WestJet Cargo & GTA Group continues freighter induction

A WestJet Cargo Boeing 737 freighter in flight.
Photo Credit: WestJet Cargo

April 20 saw the induction of the first of three dedicated Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighters (BCF) for WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group in the WestJet facilities at Toronto.

On April 21, the inauguration celebrations continued as WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group celebrated the induction of the second of three Boeing 737 Freighters, in Halifax.

Alongside key stakeholders, the event was commemorated in similar moves to the celebrations at Toronto, which contained a ribbon cutting to signify the launch of the dedicated freighter service from WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group.

Second celebration

“We are thrilled to be celebrating this long-awaited milestone in Halifax, a core hub for WestJet Cargo that will connect our freighter service to Atlantic trade lines,” said Kirsten de Bruijn, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Cargo.

As the airline celebrated the commissioning of the second of three inaugurations for WestJet Cargo, in the Halifax hub of the airline. de Bruijn spoke about the benefit to connectivity the move offered.

Kirsten de Bruijn, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Cargo (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Our Halifax hub unlocks unlimited potential to facilitate the distribution of a diverse variety of cargo products, including fresh seafood across Canada and enables WestJet Cargo to meet the large demand for freighter service across the east coast.” she concluded.

The celebration of the second aircraft comes just a day after the first celebration took place in Toronto on April 20.


WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group has earlier this month been poised to enter the regional air cargo market, following their approval and aircraft certification from Transport Canada, regarding their three Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighter (BCF) aircraft.

WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group celebration tour continues with second inauguration of dedicated freighter in Halifax (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Yet another exciting day

Chairman of the GTA Group of Companies, Mario (Mauro) D’Urso, exclaimed his excitement towards the celebration and inauguration, saying:

“Today is an exciting day for the GTA Group as we celebrate and welcome this highly anticipated moment in Halifax. This joint venture with WestJet Cargo will without a doubt, strengthen our position to meet the needs of the rapidly growing Canadian cargo market,”

“The capacity of these four dedicated freighters will bring customers new competitive options by providing more air freight capacity to cargo customers who depend on reliable and on-time performance.”

From left: Councillor Deagle Gammon, City of Halifax, Honourable Susan Corkum-Greek, Minister of Economic Development, Kirsten de Bruijn, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Cargo, Mario (Mauro) D’Urso, Chairman of The GTA Group of Companies, Honourable Steve Craig, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“We are thrilled to see these freighters take flight as we strive to provide exceptional service to all of our customers and their business needs.” he concluded.

Following the two inaugurations, WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group will now be way on track in their plans of flying between the designated cities and hubs of Halifax, Calgary, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver.

Kirsten de Bruijn, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Cargo, further continues, saying:

“Our incredibly talented team at WestJet Cargo is eager to disrupt Canada’s air cargo market, by bringing competitive cost advantages, increased choice, reliable on-time performance and exemplary customer service, to Canada’s underserved air cargo market.”

“Today’s celebration signifies a green light to do just that, as we strive to meet the needs of Canada’s expanding cargo market,”

“It is an honour to celebrate this accomplishment amongst key partners and stakeholders, each of whom played an integral role in making today happen.”

“The take-off of our dedicated freighters is a significant moment for Canada and the communities we serve, as we strengthen our ability to expand upon the essential products we carry across and beyond the country,”

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