Cathay Pacific Airways and WestJet are launching a new codeshare arrangement with immediate effect, providing passengers with a wider choice and greater connectivity when travelling between Hong Kong and Canada.
Bookings for codesharing flights are open for travel from October 20. The codeshare agreement is the first one that WestJet has signed.
Under the new arrangement, Cathay Pacific Airways will place its ‘CX’ code on WestJet’s flights linking Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg with the Hong Kong carrier’s two Canadian gateways, Toronto and Vancouver.
WestJet, which pioneered low-cost flying in Canada, operates a fleet of 90 Next-Generation Boeing 737s and offers scheduled services throughout a 71-city network in North America and the Caribbean. It offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television on all its flights.
“We are very pleased to announce this new codeshare arrangement with WestJet, just one week after announcing another code-share service extending our reach in the United States,” says Tony Tyler, Cathay Pacific Airways’ chief executive. (On September 29, Cathay Pacific announced it would begin codesharing on Alaska Airlines’ flights between Seattle and Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Vancouver. The latter three destinations are U.S. gateways for Cathay Pacific.)
Speaking of the new WestJet codeshare, Tyler adds, “This latest partnership will further expand our network and give passengers seamless connections on a quality carrier to six more cities in Canada – a country that’s popular both as a leisure and business destination for travellers from Hong Kong and Mainland China.”
“Our first codeshare is yet another significant milestone in the history of Canada’s favourite airline. We are very excited to partner with Cathay Pacific, one of the world’s most prestigious and successful airlines, to offer our unique guest experience to a whole new group of guests,” says Gregg Saretsky, WestJet’s president and CEO. “As we continue to achieve our strategic goals, today’s announcement is the first in a series of planned codeshare agreements that help to solidify our vision to become one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.”
North America has long been one of Cathay Pacific’s key markets. In addition to expanding its worldwide network through the launch of new routes, the airline has also been working closely with many partners on codeshare flights to offer passengers increased connectivity.
With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 45 Boeing 737NGs through 2016, WestJet’s stated goal is to become one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.