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WestJet reports record January load factor, expects to become “dominant” domestic carrier in Canada


WestJet announced a record January load factor of 76.8% in Jan-09 (+0.6 ppts), as traffic (RPMs) increased 10.3% year-on-year on a 9.4% capacity (ASMs) increase. CEO, Sean Durfy, stated, “our cost structure, value proposition and respected brand help us weather the challenges of economic downturns." [906 words]

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  • Canada domestic capacity breakdown by carrier (seats per week as % of total)
  • WestJet fleet plan: 2009 to 2013
  • WestJet international capacity breakdown by market (seats per week as % of total)
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