WS Pilots Get Onboard With Long-Haul Expansion Plans
WestJet has announced that its 1,380 pilots have voted in favour of the company's plans to expand wide-body operations. Approval is required under the airline's agreement with the WestJet Pilots Association.
"Our long-haul, wide-body flights to Hawaii and London (Gatwick) have brought low fares and more choices to hundreds of thousands of guests, reinforcing our position as Canada's low-fare leader," said WS CEO Gregg Saretsky.
"This agreement reflects the collaborative relationship we have with the WestJet Pilots Association (WJPA) and now allows us to proceed with plans to expand our wide-body operations to new destinations in the future. We will now turn our attention to acquiring additional wide-body aircraft to satisfy the demand for our low fares."
WestJet currently operates four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft in its winter schedule on non-stop routes to LGW from YYZ and YYC; to Hawaii from YEG and YYC; and on select transcontinental routes including between YYZ and YYC.