Subject to government approvals, WestJet will add Antigua, Curaçao and Liberia in Costa Rica as new seasonal destinations, all to be served from Toronto Pearson International Airport; and Manzanillo in Mexico, to be served from Calgary International Airport.

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Calgary-based WestJet has signed a conditional order for 20 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops, upping its commitment from the letter of intent to purchase the aircraft that it signed on May 1. The transaction also includes options on an additional 25.

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The codeshare agreement allows China Eastern Airlines to market and distribute WestJet-operated flights by placing its ‘MU’ flight indicator on WestJet-operated flights within North America. Tickets are available for codeshare flights from July 1.

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According to WestJet, the milestone flight was flight number WS612 from Calgary to Toronto on May 29, which was scheduled to depart Calgary International Airport at 12:10 p.m. MDT and arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport at 5:52 p.m. EDT.

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The codeshare agreement will allow Korean Air to market and distribute WestJet-operated flights by placing its ‘KE’ flight indicator on more than 70 flights within WestJet’s North American network.

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WestJet has signed a letter of intent to purchase 20 Q400 NextGen turboprops, with the option to purchase a further 25. The airline expects to announce its initial regional schedule using the Q400 NextGens later in 2012.

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Canadian carrier WestJet plans to launch daily non-stop service between Chicago and Vancouver and between Chicago and Calgary on May 14, subject to receiving government approvals.

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Under the first phase of the new codeshare agreement, Delta Air Lines will place its ‘DL’ flight code on WestJet flights to more than 15 Canadian cities, while WestJet will add its ‘WS’ code to Delta flights in five markets. Codeshare service begins on January 23.

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BOC Aviation is leasing the milestone 50th-delivery Boeing 737-800 to Canadian carrier WestJet.

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Under the agreement, Delta acquired 132 slot pairs at LaGuardia from US Airways and US Airways acquired from Delta 42 slot pairs at Reagan National, as well as the rights to operate additional daily service to Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2015.

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The codeshare 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.

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WestJet’s successful slot-auction bid for eight slot pairs at New York LaGuardia means it will be able to operate eight round-trips a day to and from there.

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Placement of the AA code on WestJet flights will provide American’s customers seamless connecting service to nearly 20 Canadian cities not currently served by American or American Eagle. By placing its WS code on American’s flights, WestJet will be offering its guests service to more than 30 new American U.S. destinations.

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The two airlines’ new interline agreement allows WestJet and Delta customers to purchase connecting flights on one ticket, receive boarding passes for all segments at their first check-in, and tag bags through to their final destination.

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Canada’s WestJet is going to operate a leased Boeing 757-200 to provide non-stop service between Calgary and Honolulu and Maui, and between Edmonton and Maui, subject to Canadian government approval.

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WestJet will fly between Toronto and Santa Clara weekly each Friday from November 5, 2010 to April 29, 2011.

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American Airlines and WestJet Airlines have entered into an interline agreement, allowing American Airlines customers traveling to Canada and transferring to a WestJet flight to be able to purchase a single ticket and check bags through to the final destination.

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Under the new arrangement, Cathay Pacific 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.

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Canadian carrier WestJet is featuring three new destinations, 10 new routes and expanded service on more than 30 other routes in its winter schedule for 2010-2011. Many of the new routes are to Caribbean sunspot destinations.

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