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October 06, 2011 | General

WestJet’s popular Alberta-Hawaii non-stop service returns

Airline’s award-winning flight attendants will be on board the aircraft

CALGARY, Oct. 6, 2011 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced it has leased a Boeing 757-200 from Thomas Cook Airlines to provide guests with non-stop, daytime service between Calgary and Honolulu and Maui, and between Edmonton and Maui.

Pending regulatory approval, flights are scheduled to begin December 15, 2011, and continue through April 22, 2012, as follows:

Route Weekly Frequency
Calgary to Honolulu
Honolulu to Calgary
One (Friday)
One (Friday)
Calgary to Maui
Maui to Calgary
Three (Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
Three (Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday)
Edmonton to Maui
Maui to Edmonton
Two (Wednesday, Sunday)
Two (Tuesday, Saturday)

One-way fares from Calgary to Honolulu start as low as $269, and from Calgary and Edmonton to Maui from $279, plus applicable fees and taxes.

“Leasing this aircraft will allow us to extend our non-stop service to more guests than ever before,” said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet’s Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Planning. “With a larger Boeing 757-200 aircraft and an 18-week travel window, there are certainly far more opportunities to take advantage of this seasonal service than in previous years.”

This year, WestJet flight attendants will be on board the Boeing 757-200 to ensure the same great WestJet guest experience. Thomas Cook U.K. will provide the aircraft and pilots. Founded in 1841, Thomas Cook Group plc is one of the world’s leading leisure travel companies. It has a fleet of 93 aircraft, operates under six geographic segments in 21 countries and has more than 22.5 million customers worldwide.

“Thomas Cook and WestJet have developed a strong partnership over a number of years,” said Steve Butchart, Vice-President, Thomas Cook. “We are delighted that WestJet has chosen Thomas Cook to operate its winter 2011-2012 Alberta-Hawaii program, which serves to demonstrate the strength of the relationship.”

WestJet Vacations is pleased to offer Disney’s newest property, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, which opened last month on the west coast of Oahu (Honolulu). This adds to the wide array of hotels and condominiums offered by WestJet Vacations, including 37 accommodation options in Oahu (Honolulu) and 36 in Maui.

“We are proud to offer so many different choices of accommodation for our Hawaii-bound guests,” said Yehudi Altman, WestJet Vacations’ Director, Product. “We have everything from family-oriented resorts to spas to beachfront hotels in the heart of the action. We also offer 25 beautiful condominium properties in Honolulu and Maui ranging from studio to one, two and three bedrooms, many of which are located close to or on the beach.”

For more information on this service, including the Thomas Cook Airlines Boeing 757-200, please visit westjet.com/Alberta-Hawaii.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada’s preferred airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada’s best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its modern fleet of 96 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 39 aircraft through 2017, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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About WestJet Vacations

WestJet Vacations provides guests with affordable, reliable and easy-to-book travel experiences to 44 destinations in 12 countries, including the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet’s fun and friendly image, extensive network and world-class guest experience, WestJet Vacations offers guests a great flight schedule and a wide variety of hotel and resort options to create fun and affordable vacation experiences. For more information, visit www.westjetvacations.com.

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