WestJet seeks China Airlines codeshare

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WestJet has requested authorisation from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to place China Airlines’ flight code on WestJet flights from Canada to the USA.

The company intends the codeshare relationship to apply to its service from both Vancouver and Calgary to Los Angeles, WestJet says in a document filed with the DOT.

China Airlines flies once daily between Taipei and Vancouver and twice daily between Taipei and Los Angeles, according to flight schedules.

WestJet flies two or three times daily between Los Angeles and Vancouver and twice daily between Los Angeles and Calgary.

Executives at WestJet said during a July conference call with investors that they were seeking more codeshare relationships. But they added that such relationships would likely need to wait until WestJet begins operating more of its own long-haul flights.

"We have been reluctant to enter into more reciprocal agreements with long-haul carriers because there is a lot of effort required in supporting codeshares," said WestJet chief executive Gregg Saretsky. "As our network continues to morph and we have [more] long-haul segments, I think fully-reciprocal codeshares with long-haul international carriers also makes sense."

WestJet expects to being operating long-haul routes with Boeing 767-300ERs it plans to begin receiving from Boeing next summer.