WestJet pilots seek vote to unionize under the Air Line Pilots Association

  • WestJet pilots seek vote to unionize under the Air Line Pilots Association

WestJet pilots seek vote to unionize under the Air Line Pilots Association

"Launching a ULCC will broaden WestJet's growth opportunities and open new market segments by offering more choice to those Canadians looking for lower fares". "Now is the time for them to take the next step and vote for ALPA in order to obtain the resources available to secure their goals". It is uncertain whether the project will operate as a fully certificated stand-alone unit or as a virtual carrier using its parent's Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).

The Air Line Pilots Association represents 55,000 pilots at 32 airlines in Canada and the USA, including Air Transat, Air Georgian, Bearskin, Calm Air and Jazz Aviation.

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WestJet today 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. Jetlines has an experienced management team and Board and has received an exemption from the Canadian Government that will permit it to conduct domestic air services while having up to 49% foreign voting interests. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking InformationThis news release contains "forward-looking information" concerning anticipated developments and events that may occur in the future. "The concept of a low-priced airline was still relatively new when WestJet took to the skies on February 29, 1996, serving five destinations in Western Canada with three aircraft and 200 employees". The airline also said it plans to add 105 new weekly flights. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information now available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. In an interview, WestJet executive vice-president Bob Cummings declined to say where the new airline will fly or what services passengers might have to pay extra for, though he said customers will be able to expect fares that have been discounted "quite a bit" from the company's mainline carrier.