A WestJet 737 MAX 8 (Photo: Chuyi Chuang)

WestJet Announces Surprising Executive Leadership Change

Canada’s second-largest airline, WestJet, announced last week that their long-time CEO Gregg Saretsky would be retiring with immediate effect.  The move on Thursday surprised many in the aviation industry given the immediacy of the decision and Saretsky’s success in leading WestJet as it evolved from a low-cost carrier into a player in international markets. As reported by the Calgary Herald, WestJet has initiated "codeshare agreements with 16 different airlines [and] also established 27 interline agreements — all aimed at being…