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WestJet Inaugurates Dreamliner Service from Calgary To Paris

WestJet Inaugurates Dreamliner Service from Calgary To Paris

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet will launch its new Dreamliner service from Calgary to Paris Friday evening, the airline said.
The inaugural flight, WestJet 10, will depart Calgary International Airport at 7:35 p.m. local time and is expected to arrive at the gate at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 12:20 p.m. local time
The flight is operated as part of the airline’s codeshare agreement with Air France and is timed to allow …

Air Canada to Acquire Leisure Carrier Air Transat Parent

Air Canada to Acquire Leisure Carrier Air Transat Parent

Air Canada announced Thursday it plans to acquire tour operator Transat AT, owner of Canadian leisure airline Air Transat, for 520 million Canadian dollars ($387 million).
“A combination with Transat represents a great opportunity for stakeholders of both companies,” said Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu. “The acquisition presents a unique opportunity to compete with the very best in the world when it comes to leisure travel.”
The move will also allow Air …

Onex to Take WestJet Private in $3.7 Billion Deal

Onex to Take WestJet Private in $3.7 Billion Deal

WestJet Airlines said Monday it has agreed to be acquired by Onex, a private equity firm, in an all-cash deal valued at 3.53 billion Canadian dollars ($2.63 billion).
The deal by the Toronto-based private equity firm would take WestJet private, paying C$31 per share for all outstanding shares. The purchase price represents a 67% premium over the airline’s closing price on Friday.
Including the assumption of WestJet’s debt the deal is valued …

Hyatt To Open Andaz for Toronto in What Will Be Canada’s Tallest Building

Hyatt To Open Andaz for Toronto in What Will Be Canada’s Tallest Building

Hyatt Hotels said it will build a 160-key Andaz hotel in Toronto.
The property, scheduled to open in 2022, will be part of The One, a mixed-use commercial and residential tower that will be the tallest building in Canada when it opens.
The One is a skyscraper currently under construction. Upon completion, it will be 1,005’ (306.3 m) and 85 stories high, taller than First Canadian Place, currently Canada’s tallest building.
Groundbreaking for …

WestJet Encore Flight Attendant Union Certified by Canadian Industrial Relations Board

WestJet Encore Flight Attendant Union Certified by Canadian Industrial Relations Board

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, or CUPE, announced the Canadian Industrial Relations Board had certified it as the bargaining agent for WestJet Encore flight attendants.
The airline confirmed that it had received notice of CUPE’s certification from the agency as well.
“We couldn’t be more excited to get to work building their union,” said CUPE’s president, Mark Hancock.
WestJet Encore flight attendants voted for union representation and selected the Canadian Union of …

Toronto Pearson Airport Debuts New Website That Personalizes the Journey

Toronto Pearson Airport Debuts New Website That Personalizes the Journey

Toronto Pearson International Airport unveiled a new website that personalizes the user experience for each traveler.
The website includes a Departures guide that, once the traveler inputs his airline and flight number, will provide information specific to the trip from the location of the security checkpoint, services available to the traveler, and dining options near the gate.
The Connections section similarly personalizes the journey once the traveler inputs his arriving and connecting …

WestJet Begins Non-Stop Service from Halifax to Dublin

WestJet Begins Non-Stop Service from Halifax to Dublin

WestJet Airlines announced the launch of new non-stop service between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Dublin, Ireland. The carrier will operate the route six times a week.
WestJet also began new daily flights between Calgary and Portland, Oregon on Monday. The route is the carrier’s first ever to the Pacific Northwest city.
Flights to Halifax Stanfield International Airport will depart at 10:20 p.m. and arrive the next morning at Dublin Airport. Flights from …