WestJet to add several codeshare partners in 2013

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WestJet plans to expand its list of codeshare partners this year by strengthening it existing agreements and forging new relationships.

The Calgary-based low-cost carrier increased its airline partnerships to 30 in 2012 and growing its list of codeshare partners to eight by adding British Airways, China Eastern, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air. Other codeshare partners include Cathay Pacific Airways, American Airlines, Japan Airlines and KLM.

"We expect this momentum to continue in 2013 as we evolve two to four interline agreements into new codeshares, and pursue a handful of new interline relationships," says WestJet chief Gregg Saretsky on a 6 February analyst call.

WestJet has 22 interline agreements with carriers from several countries, including Emirates, United Airlines, US Airways, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Aeromexico.