cylw
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Westjet Announces Hawaii

Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:14 pm

Aloha! WestJet Announces All-Jet Service to Honolulu and Maui


SEPTEMBER 20, 2005 - 10:00:02 ET
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 20, 2005) -

Airline Will Offer Five Flights a Week to Honolulu Starting December 9,
2005 and Two Flights a Week to Maui Starting December 17, 2005

WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced it will begin offering non-stop
service to the new markets of Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii. This new
schedule also offers connecting flights to several other WestJet
destinations across North America. Seats are available for sale
immediately.

Following are the schedule details of the non-stop Hawaii service
WestJet will offer:

/T/

Vancouver to Honolulu (starting December 9(1))
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Departure Arrival Days
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7 p.m. 10:58 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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Honolulu to Vancouver
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Departure Arrival Days
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11:58 p.m. 7:50 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
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(1) From December 9 - 16, 2005, WestJet will operate a daily flight
between Vancouver and Honolulu at the times listed above.

Vancouver to Maui (starting December 17)
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Departure Arrival Days
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7 p.m. 10:53 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday
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Maui to Vancouver (starting December 17)
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Departure Arrival Days
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11:53 p.m. 7:31 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday
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/T/

"WestJet is absolutely thrilled to be announcing non-stop flights
to Hawaii," said Sean Durfy, WestJet's Executive Vice-President of
Marketing and Sales. "Hawaii is one of the destinations that our
loyal guests and dedicated WestJetters have been asking us to serve for
several years. With our convenient schedule, reasonable fares and brand
new Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 jets equipped with leather seats and
more legroom, I am confident that guests won't hesitate to choose
WestJet when travelling to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands."

WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost airline currently offering
scheduled service throughout its 34-city North American network. Named
Canada's most respected corporation for customer service in 2005,
WestJet pioneered low-cost high-value flying in Canada. With increased
legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of Boeing Next-Generation
737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on
its 737-700 fleet, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for
travellers.
 
wedgetail737
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Tue Sep 20, 2005 11:22 pm

More competition on the YVR-HNL route. Does Air Pacific sell tickets on the YVR-HNL route?
 
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:30 am

Thats great news for them and hopefully the consumers.
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:36 am

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 1):
Does Air Pacific sell tickets on the YVR-HNL route?

Yes they do
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:53 am

Quoting CYLW (Thread starter):
Aloha! WestJet Announces All-Jet Service to Honolulu and Maui

I'm glad they put "All-Jet" in there; otherwise people would expect DC-7s or Lockheed Electras no doubt. Looks like a headline from the sixties.  Wink
 
yeggerman
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 4:44 am

Good for them, one of the worst kept secret though, we all knew this was coming just a matter of when they were going to announce it. Does WS have all the ETOPS in order for this to work?
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robsawatsky
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:10 am

I found this with respect to ETOPS:

2005-09-06 08:22 ET - In the News

The Globe and Mail reports in its Saturday edition that WestJet Airlines says it expects Transport Canada to decide by the end of November whether to approve certification that could potentially clear the way for flights across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The Globe's Bent Jang writes that under the review for "extended-range twin-engine operation performance standards," or ETOPS, WestJet would gain the flexibility to enter overseas markets. David Newman, an analyst with National Bank Financial Inc., said destinations could include Hawaii and Ireland. WestJet shares fell Friday five cents to $10.75 on the Toronto Stock Exchange
 
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:20 am

The cheapest fare I could find was $349 plus tax = $414.88 for a one way ticket ....  faint  . Anyone find anything cheaper?
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stirling
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:34 am

Very interesting.

I wonder how close Southwest will be watching this. I'm sure they'll be taking notes; since one day, they will run out of places to go within the contiguous 48 States.

And jetBlue? Sure they fly internationally to the Caribbean, but 2500 miles across an empty ocean far from land is another thing!
After all, Neeleman and Westjet go way back...How much does he communicate with the guys back in the old neighborhood?

Ireland. Hmmmm.
It will be something to watch if it comes to happen. Has Ryanair ever expressed any public ambition to fly beyond the EU? Would they respond in kind with flights of their own to Canada? (imagine!)

Why just Ireland anyway? Why not the rest of the British Isles?
It has to be an issue of range I suppose, especially westbound fighting the headwinds.
From where would they depart in Canada?
Montreal? Toronto? Halifax?

examples:
From To Distance Time
YHZ DUB 2248 nm 4:10
YHZ SNN 2161 nm 4:00
YHZ PIK 2284 nm 4:14
YHZ STN 2500 nm 4:38
YUL DUB 2583 nm 4:47
YYZ DUB 2849 nm 5:17
YYZ PIK 2863 nm 5:18
YYZ MAN 2984 nm 5:32
YYZ SNN 2772 nm 5:08
YYZ STN 3104 nm 5:45
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:51 am

From To Distance Time
YHZ DUB 2248 nm 4:10
YHZ SNN 2161 nm 4:00
YHZ PIK 2284 nm 4:14
YHZ STN 2500 nm 4:38
YUL DUB 2583 nm 4:47
YYZ DUB 2849 nm 5:17
YYZ PIK 2863 nm 5:18
YYZ MAN 2984 nm 5:32
YYZ SNN 2772 nm 5:08
YYZ STN 3104 nm 5:45


Those times may be accurate block times for a 744, but definetley not for a 73G. YYZ-LHR is usually about 6-6.5 hrs in a A333, the 73G would tack on about half an hour to that.

If WS does expand to Europe, I could only see it being through YHZ or YYT, all the other routes are barely possible, but not with good loads.
 
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:55 am

Any word on service to KOA? I think the route would do well with a 737-700. I know AQ used to fly this route a year ago, I understand the loads were pretty good but they had cancel it becuase they needed the equipment elsewhere. AC also flew this route weekly but stopped because they couldn't fill their 763.
 
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:05 am

Quoting UA2162 (Reply 10):
AC also flew this route weekly but stopped because they couldn't fill their 763

AC still ops into KOA with 767. 1 X WEEK.
You can't get there from here.
 
dforce1
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Thu Sep 22, 2005 4:22 am

Brent Jang from the Globe & Mail reported that service would be to London from

Halifax with a 166 passenger 737-800

Toronto with a 136 passenger extended range 737-700 (not currently in their fleet)

This is all hypothetical if they chose to go across the Atlantic which I think would be a bad move on the WJ's part.
 
yeggerman
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Thu Sep 22, 2005 6:49 am

Quoting DFORCE1 (Reply 12):
This is all hypothetical if they chose to go across the Atlantic which I think would be a bad move on the WJ's part.

Agreed this would be a very bad move, maybe, and I say maybe in like 5-10 years once the entire market in Canada is being served and they have a much stronger presence in eastern Canada then they may go cross the pond, but not with a narrow body, they would have to step it up to something a little bigger.

IMHO
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9252fly
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:56 am

It's been very interesting watching WS evolve over the years. I've held the belief that they have had their hand forced and that is why we see them trying various routes outside of Canada. There are few new opportunities for them domestically,subject to a shake-out and takeover of Canjet. I feel for the employees,who may have believed that the days of endless expansion would never end. I wish them luck with thier new Hawaiian routes,which make for excellent aircraft utilization with an otherwise overnighting aircraft in YVR. It's clear that their Trans-border efforts have been somewhat hit and miss,as they must now compete with many US based carriers for passengers,without the benefit of playing the good guy,bad guy,Air Canada card,as was the case over the last few years domestically when AC was down on it's knees. Westjet is a well established company and will continue to offer Canadians an alternative,which is very important.
 
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ua2162
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Thu Sep 22, 2005 5:15 pm

Quoting TIMEAIR (Reply 11):
AC still ops into KOA with 767. 1 X WEEK.

Actually, they have stopped service. The timetable shows no such flight and all the AC signs in KOA have been taken down (I was just in the old AC terminal today.) The only flight showing on their timetable is an LAX flight (codeshare with UA.)

I wish they were still here, it was great to see them!
 
timeair
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RE: Westjet Announces Hawaii

Sat Sep 24, 2005 2:17 am

Quoting UA2162 (Reply 15):
The timetable shows no such flight

W.T.F.???

Your right, the flight was just removed from RESIII, that totally SUX!
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