FEBRUARY 4, 2004 - 13:57:26 ET
CALGARY, ALBERTA--WestJet today announced the introduction of its 2004
summer schedule, including the addition of 120 non-stop flights per week
between cities throughout its current network and the introduction of
scheduled transborder service in the fall.
WestJet's new summer schedule will be introduced in four phases with new
services commencing on the following dates: May 1, 2004, June 15, 2004,
June 26, 2004, and July 5, 2004. A complete list of WestJet's schedule
changes is available in the accompanying Schedule Change Backgrounder.
WestJet will begin transborder service from Canada to destinations in
the United States commencing in early October 2004, offering regular
scheduled service between Canada and Los Angeles, California; Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida; and Orlando, Florida. In the fourth quarter of
2004, WestJet will also add seasonal scheduled service between Canada
and Phoenix, Arizona and Palm Springs, California.
Clive Beddoe, WestJet's President, CEO and Executive Chairman,
commented: "I am very pleased to announce the further details of
our 2004 schedule enhancements. With the addition of these flights,
WestJet will offer a very strong schedule of service from the cities of
Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, and Vancouver. As of July 5, 2004 WestJet
will be operating 1700 weekly departures, offering 240 city pairs and 24
"Beyond the enhancements we are making to our domestic schedule,
the timing is now ideal for WestJet to begin transborder service.
Canadians have been asking WestJet to provide our low fares and unique
service into the United States for many years. We are now at a stage in
our growth where transborder service is a prudent, logical next step.
Our schedule will offer convenient service to the cruise ship markets in
Florida, the theme parks and warm weather of California, and the golf
and sun destinations of Arizona."
Details of the departure cities for the United States destinations and
the date that flights for these routes will go on sale will be provided
in the coming weeks pending airport negotiations. With today's summer
schedule enhancements, WestJet will utilize six new Boeing
Next-Generation 737-700 aircraft.
WestJet currently operates a fleet of 45 Boeing 737 aircraft, 26 of
which are state-of-the-art Next-Generation 700-series aircraft equipped
with leather seats and enhanced legroom. WestJet will be installing live
seatback satellite TV
on its entire fleet of 737-700 aircraft with
completion expected by mid-2004. By the end of 2004 WestJet will be
operating a fleet of 36 737-700 series aircraft and 18 737-200 series
[Edited 2004-02-04 20:55:28]