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Wow to Offer Non-Stop Service Between Vancouver and Reykjavik Next Year

Wow to Offer Non-Stop Service Between Vancouver and Reykjavik Next Year

Wow Air announced plans to offer non-stop service from Vancouver to Reykjavik.
The new route will launch in June 2019 and operate six times per week.
Wow will operate the flights using Airbus A321neo aircraft and will be the first airline to fly that type to the airport.
“The new route in Vancouver is a testament to our commitment to pursue growth in North America,” said Skúli Mogensen, the airline’s CEO.
The Reykjavik-based carrier …

Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal in Canada

Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal in Canada

At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday local time, the first legal sale of recreational weed in Canada was made on the island of Newfoundland as hundreds of people waited on line.
Canada is now the second country, after Uruguay, to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for recreational purposes, although a number of U.S. states including California and Oregon legalized it.
The use of medical marijuana is also making headway …

WestJet to Refresh Its Brand, Base Dreamliners in Calgary

WestJet to Refresh Its Brand, Base Dreamliners in Calgary

WestJet announced a refresh of its brand along with details of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The news was announced at an event in downtown Calgary.
The 787-9 Dreamliners will be based in Alberta at Calgary International Airport. The airline is outfitting them with 320 seats including 16 lie-flat business class seats and 24 seats in premium economy.
“WestJet is investing in Alberta to bring further economic growth, boost tourism to the province, …

Austrian Airlines to Launch Vienna-Montreal Service in 2019

Austrian Airlines to Launch Vienna-Montreal Service in 2019

Austrian Airlines announced plans to add non-stop service from Vienna to Montreal in 2019.
The new service will replace the airline’s current Vienna-Toronto flights, which will be taken over by the airline’s Star Alliance partner, Air Canada.
Austrian will operate the service, which launches on April 29, 2019, with Boeing 767 aircraft. The flights will be daily through the summer and then five times per week afterwards.
The airline’s Boeing 767-300ER aircraft have …

Pan Arctic Airlines First Air and Canadian North to Merge

Pan Arctic Airlines First Air and Canadian North to Merge

The two companies operating Pan Arctic airlines First Air and Canadian North announced plans to merge the two carriers.
The goal, the companies said in a statement, is “to provide the best possible air services across the Arctic.”
The combined entity, which is wholly Inuit owned, will operate as Canadian North and its aircraft will sport the First Air livery, including its Innshuk logo. Canadian North will have its headquarters in Ottawa.
The …

Hamburger Economics 2018: Learning from the ‘Big Mac’ Index

Eighteen months ago, we took a look at a unique economic tool to gauge currency misalignment: the Big Mac Index, created by The Economist in 1986.
Since its inception – and it was first intended by its creators to be tongue-in-cheek and not necessarily a serious tool – it has become an invaluable way of understanding the relationship between the world’s currencies as they increase and decrease in relative value. It’s …

WestJet Appoints Former JetBlue EVP as New COO

WestJet Appoints Former JetBlue EVP as New COO

WestJet announced the appointment of Jeffrey Martin to the position of chief operating officer.
Captain Martin most recently served as executive vice president of operations at JetBlue Airways. His appointment is subject to approval by Canadian immigration officials.
“As WestJet continues to transform into a global airline, Jeff’s extensive international experience will help ensure our continued success,” said WestJet CEO Ed Sims.
Prior to JetBlue, Captain Martin was a pilot and later an …