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  • WestJet Encore Q400 damage

    WestJet Q400 damaged by sharp de-rotation at Edmonton


    Investigators have determined that a WestJet Encore Bombardier Q400 suffered damage at Edmonton after de-rotating sharply during a high-speed landing. The Q400 – arriving from Fort McMurray on 19 July last year – had been approaching Edmonton’s runway 12 with storms in the vicinity of the airport. Its ...

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    WestJet to connect Halifax and Manchester


    WestJet will begin seasonal service between Halifax and Manchester in June – a city pair that is currently not connected with a nonstop flight - the Canadian airline says on its website.

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    Investigators probe circumstances of WestJet 737 overrun


    Canadian investigators have opened a probe into the overrun at Halifax Stanfield airport by a WestJet Boeing 737-800 which was arriving from Toronto on 5 January. The aircraft had been approaching the waypoint TETAR – some 11nm north-west of the airport – when it was told that the intended ...

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    WestJet goes private under Onex


    Toronto-based Onex Corporation will complete its buyout of Calgary-based WestJet Airlines for C$5 billion ($3.8 billion) including the carrier’s debt following final regulatory approval of the deal by the Canadian Transportation Agency. In a 11 December statement Onex says WestJet shareholders will receive C$31 per share during ...

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    Virgin launches Canadian codeshare with Delta partner WestJet


    Virgin Atlantic is to begin codesharing with WestJet on points to and within Canada.

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    Transat shareholders approve Air Canada buyout


    ​​Shareholders of Transat AT during a meeting on 23 August approved a proposal for Air Canada to acquire all its issued and outstanding shares, a deal that would give Canad'a largest carrier opportunity to expand its global network.

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    Competition bureau approves WestJet buyout


    ​The Canadian Competition Bureau has granted approval without conditions for Onex Partners to acquire WestJet for around C$5 billion ($3.7 billion), removing another regulatory obstacle and bringing the Toronto-based private equity firm closer to completing the buyout.

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    Onex seeking $2.4 billion to fund WestJet buyout


    WestJet Airlines is seeking a $2.4 billion in debt to fund Onex’s leveraged buyout of the carrier after winning shareholder approval to go ahead with the transaction on 23 July.

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    WestJet returns to profit, nears Onex acquisition


    WestJet returned to a second-quarter profit this year, while also moving one step closer to being acquired by private equity firm Onex by the end of 2019..

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    Residco to sell two 2009-vintage 737NGs


    ​Chicago-based firm Residco is selling two Boeing 737-700s on lease to WestJet after owning the aircraft for a little over a year.

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    WestJet gains Canadian approval for Delta joint venture


    ​WestJet has secured Canadian approval for its proposed transborder joint venture with Delta Air Lines.

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    PODCAST: Airline Business on Canada, Italy, India, Max and Spirit


    ​The new edition of the Airline Business Podcast is now available.

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    WestJet ratifies agreement with dispatchers


    ​​WestJet today has ratified a three-year agreement with its flight dispatchers, represented by the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), continuing a wave of unionization at the airline.

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    Air Canada in talks to acquire Transat AT


    ​Air Canada will purchase Transat AT, the tourism company parent of Montreal-based leisure carrier Air Transat and combine the two companies.

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    ANALYSIS: Onex aims for WestJet growth


    ​The purchase of WestJet led by Onex Partners for C$5 billion ($3.7 billion) is an opportunity to continue the airline’s transition into a global carrier following the private equity firm’s years of attempts to increase its aviation focus.

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    Private equity fund Onex to acquire WestJet


    Canada's second-largest carrier WestJet is to be acquired by Toronto-based private equity firm Onex for around C$5 billion ($3.7 billion), including debt.

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    WestJet’s 787-9 completes first transatlantic flight


    WestJet has introduced its latest Boeing 787-9 with an inaugural transatlantic flight.

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    WestJet unveils hangar for its new Boeing 787-9s


    ​​WestJet chief executive Ed Sims unveiled the airline’s new hangar for the Boeing 787-9 on 24 April and announced it will be the first Canadian airline to base the aircraft at Calgary,

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    ​AFI KLM E&M to maintain engines for WestJet


    ​Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance will maintain General Electric GEnx engines for WestJet as the Canada-based airline aims to streamline maintenance and maximize availability of its Boeing 787-9 aircraft for flights across oceans.

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    WestJet considers merging MRO units