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A WestJet 787-9 prepares for a test flight at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

WestJet CEO Set to Retire at End of 2021 After Decades in Industry

WestJet announced on Wednesday that President and CEO Ed Sims is expected to retire at the end of this year after being with the airline and holding the position for four years. Sims will continue in a senior advisory role with Onex Partners, focusing on aerospace and aviation. With Sims at the reins, the airline managed to maintain its status of being Canada’s second-largest carrier while expanding its route network both domestically and internationally. The carrier also joined the group…

JetBlue, Bamboo Airways, WestJet Secure London Heathrow Slots

On Friday, the Airports Council of the United Kingdom released its latest slot allocation report on its airports, including London Heathrow. The report listed multiple airlines that secured slots including JetBlue, Bamboo Airways and WestJet, amid a slowdown in air traffic at the busiest airport in the United Kingdom. JetBlue…

WestJet Restarting Service to All Domestic Destinations

WestJet Airlines has announced it will be resuming service to five cities in eastern Canada, the CBC reports. The destinations were suspended due to the significant drop in demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent provincial lockdowns. When the services resume, WestJet will be back to serving all domestic…

Delta, WestJet Expand Codeshare Partnership

The world's current state seems unfavorable for airlines to resume and return to efficient and effective flight operations. Stringent travel restrictions, lengthy entry requirements and extended border closures limited demand for leisure travel. Even so, major carriers worldwide adapted to the ongoing dilemma and focused on increasing connectivity and growth…

WestJet Temporary Halts Flights to Four Destinations

Major airlines continue to endure tremendous challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 calamity. WestJet - Canada’s second-largest carrier - has announced temporary flight suspensions for a number of routes in its extensive, domestic network, citing the progressively, strict travel restrictions – resulting in weak travel demand and low load factors –…

Canadian Airlines Suspend Flights to Mexico and Caribbean Until May

Many countries are still adopting restriction measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While the vaccination process is slowly advancing, governments are finding themselves having to deal with the third wave. With the appearance of new strains from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa, travel restrictions, mostly…

Boeing 737 MAX to Receive Final Flight Clearance from the…

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the Boeing 737 MAX will receive its final clearance to continue operation in Europe next week. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the last major safety regulator to approve the jet after two fatal crashes grounded it in March 2019. The Federal Aviation…

Canada’s Major Carriers Enact Necessary Cuts

 The COVID-19 crisis remains a daunting obstacle for airlines. As a result, the airlines continue to constantly monitor travel demand and resume flight operations, accordingly. Also, airlines can allocate and shift their resources to accommodate the revised schedules and adjusted policies. Many major airlines must modify their route network and…

United Airlines, WestJet File Intentions for Resuming Boeing 737 MAX…

On Wednesday, WestJet announced its intent to resume Boeing 737 MAX flights. Additionally, United Airlines filed its first routes with the Boeing 737 MAX 9 on Wednesday.  These two moves showcase the gradual reinstatement of the Boeing 737 MAX after groundings that kept it out of service for almost two…

Negative Covid-19 Test Required for Airline Passenger Arrivals into Canada

In a further blow to the aviation industry, the Canadian government has announced that inbound air travelers to the country will need to present a negative Coronavirus test prior to departing for Canada. The requirement for the test will be in addition to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period upon arrival…