Articles tagged “westjet”

More Companies Are Putting Their Events on Planes

More Companies Are Putting Their Events on Planes

Isaac Carey, Skift

The trend is starting to gain traction, albeit very slowly. Attendees seem to like it because it shakes things up and makes the travel itself less tedious.

9 months ago

In-Flight Events Are Starting to Slowly Lift Off

In-Flight Events Are Starting to Slowly Lift Off

Isaac Carey, Skift

So far, these flying meetings are mostly exclusive, invite-only affairs, where sought-after execs network with one another while trapped on a plane.

9 months ago

Air Canada Insists WestJet Takeover Must Be Canadian, Not Foreign

Air Canada Insists WestJet Takeover Must Be Canadian, Not Foreign

Doug Alexander, Bloomberg

The rules are the rules, in this case about prohibitions against foreign ownership of Canadian airlines. Air Canada is trying to ensure that WestJet isn't advantaged by foreign funding interlopers.

11 months ago

Air Canada Bids $387 Million for Tour Operator Transat

Air Canada Bids $387 Million for Tour Operator Transat

Scott Deveau, Bloomberg

While buying a rival airline makes sense, what's interesting is that as a vertically-integrated tour operator Transat has a number of other business lines, including brick-and-mortar travel agencies. What will Air Canada do with these?

1 year ago

Canada’s WestJet Airlines Will Go Private in $2.6 Billion Deal

Canada’s WestJet Airlines Will Go Private in $2.6 Billion Deal

Scott Deveau and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

A decade ago, WestJet knew exactly what it was. It was Canada's version of Southwest Airlines, flying short-haul routes with Boeing 737s. But recently, it has lost its way, and it is not as profitable as it was. Perhaps it can fix its financials by going private.

1 year ago

Boeing Max 8 Flying: What Airlines, Agencies Are Telling Customers

Boeing Max 8 Flying: What Airlines, Agencies Are Telling Customers

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

A range of differing responses to the Ethiopian Air disaster involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 is making it hard for travel advisors.

1 year ago

Canada Will Get Yet Another Discount Airline

Canada Will Get Yet Another Discount Airline

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Several ultra-low-cost carriers have started or are in the planning stages in Canada, and many are in some state of disarray. But the market has potential, and if there's anyone who can figure it out, it's Bill Franke. The man has built discount airlines worldwide, and he has an impressive track record.

2 years ago

New Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier Swoops Into Canada

New Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier Swoops Into Canada

Kristin Majcher, Skift

Canada’s newest airline, Swoop, is now up and running with some of the lowest base fares in Canada. While an important milestone, the larger focus continues to be on WestJet’s challenging financial year and ability to execute several big projects at once.

2 years ago

Air Canada Struggles With How to Fill Planes in Winter

Air Canada Struggles With How to Fill Planes in Winter

Brian Sumers, Skift

Air Canada has built a successful business flying customers between North America and Europe during the summer. But much of that business dries up the rest of the year. Now, Air Canada wants to find a way to produce more revenue in winter. Can it succeed?

2 years ago

WestJet Takes First Loss in 13 Years Due to Fuel Costs and Labor Strife

WestJet Takes First Loss in 13 Years Due to Fuel Costs and Labor Strife

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

WestJet was a consistently profitable Southwest Airlines clone for years. Then management and the board decided that money-making model wasn't enough. They added turboprops and widebody aircraft, and the airline started flying to Europe. That strategy could eventually work, but for now, WestJet is struggling.

2 years ago

Canada Is Set to Weaken Laws on Foreign Ownership for Airlines and Railways

Canada Is Set to Weaken Laws on Foreign Ownership for Airlines and Railways

Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg

Under this legislation in Canada, foreign concerns could own as much as 49 percent of Air Canada or WestJet Airlines. That's not likely to happen anytime soon, however.

2 years ago

Former Investor Darling WestJet Struggles as Canadian Airline Seeks to Reinvent Itself

Former Investor Darling WestJet Struggles as Canadian Airline Seeks to Reinvent Itself

Brian Sumers, Skift

Investors sometimes ask why Southwest Airlines has avoided straying too far from its roots. They wonder if it should assign seats, or add a business class cabin, or sell meals on board. But Southwest almost always prefers simplicity. Given how much WestJet — once a Southwest clone — has struggled as it has evolved, we now understand why Southwest is so conservative.

2 years ago