Articles tagged “westjet”

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 months 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 months 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?

4 months 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.

7 months 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.

9 months 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.

9 months ago

WestJet Has a Lot Riding on the Launch of Its New Low-Cost Airline

WestJet Has a Lot Riding on the Launch of Its New Low-Cost Airline

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Starting up a new low-cost airline in a pretty crowded market presents a major challenge for WestJet's new CEO. Add on an expansion of its long-haul program, and you can see why aviation analysts are a little worried.

10 months ago

Norwegian Delays Start of Canada Services After Plane Delivery Setback

Norwegian Delays Start of Canada Services After Plane Delivery Setback

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

A four-week delay isn't anything to get too concerned about. The more worrying thing for Norwegian is the strong low-cost transatlantic competition and the fact that it has already had to pull some of its routes between smaller airports in Europe and the United States.

10 months ago

WestJet CEO Leaves Suddenly With Discount Airline Launch on the Agenda

WestJet CEO Leaves Suddenly With Discount Airline Launch on the Agenda

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

There's rarely a sleepy transition of power in the airline industry and WestJet is no exception. Sims is facing a labor negotiations predicament that could prevent the carrier from moving quickly to launch its low-cost arm.

12 months ago

WestJet Wants to Fly Dreamliners to China and Japan

WestJet Wants to Fly Dreamliners to China and Japan

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Japan and China are a long way from Calgary, Canada. And the country's leading low-cost carrier really plans to stretch its business.

1 year ago

Westjet Wants to Take New Low-Cost Carrier Swoop Into U.S. and Mexico

Westjet Wants to Take New Low-Cost Carrier Swoop Into U.S. and Mexico

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Westjet is already stepping up its plans for low-cost offshoot Swoop. It hopes to use the airline to fend off competition from bargain-basement rivals such as Flair Airlines.

1 year ago

WestJet Thinks It Can Please All Flyers With Dual Strategy

WestJet Thinks It Can Please All Flyers With Dual Strategy

Frederic Tomesco and Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Just because low-cost offshoots failed in the past, it doesn’t mean they’ll do the same now. WestJet’s dual strategy has a good chance of succeeding as long as there׳s a big enough difference between the two offerings.

1 year ago