As a Westjet employee, the JetBlue/Westjet rumour has been churning for years.
Everybody knows that David Neeleman had a helping hand in getting Westjet off the ground. From what I hear, we still maintain a good relationship with him, even though he has no stake in Westjet anymore.
Westjet has recently altered its strategy to make YYZ
its eastern hub. Within a year YYZ
ops should reach about 70 flights a day (up from the 20 or so we had during April before the capacity shift from YHM
). If a link-up/alliance/code-share agreement were to ever be put into place YYZ
(western hub), and YVR
seem logical candidates.
While there are a lot of comparisons (seat pitch, leather seats, business plan, new aircraft, LiveTV, customer service, policies, etc.) I don't think we'll see a linkup between the two carriers anytime soon. Westjet has only recently announced (but not yet launched) transborder service and all, with the exception of LGA
) are destination spots. There's no reason to start an alliance of sorts with JetBlue if our traffic is predominantly O&D.