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A WestJet 737 at LAX. The airline operates over 100 Boeing 737 aircraft. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

WestJet Adds Nonstop Flight Between Manchester, U.K. and Halifax

WestJet on Thursday announced its upcoming nonstop flights between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Manchester, U.K. The flights will be operated as a summer seasonal service four times per week using the airline's fleet of Boeing 737s. The new route marks WestJet's sixth European destination and third in the U.K. following Glasgow and London Gatwick. While this is the first service between Halifax and Manchester, this is not the first time the destination is being served from Great Britain as both…

WestJet Shareholders Approve Onex Acquisition

During a special meeting held at WestJet’s headquarters in Calgary on Tuesday, airline shareholders and option holders overwhelmingly voted to approve the acquisition agreement reached by WestJet and Onex Corporation (Onex) on May 12, 2019. Under the terms of the purchase, Onex and its affiliated funds will acquire all outstanding…

WestJet Expands European Network with New Barcelona Flight

Calgary-based WestJet launched seasonal nonstop flights to Barcelona's El Prat Airport from its hub at Toronto on Friday, marking WestJet's fifth transatlantic service. Joining the list of the airline's mostly seasonal European operation, this is also the airline's first flight to Spain and the Iberian Peninsula. The new service will…

Air Canada Enters Talks To Finalize Air Transat Acquisition

On Thursday, Air Canada announced that it has commenced exclusive talks with fellow Quebec-based Transat A.T. Inc., owner of Air Transat, for a full takeover of the Canadian leisure carrier. The publically proposed transaction is valued at approximately $387.5 million or $13.00 per share, a 23 percent premium to the…

WestJet Begins Service to Atlanta

A special celebration at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday marked the first WestJet flight to the capital of Georgia. The event included a special speech by the Atlanta Airport General Manager, John Selden, and a speech by WestJet CFO, Harry Taylor followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. WestJet became…

Air Canada, WestJet and Air Transat Seek to Adopt Higher…

Canada’s three major airlines individually announced this month that they would seek shareholder approval to amend their articles of incorporation to increase the limits of foreign ownership. The official announcements by St. Laurent, Quebec-based Air Canada, Calgary-based WestJet and Montreal-based Air Transat follow the passing of the Transportation Modernization Act…

Photo Tour: Onboard WestJet’s New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The delivery of WestJet’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in mid-January marked an exciting new chapter for the Calgary-based carrier. Known for its low-cost business model that's only been partly rivaled in Canada, WestJet is transforming further into a full-service carrier as it only recently started true long-haul service to Europe…

Canada’s Ultra-Low-Cost-Carrier Flair Announces Rebranding Strategy

Canada’s ultra-low-cost carrier (ULC) Flair Air announced a rebranding strategy on Wednesday. The rebranding strategy includes new crew uniforms, a new aircraft livery, an all-new website, a new logo, and more. New flight attendant uniforms are designed by Canadian designers CarryCorp, with a release date of April 2019. A freshly designed aircraft livery…

Winglet-less and Wearing Thin: The Boeing 737-600 Today

Although the Boeing 737 currently stands as the best-selling commercial aircraft, the Seattle-based company’s designs for the narrowbody aircraft have not always been loved by airlines. This is the case for the Boeing 737-600, who was outclassed by the larger Boeing 737-700 and would lose out to the larger aircraft…

WestJet Receives First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet received its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner today in a delivery ceremony held at Boeing's Delivery Center in Everett, Wash. A logical next step for the Boeing-dominated airline, the Dreamliner marks a new chapter for the 15-year old airline that only started long haul operations in Nov.…