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WestJet receives support for new low-cost short-haul, regional airline

9-Feb-2012 2:31 PM

WestJet stated (08-Feb-2012) since it announced on 16-Jan-2012 that it was examining the possibility of launching a new low-cost short-haul, regional airline, it has seen significant support from its employees for the strategy. "With resounding support from WestJetters, the leadership team and the board have made the decision to move ahead with plans to launch a new low-cost regional airline that will replicate our success in stimulating demand by bringing low fares to many new communities," commented WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky, adding 91% of its 8500 employees voted in favour of launching the short-haul airline as a wholly-owned subsidiary. He commented: "This is an exciting time for WestJet as we embark on the next phase of our evolution." Mr Saretsky expects the Calgary-based carrier to be operational before the end of 2013 and it will place an order for aircraft later this year. The carrier is considering either ATR 72-600 and Q400 equipment for the operations, with Mr Saretsky stating the carrier would limit its regional fleet to just one type of aircraft. [more – original PR]