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Westjet Record Load Factor 08/08  
User currently offlineBE77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 2706 times:


With all the gloom and doom, here is an interesting result for August 2008 - WS record 88.4 load factor even after adding >20% capacity.
As long as they remain profitable (which is the norm for them), then it would show that it is possible to do this right.
Of course, they seem to 'waste' a lot of time and effort keeping their employees happy and give them recognition at every opportunity. I wonder if this makes a difference?  scratchchin 

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User currently offlineDYK From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 407 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 2619 times:

Yeh Westjet!!

If you could only begin international service outside of N.A.!

User currently offlineBriboy From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

88% - they need to raise fares! no reason to be over the low to mid 80's...


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29311 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
88% - they need to raise fares! no reason to be over the low to mid 80's...

The two largest low-cost carriers in Europe reported August load factors of 90% or higher. Ryanair 90% (down from 91% last August) on a 19% increase in passengers to 5.8 million. EasyJet 91.3% (up from 87.4% last August) on an 8.8% increase in passengers to 4.6 million.

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
88% - they need to raise fares! no reason to be over the low to mid 80's...

I agree. Many routes must be near 100% LF regulars. Which means they need to raise fares, as well as add capacity.

Would be interesting to know the loads on route such as YYZ-LAX/YXE/YQR/YQB, YYC-EWR. Probably much lower than 88%.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineRobsawatsky From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2148 times:

Quoting Briboy (Reply 2):
88% - they need to raise fares! no reason to be over the low to mid 80's...

With more capacity on the way and the typical seasonal demand decrease coming, I don't think they'll have a problem getting back down below 85% LF. Westjet has stated that a greater than 85% LF results in too many walk-up fares getting turned away and generating negative PR (in other words, walking over to AC to buy a ticket instead).

User currently offlineYWG747 From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Way to go Westjet keep up the great work!

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