Southwest Takes First Steps Towards Codeshare Agreement With Canada's WestJet | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 03.02.15

Airborne 03.03.15

Airborne 03.04.15

Airborne 03.05.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 03.02.15

Airborne 03.03.15

Airborne 03.04.15

Airborne 03.05.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Wed, Jul 09, 2008

Southwest Takes First Steps Towards Codeshare Agreement With Canada's WestJet

Service Between US And Canada Scheduled For Late 2009

Southwest Airlines announced this week its intention to build a codeshare partnership with Canadian carrier WestJet. The two airlines have completed the first step in creating a relationship that will eventually allow both carriers to offer travel to a number of destinations.

The initial agreement, announced Tuesday, puts the two airlines on a path toward launching codeshare flights by late 2009, pending approval of certain details of the codeshare and elements of the partnership by both the US and Canadian governments.

"A company's dedication to Culture and Customer Service are very high on our priority list when considering a relationship of any kind," said Southwest Airlines Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly. "We are confident that we've found a perfect fit with WestJet, and we are excited to work toward opening our expansive U.S. network to include Canadian destinations."

WestJet was founded in 1996 as a western Canadian regional carrier with three aircraft flying to five cities. Today, WestJet offers scheduled service to 49 destinations in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The airline operates a fleet of 75 Boeing Next-Generation 737-series aircraft.

"This is a defining moment for WestJet. Clearly, we are delivering on our strategic plan with this announcement today. It marks an important step forward for our guests and their ability to fly to more destinations in the United States conveniently and cost effectively," said WestJet President and CEO Sean Durfy. "When you examine our network in Canada and Southwest's network in the United States, and the potential to significantly improve both organization's market access, this is indeed a great day."

The agreement will eventually give Southwest access to the Canadian market for the first time in its history. As ANN reported, previous Southwest codeshare partner ATA Airlines shut down operations April 3, after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. That codeshare gave Southwest the ability to sell tickets to Hawaii.

Neither Southwest nor WestJet are ready to announce routes, schedules, or fares at this point, but the agreement will eventually allow each carrier to check both customers and baggage to a passenger's final destination.

"We are quickly moving forward with our plans to enter the international market with WestJet, an airline partner that we hold in high esteem," Kelly said. "We have a very talented group of Employees who will continue to work diligently over the next year to develop and deliver a superior international codeshare product into the marketplace."

FMI: www.southwest.com, www.westjet.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 03.05.15: AW609 Milestone, EASA Cert: S-76D, UAVs Coming To Oshkosh!

Also: SAFE, PC-12 Theft Thwarted, MyGoFlight Heli Solutions, Updated: Bell 412EPI, Big Bell 'Relentless' Deal The AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved a key mileston>[...]

Harrison Ford Injured In Forced Landing

Actor, Pilot, And Aviation Advocate Went Down On A California Golf Course Harrison Ford sustained moderate injuries Thursday when the the airplane he was piloting ... which appears>[...]

AeroSports Update: The Only Ice Runway In The Lower 48 Is Open

Winter Weather Can Sometimes Put A Crimp On Recreational Flying Unless You Have Snow Skis, Tundra Tires, Or An Ice Runway The question is; what does Alton Bay, NH have in common wi>[...]

Delta Jet Slides Off Runway At LaGuardia Airport

No Injuries Among The 127 Passengers Aboard The MD-88 A Delta Airlines MD-88 with 127 passengers and five crew on board arriving from Atlanta skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Ai>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.06.15)

Flying Stuart Little's Airplane Got a little one at home? Try your tyke out on the free online airplane game, "Flying Stuart Little's Aeroplane.">[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC