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User currently offlinePjack From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 53 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

Has anybody had any experience of the Canadian
carrier Westjet?



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User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

Flew on them once in September, 2000 (Winnipeg-Saskatoon-Edmonton). They were very pleasant. Flights were on-time, staff always had smiles, and were very polite. They even bent their own rules and let me sit in the jumpseat for the landing into Edmonton. A very good experience indeed.

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User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

Too bad they don't serve Toronto. They should really expand into eatern Canada because WestJet's route structure doesn't cut it. At least for now.

User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1102 times:

They do serve Hamilton, and they are expanding into Eastern Canada.

And why does WJ's route structure not cut it? They are making a profit on the western routes. Is it b/c they don't serve the city you live in/fly to?

User currently offlineWestjet_yhm From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

They would be stupid to fly into toronto look at what is happening to canjet beside Pearson is a pain in the ass like getting there takes long enough once your there your inline for another hour and if its "rush hour" you have long ground and air congestiong YHM was ans is a much better choice for westjet.

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

You'd have to get me a limo to drive to Hamilton to catch a flight. I know Pearson is quite busy now, but I'd love to see red-eye flight to some westcoast destinations.
I am not against driving few extra miles to get cheap fares- I routinely drive to BUF to get cheap fares to California destinations. But seeing that other so called 'low fare carriers' are looking lost somewhat at YYZ, WestJet can do some serious business at YYZ this holiday season.
CanJet is serving Eastern Canada destinations, but I travel a lot to west coast so they don't do much good.

Explain this to me, is Canada3000 trying to be scheduled or what? If they're, they better give me wider seats.
And whatever happened to Roots Air?

User currently offlineAirCanadaMan From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

Not only does westjet need to go East, it needs to go NORTH!!!
The people of the north have been asking Westjet to start YEG-YZF flights to compete with First Air and Canadian north, which charge close to 1000$ for an economy roundtrip flight on a 732, only 1.5hours long, thats crazy!
It would take no longer thant he YEG-YVR that WJ does currently.
Dont get me wrond, I'd love to see Westjet grow in Eastern Canada as well.

User currently offlineAC183 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 1532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

WJ provides basic air transportation, but what makes it notable is that it does so in many small markets, and with a very high degree of success and profitability.

Actually, I think YHM is a pretty good alternative to YYZ. Although it may be inconvenient for people from the north of Toronto to get to, YHM is cheaper, it gives fast turnaround times, it avoids the head-on competition, and it's more convenient for many people south of YYZ and into the Hamilton area.

As for the complaint of not wanting to go to YHM to get to the west, really WJ is a short to medium haul carrier, so to get to YVR from Toronto I would think the charters are a better bet anyways. And at this point WJ's aircraft don't really have long enough range to do red-eyes with a full load. It's route network in eastern Canada is fairly basic at this point, but it is rapidly growing, and for anyone in Thunder Bay or further west, it has a fairly good route network with few holes left to fill in.

What continually fascinates me about WJ is how similar some of it's structure is to what Pacific Western used to do. I hope WJ learns from PWA's mistakes, and doesn't let it's ambitions take over...

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