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WestJet Encore launch ontrack for 2H2013, appoints CEO

8-Nov-2012 3:42 PM

WestJet announced (07-Nov-2012) the appointment of Ferio Pugliese as CEO of WestJet Encore, effective immediately. Mr Pugliese previously served WestJet as EVP people, culture and inflight services. WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky separately stated (07-Nov-2012) the launch of WestJet Encore remains on track for 2H2013. The initial flight schedule is expected to be released in early 2013 which will include the first group of new communities the new airline plans to serve. Calgary has been selected as the head office location for the new airline. Commenting on the launch, Mr Saretsky said, "Our strong brand epitomizes the very principles upon which WestJet was founded. This includes a low-cost focus and a caring guest experience which will be embodied in WestJet Encore. We are excited to bring even more Canadians access to lower fares, stimulate demand for air travel in smaller communities and repeat our success in the regional space." [more – original PR] [more - original PR - executive appointment]