Japan Airlines (JAL) and WestJet Airlines have entered into a codeshare agreement.
The agreement will place Japan Airlines’ ‘JL’ flight indicator on WestJet-operated flights between Vancouver and six Canadian cities – Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg – from December 15.
Reservations and ticket sales for these flights begin on December 14.
WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada when it begn operations in 1996. Since then, WestJet has grown to become the country’s second-largest airline, operating to 71 cities in North America and the Caribbean with a fleet of 96 Boeing 737NGs and some 8,300 employees.
Though known as a low-cost carrier, WestJet offers customers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV. Uniquely, WestJet also offers its customers a “Care-antee”, which covers items such as hotel-accommodation costs when WestJet flights are delayed for any reason.
The latest agreement with WestJet will expand the total number of Canadian cities in JAL’s network from three to seven, enabling customers to connect smoothly between JAL’s daily Tokyo Narita-Vancouver flight and Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna and Winnipeg, in addition to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.