LONDON – Canadian carrier WestJet has placed its “WS” code on 20 of KLM’s flights out of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as part of their long-standing codeshare.
Codeshare & Amsterdam Resumption…
Below is a list of the destinations that WestJet will be tapping into as a result of this placement:
This arrangement will also coincide with the airline’s planned restart of the Calgary-Amsterdam service, which will begin on November 14.
Such scheduling for this route you can see below:
|Route||Frequency||Start Date||Departure Time(local time)||Arrival Time(local time)|
|Calgary – Amsterdam||3x Weekly||November 14, 2022||20:10||12:40|
|Amsterdam – Calgary||3x Weekly||November 15, 2022||14:40||15:39|
Weatherill: More Opportunities On The Way…
Commenting on both milestones was John Weatherill, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer:
“Our guests will benefit from more opportunities to travel between Europe and Canada with this important codesharing with our partner KLM”.
“We look forward to strengthening travel and tourism ties between the countries served by our global networks, supported by the return of our non-stop Dreamliner service from Calgary to Amsterdam.”
Guests using the codeshare will gain a host of benefits, including optimized AMS connections, through check-in for all flights at their first departure, baggage checked through to their final destination, and the ability to earn and use WestJet Rewards dollars on all flights.
More Aircraft for WestJet = Better Connectivity for KLM…
Last month, WestJet announced an order for 42 Boeing 737-10s, with options for another 22 aircraft. It is the biggest order for the largest variant of the Max family.
“The 737-10 will be a game changer, with one of the lowest costs per seat among mid-range aircraft. This will foster our low-cost positioning and affordability for Canadians,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group’s chief executive officer.
“In addition, with its lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions, the 737-10 will further improve the environmental footprint of our fleet.”
“With this additional order, the WestJet Group will accept delivery of no fewer than 65 aircraft in the next six years; at least 50 will be 737-10 aircraft, furthering our commitment to affordable travel options for Canadians and jobs for our company and the aerospace industry,”
WestJet started operations with three Boeing 737s and now has over 100 aircraft in its fleet. It is comprised of Boeing 737s and 787 Dreamliners. The carrier already has 18 737-8 aircraft from the MAX family and 76 737s from the NG family.
Such an order will enable WestJet to operate more flights across Canada, and the U.S, which will provide better connectivity options for KLM should their arrangement expand in the future.
It remains clear that WestJet is plowing on ahead with its growth plans, and with more aircraft on the way, this will help the carrier make it an easier reality.
For WestJet, such connections into other European destinations will enable further revenue growth and some good research into what could potentially be the next set of international destinations from the carrier.
All eyes will be on the Canadian carrier to see how they are going to fare over the next 12 months with these new arrangements.