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Old November 20th, 2011, 02:41 PM   #1121
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 10:28 PM   #1122
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Not surprisingly, Air Canada wins best carrier in North America.

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Air Canada planes land at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Updated: Fri Dec. 02 2011 9:27:28 AM

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MONTREAL — Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted Air Canada the best airline in North America.

The award is based on responses from more than 36,000 readers of the magazine.

Global Traveler readers are frequent premium travellers who average 32 round-trip flights a year, with 78 per cent travelling in first or business class regularly.

Air Canada says winning the loyalty of premium customers is a priority for all carriers.

And the airline says it credits its focus on service and investments made improving the on-board experience for flyers.

Air Canada says it has renewed its international and North American fleets and refurbished its existing fleet to offer personal entertainment systems at each seat.

"We are pleased to receive this endorsement from our customers who travel most frequently," said Ben Smith, an Air Canada executive vice-president.

"Clearly our renewed focus on service and the investments we have made in on-board, airport and online improvements are appealing to travellers," Smith said.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 05:07 PM   #1123
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Well, that continent is full of crap airlines to begin with!
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Old December 11th, 2011, 03:57 AM   #1124
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Posted By: Claude Beaulieu [email protected] · 12/8/2011 3:17:00 PM

Unions representing the bulk of Air Canada's employees are sounding the alarm. They fear Canada's air carrier is getting ready to move its head office out of Montreal.

Air Canada officials, in an e-mail to CJAD, say the air carrier's head office is and will remain right here in town, despite the move of one of its departments from Montrreal to Toronto. They say the office that's being moved to the Toronto area handles flight crew assignments and scheduling and has nothing to do with the central administrative operations of Air Canada's head office.

But the union representing a majority of employees at Air Canada wonders if the airline's Montreal banner is increasingly just for show.

Union official Marcel Rondeau says almost all the Montreal employees affected by this latest move have resolved not to follow their jobs down the 401 to Toronto.
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Given AC's recent stinginess, I'm surprised they aren't moving their operations to India.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 03:16 AM   #1125
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Old December 14th, 2011, 05:47 AM   #1126
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So Bogota gets a 767 now?
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Old December 21st, 2011, 04:05 AM   #1127
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Tell the truth about airfare costs, Ottawa says
Toronto Star
By Vanessa Lu | Fri Dec 16 2011



Goodbye $99 seat sale, hello truth in advertising.

Frustrated consumers have long complained the $99 ticket really wasn’t $99, once taxes, airport improvement fees, security charges and fuel surcharges were added in.

The federal government announced Friday it will bring in new regulations requiring all Canadian airlines to clearly advertise what the passenger will pay.

“This will allow consumers to easily determine the full cost of airfares in order to make informed choices,” said Steven Fletcher, minister of state for transport.

However, it will probably take a year before the new rules go into effect as the government consults with airlines.

“It’s long overdue — truth in advertising,” said Michael Pepper, president of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario. “It’s great for consumers.”

Pepper said this finally levels the playing field especially in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, where travel agencies, which are provincially regulated, are required to advertise the total cost.

The airlines have long resisted such a move, but as other countries have adopted such requirements, they now say they’re willing.

New rules in the United States go into effect in January while Europe has had a similar consumer protection rule in place since 2008.

“It’s an evolution,” said George Petsikas, president of the National Airline Council of Canada, which represents the country’s largest passenger carriers. “We’re happy to work with the government in setting up the rules.”

For Canadian airlines, the key is ensuring all carriers are subject to the same rules. That means foreign carriers that market their flights here must abide by Canadian regulations, Petsikas said.

WestJet said it welcomes “all-in pricing to provide the travelling public with comparability among all airlines.”

Air Canada said for years it has publicly stated “we would happily comply with whatever advertising rules the government wishes to implement provided they apply equally to all carriers, domestic and foreign, against which we compete.”

Echoing its rivals, Porter Airlines said: “We look forward to working with others to create a level playing field for how fares are advertised.”

Olivia Chow, the NDP’s transport critic, called it outrageous that it’s taken so long for the government to act.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 04:51 PM   #1128
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Air Canada - Code sharing to Qatar

How much sooner will it be that Qatar Airways gets full access to Canada? Don't ever recall AC applying for code sharing to Dubai.

Air Canada (applicant) has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for a licence to operate a scheduled international service, large aircraft, through code sharing only, between Canada and Qatar, in accordance with the Arrangement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the State of Qatar set out in an Agreed Minute signed on October 28, 2010 (Arrangement).

The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements of subsection 69(1) of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA). The Agency also finds that the pertinent terms and conditions of the Arrangement have been complied with.

Further, with respect to this application, the applicant has undertaken that it will not contravene section 59 of the CTA prior to the issuance of the applied for licence.

Accordingly, the Agency approves the application for a licence to operate a scheduled international service, large aircraft, through code sharing only, between Canada and Qatar.

Pursuant to subsection*71(1) of the CTA, the licence is subject to the conditions prescribed by the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, as amended, and the following conditions:

1.*** The Licensee is authorized to operate a scheduled international service, through code sharing only, on the route(s) set out in the Arrangement.

2.*** The scheduled international service is to be conducted in accordance with the Arrangement and any applicable arrangements agreed to between Canada and Qatar.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 04:50 AM   #1129
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Not necessarily involved with Canadian Carriers, but Emirates seems to be hiring from Vancouver and Edmonton. A sign of things to come?

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Old January 4th, 2012, 12:54 PM   #1130
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Not necessarily involved with Canadian Carriers, but Emirates seems to be hiring from Vancouver and Edmonton. A sign of things to come?

http://www.workopolis.com/EN/job-sea...&lg=en&r=false
From what I see it's only for flight attendant's, EK has many Canadians working as cabin crew.

Still hope Canada clears EK for at least a daily YYZ.
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Old January 4th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #1131
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I do recall when they landed in YYZ with their A380 for the first time, the captain was the Canadian gentleman from Oakville, Ontario.

Btw any news on Sunwing expanding over the pond?
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Old January 6th, 2012, 02:15 AM   #1132
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I have a question about AC service from YYZ to ICN.

I know it stops in YVR, but theres only one daily flight from YVR to ICN, so does that mean flight from YYZ doesnt pick up any passengers at YVR?
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I have a question about AC service from YYZ to ICN.

I know it stops in YVR, but theres only one daily flight from YVR to ICN, so does that mean flight from YYZ doesnt pick up any passengers at YVR?
That wouldn't make much sense would it? The flight operates like AC7 YYZ-YVR-HKG or AC33 YYZ-YVR-SYD. It picks up passengers at YVR in both directions. On the outbound flight to ICN, YYZ passengers bound for YVR disembark, while YYZ passengers bound for ICN stay onboard (or at least I haven't heard of too many instances where passengers are forced to disembark and embark again, I may be wrong on this one as I haven't flown this way before). Passengers originating from YVR to ICN embark.

On the return flight bound to Canada, at YVR, the first stop, all passengers regardless of the final destination disembarks as one is required to clear customs and immigration. Onward passengers to YYZ embark back on the same plane after dropping their bags off. This is done possible at YVR as gates 50, 51, and 52, are dual International/Domestic gates that change depending on which flight it services (hence why AC uses the old International gates as opposed to the new ones).

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Possibility of WS to become the S7 of Russia? Perhaps...

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. (WJA-T12.110.302.54%)’s plan to add smaller planes to its fleet will position the carrier to challenge Air Canada (AC.B-T1.070.043.88%) for the top spot in carrying domestic traffic within five years.

WestJet chief executive officer Gregg Saretsky said in a year-end interview that WestJet will focus on acquiring smaller aircraft for neglected domestic markets before considering larger planes for routes to Europe and Asia in the long term. Plans call for Calgary-based WestJet to move beyond its single-fleet configuration of Boeing 737s – workhorses for the carrier since it launched in 1996.

On Sunday, industry experts said they were surprised by Mr. Saretsky’s comments and expressed optimism that WestJet will be able to tap into Canadian destinations neglected or underserved by Air Canada and its regional affiliate, Jazz Air.

WestJet’s domestic market share could grow to 45 per cent by 2017 from its current 36 per cent if it carefully launches short-haul service within Canada with new aircraft, observers say.

“WestJet would have to chip away at Air Canada,” said Rick Erickson, an aviation consultant who heads Calgary-based RP Erickson & Associates.

In 2000, Air Canada had 77 per cent of the domestic market, while WestJet held just 7 per cent. But Air Canada decided to devote greater attention to its routes to the United States and overseas. By early 2011, the competitive gap had narrowed to a point where Air Canada’s domestic market share slid to 56 per cent and WestJet’s grew to 36 per cent. Porter Airlines Inc. and others had the remaining 8 per cent.

Air Canada declined to comment on WestJet’s plans.

If WestJet decides to order smaller planes by late 2012, the aircraft will likely start arriving by early 2014, positioning the airline to introduce service to smaller Canadian cities. The carrier has 97 Boeing 737s in its fleet, with another three of the jets to be added this year. The planes seat 119, 136 or 166 passengers, depending on the Boeing model.

On WestJet’s shortlist for smaller aircraft is the 70-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop, a Canadian-built plane used by Toronto-based Porter. The Q400 is also flown on portions of Air Canada’s regional service through Jazz Air and Sky Regional Airlines Inc. at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Industry observers say WestJet will have an advantage over Air Canada-affiliated regional operators that don’t have the fuel-efficient Q400, such as Central Mountain Air, which flies older turboprops configured to seat 18 or 30 passengers. Also on WestJet’s shortlist is the French-Italian ATR 72 turboprop.

“The Q400 would be ideal as a regional airplane,” Mr. Erickson said. “But I still think the end play will be WestJet’s entry into the international arena in the longer term. That would be transatlantic routes for starters, and at some point, transpacific, and the connecting passengers from smaller Canadian cities could assist with that.”

Mr. Saretsky emphasized that no corporate decision has been finalized on whether to order larger or smaller planes, but he favours nurturing the home market first. He cited examples of new destinations that could benefit from a WestJet expansion: Cranbrook, Prince Rupert, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek in British Columbia; Lethbridge, Alta.; Saguenay, Que.; and Sudbury, Sarnia and Timmins in Ontario.

Karl Moore, a professor at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, said Mr. Saretsky understands the challenges because he worked at Seattle-based Alaska Airlines Inc. It flies Boeing 737s, but its affiliate, Horizon Air, operates Q400 turboprops.

“Certainly, you can see the success of the Q400 for thinner routes,” Prof. Moore said. “If you can have a plane that better matches the volume of passengers, it would be a winner.”

For WestJet, the key will be to selectively add domestic routes while overcoming the complexity of training pilots and having new aircraft parts on hand for the smaller aircraft, he said. WestJet will be able expand with new planes, but “it’s getting away from the business model of simplicity with the Boeing 737.”
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Two of Canada's largest airlines reported some record passenger numbers in December as global economic concerns appeared to have little effect on the quantity of travellers.

WestJet, the country's second-largest airline after Air Canada, said it flew a record 1.4 million passengers in December as the airline reported a load factor of 80.9 per cent, tying its second-highest December load factor ever.

Revenue passenger miles increased eight per cent from a year earlier as capacity — measured in available seat miles —grew 7.1 per cent over the same period.

"We finished the year with strong traffic results confirming that our capacity continues to be absorbed by the market," president and CEO Gregg Saretsky said in a release accompanying the results.

"On a full-year basis, we have flown over 867,000 additional guests in 2011 versus last year," he added.

Due to strong bookings made and flown in December, WestJet said it anticipates that the year-over-year revenue per available seat mile growth for the fourth quarter will now be closer to that achieved in the third quarter of 2011.

WestJet's 2011 load factor down slightly
For the full year, WestJet reported a load factor of 79.7 per cent, down slightly from 79.9 per cent last year as available seat miles grew 8.5 per cent to 21.2 billion from 19.5 billion. However, revenue seat miles lagged slightly, rising 8.2 per cent to 16.9 billion from 15.6 billion.

Toronto-based Porter, which offers routes in Eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, also reported a strong December, a month that featured continuing volatility on stock markers amid continuing fears for the global economy, including a return to recession in parts of Europe.

Its load factor for the month was 63.9 per cent, up 1.5 percentage points from December 2010 and a record for the airline.

The figure was based on 117.6 million available seat miles, an increase of 26.7 per cent over the same month in 2010 as the airline expanded its number of routes over the year, and 75.2 million revenue passenger miles, up 29.9 per cent.

For the full year, Porter said it flew a record 2.1 million passengers, up from 1.56 million the previous year.

"Porter is one of the fastest growing airlines in North America," president and CEO Robert Deluce said in highlighting the results. "We're proud of what we've accomplished as a team and are ready to make our mark in 2012."
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That wouldn't make much sense would it? The flight operates like AC7 YYZ-YVR-HKG or AC33 YYZ-YVR-SYD. It picks up passengers at YVR in both directions. On the outbound flight to ICN, YYZ passengers bound for YVR disembark, while YYZ passengers bound for ICN stay onboard (or at least I haven't heard of too many instances where passengers are forced to disembark and embark again, I may be wrong on this one as I haven't flown this way before). Passengers originating from YVR to ICN embark.

On the return flight bound to Canada, at YVR, the first stop, all passengers regardless of the final destination disembarks as one is required to clear customs and immigration. Onward passengers to YYZ embark back on the same plane after dropping their bags off. This is done possible at YVR as gates 50, 51, and 52, are dual International/Domestic gates that change depending on which flight it services (hence why AC uses the old International gates as opposed to the new ones).
Ah alright, makes sense.

Wouldnt make sense to do customs and clearance for people LEAVING Canada.

This is additional to YVR ICN daily service?

EDIT: NM, one flight per day to both YVR and YYZ, all in one shot, looked it up on AC site.
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From what I see it's only for flight attendant's, EK has many Canadians working as cabin crew.

Still hope Canada clears EK for at least a daily YYZ.
I always wanted to know what happened to Skyservice and they flights to ZAG/BEG? There was a plan to install winglets on those B757 in order to fly nonstrop to ZAG. I think the planes did get it, but the flights were halted after 2007. I always wondered what made them cancel the flights? I suppose they never got around stealing those transit passengers that connect via Germany/Austria. I am pretty sure there is more demand besides a single flight per week. Too bad it was all meant for failure from the start due to choice of equipment to serve ZAG/BEG....
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I always wanted to know what happened to Skyservice and they flights to ZAG/BEG? There was a plan to install winglets on those B757 in order to fly nonstrop to ZAG. I think the planes did get it, but the flights were halted after 2007. I always wondered what made them cancel the flights? I suppose they never got around stealing those transit passengers that connect via Germany/Austria. I am pretty sure there is more demand besides a single flight per week. Too bad it was all meant for failure from the start due to choice of equipment to serve ZAG/BEG....
You remember those flights, good call ?

Any service that is a one weekly with pit stops cannot be profitable.

We were sappose to get some American charter company flying into ZAG this summer using a 763 frame, but I don't know what happened to that either.

I remember when JAT was flying the D10 into YYZ before 91, those flights always had high loads. I'm sure a daily, if not a twice daily YYZ-ZAG/BEG could be very profitable in the summer season, just surprised no airline is stepping up to the plate.
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You remember those flights, good call ?

Any service that is a one weekly with pit stops cannot be profitable.

We were sappose to get some American charter company flying into ZAG this summer using a 763 frame, but I don't know what happened to that either.

I remember when JAT was flying the D10 into YYZ before 91, those flights always had high loads. I'm sure a daily, if not a twice daily YYZ-ZAG/BEG could be very profitable in the summer season, just surprised no airline is stepping up to the plate.
I think the flights did noT sell well. When they started flying, they had an A330 available because Airtransat and AC were busy with Italian market. I doubt they could fill the A330 because it was configurated with 330pax? So that is extra 100 seats per flight. It was quite obvious that legacy carriers took they pssengers. Let alone the adventage of having the A330 over the 757....
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Porter Airlines, WestJet enjoy record passenger traffic in 2011, despite economy
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TORONTO—Two of Canada’s largest airlines reported some record passenger numbers in December as global economic concerns appeared to have little affect on the quantity of travellers.

WestJet, the country’s second-largest airline after Air Canada, said it flew a record 1.4 million passengers in December as the airline reported a load factor of 80.9 per cent, tying its second-highest December load factor ever.

Revenue passenger miles increased eight per cent from a year earlier as capacity — measured in available seat miles — grew 7.1 per cent over the same period.

“We finished the year with strong traffic results confirming that our capacity continues to be absorbed by the market,” president and CEO Gregg Saretsky said in a release accompanying the results.

“On a full-year basis, we have flown over 867,000 additional guests in 2011 versus last year,” he added.

Due to strong bookings made and flown in December, WestJet said it anticipates that the year-over-year revenue per available seat mile growth for the fourth quarter will now be closer to that achieved in the third quarter of 2011.

For the full year, WestJet reported a load factor of 79.7 per cent, down slightly from 79.9 per cent last year as available seat miles grew 8.5 per cent to 21.2 billion from 19.5 billion. However, revenue seat miles lagged slightly, rising 8.2 per cent to 16.9 billion from 15.6 billion.

Toronto-based Porter, which offers routes in Eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, also reported a strong December, a month that featured continuing volatility on stock markers amid continuing fears for the global economy, including a return to recession in parts of Europe.

Its load factor for the month was 63.9 per cent, up 1.5 percentage points from December 2010 and a record for the airline.

The figure was based on 117.6 million available seat miles, an increase of 26.7 per cent over the same month in 2010 as the airline expanded its number of routes over the year, and 75.2 million revenue passenger miles, up 29.9 per cent.

For the full year, Porter said it flew a record 2.1 million passengers, up from 1.56 million the previous year.

“Porter is one of the fastest growing airlines in North America,” president and CEO Robert Deluce said in highlighting the results. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team and are ready to make our mark in 2012.”

Besides adding new destinations in 2011, Porter, based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, took delivery of six new Bombardier (TSX-BBD.B) Q400 aircraft.
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And more evidence of WS seriously taking on the transborder market; fresh from the pressroom.

This can definitely start more price wars between WestJet and Star Alliance carriers United and Air Canada. On the East Coast, Porter, Air Canada, and WestJet have offered fares to New York at unbelievably low prices.

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Airline complements eastern code-share flights with new service from the West

CALGARY, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it will launch daily non-stop service between Chicago and Vancouver, and between Chicago and Calgary, effective May 14, 2012.

While WestJet will fly these routes with its own Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft, the airline will continue to market non-stop service from Chicago to Toronto, Chicago to Ottawa and Chicago to Montreal on our partner American Airlines' code-share flights. Chicago is an American Airlines' major hub, providing connections to key destinations in the U.S. and across the world.

"We're pleased to introduce service to and from Chicago," said John MacLeod, WestJet Vice-President, Network Management and Alliances. "The addition of Chicago shows how our continued growth and code-share agreements are working together to provide guests with non-stop service from the East and West. We believe this balance appeals to both business and leisure travellers looking to experience what Chicago has to offer, as well as for northbound travellers looking to visit Banff and the Rocky Mountains via Calgary or board cruise ships from Vancouver. We look forward to welcoming new and returning guests on board these exciting new services."

WestJet non-stop service between Vancouver, Calgary and Chicago is subject to government approval.

Full schedule details and great introductory one-way fares start at $149 from Calgary and $169 from Vancouver, plus applicable taxes and fees. Fares are available by visiting westjet.com, by calling WestJet's Sales Super Centre at 1-888-WESTJET (937-8538) or through your preferred travel agent.

With more access to more vacation destinations than ever before, WestJet Vacations offers flexible and convenient packages to popular destinations throughout WestJet's network, including Chicago. Guests can enjoy Chicago's Magnificent Mile with the convenience of booking flights and hotel together. Vacation packages will be available prior to the launch of service in May. For more information, visit westjetvacations.com, contact a WestJet Vacations Experience Specialist at 1-877-737-7001 or see your preferred travel agent.

The new destination announcement follows the release of the airline's summer schedule, which includes:

Seven-times daily service to New York (LaGuardia)
Daily service to Whitehorse, Yukon
Three-times weekly service to Kingston, Jamaica
Weekly non-stop service to Aruba
About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 76-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 97 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 38 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

About WestJet Vacations
WestJet Vacations provides guests with affordable, reliable and easy-to-book travel experiences to 45 destinations in 12 countries, including the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet's fun and friendly image, extensive network and world-class guest experience, WestJet Vacations offers guests a great flight schedule and a wide variety of hotel and resort options to create fun and affordable vacation experiences. For more information, visit www.westjetvacations.com.

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For further information:

Media contact
Robert Palmer, Media Relations, telephone: 1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), email: [email protected].
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