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    WestJet cuts 50% of staff

    2020-03-24T19:29:00Z

    WestJet’s chief executive Ed Sims says the airline has eliminated half of its workforce as it tries to preserve itself while the coronavirus continues to ravage the air transport industry.

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    WestJet suspends international operations

    2020-03-17T16:40:00Z

    Canada’s WestJet will shut down international operations as the coronavirus prompts governments to close borders and impose other measures to stop the spread of the virus.

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    WestJet offers 90 new connections in its summer schedule

    2020-02-10T18:28:00Z

    Canada’s WestJet published an expanded timetable with 90 new connections between its Calgary hub and numerous other domestic and international destinations beginning in the summer travel season.

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    WestJet strikes 737 Max flights through late June

    2020-01-21T23:01:00Z

    Canadian carrier WestJet Airlines says it has taken the Boeing 737 Max jet out of its schedule until 24 June, following Boeing’s announcement earlier today that it does not expect the aircraft to be re-certificated until “the middle of 2020”.

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    WestJet Q400 damaged by sharp de-rotation at Edmonton

    2020-01-20T09:11:00Z

    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

    2020-01-16T23:38:00Z

    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

    2020-01-06T09:22:00Z

    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

    2019-12-13T15:14:00Z

    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

    2019-11-18T18:09:00Z

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

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    Transat shareholders approve Air Canada buyout

    2019-08-23T21:06:32Z

    ​​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

    2019-08-14T19:02:46Z

    ​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

    2019-07-29T22:03:00Z

    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

    2019-07-29T15:54:00Z

    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

    2019-07-09T19:46:31Z

    ​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

    2019-06-27T13:58:11Z

    ​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

    2019-05-22T14:18:31Z

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

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    WestJet ratifies agreement with dispatchers

    2019-05-20T14:53:28Z

    ​​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

    2019-05-16T14:16:40Z

    ​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

    2019-05-14T18:30:22Z

    ​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

    2019-05-13T13:12:33Z

    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.