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WestJet, Emirates In Talks Over Possible Alliance  
User currently offlinecrazyfoo88 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 81 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

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http://www.financialpost.com/news/We...ssible+alliance/3940710/story.html

"Kim Guttormson, Postmedia News · Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines is in discussions with Emirates Airline about a potential alliance, as part of the carrier’s plans to expand its global reach.

Emirates — currently battling the federal government over its ability to increase flights to Canadian cities — is one of a number of airlines WestJet is talking to, said CEO Gregg Saretsky."


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User currently offlineswissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1734 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3112 times:

Cool if it would happen... an A380 in WS colors???     sorry could not resist...

Cheerios


User currently offlineAirCanadaA330 From Canada, joined Aug 2008, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3071 times:

EK getting a friend in Canada, I wonder if Westjet will loby the government on behalf of EK....


Cheers;
User currently offlineheathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 967 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Wow, could you imagine? It would be awesome for Canadians! with connex out of YYC, YVR and YYZ, there could be some pretty attractive fares maybe?

User currently offlineSR4ever From Luxembourg, joined Mar 2010, 799 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

Is the Canadian Government gonna allow this?

User currently offlineFly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1030 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

Why wouldnt they allow it? I mean there are already many situations where Air Canada is in an alliance, what would be the difference with WestJet?

Though both offer very very very different products and if YYZ would be used as a jumping points for flights all over Canada, then either airline would have to change terminals as well.


User currently offlineSR4ever From Luxembourg, joined Mar 2010, 799 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Quoting Fly2yyz (Reply 5):
Why wouldnt they allow it?

- show EK and the Dubai government who rules Canada

- prevent WS from acting as Trojan horse for EK, which would put AC under serious pressure.


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

While an arrangement for interlining and possibly code-sharing may benefit both airlines, I am not sure that WestJest would benefit from lobbying for greater access being granted to EK, except for extra flights out of YYZ. If EK were to gain access to YYC and YVR, WestJet may not gain as much revenue as they would with channeling passengers through YYZ. On the issue of additional access they may have some common ground with AC.

Working with EK through interlining and code-shares can have benefits that may be eroded by direct competition. But if it results in greater choices for passengers and easier connections and transfers, it is something to be welcomed.


User currently offlineheathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 967 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

Quoting Fly2yyz (Reply 5):

Though both offer very very very different products and if YYZ would be used as a jumping points for flights all over Canada, then either airline would have to change terminals as well

Why? YYZ has a good train link system between 1 and 3. I can think of several airports where a terminal change may be required for a connection.


User currently offlineyowza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2774 times:

Quoting AirCanadaA330 (Reply 2):
EK getting a friend in Canada, I wonder if Westjet will loby the government on behalf of EK....

That's pretty much all that's going on here. EK is looking for a buddy with whom a joint case for more rights can be made to Ottawa. WS is the only game in town for EK to try this with TS and WG don't fit the bill. If WS do pursue this I hope they get their pound of flesh from EK, they hold the power right now, they should use it.

Quoting SR4ever (Reply 4):
Is the Canadian Government gonna allow this?

Why wouldn't they?

Quoting SR4ever (Reply 6):
show EK and the Dubai government who rules Canada

The GoC does not need to make a statement... and if they did it would be far bolder.

Quoting SR4ever (Reply 6):
prevent WS from acting as Trojan horse for EK

WS is a real airline with real goals and people, there is no way its leadership would let EK pull a fast one.

Quoting SR4ever (Reply 6):
which would put AC under serious pressure

Can we please drop this notion that AC HQ has Harper on speed dial? Please. Jesus.

Quoting heathrow (Reply 8):
Why? YYZ has a good train link system between 1 and 3. I can think of several airports where a terminal change may be required for a connection.

Switching terminals is not great fun at YYZ. Also you are not considering transit traffic originating in the US for whom immigration and paperwork issues become a pain in the butt. This is acutely important to EK given that they are hoping to carry a good number of non-US/Canadian citizens back to SAARC and African countries.

YOWza



12A whenever possible.
User currently offlineSR4ever From Luxembourg, joined Mar 2010, 799 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2660 times:

It will be quite interesting to see what BA-IB (AA) and AF-KL (DL) will do. I am quite sure that at least 1 of them would be interested in forging an alliance with WS.

User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5320 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2442 times:

WS is getting into making international alliances. An EK connection, and others like it, are great ideas. Connecting international passengers is a logical growth path for WS.

The only potential fly in the ointment is the lack of an F or J class on WS aircraft. That may keep some of the upper crust from connecting but there are plenty of Y passengers on EK flights.



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