WestJet Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways signed an interline agreement, to be implemented over the next few weeks, with the carriers cooperating on ticketing and baggage handling (Globe and Mail, 05-May-2010). WestJet has been looking to forge links with the Hong Kong-based carrier, which also has an interline agreement with Air Canada, but was waiting until it upgraded its CRS. The agreement is one in a series of cooperation agreements the Canadian LCC is targeting with foreign carriers. It has targeted SkyTeam members so far, while Cathay is a oneworld member.
WestJet: “We signed and are in the process of implementing an inbound interline agreement with Cathay Pacific that should be in place later this month ... While Southwest Airlines provided us with notice of termination in mid-April of our code-sharing agreement, we remain committed to pursuing airline partnerships, and plan on signing and implementing partnership agreements with other strategically aligned carriers. Our plan is to partner with carriers from each of the major geographic regions around the world,” Gregg Saretsky, CEO. Source: Globe and Mail, 05-May-2010.