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Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:33 am

I'm going to be flying out to Vancouver from Toronto in March to visit my cousin, and I'm just wondering which airline I should take. Is it pretty much six of this, half a dozen of the other, or is there a large descrepancy in terms of a better expreience and what not.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:34 am

Well AC has much cooler planes in my opinion.
WS's 737 NGs are kinda boring.
The -700s and the -800s aren't that bad, but if you're stuck
on the -600 then you better bring something good to read because there
is no IFE at all. Not even a radio. But the others have these awesome
satellite TVs with quite a wide variety of channels to chose from.
WS also has wonderful employees.
I've also had many great experiences with AC because their
employees are also very friendly most of the time.
from my overall experiences with both airlines,
I'd go with AC on this one, but if you book TODAY WS I believe has
50% off fares so if you want a great deal you should hurry up and book
the flight now if you are able to.

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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:12 pm

I find WS fares match AC's TANGO fares (50% Aeroplan miles), so if you want to accumulate FF miles with AC, you are going to be spending more on AC than with WS.

If FF miles are important, then AC's IFE is still behind WS (although with the E-Jets and Project XM, AC's IFE is improving dramatically).

If scheduling is important, AC has better frequencies than WS.

If business class is important, AC is your only choice (aside from HarmonyOne) in Canada.

If fleet option is important, AC has a better diversity of aircraft than WS.

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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:57 am

It's a tough call.
Both airlines have their pros and cons. AC has a wider selection of aircraft to fly on, more destinations, but on most planes no IFE, and I find the crew not as friendly as WS. WS on the other hand, has only 737's, (It's an all Boeing airline, I'm not complaining about that, but that means there's not much for plane selection.) can only fly to certain destinations, has IFE on almost all their aircraft, and the crew is generally very friendly. In my personal preference, I like AC more. Again, everything depends on what kind of person you are. You could be like me, and IFE is almost irrelevant to you, as you spent most of the time looking out the window anyways. You like flying on a bunch of different aircraft, instead of one. So you just have to classify yourself, and see which airline suits your needs

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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:58 am

WestJet - personal IFE (if it's YVR - YYZ it's almost guaranteed you'll have an aircraft with it), a much friendlier, active crew.

Other than that, I can't find much difference between the two airlines (unless large aircraft is a big issue for you)
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:26 am

As far as I am concerned I would say AC 100% although i have only been on WS once I was not as satisfied. I have traveled AC many times including the YVR-YYZ-YVR legs more then a dozen times. Having traveled both in Y and J. As i am sure you can imagine the J class will beat WS hands down any day even in one of the older 762s. As far as the Y is concerned i prefer AC as i feel alot more comfortable (this sais alot as i am 6'5). But it is always nice to get an emergency exit row. Firstly i (personally) feel that the A319/20/21 series is far Superior then the 737NG. But if possible i have always tried to get on a wide body. My favourite choice has always been flt# 142 which is usually a 333. If possible try and get a 333 as i feel the interior on them are the best, although if you do select a 763 or 320 you could get one those new XMed aircraft. The one things i did prefer from WS is they had the PTVs in every seat my only problem with them is you can not start/pause/stop on demand. As i have flown AC in J quite often i have really enjoyed the product on some of the 343s and all the 333s as you have 100% control over what you are watching. Overall my money would be on AC but as far as your trip is concerned it is up to you. Also it is important to realize that even though alot of Canadians say how much AC stinks, it doesn't i have enjoyed my travels i have used AC to travel to many places from Australia Asia Europe the Caribbean alot of domestic travel and more, and have no regrets in choosing them for future travels. The only thing i would wish AC changes is how the ignore YVR when it comes to expanding, it seems that anywhere i want to go i have to conect either through YYZ or use LH and go to FRA. Enjoy your trip!

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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Fri Nov 03, 2006 6:09 pm

After my last experience with AC, both domestic and international on a trip in September, I would be more than willing to give WestJet a chance. More and more, it seems that AC is letting the Y service slip, not a good time to be doing this when most other airlines are making a steady effort to improve. The most noticable of this was on the TransAtlantic, would compare to Zoom Air or Air Transat, only with free booze. I personally wish AC would start to charge again for cocktails, then maybe I could get a drink when, and how, I want it. I know a lot of people who take WestJet regularly and have no complaints, only praise. I know a lot of people who take AC regularly and have many complaints. I was always a believer in AC great service etc. and tried to defend them over the years when I heard rants. My last few trips, however, have really started to change my opinions. Whichever you choose, have a great trip.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sat Nov 04, 2006 4:43 am

Only if I could choose, westjet to fly for first time in my life in a 736.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:36 am

Fly AC if you like the wide-bodies.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:48 pm

I don’t know why everyone tries to compare the two airlines... The media and public make it seem like they are competing with each other. West jet is domestic; Air Canada is International and Cargo. Ever compare the rates on domestic routs? I’m pretty sure you will always find the most affordable rate with west jet.

So do you think Air Canada is in competition with West jet? I think not. If Air Canada wanted they could get rid of West jet by offering lower fares, but then they would have a Monopoly, and the public would not like that. As long as Air Canada focuses on its priority, international and cargo, and west jet stays on its turf, domestic, Air Canada and West jet are friends.

So if you want the best fare go with west jet… I guess if money is no issue, fly whatever aircraft you like...

And for the hopefuls that think westjet should expand to over-seas, i doubt it would ever happen, it would spoil the friendship they have...
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:44 am


The notion that WestJet offers the lowest fares is not true. I have found that when booking, that Air Canada often undercuts WestJet by large amounts. Case in point, When I looked at flying from Halifax-Hamilton for a friend, AC was 325, and WestJet was 425. That's quite a difference. Also, I'd choose AC, because of more flights, more variety of aircraft, and generally I did not find that WestJet lived up to the hype that they proclaim. While their IFE is good, it depends on when you fly. I flew on a weekday morning, and their was nothing that I wanted to watch, mind you if I was flying at a time that "primetime" on television, then I would probably have enjoyed it more. Just my 2 cents.....
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:02 am

Quoting AY104 (Reply 6):
After my last experience with AC, both domestic and international on a trip in September, I would be more than willing to give WestJet a chance.

Interesting. I have exactly the opposite feeling. I found the AC staff's attitude very good lately. Miles away from my first experience with AC in 2001.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:55 am

I have recently flown on both airlines: YUL to MCO on AC & YUL to HOG on Westjet. Given the choice, I would pick Westjet over AC.

There was not much difference in the airfare between the two airlines (I had compared the costs for both destinations).

Cost aside, I found that the Westjet staff was a lot friendlier. There seems to be a more fun attitude about Westjet. I also found the 737-700 we were on to be a great aircraft. Besides being almost brand new, I enjoyed looking out the window and seeing the winglet adorned with the titles. I had never flown on a 737 with winglets before that. The winglets were a lot larger than I expected.

As an example of their level of customer service, my wife is afraid to fly and she told one of the stewardesses before getting on the Westjet flight. The stewardess told her to wait where she was while she got someone to talk to her. No sooner does the pilot himself come out to talk to her. Talking directly to the pilot made her feel a lot better and I got a good glimpse of the cockpit (which isn't as easy as it used to be).

I don't mind flying either airline but I think that Westjet has the edge when it comes to customer service.

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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sat Nov 11, 2006 6:02 pm

Westjet has clearer and cleaner T.V's and has potential to go big thats why I chose them over Air Canada. Seats are more comfortable and they look more into a customers expectations than making money.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Sun Nov 12, 2006 2:46 am

"Westjet has clearer and cleaner T.V's and has potential to go big thats why I chose them over Air Canada."

I have to disagree. If you mean "go big" as in expand internationaly, its very unlikely, but you never know, maybe in the distant future.

The advantage that westjet has over aircanada domesticly is its common fleet. That makes things like maintainance, and training for pilots more affordable id assume.

Its only disadvantage is short routs where an embraer is more economical, and thats where Aircanada has an edge. I think westjet could use something along the line of an embraer for short flights.

However the embraers at AirCanada are already having troubles with maintainance, and they are the worst aircraft that AC has as far as a ground workers perspective.
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RE: Air Canada Or Westjet?

Wed Nov 15, 2006 2:53 am

Since most of my domestic flights are cnx's to international flights, so I usually go with AC, even if I'm not taking AC overseas.

My advice, compare the schedules and the prices and go from there. I can guarantee you that for a 4.5 hour trans-con flight, you won't notice much difference between the two other then the types of aircraft and the colour of the interior.
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