WestJet looks to compete with Air Canada at home and abroad

WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky believes the day is not far off when the Calgary-based airline will operate neck-and-neck with Air Canada, not just domestically, but internationally as well. And the launch of WestJet service to Ireland in 2014, he said, is the start of a “new chapter” that could see the airline make the leap to wide-body aircraft – and destinations all over the globe – within the next five years.

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Northwestern Air Lease adding flight to Fort McMurray

The air connections between Red Deer and Fort McMurray will increase in a couple of weeks.

Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. announced on Monday that is adding a Wednesday flight between the Red Deer Airport and Fort McMurray, beginning April 10. The regional airline currently offers passenger service between the two cities on Mondays and Fridays.

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Mid-size companies show real pulse of economy

Jeff Hynes is bursting with confidence these days.

As CEO of Composite Horizons, a 34-year-old aerospace parts manufacturing company with 180 employees and $30 million in annual revenue, he has overseen the quiet expansion of a manufacturing business that few outside the airline industry ever think about: jet engine parts using advanced materials such as carbon fiber.

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WestJet to launch Encore service in the west June 24

WestJet Airlines Ltd. is expected to launch its new regional carrier, Encore, this summer initially serving Fort St. John and Nanaimo, B.C., as well as Saskatoon from its base in Calgary.

The carrier is also expected to provide Encore service between Vancouver and Fort St. John as well as Victoria, B.C., effective June 24 using a fleet of 78-seat Bombardier Q400s turboprops.

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Air Canada ramps up GP service to meet demand

Puddle-jumping from Grande Prairie to Edmonton or Calgary, or vice versa, is expected to be a bit easier starting this spring as Air Canada has introduced larger planes to help keep up with increasing demand for shorts flights in Western Canada.

The Q400 airplane –the Air Canada Express – seats 74 people and will be operated by Air Canada Jazz along with their current fleet of planes that carry 50 passengers each.

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