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April 25, 2017

Air Travel: WestJet’s New Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier, New Codeshares


A new ultra-low-cost carrier in Canada and a number of new codeshare agreements lead this week’s air travel news that impacts the meetings and events industry.

WestJet to Launch Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier in Canada

WestJet has announced its intention to launch a new, ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals. Service is expected to start in late 2017 with an initial fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s designed by the airline that first brought low-cost air travel to Canada in 1996.The ULCC will aim to provide Canadians with lower-cost, no-frills travel options, WestJet said. 

New Partnership Allows Clients to Travel to Hawaii, South Africa on One Ticket

South African Airways (SAA), the national carrier of South Africa, and Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii’s largest and longest serving carrier, recently announced that they have established a new interline agreement, that provides new flight options for both SAA and Hawaiian customers traveling between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern Africa.

With immediate effect, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one transaction and enjoy convenient connections via New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport between Hawaiian Airlines’ neighbor island network in Hawaii and more than 75 destinations in Africa served by SAA.

John F. Kennedy International Airport is a primary gateway for SAA in North America, with the only daily nonstop service to South Africa.

Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic Expand Codeshare Agreement Between India & U.S.

Jet Airways and Virgin Atlantic announced a further expansion of their codeshare agreement between India and the United States, providing greater choice and enhanced connectivity via London Heathrow. The new agreement will make it easier for guests to tailor their trip by combining flights from Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines in a single booking. 

From April 19, 2017, Jet Airways guests traveling between India and the United States can connect through London Heathrow on to nine U.S. destinations operated by Virgin Atlantic: Atlanta, Boston, Newark, Washington (IAD), New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Seattle

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