E komo mai (welcome) aboard WestJet’s Boeing 767

WestJet-Boing-767-300ERCALGARY, March 4, 2015 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced flights between Alberta and Hawaii beginning in December are available for booking on its newly-acquired Boeing 767 wide-body aircraft. The 767, the first in the WestJet fleet, will operate between Calgary and Honolulu, Calgary and Maui and between Edmonton and Maui.

“Offering non-stop, wide-body service between Alberta and Hawaii represents an important next step in our international strategy,” said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “This December, WestJet guests who choose the popular routes will benefit from our comfortable 767s. Additional on-board products and services such as hot meals and unique in-flight entertainment options will continue to evolve as we get closer to launch, with an eye to providing excellent value and a fun, friendly, people-driven guest experience.”

The 767s are configured with 24 seats in Plus, offering wider seats with more recline in a 2-2-2 configuration, meaning each set of two seats is separated by an aisle. There are 238 seats in the main cabin, and all seats have access to power for personal electronic devices such as tablets or phones.

“These aircraft will be redeployed in summer 2016 to new and exciting international destinations that will be announced later this year,” concluded Chris Avery.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada’s most-preferred airline, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country’s top employers.  We offer scheduled service to more than 85 destinations in North America,Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 120 destinations in more than 20 countries.  Leveraging WestJet’s extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more.  Our members use WestJet dollars toward the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods — even on seat sales.  For more information about everything WestJet, please visit www.westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:
2015/2014 Top 100 Canadian Brands (Brand Finance)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2013 Gold Stevie Award Best Transportation Company (American Business Awards) 2013 Chairman’s Circle Award: WestJet Vacations (CPSC)
2013 Canada’s Most Preferred Airline (Leger Marketing)
2013/2012 Canada’s Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2013 WestJet RBC MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (Money Sense magazine)

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Transport Canada Issues Flight Permit for First CS300 Flight Test Vehicle and Bombardier Targets February 26 – 28 for First Flight

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  • Photos of the first flight will be available at www.bombardier.com, cseries.com and via Bombardier’s social media channels. B-roll will be available at bcamediafootage.com
  • CSeries aircraft program progressing well with more than 1,000 flight test hours achieved.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that following a thorough inspection of the aircraft and a review of all the associated build documentation, Transport Canada inspectors have issued the flight permit that allows the first CS300 flight test vehicle to join the flight test program. Pending optimal weather conditions, theCS300 aircraft’s first flight is expected to occur during the period February 26 – 28, 2015. More precise timing will be confirmed approximately   48 hours prior. The aircraft is expected to perform a series of handling and system calibration tests, at a wide range of altitudes and speeds.

Everyone is encouraged to follow the CS300 aircraft’s progress towards its maiden flight at www.cseries.bombardier.com and via our social media feeds on Twitter (www.twitter.com/bombardier_aero) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/BombardierAero).

“This is an exciting time. The first four CS100 Flight Test Vehicles (FTVs) have flown more than 1,000 hours, test results are looking great and the CS300 aircraft will perform its maiden flight in the coming days,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President,CSeries Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The success of the CSeries aircraft program is testament to the dedication and hard work of our partners, suppliers and in-house teams, and it has also benefitted greatly from the involvement of our customers.”

About CSeries Aircraft
Bombardier is creating the future with its CSeries aircraft — the only 100 per cent-new family of airliners specifically designed for the100- to 149-seat, single-aisle market. Benefitting from a clean-sheet design that includes leading-edge technology and systems integration, advanced materials and latest generation aerodynamics, the CSeries aircraft offer a 15 per cent* cash operating cost advantage, a 20 per cent* fuel burn advantage, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental and noise footprint.

The CS300 aircraft offers the best seat-mile cost in its category, making it the most profitable solution for mid-sized markets with up to 150 passengers per flight, and ideal for a range of routes from     short-haul to longer transcontinental markets. With the extra capacity seating option, which provides up to 160 seats, the CS300 aircraft’s productivity further improves — offering airlines an average of four per cent* additional cash operating cost advantage per seat.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 563 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 243 CSeriesairliners.

Turkish Airlines Asks Canadians “Who’s Your VIP?” for a chance to win the travel experience of a lifetime

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-777-3F2ER TC-JJN (2)-W950MONTRÉAL, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW/ – Turkish Airlines Canada is ringing in 2015 on an exciting note, asking Canadians to nominate the VIP in their lives for the chance to win the travel experience of a lifetime. With the participation ofAéroports de Montréal, Canadians will have a chance to experience the best that both the airline and the airport have to offer with a luxuriously curated travel prize, valued at approximately $20,000. Canadians will have the opportunity to enter to win a complete VIP travel experience from Montréal to Istanbul, shared with the VIP in their lives.

For the contest, Turkish Airlines is asking Canadians to celebrate the VIP in their lives by sharing their stories and nominations online at www.tkmontreal.com. The prize package will include:

  • Two round trip Business Class tickets from Montréal to Istanbul
  • Full access for two people to the National Bank World MasterCard® lounge at Montréal-Trudeau Airport and the CIP Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
  • One week of free parking at Montréal-Trudeau Airport ValetParc

This will be Turkish Airlines’ first Canadian contest since beginning service into Canada in 2009. The airline is happy to initiate their first contesting campaign in Canada as a means of celebrating the direct flight path between Montréal and Istanbul, which launched in June 2014.

A Turkish Airlines Business Class flight includes a full restaurant-like experience with elegant meals crafted by the Flying Chefs, in-flight entertainment on individual screens, Wi-Fi, and seats that measure 188 cm that can serve as full bed when fully reclined.

As Turkish Airlines continues to expand in Canada, it looks forward to producing more marketing initiatives such as this campaign that will engage Canadian passengers in a creative way.

To enter, participants can visit www.tkmontreal.com to share why their VIP deserves to win. The contest is open for entry from January 15, 2015 to March 8, 2015, after which five finalists will be selected. The public will be asked to vote on their favorite VIP stories, leading to the winner announcement on March 25, 2015.

LOT Polish Airlines has kicked off the Christmas holidays with KISSaLOT

LOT Polish Airlines KISSaLOTWARSAW, Poland, Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — LOT Polish Airlines has kicked off the Christmas holidays with KISSaLOT.  Mistletoe twigs have been hung in each of LOT’s aircraft–the highest place in the world–through Jan. 6, 2015. It’s the airline’s way of bringing people together.

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe has only recently come to Poland, though it’s been known by its ancestors for centuries.  Suspended from the ceiling or over the door, mistletoe is supposed to bring love, harmony and happiness in the coming year to its inhabitants.  According to tradition, feuds and disputes cease under the mistletoe; friendships are more durable and people who meet there are allowed to kiss.

LOT brings people closer—especially at Christmas—when people visit love ones to spend the holidays together.  LOT is going further this year and wants to bring all people together, not just its passengers and their families, which is why the mistletoe was hung as high as possible in the sky on its planes.  LOT has built a dedicated website for this purpose–http://www.kissalot.pl./—where anyone can check which city LOT is flying over at any given moment.  This way, one can plan ahead to meet a loved one to get a Christmas kiss.  One no longer has to look for mistletoe, because there will always be a LOT aircraft somewhere in the sky with mistletoe on board.

LOT operates flights this winter season to more than 40 cities around the world, including New York, Chicago, Toronto, Beijing, and charter destinations such as Cancun, Bangkok, Colombo, Krabi, Ho Chi Minh City, La Romana, Santa Clara, Varadero, Durban and to Zanzibar.

Aeromexico Announces New Route Toronto – Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 10, 2014 /CNW/ — Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, announced that it will offer a new daily flight between Toronto and Mexico City as of May 4th, 2015, becoming the second destination it serves in Canada.

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The new route will be operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft configured with 124 passenger seats, including 12 seats in Clase Premier —the Aeromexico Business Class cabin— with the following schedules:

Toronto – Mexico City

Mexico City – Toronto

AM 693

08:30 a.m.

12:35 p.m.

Daily

AM 692

01:06 a.m.

06:46 a.m.

Daily

* Times are published in local time and are subject to change without notice.

This new flight will connect with Aeromexico service to Cancun, Guadalajara, Huatulco, Los Cabos, Monterrey andPuerto Vallarta in Mexico; and Bogota, El Salvador, Guatemala and Lima in Latin America, among others.

Aeromexico EVP of Revenue Management Anko van der Werff said “Being able to offer our clients more and better network connectivity is one of our most important goals. This is why we are adding Toronto to our announcement of new routes for 2015, as Canada’s economic capital and one of the top financial centers in the country. This new destination will increase the exchange of business and tourism for the Mexican economy and the connectivity between Canada and Latin America.”

These increased destinations confirm Aeromexico’s effort to strengthen its international presence by offering 28 flights to and from Canada with this new route that will include an offer of more than 3,400 seats per week, in addition to the 16 destinations it serves in the United States of America, 16 in Latin America, three in Europe and two in Asia, thus maintaining its status as the airline that connects Mexico with the world.