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

The Canadian airline expects the service to start in late 2017 with an initial fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s.

Morgan said his company is not scared off by WestJet's size or the quick time frame in which it has said it will get its low-priced flights in the air.

Co-founder and chairman Clive Beddoe said the so-called ultra-low-cost carrier will broaden the company's growth opportunities as it goes after the price-sensitive end of the market. The ULCC will provide Canadians with no-frills, lower-cost travel options. 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).


WestJet plans to introduce a new ultra-low-cost carrier with expectations to get it off the ground by late 2017. "Our new airline will provide Canadians a pro-competitive, cheap and cheerful flying experience from a company with a proven track record". 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.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking InformationThis news release contains "forward-looking information" concerning anticipated developments and events that may occur in the future.

For more information on Jetlines, please visit our website at www.jetlines.ca.


Since WestJet started as a discount carrier with three aircraft in Western Canada, airlines have trimmed the extras and started charging for things such as checked baggage and meals on flights.

Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO, said the company was responding to a change in the worldview on low-priced airlines since the launch of WestJet in 1996.

No-frill airlines typically offer cheaper tickets by adding seats to their planes - which reduces legroom - and also charge extra for almost everything, including printing your boarding pass at the airport, as well as snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.



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