YQR) to Kelowna (YLW). Full schedule details and start dates are outlined below.  

"As we look to the coming months with cautious optimism, we know our restart agenda will be pivotal to Canada's economic recovery," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. "Stimulating air travel benefits all Canadians and supports those hardest hit; with one in every 10 Canadian jobs tied to travel and tourism, the ripple effect benefits our whole country."  

16 April, 2020

The Canadian dream turns sour as 1700 pilot jobs to go at WestJet....

According to an internal memo seen by news outlets including Reuters, the Canadian airline WestJet will be announcing the lay off more around 1,700 flight deck crew over the next two months.

WestJet will lay off 700 pilots effective May 1 and the remaining 1,000 on June 1 the memo warns as the airline struggles to cope with mounting losses after the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19.

“We continue to negotiate with the company to protect our members’ interests while preserving as many pilot positions as possible,” said pilot union Air Line Pilots Association.

08 April, 2019

WestJet sees rise in passenger numbers in March

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Today the Canadian airline WestJet released its March 2019 traffic results with a record load factor of 87.0%, an increase of 1.4 percentage points year over year. 

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 7.3 % year over year, while capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 5.5 % on the same period. WestJet welcomed an additional 104,000 guests in March, a year-over-year increase of 4.8%.

"We have adjusted our schedule to minimize guest disruption in response to the grounding of our 13 MAX aircraft and continue to work closely with all parties to enable a safe return to the skies," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. "I want to thank all of our guests for their continued loyalty and all WestJetters for their ongoing commitment to providing award-winning service through this challenging period."

05 April, 2019

WestJet avoids possible strike action with tentative agreement with WestJet Encore pilots

The Canadian airline WestJet has today announced that it tentatively reached an agreement with the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) representing its 510 WestJet Encore pilots, in a strong effort to cool the threat of strike action.

The tentative agreement will be presented to the ALPA membership group for ratification, "We thank ALPA and the ALPA Master Executive Council for their strong commitment to working with us to come to an agreement that truly represents the interests of their membership and our business as a whole," said John Aaron, Vice-President, Flight Operations and General Manager, WestJet Encore. "We look forward to the ratification of the agreement to the benefit of our guests, employees and shareholders."

"We are pleased we could reach an agreement and look forward to having our pilots vote on our first collectively bargained agreement," said Captain Ryan Petrie, WestJet Encore MEC Chairman.

"We would like to thank all those involved who have given their time and energy to allow us to reach this milestone," said Captain Ryan Leier, WestJet Encore MEC Vice-Chairman.

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26 February, 2019

London - Montreal service coming soon from WestJet Encore

One of the leading Canadian airline is adding more choice for travellers in London and Montreal this summer when it introduces a new daily service starting June 24th and running through to October 15th operated by its WestJet Encore brand.

"We continue to see robust use of our service between Montreal and Toronto and are aware that many of these guests travel to and from London," said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. "We are certain WestJet guests from Montreal and London will enjoy more convenient access to these popular leisure and business markets during the busy summer travel season."