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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:26 am

LMFNINJA wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:

I live in Toronto and that the last flight I would take to Europe would be a WS narrow body A321XLR. Flights from Toronto to the major cities of Europe is such a large market that many people, myself included, would not take a narrow body plane when AC, Transat and all the European airlines use wide body aircraft. If WS does order the A321XLR, which I doubt since it has always been an all Boeing airline, then I doubt A321 XLR flights would have a high load factor.


See the problem with this comment is that the general public doesn't really care about what type of aircraft is being used at the end of the day if the flight with the A321LR is 1$ cheaper thats the flight they are booking.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:22 am

Tonight’s schedule update has the MAX removed until early April now. Same cuts as March.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:48 am

LMFNINJA wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:
Things I'd like to see from WestJet in 2020:
 



3. Airbus 321XLRs. The one aircraft on the market that I believe could be a real game-changer for WestJet is the Airbus 321XLR. In a nutshell, it offers narrowbody CASM but widebody range. Depending on the configuration, it can do 4000-4700 nm with 220-244 seats (I'd gather a hypothetical WS A321XLR would have ~225-230 seats) As WJ is always looking for an advantage over AC, this is the aircraft that can give it to them. And Air Canada is doing all but a handful of European routes with widebodies. A WJ A321XLR could do YYZ to much of Europe, YYZ to much of South America, or YYC / YEG to Hawaii. Imagine a WestJet network with 10-15 nightly A321XLR departures from YYZ each night to Europe, with the B787 fleet focusing on Western Canada to Europe and on the heavier YYZ - European routes. In a way, this would render their B787s more effective, as with their current route structure, WJ barely touches the sweet spot of the B787's best efficiencies. Nothing against YYZ LGW, but the B787 is ideally suited for YVR LGW, or heck YVR LGW / HKG / NRT / SEL / PEK. Hence A321XLRs would free up the B787s for more far-flung destinations, but keep the WJ presence at an efficient cost structure to much of their existing route. Sounds like a winner to me.

I live in Toronto and that the last flight I would take to Europe would be a WS narrow body A321XLR. Flights from Toronto to the major cities of Europe is such a large market that many people, myself included, would not take a narrow body plane when AC, Transat and all the European airlines use wide body aircraft. If WS does order the A321XLR, which I doubt since it has always been an all Boeing airline, then I doubt A321 XLR flights would have a high load factor.


The times they are a changin'. This summer, Air Transat is going to have double dailies YYZ LGW with their A321NEOs. A number of their YUL - Europe routes are going to be done with the NEOs. Most passengers wouldn't have the ability to distinguish an A321 from a hypothetical widebody on a YYZ or YUL - Euro route in the booking process. The biggest determiners would be price and schedule. Alternatively, look how the old Continental expanded their reach with EWR to Europe routes in their B757s about 12-15 years ago, and how several of the US legacy carriers followed in their footsteps. .
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:28 pm

alexdelzotto1 wrote:
LMFNINJA wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:

I live in Toronto and that the last flight I would take to Europe would be a WS narrow body A321XLR. Flights from Toronto to the major cities of Europe is such a large market that many people, myself included, would not take a narrow body plane when AC, Transat and all the European airlines use wide body aircraft. If WS does order the A321XLR, which I doubt since it has always been an all Boeing airline, then I doubt A321 XLR flights would have a high load factor.


See the problem with this comment is that the general public doesn't really care about what type of aircraft is being used at the end of the day if the flight with the A321LR is 1$ cheaper thats the flight they are booking.

Couldn’t agree more if Harry, Molloy and the two kids find the right price they will go. Standing room only they will still go LOL
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:20 am

WS7M8 wrote:
The times they are a changin'. This summer, Air Transat is going to have double dailies YYZ LGW with their A321NEOs. A number of their YUL - Europe routes are going to be done with the NEOs. Most passengers wouldn't have the ability to distinguish an A321 from a hypothetical widebody on a YYZ or YUL - Euro route in the booking process. The biggest determiners would be price and schedule. Alternatively, look how the old Continental expanded their reach with EWR to Europe routes in their B757s about 12-15 years ago, and how several of the US legacy carriers followed in their footsteps. .


Transat is a leisure airline, and when that's true then yes you are right. But WS is trying to break out of that mode. Business travellers do care about what aircraft they are on because they consider other things besides price, including schedule and comfort.

I just can't see WS wanting to invest in a mixed fleet, and even if they did, they wouldn't want to put them at YYZ when they are trying to attract business traffic. I could maybe see if if they got A231XLRs with JetBlue Mint type configurations. However, I think in the new while, you will see 789s going to Europe from YYZ with 7M8 service from YHZ. If, and this is a big if, we hit July with no end in sight to the grounding, then maybe you will see WS putting in an Airbus order. Of course they wouldn't see the aircraft for another 4-5 years either way.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:40 pm

WS7M8 wrote:
Things I'd like to see from WestJet in 2020:
 
1. I'd almost write this in bold and caps as I believe it is paramount to their future: Grow the YYZ widebody departures. I do get what they are trying to build in YYC....almost like a poor poor man's version of AC's YYZ Global Hub. But I firmly believe they can be moving elsewhere at the same time. They are taking their time finding the right balance for flights that go 1-2-3 times per week YYC - Europe, when if they'd move the departure to YYZ, they'd have the biggest market in Canada not to mention the benefit of 100+ connecting flights. Here are just a few markets that are proven winners in the Canadian summer that with the right tweaking they could easily do: FCO, CDG, AMS, MAN, DUB.

Thus far their B767s are only committed to 3 weekly summer flights (BCN) for 2020. I am really looking forward to them announcing their summer schedule at some point in the next month. LIkely the Max 8 situation is impacting things and they are keeping the B767s in reserve to cover trunk flying (YYC-YYZ) as this will free up 737s for other things. In a perfect world, even with a small fleet of 4 B767s, that is 3-4 European flights you could run per day. Were it me, I'd build the schedule based on three Euro flights per nights (three aircraft committed) with the fourth as a spare as the WS B767s have had reliability issues. Three flights per night is 21 flights per week. Subtracting the 3 BCN rotations that are already loaded in their schedule, that would leave 18 possible rotations to throw at Europe on a weekly basis. As they have already started taking bookings for FCO from YYC, I'm sure they've developed some data already for it (not to mention years of codesharing with Alitalia). Say 5-6 FCO rotations (Alitalia is a weak company who are having financial issues seemingly every year), 4-6 weekly YYZ CDG rotations and 3 weekly YYZ MAN and YYZ DUB rotations and their schedule starts to fill out the way it should. They could even get exotic and do YUL CDG (aircraft on a W pattern YYZ - CDG - YUL - CDG  - YUL) as YUL CDG is a guaranteed winner in Canada. YYZ MAD, YYZ - Germany, YYZ AMS are all routes that have tremendous demand from Canada and Europe in the summer months.

Regardless of how they do it, the Air Canada - Air Transat merger is giving them a unique opportunity to grow their presence at YYZ and they have got to start claiming their piece of the pie, or someone else will. And I do get their Western Canadian heritage plus trying to squeeze everything they can out of YYC, including that new hangar and departure fee breaks. And I know that they have historically moved in a conservative way as every route has to carry its weight. But opening routes from Eastern Canada to FCO, CDG, or other popular European destinations is going to take place in the WJ universe at some point in the short term future.....might as well use the B767s as a trial.

2. A follow-on widebody order. I too expect Onex to confirm the 10 B787 options, plus likely do some sort of add-on, 20-30 seems about right.

3. Airbus 321XLRs. The one aircraft on the market that I believe could be a real game-changer for WestJet is the Airbus 321XLR. In a nutshell, it offers narrowbody CASM but widebody range. Depending on the configuration, it can do 4000-4700 nm with 220-244 seats (I'd gather a hypothetical WS A321XLR would have ~225-230 seats) As WJ is always looking for an advantage over AC, this is the aircraft that can give it to them. And Air Canada is doing all but a handful of European routes with widebodies. A WJ A321XLR could do YYZ to much of Europe, YYZ to much of South America, or YYC / YEG to Hawaii. Imagine a WestJet network with 10-15 nightly A321XLR departures from YYZ each night to Europe, with the B787 fleet focusing on Western Canada to Europe and on the heavier YYZ - European routes. In a way, this would render their B787s more effective, as with their current route structure, WJ barely touches the sweet spot of the B787's best efficiencies. Nothing against YYZ LGW, but the B787 is ideally suited for YVR LGW, or heck YVR LGW / HKG / NRT / SEL / PEK. Hence A321XLRs would free up the B787s for more far-flung destinations, but keep the WJ presence at an efficient cost structure to much of their existing route. Sounds like a winner to me.

4. Some sort of regional jet at the WestJet Encore level, or a true 100-seat airplane such as the A220 at WestJet. There is too big of a gap in the WestJet network, between the Encore Q400s that can do ~500 nm with 78 passengers, and the smallest WestJet mainline product, the B737-600, which they have brought down to 113 seats. They need a 75-100 seater with 1500 nm range to fill in a lot of possibilities in their network.

5. Growing the WestJet Link product in Canada West / bringing it to Central and Eastern Canada. At the same time, there is also a gap below what WestJet Encore's Q400s enable. Something like a Saab 340 or DHC8 of either the 37 or 50 seat variety would let WestJet to enter or augment a number of markets that are just too small for Encore at present. . 


It seems like they have applied and received DUB slots for a 4w YYZ-DUB on a 7M8. Slots are 0755 arrival and 0925 departure. Could easily be a 763 deployment as well given its availability.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:38 pm

yulexpansion wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:
Things I'd like to see from WestJet in 2020:
 
1. I'd almost write this in bold and caps as I believe it is paramount to their future: Grow the YYZ widebody departures. I do get what they are trying to build in YYC....almost like a poor poor man's version of AC's YYZ Global Hub. But I firmly believe they can be moving elsewhere at the same time. They are taking their time finding the right balance for flights that go 1-2-3 times per week YYC - Europe, when if they'd move the departure to YYZ, they'd have the biggest market in Canada not to mention the benefit of 100+ connecting flights. Here are just a few markets that are proven winners in the Canadian summer that with the right tweaking they could easily do: FCO, CDG, AMS, MAN, DUB.

Thus far their B767s are only committed to 3 weekly summer flights (BCN) for 2020. I am really looking forward to them announcing their summer schedule at some point in the next month. LIkely the Max 8 situation is impacting things and they are keeping the B767s in reserve to cover trunk flying (YYC-YYZ) as this will free up 737s for other things. In a perfect world, even with a small fleet of 4 B767s, that is 3-4 European flights you could run per day. Were it me, I'd build the schedule based on three Euro flights per nights (three aircraft committed) with the fourth as a spare as the WS B767s have had reliability issues. Three flights per night is 21 flights per week. Subtracting the 3 BCN rotations that are already loaded in their schedule, that would leave 18 possible rotations to throw at Europe on a weekly basis. As they have already started taking bookings for FCO from YYC, I'm sure they've developed some data already for it (not to mention years of codesharing with Alitalia). Say 5-6 FCO rotations (Alitalia is a weak company who are having financial issues seemingly every year), 4-6 weekly YYZ CDG rotations and 3 weekly YYZ MAN and YYZ DUB rotations and their schedule starts to fill out the way it should. They could even get exotic and do YUL CDG (aircraft on a W pattern YYZ - CDG - YUL - CDG  - YUL) as YUL CDG is a guaranteed winner in Canada. YYZ MAD, YYZ - Germany, YYZ AMS are all routes that have tremendous demand from Canada and Europe in the summer months.

Regardless of how they do it, the Air Canada - Air Transat merger is giving them a unique opportunity to grow their presence at YYZ and they have got to start claiming their piece of the pie, or someone else will. And I do get their Western Canadian heritage plus trying to squeeze everything they can out of YYC, including that new hangar and departure fee breaks. And I know that they have historically moved in a conservative way as every route has to carry its weight. But opening routes from Eastern Canada to FCO, CDG, or other popular European destinations is going to take place in the WJ universe at some point in the short term future.....might as well use the B767s as a trial.

2. A follow-on widebody order. I too expect Onex to confirm the 10 B787 options, plus likely do some sort of add-on, 20-30 seems about right.

3. Airbus 321XLRs. The one aircraft on the market that I believe could be a real game-changer for WestJet is the Airbus 321XLR. In a nutshell, it offers narrowbody CASM but widebody range. Depending on the configuration, it can do 4000-4700 nm with 220-244 seats (I'd gather a hypothetical WS A321XLR would have ~225-230 seats) As WJ is always looking for an advantage over AC, this is the aircraft that can give it to them. And Air Canada is doing all but a handful of European routes with widebodies. A WJ A321XLR could do YYZ to much of Europe, YYZ to much of South America, or YYC / YEG to Hawaii. Imagine a WestJet network with 10-15 nightly A321XLR departures from YYZ each night to Europe, with the B787 fleet focusing on Western Canada to Europe and on the heavier YYZ - European routes. In a way, this would render their B787s more effective, as with their current route structure, WJ barely touches the sweet spot of the B787's best efficiencies. Nothing against YYZ LGW, but the B787 is ideally suited for YVR LGW, or heck YVR LGW / HKG / NRT / SEL / PEK. Hence A321XLRs would free up the B787s for more far-flung destinations, but keep the WJ presence at an efficient cost structure to much of their existing route. Sounds like a winner to me.

4. Some sort of regional jet at the WestJet Encore level, or a true 100-seat airplane such as the A220 at WestJet. There is too big of a gap in the WestJet network, between the Encore Q400s that can do ~500 nm with 78 passengers, and the smallest WestJet mainline product, the B737-600, which they have brought down to 113 seats. They need a 75-100 seater with 1500 nm range to fill in a lot of possibilities in their network.

5. Growing the WestJet Link product in Canada West / bringing it to Central and Eastern Canada. At the same time, there is also a gap below what WestJet Encore's Q400s enable. Something like a Saab 340 or DHC8 of either the 37 or 50 seat variety would let WestJet to enter or augment a number of markets that are just too small for Encore at present. . 


It seems like they have applied and received DUB slots for a 4w YYZ-DUB on a 7M8. Slots are 0755 arrival and 0925 departure. Could easily be a 763 deployment as well given its availability.


Any idea if/when they will announce this service?
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:54 pm

Westjet also hold 4 weekly slots at MAN for a B78M service to YHZ, starting May 1st. WS96/97 flight nos.

However, I don't expect the max to be in service this summer, so could easily fall by the wayside for this summer.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:55 pm

EIEIDW wrote:
yulexpansion wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:
Things I'd like to see from WestJet in 2020:
 
1. I'd almost write this in bold and caps as I believe it is paramount to their future: Grow the YYZ widebody departures. I do get what they are trying to build in YYC....almost like a poor poor man's version of AC's YYZ Global Hub. But I firmly believe they can be moving elsewhere at the same time. They are taking their time finding the right balance for flights that go 1-2-3 times per week YYC - Europe, when if they'd move the departure to YYZ, they'd have the biggest market in Canada not to mention the benefit of 100+ connecting flights. Here are just a few markets that are proven winners in the Canadian summer that with the right tweaking they could easily do: FCO, CDG, AMS, MAN, DUB.

Thus far their B767s are only committed to 3 weekly summer flights (BCN) for 2020. I am really looking forward to them announcing their summer schedule at some point in the next month. LIkely the Max 8 situation is impacting things and they are keeping the B767s in reserve to cover trunk flying (YYC-YYZ) as this will free up 737s for other things. In a perfect world, even with a small fleet of 4 B767s, that is 3-4 European flights you could run per day. Were it me, I'd build the schedule based on three Euro flights per nights (three aircraft committed) with the fourth as a spare as the WS B767s have had reliability issues. Three flights per night is 21 flights per week. Subtracting the 3 BCN rotations that are already loaded in their schedule, that would leave 18 possible rotations to throw at Europe on a weekly basis. As they have already started taking bookings for FCO from YYC, I'm sure they've developed some data already for it (not to mention years of codesharing with Alitalia). Say 5-6 FCO rotations (Alitalia is a weak company who are having financial issues seemingly every year), 4-6 weekly YYZ CDG rotations and 3 weekly YYZ MAN and YYZ DUB rotations and their schedule starts to fill out the way it should. They could even get exotic and do YUL CDG (aircraft on a W pattern YYZ - CDG - YUL - CDG  - YUL) as YUL CDG is a guaranteed winner in Canada. YYZ MAD, YYZ - Germany, YYZ AMS are all routes that have tremendous demand from Canada and Europe in the summer months.

Regardless of how they do it, the Air Canada - Air Transat merger is giving them a unique opportunity to grow their presence at YYZ and they have got to start claiming their piece of the pie, or someone else will. And I do get their Western Canadian heritage plus trying to squeeze everything they can out of YYC, including that new hangar and departure fee breaks. And I know that they have historically moved in a conservative way as every route has to carry its weight. But opening routes from Eastern Canada to FCO, CDG, or other popular European destinations is going to take place in the WJ universe at some point in the short term future.....might as well use the B767s as a trial.

2. A follow-on widebody order. I too expect Onex to confirm the 10 B787 options, plus likely do some sort of add-on, 20-30 seems about right.

3. Airbus 321XLRs. The one aircraft on the market that I believe could be a real game-changer for WestJet is the Airbus 321XLR. In a nutshell, it offers narrowbody CASM but widebody range. Depending on the configuration, it can do 4000-4700 nm with 220-244 seats (I'd gather a hypothetical WS A321XLR would have ~225-230 seats) As WJ is always looking for an advantage over AC, this is the aircraft that can give it to them. And Air Canada is doing all but a handful of European routes with widebodies. A WJ A321XLR could do YYZ to much of Europe, YYZ to much of South America, or YYC / YEG to Hawaii. Imagine a WestJet network with 10-15 nightly A321XLR departures from YYZ each night to Europe, with the B787 fleet focusing on Western Canada to Europe and on the heavier YYZ - European routes. In a way, this would render their B787s more effective, as with their current route structure, WJ barely touches the sweet spot of the B787's best efficiencies. Nothing against YYZ LGW, but the B787 is ideally suited for YVR LGW, or heck YVR LGW / HKG / NRT / SEL / PEK. Hence A321XLRs would free up the B787s for more far-flung destinations, but keep the WJ presence at an efficient cost structure to much of their existing route. Sounds like a winner to me.

4. Some sort of regional jet at the WestJet Encore level, or a true 100-seat airplane such as the A220 at WestJet. There is too big of a gap in the WestJet network, between the Encore Q400s that can do ~500 nm with 78 passengers, and the smallest WestJet mainline product, the B737-600, which they have brought down to 113 seats. They need a 75-100 seater with 1500 nm range to fill in a lot of possibilities in their network.

5. Growing the WestJet Link product in Canada West / bringing it to Central and Eastern Canada. At the same time, there is also a gap below what WestJet Encore's Q400s enable. Something like a Saab 340 or DHC8 of either the 37 or 50 seat variety would let WestJet to enter or augment a number of markets that are just too small for Encore at present. . 


It seems like they have applied and received DUB slots for a 4w YYZ-DUB on a 7M8. Slots are 0755 arrival and 0925 departure. Could easily be a 763 deployment as well given its availability.


Any idea if/when they will announce this service?


If it’s on a MAX, I suspect we’ll be waiting for that announcement.....
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:09 pm

EIEIDW wrote:
yulexpansion wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:
Things I'd like to see from WestJet in 2020:
 
1. I'd almost write this in bold and caps as I believe it is paramount to their future: Grow the YYZ widebody departures. I do get what they are trying to build in YYC....almost like a poor poor man's version of AC's YYZ Global Hub. But I firmly believe they can be moving elsewhere at the same time. They are taking their time finding the right balance for flights that go 1-2-3 times per week YYC - Europe, when if they'd move the departure to YYZ, they'd have the biggest market in Canada not to mention the benefit of 100+ connecting flights. Here are just a few markets that are proven winners in the Canadian summer that with the right tweaking they could easily do: FCO, CDG, AMS, MAN, DUB.

Thus far their B767s are only committed to 3 weekly summer flights (BCN) for 2020. I am really looking forward to them announcing their summer schedule at some point in the next month. LIkely the Max 8 situation is impacting things and they are keeping the B767s in reserve to cover trunk flying (YYC-YYZ) as this will free up 737s for other things. In a perfect world, even with a small fleet of 4 B767s, that is 3-4 European flights you could run per day. Were it me, I'd build the schedule based on three Euro flights per nights (three aircraft committed) with the fourth as a spare as the WS B767s have had reliability issues. Three flights per night is 21 flights per week. Subtracting the 3 BCN rotations that are already loaded in their schedule, that would leave 18 possible rotations to throw at Europe on a weekly basis. As they have already started taking bookings for FCO from YYC, I'm sure they've developed some data already for it (not to mention years of codesharing with Alitalia). Say 5-6 FCO rotations (Alitalia is a weak company who are having financial issues seemingly every year), 4-6 weekly YYZ CDG rotations and 3 weekly YYZ MAN and YYZ DUB rotations and their schedule starts to fill out the way it should. They could even get exotic and do YUL CDG (aircraft on a W pattern YYZ - CDG - YUL - CDG  - YUL) as YUL CDG is a guaranteed winner in Canada. YYZ MAD, YYZ - Germany, YYZ AMS are all routes that have tremendous demand from Canada and Europe in the summer months.

Regardless of how they do it, the Air Canada - Air Transat merger is giving them a unique opportunity to grow their presence at YYZ and they have got to start claiming their piece of the pie, or someone else will. And I do get their Western Canadian heritage plus trying to squeeze everything they can out of YYC, including that new hangar and departure fee breaks. And I know that they have historically moved in a conservative way as every route has to carry its weight. But opening routes from Eastern Canada to FCO, CDG, or other popular European destinations is going to take place in the WJ universe at some point in the short term future.....might as well use the B767s as a trial.

2. A follow-on widebody order. I too expect Onex to confirm the 10 B787 options, plus likely do some sort of add-on, 20-30 seems about right.

3. Airbus 321XLRs. The one aircraft on the market that I believe could be a real game-changer for WestJet is the Airbus 321XLR. In a nutshell, it offers narrowbody CASM but widebody range. Depending on the configuration, it can do 4000-4700 nm with 220-244 seats (I'd gather a hypothetical WS A321XLR would have ~225-230 seats) As WJ is always looking for an advantage over AC, this is the aircraft that can give it to them. And Air Canada is doing all but a handful of European routes with widebodies. A WJ A321XLR could do YYZ to much of Europe, YYZ to much of South America, or YYC / YEG to Hawaii. Imagine a WestJet network with 10-15 nightly A321XLR departures from YYZ each night to Europe, with the B787 fleet focusing on Western Canada to Europe and on the heavier YYZ - European routes. In a way, this would render their B787s more effective, as with their current route structure, WJ barely touches the sweet spot of the B787's best efficiencies. Nothing against YYZ LGW, but the B787 is ideally suited for YVR LGW, or heck YVR LGW / HKG / NRT / SEL / PEK. Hence A321XLRs would free up the B787s for more far-flung destinations, but keep the WJ presence at an efficient cost structure to much of their existing route. Sounds like a winner to me.

4. Some sort of regional jet at the WestJet Encore level, or a true 100-seat airplane such as the A220 at WestJet. There is too big of a gap in the WestJet network, between the Encore Q400s that can do ~500 nm with 78 passengers, and the smallest WestJet mainline product, the B737-600, which they have brought down to 113 seats. They need a 75-100 seater with 1500 nm range to fill in a lot of possibilities in their network.

5. Growing the WestJet Link product in Canada West / bringing it to Central and Eastern Canada. At the same time, there is also a gap below what WestJet Encore's Q400s enable. Something like a Saab 340 or DHC8 of either the 37 or 50 seat variety would let WestJet to enter or augment a number of markets that are just too small for Encore at present. . 


It seems like they have applied and received DUB slots for a 4w YYZ-DUB on a 7M8. Slots are 0755 arrival and 0925 departure. Could easily be a 763 deployment as well given its availability.


Any idea if/when they will announce this service?


Summer schedule is typically announced at the end of January. This is when YHZ-LGW/CDG was announced a few years back too.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:19 pm

https://blog.westjet.com/westjet-update ... il-4-2020/

Full details on WS MAX reductions until April 4.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:58 am

User001 wrote:
Westjet also hold 4 weekly slots at MAN for a B78M service to YHZ, starting May 1st. WS96/97 flight nos.

However, I don't expect the max to be in service this summer, so could easily fall by the wayside for this summer.


Same with the 3 slots they were awarded to launch YOW-LGW...unless they use the 763, which I doubt with very few onward connections at either end.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:38 pm

I was wondering if its possible for WS to add SMF & SJC out of YYC with WS Encore? Are the Q400's range good for those routes? It could add connecting pax to WS Europe and Eastern Canada network.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:05 pm

Next 789 will be registered C-GKKN, delivery date is February 6th.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:02 pm

LMFNINJA wrote:
I live in Toronto and that the last flight I would take to Europe would be a WS narrow body A321XLR. Flights from Toronto to the major cities of Europe is such a large market that many people, myself included, would not take a narrow body plane when AC, Transat and all the European airlines use wide body aircraft. If WS does order the A321XLR, which I doubt since it has always been an all Boeing airline, then I doubt A321 XLR flights would have a high load factor.


The success of Transat's ULCC config A330s, really shows how little the Canadian market cares about market. And Transat is possibly larger than Air Canada across the Atlantic. Their 321LR operation is doing well and growing, showing how strong the market is for more direct and frequent flights, even if they are on a narrowbody. Would add the 321LR is probably more comfortable than their 330s.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:05 pm

TObound wrote:
LMFNINJA wrote:
I live in Toronto and that the last flight I would take to Europe would be a WS narrow body A321XLR. Flights from Toronto to the major cities of Europe is such a large market that many people, myself included, would not take a narrow body plane when AC, Transat and all the European airlines use wide body aircraft. If WS does order the A321XLR, which I doubt since it has always been an all Boeing airline, then I doubt A321 XLR flights would have a high load factor.


The success of Transat's ULCC config A330s, really shows how little the Canadian market cares about market. And Transat is possibly larger than Air Canada across the Atlantic. Their 321LR operation is doing well and growing, showing how strong the market is for more direct and frequent flights, even if they are on a narrowbody. Would add the 321LR is probably more comfortable than their 330s.

I've seen this argument before but I think in most markets where XLR's are flying it's going to be an XLR or a connection, which do you think most people are going to favor?
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:08 pm

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3. Airbus 321XLRs. The one aircraft on the market that I believe could be a real game-changer for WestJet is the Airbus 321XLR. In a nutshell, it offers narrowbody CASM but widebody range. Depending on the configuration, it can do 4000-4700 nm with 220-244 seats (I'd gather a hypothetical WS A321XLR would have ~225-230 seats) As WJ is always looking for an advantage over AC, this is the aircraft that can give it to them. And Air Canada is doing all but a handful of European routes with widebodies. A WJ A321XLR could do YYZ to much of Europe, YYZ to much of South America, or YYC / YEG to Hawaii. Imagine a WestJet network with 10-15 nightly A321XLR departures from YYZ each night to Europe, with the B787 fleet focusing on Western Canada to Europe and on the heavier YYZ - European routes. In a way, this would render their B787s more effective, as with their current route structure, WJ barely touches the sweet spot of the B787's best efficiencies. Nothing against YYZ LGW, but the B787 is ideally suited for YVR LGW, or heck YVR LGW / HKG / NRT / SEL / PEK. Hence A321XLRs would free up the B787s for more far-flung destinations, but keep the WJ presence at an efficient cost structure to much of their existing route. Sounds like a winner to me.

 

Narrowbody CASM?
you do realize narrowbodies have higher CASM then widebodies the only market where its going to work (for legacy cost base airlines) is where your options are XLR or connection because you can get a premium their.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:11 pm

I am wondering if WS is better off converting a handful of orders from the 789 to 78J. Surely, that would help in London.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:21 pm

alexdelzotto1 wrote:
LMFNINJA wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:

I live in Toronto and that the last flight I would take to Europe would be a WS narrow body A321XLR. Flights from Toronto to the major cities of Europe is such a large market that many people, myself included, would not take a narrow body plane when AC, Transat and all the European airlines use wide body aircraft. If WS does order the A321XLR, which I doubt since it has always been an all Boeing airline, then I doubt A321 XLR flights would have a high load factor.


See the problem with this comment is that the general public doesn't really care about what type of aircraft is being used at the end of the day if the flight with the A321LR is 1$ cheaper thats the flight they are booking.


I also live in Toronto and have taken narrowbodies to Europe from here multiple times... I really don't get this hang up with narrowbodies. Far more comfortable than Transats 310/330 which I'll only ever fly in Club as Y is just too excruciatingly painful. 321LR/XLR no issue, bit I will be avoiding when MAX returns. I'm not price conscious and always book route/airline depending on metal.

Hoping no MAX flights to DUB as they'll be avoided.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:50 pm

ShamrockBoi330 wrote:
alexdelzotto1 wrote:
LMFNINJA wrote:


See the problem with this comment is that the general public doesn't really care about what type of aircraft is being used at the end of the day if the flight with the A321LR is 1$ cheaper thats the flight they are booking.


I also live in Toronto and have taken narrowbodies to Europe from here multiple times... I really don't get this hang up with narrowbodies. Far more comfortable than Transats 310/330 which I'll only ever fly in Club as Y is just too excruciatingly painful. 321LR/XLR no issue, bit I will be avoiding when MAX returns. I'm not price conscious and always book route/airline depending on metal.

Hoping no MAX flights to DUB as they'll be avoided
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I don't think that will be an issue, as even if the Max were to operate in S2020 (which is anyone's guess), I don't think its range will suffice for YYZ DUB, which according to GCMap is 2849 nm. Tack on a few extra miles for non-direct routings and alternate fuel and although the aircraft could make it eastbound, westbound it wouldn't.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=dub-yyz-cd ... =nm&SU=mph

Just for grins, I threw in a few other routes that WestJet has done or probably has looked at.

YHZ CDG they did in S2018, that is 2640nm and the Captain told me the airplane had limits on the return flight.
YYZ CDG is 3200 + nm, too much for a Max 8.
YUL CDG is 2991 nm, likely just a little too far for a WestJet Max 8
YQB CDG is 2866 nm, sort of like YYZ DUB, doable but limited on the westbound return.

These are the kind of routes where the Airbus 321NEO and especially the A321XLR are going to shine, as they have that extra hour or two of range that the Max 8 doesn't have, which opens up so many more possibilities.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:02 pm

WS7M8 wrote:
ShamrockBoi330 wrote:
alexdelzotto1 wrote:

See the problem with this comment is that the general public doesn't really care about what type of aircraft is being used at the end of the day if the flight with the A321LR is 1$ cheaper thats the flight they are booking.


I also live in Toronto and have taken narrowbodies to Europe from here multiple times... I really don't get this hang up with narrowbodies. Far more comfortable than Transats 310/330 which I'll only ever fly in Club as Y is just too excruciatingly painful. 321LR/XLR no issue, bit I will be avoiding when MAX returns. I'm not price conscious and always book route/airline depending on metal.

Hoping no MAX flights to DUB as they'll be avoided
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I don't think that will be an issue, as even if the Max were to operate in S2020 (which is anyone's guess), I don't think its range will suffice for YYZ DUB, which according to GCMap is 2849 nm. Tack on a few extra miles for non-direct routings and alternate fuel and although the aircraft could make it eastbound, westbound it wouldn't.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=dub-yyz-cd ... =nm&SU=mph

Just for grins, I threw in a few other routes that WestJet has done or probably has looked at.

YHZ CDG they did in S2018, that is 2640nm and the Captain told me the airplane had limits on the return flight.
YYZ CDG is 3200 + nm, too much for a Max 8.
YUL CDG is 2991 nm, likely just a little too far for a WestJet Max 8
YQB CDG is 2866 nm, sort of like YYZ DUB, doable but limited on the westbound return.

These are the kind of routes where the Airbus 321NEO and especially the A321XLR are going to shine, as they have that extra hour or two of range that the Max 8 doesn't have, which opens up so many more possibilities.


Totally agree about the A321, no doubt it's better in this role, but sub 3000nm, the max can hold its own. I used to know an AC max captain, I asked him about yyz-snn, he said that they could go full pax and bags, occasionally taking some freight. YYZ-DUB on a slightly denser WA max 8 should fall into a fairly similar performance area, yeah it's doable, though they may have to limit loads ever so slightly.

Speaking of which, there is a "special announcement" on Thursday at a pub in YHZ, likely announcing yhz-man, could possibly contain the yyz-dub announcement as well.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:07 pm

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I was wondering if its possible for WS to add SMF & SJC out of YYC with WS Encore? Are the Q400's range good for those routes? It could add connecting pax to WS Europe and Eastern Canada network.


This is a really interesting question you raise.

I plugged what you suggested into GCMap

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=yyc-smf-yy ... =nm&SU=mph

One of the gaps in WestJet's network is a 75-100 seat airplane (jet) that can do 800-1500 nm.

My guess is both those markets would be appealing to them from either YVR or YYC, as they continue to grow their widebody network and hope to tap into connecting traffic between the USA and Europe, not to mention offer more connecting possibilities for Canadian passengers. I also threw in the YVR - Whitehorse route on the map just for grins, as it is a market WS vacated a year or two ago, as they are routing YXY traffic through YYC instead. I suspect if WestJet had a smaller aircraft with the required range, they would be back in the YVR YXY market.

The WestJet Encore Q400s can reliably do about a 600 nm route, ~2.5 hours flying time. Possible existing solutions include the Embraer 170/175/190/195 or the various E2 series, or the CRJ1000, likely flown under the WestJet Encore banner.

The one wildcard that I think could happen is whenever the WestJet - Delta joint venture is made official (hopefully within a few months), could WestJet (and Delta) engage Delta Connection to do a certain amount of transborder flying on their behalf? It wouldn't be much, perhaps five airplanes worth of work, but would it be more cost effective on a trial basis, before perhaps bringing it in-house under WesJet Encore.

Several posters in this thread have noted this gap in the WestJet fleet. It will be interesting to see what they do to try and fill it.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:43 pm

Ripe rumours on here and elsewhere of YYZ-EDI, is there any truth in it? Looking back at this thread it was suggested that YYZ-DUB was on the cards on the 767.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:49 pm

digitalcloud wrote:
Ripe rumours on here and elsewhere of YYZ-EDI, is there any truth in it? Looking back at this thread it was suggested that YYZ-DUB was on the cards on the 767.


WestJet is supposedly making an announcement in YHZ later this week, but I suspected it might be the rumored MAN route. EDI was also briefly rumored last year as well.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:30 pm

hollywoodcory wrote:
digitalcloud wrote:
Ripe rumours on here and elsewhere of YYZ-EDI, is there any truth in it? Looking back at this thread it was suggested that YYZ-DUB was on the cards on the 767.


WestJet is supposedly making an announcement in YHZ later this week, but I suspected it might be the rumored MAN route. EDI was also briefly rumored last year as well.
I remember that, but wasn't that (allegedly) YHZ?
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:02 am

hollywoodcory wrote:
digitalcloud wrote:
Ripe rumours on here and elsewhere of YYZ-EDI, is there any truth in it? Looking back at this thread it was suggested that YYZ-DUB was on the cards on the 767.


WestJet is supposedly making an announcement in YHZ later this week, but I suspected it might be the rumored MAN route. EDI was also briefly rumored last year as well.


I believe GLA isn't quite daily, except for certain summertime peaks. I would imagine WS probably feels GLA serves both markets adequately as it is quite easy and quick to get between the two cities via bus / train. For my 2 cents, EDI has far more to do and is the bigger tourist draw. Almost surprised they don't do GLA certain days of the week and EDI the other days. Even the crew positioning wouldn't be that difficult as the GLA inbound could overnight in EDI and vice versa.

I'll be keeping an eye on this announcement. I certainly hope to hear something about WestJet TATL service S2020 in the next few weeks.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:33 am

I'm hearing WestJet EDI-YYZ on 767, DUB-YYZ on 767 and MAN-YHZ on B737Max8. I think all would be announced together if they are to be announced.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:34 am

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I believe GLA isn't quite daily, except for certain summertime peaks. I would imagine WS probably feels GLA serves both markets adequately as it is quite easy and quick to get between the two cities via bus / train. For my 2 cents, EDI has far more to do and is the bigger tourist draw. Almost surprised they don't do GLA certain days of the week and EDI the other days. Even the crew positioning wouldn't be that difficult as the GLA inbound could overnight in EDI and vice versa.


Traditionally the Canadian population is in the west which is why GLA has far more services to Canada than EDI. Until recently, YVR and YYC were also served ex GLA. YYC has a lot of connecting traffic to GLA with most of the Scottish population being in Alberta.

While it's true that EDI has the larger tourist draw, you have to remember that for many Americans and Canadians a Scottish vacation is more than just a city break and will usually involve spending time in the Highlands, often incorporating a visit to both cities. In this regard GLA has a slight advantage.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:23 pm

It's been mentioned earlier in the thread. But I wish there was more discussion on YOW as a hub for WS. I could really see it working. AC really own Ottawa. So there's lots of room for competition. Especially, if they are willing to build a network into the Maritimes. Arguably would take a smaller type. E2s or A220s to build up in YOW. But they could steal from Porter, Air Canada, Canadian North and even some of the vacation carriers.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:48 am

YHZ-MAN is confirmed and loaded in the GDS currently showing 4x weekly on B73W from June 1.

WS057 YHZ 2245 - 0812+1 MAN 73W X246
WS058 MAN 0945 - 1152 YHZ 73W X357
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:49 am

YHZ-MAN on B737 confirmed:

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... june-2020/

WestJet in summer 2020 season is launching new Trans-Atlantic service from Halifax, where it’ll offer Halifax – Manchester nonstop flight. From 05JUN20, Boeing 737-700 aircraft will operate this route 4 times weekly.

WS057 YHZ2245 – 0812+1MAN 73W x246
WS058 MAN0945 – 1152YHZ 73W x357

Manchester will be the airline’s 3rd destination in the UK, also the 3rd UK route from Halifax.
us Air Traffic Controllers have a good record, we haven't left one up there yet !!
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:01 pm

http://westjet.mediaroom.com/2020-01-17 ... nd-Calgary

WS adding YYC-YYG 4x weekly from June 25

WS340 YYC 22:45 - 06:23+1 YYG 1246 73W
WS341 YYG 07:15 - 09:33 YYC 2357 73W
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:36 am

First ever transcon for YYG.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:15 am

hollywoodcory wrote:
http://westjet.mediaroom.com/2020-01-17-WestJet-drives-increased-domestic-tourism-with-new-flight-bridging-Charlottetown-and-Calgary

WS adding YYC-YYG 4x weekly from June 25

WS340 YYC 22:45 - 06:23+1 YYG 1246 73W
WS341 YYG 07:15 - 09:33 YYC 2357 73W


Congratulations YYG. That will be an interesting route to watch.

I've noticed the last couple summers WestJet has been branching out summertime service from YYC to destinations that you wouldn't normally think would merit a flight, on a 3-4-5 times / weekly basis. Two summers ago, they did YYC - Thunder Bay, which I believe didn't return last year and I couldn't find for S2020. Last summer, they introduced YYC - Quebec City, which is making a return for S2020.

My guess is there is such demand for intra-Canada travel from late June through early September that 4x weekly YYC YYG should be a success. Additionally, the eastbound leg is a redeye, which is smart as WestJet is using an airplane when it normally might be sitting. The return leg gets the airplane back to YYC with over half the day left to be productive.

It'll also be interesting to watch if this leads to other similar routes in the future. I could envision YYC - Deer Lake (a tourist market with a similar spike in summertime travel like Charlottetown), and possibly a YYC - Moncton or YYC - Fredericton in the future.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:06 am

WS7M8 wrote:
I've noticed the last couple summers WestJet has been branching out summertime service from YYC to destinations that you wouldn't normally think would merit a flight, on a 3-4-5 times / weekly basis. Two summers ago, they did YYC - Thunder Bay, which I believe didn't return last year and I couldn't find for S2020. Last summer, they introduced YYC - Quebec City, which is making a return for S2020.



First, YYC-YQB got introduced in 2018, not in 2019.

Secondly, please tell me why would a flight between Calgary and Quebec City wouldn't merit to exist in summer? Québec city is the 7th largest city in the country with over 800k ppl, just bellow Ottawa. That's more than Winnipeg, Halifax and London (on). And you know what, Quebec City gets more tourists every year than Calgary, despite its smaller population. So yes it deserves at least 4 weekly flights. It's the right way to go for westjet to get more customers and market share in the province of Quebec.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:53 am

samuelx88 wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:
I've noticed the last couple summers WestJet has been branching out summertime service from YYC to destinations that you wouldn't normally think would merit a flight, on a 3-4-5 times / weekly basis. Two summers ago, they did YYC - Thunder Bay, which I believe didn't return last year and I couldn't find for S2020. Last summer, they introduced YYC - Quebec City, which is making a return for S2020.



First, YYC-YQB got introduced in 2018, not in 2019.

Secondly, please tell me why would a flight between Calgary and Quebec City wouldn't merit to exist in summer? Québec city is the 7th largest city in the country with over 800k ppl, just bellow Ottawa. That's more than Winnipeg, Halifax and London (on). And you know what, Quebec City gets more tourists every year than Calgary, despite its smaller population. So yes it deserves at least 4 weekly flights. It's the right way to go for westjet to get more customers and market share in the province of Quebec.


Posted in error - disregard.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:22 am

samuelx88 wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:
I've noticed the last couple summers WestJet has been branching out summertime service from YYC to destinations that you wouldn't normally think would merit a flight, on a 3-4-5 times / weekly basis. Two summers ago, they did YYC - Thunder Bay, which I believe didn't return last year and I couldn't find for S2020. Last summer, they introduced YYC - Quebec City, which is making a return for S2020.



First, YYC-YQB got introduced in 2018, not in 2019.

Secondly, please tell me why would a flight between Calgary and Quebec City wouldn't merit to exist in summer? Québec city is the 7th largest city in the country with over 800k ppl, just bellow Ottawa. That's more than Winnipeg, Halifax and London (on). And you know what, Quebec City gets more tourists every year than Calgary, despite its smaller population. So yes it deserves at least 4 weekly flights. It's the right way to go for westjet to get more customers and market share in the province of Quebec.


While I appreciate your enthusiasm for YQB, Quebec City is most definitely not “just below Ottawa” in terms of population. Not only is Ottawa about 70% larger than Quebec City at over 1.4 million, it’s growth is more than twice the rate of Quebec City. The NCR will probably be double QC’s size by 2035. Quebec City is a 3rd tier city comparable in size to Winnipeg (near-identical), whereas Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton are all comparable population-wise at 1.4-1.5 million in the 2nd tier of metros behind the big 3.

While Halifax is barely half the size of Quebec City, it is in a rather unique situation given it’s by far the largest population centre in Atlantic Canada and is the hub of the entire region.

WS7M8 wrote:
hollywoodcory wrote:
http://westjet.mediaroom.com/2020-01-17-WestJet-drives-increased-domestic-tourism-with-new-flight-bridging-Charlottetown-and-Calgary

WS adding YYC-YYG 4x weekly from June 25

WS340 YYC 22:45 - 06:23+1 YYG 1246 73W
WS341 YYG 07:15 - 09:33 YYC 2357 73W


Congratulations YYG. That will be an interesting route to watch.

I've noticed the last couple summers WestJet has been branching out summertime service from YYC to destinations that you wouldn't normally think would merit a flight, on a 3-4-5 times / weekly basis. Two summers ago, they did YYC - Thunder Bay, which I believe didn't return last year and I couldn't find for S2020. Last summer, they introduced YYC - Quebec City, which is making a return for S2020.

My guess is there is such demand for intra-Canada travel from late June through early September that 4x weekly YYC YYG should be a success. Additionally, the eastbound leg is a redeye, which is smart as WestJet is using an airplane when it normally might be sitting. The return leg gets the airplane back to YYC with over half the day left to be productive.

It'll also be interesting to watch if this leads to other similar routes in the future. I could envision YYC - Deer Lake (a tourist market with a similar spike in summertime travel like Charlottetown), and possibly a YYC - Moncton or YYC - Fredericton in the future.


YQM-YYC 4x weekly summer seasonal is realistic...maybe paired 3x weekly with YFC on a red-eye pattern within the next five years, especially if the YYG route proves successful.

While YDF’s pax traffic booms in summer, I don’t know if YYC-YDF is realistic, based solely on YDF’s short runway.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:39 am

samuelx88 wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:
I've noticed the last couple summers WestJet has been branching out summertime service from YYC to destinations that you wouldn't normally think would merit a flight, on a 3-4-5 times / weekly basis. Two summers ago, they did YYC - Thunder Bay, which I believe didn't return last year and I couldn't find for S2020. Last summer, they introduced YYC - Quebec City, which is making a return for S2020.



First, YYC-YQB got introduced in 2018, not in 2019.

Secondly, please tell me why would a flight between Calgary and Quebec City wouldn't merit to exist in summer? Québec city is the 7th largest city in the country with over 800k ppl, just bellow Ottawa. That's more than Winnipeg, Halifax and London (on). And you know what, Quebec City gets more tourists every year than Calgary, despite its smaller population. So yes it deserves at least 4 weekly flights. It's the right way to go for westjet to get more customers and market share in the province of Quebec.


My apologies on YYC YQB in 2018 vs 2019. My brain circuitry isn't as sharp as it once was :-)

I am pleased WestJet is experiencing success on YYC YQB. The reason I mentioned it was because WestJet has historically struggled in La Belle Province. They have tried many times over the years, most recently ramping up YUL service in 2015-2016, adding a number of destinations through both mainline and Encore, including YUL YQB and much of it has been trimmed back or axed. They are in third in the YUL YYZ corridor, and in the last few years have significantly drawn down the # of jet departures. For example, WestJet.com is showing 12 YUL YYZ flights Monday, two B737s, and 10 Q400s. They are virtually non-existant in the Quebec vacation market, unless you want to do a connection through YYZ. Finally, WestJet has only one nonstop on Monday YUL YYC, whereas Air Canada has four.

I want WestJet to do well in Quebec, but this province has proved a tough nut for them to crack. Some of it may be Air Canada and Air Transat are far better at bilingual inflight service, plus deeply embedded in the business and social culture of Quebec. YYC YQB strikes me as kind of a unique route as WS can use their Western Canadian YYC hub to their advantage, funneling people to Quebec City, a popular tourist destination or summertime VFR traffic. Additionally, this is a rare situation where they would offer a better connection to most AB / BC destinations to a YQB originating passenger, who on Air Canada would be doing at least a two leg connection and possibly a three leg trip to where they need to go.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:58 am

Dominion301 wrote:


While YDF’s pax traffic booms in summer, I don’t know if YYC-YDF is realistic, based solely on YDF’s short runway.


YDF has a single 8005 foot runway, which I think would suffice for a B737-700 YDF YYC.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ydf-yyc-yyg&MS=wls&DU=nm

By contrast, Charlottetown's runways are both 7000 feet.

Will be interesting to watch their YYC summertime strategy in years ahead. Fingers crossed that YQM / YFC flight will happen.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:25 am

WS7M8 wrote:
samuelx88 wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:
I've noticed the last couple summers WestJet has been branching out summertime service from YYC to destinations that you wouldn't normally think would merit a flight, on a 3-4-5 times / weekly basis. Two summers ago, they did YYC - Thunder Bay, which I believe didn't return last year and I couldn't find for S2020. Last summer, they introduced YYC - Quebec City, which is making a return for S2020.



First, YYC-YQB got introduced in 2018, not in 2019.

Secondly, please tell me why would a flight between Calgary and Quebec City wouldn't merit to exist in summer? Québec city is the 7th largest city in the country with over 800k ppl, just bellow Ottawa. That's more than Winnipeg, Halifax and London (on). And you know what, Quebec City gets more tourists every year than Calgary, despite its smaller population. So yes it deserves at least 4 weekly flights. It's the right way to go for westjet to get more customers and market share in the province of Quebec.


My apologies on YYC YQB in 2018 vs 2019. My brain circuitry isn't as sharp as it once was :-)

I am pleased WestJet is experiencing success on YYC YQB. The reason I mentioned it was because WestJet has historically struggled in La Belle Province. They have tried many times over the years, most recently ramping up YUL service in 2015-2016, adding a number of destinations through both mainline and Encore, including YUL YQB and much of it has been trimmed back or axed. They are in third in the YUL YYZ corridor, and in the last few years have significantly drawn down the # of jet departures. For example, WestJet.com is showing 12 YUL YYZ flights Monday, two B737s, and 10 Q400s. They are virtually non-existant in the Quebec vacation market, unless you want to do a connection through YYZ. Finally, WestJet has only one nonstop on Monday YUL YYC, whereas Air Canada has four.

I want WestJet to do well in Quebec, but this province has proved a tough nut for them to crack. Some of it may be Air Canada and Air Transat are far better at bilingual inflight service, plus deeply embedded in the business and social culture of Quebec. YYC YQB strikes me as kind of a unique route as WS can use their Western Canadian YYC hub to their advantage, funneling people to Quebec City, a popular tourist destination or summertime VFR traffic. Additionally, this is a rare situation where they would offer a better connection to most AB / BC destinations to a YQB originating passenger, who on Air Canada would be doing at least a two leg connection and possibly a three leg trip to where they need to go.


I'm very sorry, at first I misunderstood your point and I got rude when replying. But now with this explanation it makes more sense. Sorry again :smile:
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:24 am

Hi All,
Wondering if anyone has insight on this.
Looking at YHZ-CDG pricing. Westjet is taking bookings for the summer but the prices are roughly $1000 CDN (one way).
All the other YHZ-UK routes and DUB are roughly $400 to $500 CDN (one way).

Anyone have insight as to why Westjet is pricing the CDG flight so high?
-to keep people from booking?
-to cover cost of re-routes if the flight cancels for summer?
Why even run the route at $1,000 one way... nobody wants to fly in a 737 across the Atlantic at that price.
Thanks,
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:32 am

Dominion301 wrote:
samuelx88 wrote:
WS7M8 wrote:
I've noticed the last couple summers WestJet has been branching out summertime service from YYC to destinations that you wouldn't normally think would merit a flight, on a 3-4-5 times / weekly basis. Two summers ago, they did YYC - Thunder Bay, which I believe didn't return last year and I couldn't find for S2020. Last summer, they introduced YYC - Quebec City, which is making a return for S2020.



First, YYC-YQB got introduced in 2018, not in 2019.

Secondly, please tell me why would a flight between Calgary and Quebec City wouldn't merit to exist in summer? Québec city is the 7th largest city in the country with over 800k ppl, just bellow Ottawa. That's more than Winnipeg, Halifax and London (on). And you know what, Quebec City gets more tourists every year than Calgary, despite its smaller population. So yes it deserves at least 4 weekly flights. It's the right way to go for westjet to get more customers and market share in the province of Quebec.


While I appreciate your enthusiasm for YQB, Quebec City is most definitely not “just below Ottawa” in terms of population. Not only is Ottawa about 70% larger than Quebec City at over 1.4 million, it’s growth is more than twice the rate of Quebec City. The NCR will probably be double QC’s size by 2035. Quebec City is a 3rd tier city comparable in size to Winnipeg (near-identical), whereas Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton are all comparable population-wise at 1.4-1.5 million in the 2nd tier of metros behind the big 3.

While Halifax is barely half the size of Quebec City, it is in a rather unique situation given it’s by far the largest population centre in Atlantic Canada and is the hub of the entire region.

WS7M8 wrote:
hollywoodcory wrote:
http://westjet.mediaroom.com/2020-01-17-WestJet-drives-increased-domestic-tourism-with-new-flight-bridging-Charlottetown-and-Calgary

WS adding YYC-YYG 4x weekly from June 25

WS340 YYC 22:45 - 06:23+1 YYG 1246 73W
WS341 YYG 07:15 - 09:33 YYC 2357 73W


Congratulations YYG. That will be an interesting route to watch.

I've noticed the last couple summers WestJet has been branching out summertime service from YYC to destinations that you wouldn't normally think would merit a flight, on a 3-4-5 times / weekly basis. Two summers ago, they did YYC - Thunder Bay, which I believe didn't return last year and I couldn't find for S2020. Last summer, they introduced YYC - Quebec City, which is making a return for S2020.

My guess is there is such demand for intra-Canada travel from late June through early September that 4x weekly YYC YYG should be a success. Additionally, the eastbound leg is a redeye, which is smart as WestJet is using an airplane when it normally might be sitting. The return leg gets the airplane back to YYC with over half the day left to be productive.

It'll also be interesting to watch if this leads to other similar routes in the future. I could envision YYC - Deer Lake (a tourist market with a similar spike in summertime travel like Charlottetown), and possibly a YYC - Moncton or YYC - Fredericton in the future.


YQM-YYC 4x weekly summer seasonal is realistic...maybe paired 3x weekly with YFC on a red-eye pattern within the next five years, especially if the YYG route proves successful.

While YDF’s pax traffic booms in summer, I don’t know if YYC-YDF is realistic, based solely on YDF’s short runway.


YQM-YYC is feasible, in my opinion. Years ago, when Canada 3000 was alive, they operated YQM-YYC for one or two summers (2x/week) and the flights did fairly well.

As for YDF-YYC, let’s not forget that Sunwing operates YDF-VRA in the winter, a segment that is only slightly shorter that YDF-YYC. (Note that flights to PUJ operate via YQX.)
Next flights: YQM-YUL-YVR-YUL-YQM / YQM-YYZ-HKG-DXB-BCN-YUL-YQM
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:11 pm

WS7M8 wrote:
Dominion301 wrote:


While YDF’s pax traffic booms in summer, I don’t know if YYC-YDF is realistic, based solely on YDF’s short runway.


YDF has a single 8005 foot runway, which I think would suffice for a B737-700 YDF YYC.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=ydf-yyc-yyg&MS=wls&DU=nm

By contrast, Charlottetown's runways are both 7000 feet.

Will be interesting to watch their YYC summertime strategy in years ahead. Fingers crossed that YQM / YFC flight will happen.


Thanks for letting me know. I was still going on the basis of YDF’s runway being 6,000. I did not know that the runway was extended almost a decade ago: https://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases ... 022n01.htm. Makes sense though given how WG have flown sun routes out of YDF for years.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:08 pm

samuelx88 wrote:

I'm very sorry, at first I misunderstood your point and I got rude when replying. But now with this explanation it makes more sense. Sorry again :smile:


No problem! We are both passionate about our respective interests!

One of the things I think WestJet could do better is mix and match between their fleets. I do notice they flip flop between various versions of the 737 (-600, -700, -800) depending on the destination / demand / time of year. As best I can figure out via their website, WestJet Encore has 3 daily year Q400 round flights YYZ YQB. Knowing how Quebec City is a significant tourist destination with certain spikes (summertime, Carnival), I almost wonder if one or more of their flights at peak times could be moved up from a Q400 to a B737. I would imagine they have enough historical data to know when to put a 737 on the route and when a Q400 would be most appropriate. They tend to vary things more like this out of YYC, as over the last few years I've observed places like YQR, YXE, or YLW getting a mix-and-match of B737 and Q400 service.
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:11 pm

Dominion301 wrote:

Thanks for letting me know. I was still going on the basis of YDF’s runway being 6,000. I did not know that the runway was extended almost a decade ago: https://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases ... 022n01.htm. Makes sense though given how WG have flown sun routes out of YDF for years.


No problem! I am starting to date myself but I hiked Gros Mourne in the 1980s. I was interested to see what has become of that little airport, and they have made some runway extensions and terminal expansions.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:17 pm

Tenbru73 wrote:
Hi All,
Wondering if anyone has insight on this.
Looking at YHZ-CDG pricing. Westjet is taking bookings for the summer but the prices are roughly $1000 CDN (one way).
All the other YHZ-UK routes and DUB are roughly $400 to $500 CDN (one way).

Anyone have insight as to why Westjet is pricing the CDG flight so high?
-to keep people from booking?
-to cover cost of re-routes if the flight cancels for summer?
Why even run the route at $1,000 one way... nobody wants to fly in a 737 across the Atlantic at that price.
Thanks,


My guess is because they don't know whether the Max will be available to do the flight. If they have to stick a 737-700 / -800 on it, they will incur significant performance penalties, as in you'll be on a half-empty airplane.

I was actually surprised they are taking booking for YHZ CDG. I can't imagine how exasperating it must be dealing with Boeing and the various regulatory agencies through this. This is a route that basically requires a Max, but every time I pay attention to that debacle, the return-to-service date keeps on getting kicked down the road.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:22 pm

matt wrote:

YQM-YYC is feasible, in my opinion. Years ago, when Canada 3000 was alive, they operated YQM-YYC for one or two summers (2x/week) and the flights did fairly well.

As for YDF-YYC, let’s not forget that Sunwing operates YDF-VRA in the winter, a segment that is only slightly shorter that YDF-YYC. (Note that flights to PUJ operate via YQX.)


That is actually an interesting point you raise right there, regarding the performance capablities of aircraft using the YDF airport. Plus Sunwing's departures would be in the winter, which generally would be in more adverse conditions (deicing, runway conditions). Finally, Sunwing does run an interesting slate of domestic departures within Canada over the summer months for domestic tourism, something which is not-that-well known. You can find good deals on them, although their flights tend to be at odd times, and generally between the bigger markets, although Newfoundland does get flights as well.
 
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:56 pm

WestJet today announced they will be removing the MAX from its schedule until June 24. Likely will be reflected in this Sunday's update.

http://westjet.mediaroom.com/2020-01-21 ... ng-737-MAX
 
Dominion301
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:38 am

hollywoodcory wrote:
WestJet today announced they will be removing the MAX from its schedule until June 24. Likely will be reflected in this Sunday's update.

http://westjet.mediaroom.com/2020-01-21 ... ng-737-MAX


Not surprising. Guess that means they won’t announce YOW-LGW until 2021. Can’t imagine they’d attempt that on the 767.
 
BML87
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Re: The WestJet Thread

Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:56 am

Why don't they just remove them from their schedules all together?
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