WestJet prepares for potential labour disruptions at Air Canada

Extra flying to be scheduled to ensure minimal disruption to the flying public

CALGARY, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced its plans for potential labour disruptions at Air Canada. The airline will schedule incremental flying to accommodate those guests who may have their travel plans disrupted as this issue unfolds.

“We can appreciate that the travelling public may be frustrated with the uncertainty associated with potential labour disruptions at Air Canada,” commented Bob Cummings, WestJet’s Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. “We have been proactively planning for weeks now, with our network team collaborating closely with flight operations to provide as many incremental flights as possible. The travelling public can book WestJet, confident that we have more flying available and in place.

“Our 8,500 WestJetters stand at the ready to welcome those Air Canada passengers as our guests,” concluded Bob Cummings.

Information regarding available flights can be found at westjet.com or by calling your travel agent.


Singapore, February 10, 2012 – In its first public appearance since delivery to the international movie star, Jackie Chan’s Legacy 650 will make its debut at the 2012 Singapore Airshow, which takes place from 14 – 19 February 2012.

Identified by its distinctive ‘Dragon’ livery, Embraer Executive Jets’ brand ambassador’s ‘ideal business partner’ is also the first Legacy 650 to be displayed at the Singapore Airshow.

Having only entered into service in 2010, the Legacy 650’s advanced technology, outstanding performance and intelligent luxury, have made it an award winning jet. It was crowned “Best of the Best” in the large executive jet category by Robb Report China Edition in 2011, and in 2012 was named “Best of the Best” by the Hurun report, one of the most widely recognized indices tracking the rapid growth of China’s high-net-worth individuals.

The Legacy 650 is the latest offering in the portfolio of Executive Jets by Embraer, and part of the Legacy 600/650 program which, to date, has seen 200 units in service worldwide.

Since the entry into service of the first Legacy in Macau SAR in 2004, 18 Legacy 600/650s have been delivered and are currently in service in Asia Pacific. Most recently, 13 Legacy 650s were ordered by China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing Co, Ltd, one of the country’s leading executive jet leasing companies.

Embraer Executive Jets is now recognized as one of the top brands in the world’s business aviation market, after a decade of relentless effort since entering this market segment in 2001.  Embraer is the world’s only manufacturer offering a full line of executive jets, from entry level to ultra-large aircraft, which are well received by customers, worldwide.

China Express Airlines to Operate up to Eleven Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen Aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace today identified China Express Airlines as the undisclosed Chinese customer in the previously announced CRJ900 NextGen transaction of October 26, 2011. The conditional order for six (6) CRJ900 NextGen aircraft and options on an additional five (5) CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will build upon China Express’ existing fleet of CRJ200 aircraft, serving to further enhance the airline’s regional network.

The disclosure was one of several announcements made at the Canada China Business Forum held today in Beijing, with Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister, and Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc., in attendance.

As previously announced by Bombardier, based on list price, a firm order for the six CRJ900NextGen aircraft would be valued at approximately $264 million US. Should all five options be converted to firm orders, the value of the contract would increase to $491 million US.

“Our 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets have served us very well since we started operations in 2006, and we are confident that the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, which offers excellent economics, will support the growing capacity demand on our larger routes,” said Hu Xiaojun, Chairman, China Express.

“As the only aircraft manufacturer with three distinct and optimized families of aircraft in the 60- to 149-seat market segment, Bombardier is well positioned to support the growth of China’s air transport network, and we are delighted that China Express has selected the CRJ900NextGen aircraft for its operations,” said Andy Solem, Vice President, Sales, China and North Asia, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CRJ Series aircraft is the best-selling regional aircraft program in history, and we look forward to welcoming many more operators in China.”

China Express, which is China’s first private regional airline, is based in Guiyang, Guizhou and currently provides regional passenger services with its fleet of five (5) Bombardier CRJ200aircraft.

More than 80 Bombardier-produced aircraft, including CRJ Series and Q-Series commercial aircraft, as well as Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets, are currently operating in China.

Airline Orders up to 24 Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen Airliners

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that an airline, which has requested to remain unidentified at the present time, has signed a firm order for six CRJ1000 NextGenregional jets and has taken options on another 18.

Based on the list price of the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, the airline’s firm order is valued at approximately $297 million US and could increase to approximately $1.32 billion US should all 18 options be exercised.

“The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft continues to perform beyond expectations with its current operators, and we are thrilled to welcome another customer,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft is achieving the lowest seat mile cost in its market segment; delivering exceptional reliability; and contributing to more sustainable aviation with its reduced environmental footprint.”

Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and have logged more than 31 million flight hours and 26 million take-off and landing cycles. In addition to airline operations, more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of CRJ Series aircraft.

Including the order announced today, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,715 CRJ Series aircraft, with 1,661 delivered as of December 31, 2011.

JetBlue’s 605 Wears Red Sox Colors: First to Sport Major League Baseball Uniform

JetBlue, official airline sponsor of the Boston Red Sox, unveils an Airbus A320 with Boston Red Sox livery

Boston’s largest carrier and Red Sox Official Airline sponsor JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today unveiled a custom, Red Sox themed paint scheme on its Airbus A320 at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The newly branded aircraft, the first plane to officially tote a Major League Baseball uniform, was revealed by JetBlue’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Strategy Marty St. George, BostonMayor Thomas M. Menino, and Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino, together with Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy, Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine, team mascot Wally the Green Monster, and hundreds of JetBlue crewmembers.

“The start of baseball season is an exciting time for everyone in the City of Boston, and I am happy to see Boston’s largest air carrier joining in as we wish the Red Sox good luck this year,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

“We are thrilled that JetBlue has honored our team with this specially painted Red Sox aircraft,” said Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy. “The tribute has added meaning for us this year as we prepare for Spring Training in our new ballpark, JetBlue Park, and as we celebrate Fenway Park’s centennial. JetBlue has been a great supporter of our team and brand, and we look forward to continuing to build on our partnership in the coming years, both in Boston and Fort Myers at our new Spring Training home.”

“There is a lot of excitement around the Red Sox camp as they prepare for what will surely be another great year in baseball. As the largest carrier in Boston, we’re grateful to be a part of the electric energy to have their colors soaring the skies and runways of Boston’s Logan,” said JetBlue’s senior vice-president of marketing and commercial strategy, Marty St. George. “We’re proud of our partnership extension agreement signed last year, and have a lot of very exciting things coming up like JetBlue Park in Fort Myers opening later this month. More than a partnership, this is quickly becoming a great friendship that we trust will last for many years to come and bring much joy to Boston fans and our customers in the New England region.”

The special Airbus A320 traded its signature blue branding for a gray paint scheme inspired by the classic Red Sox road uniforms complete with blue wing tips and a gray tail featuring the team’s iconic dangling red socks. The aircraft also includes a banner commemorating Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary alongside the JetBlue and Red Sox logos.