Airlines Air Transat and WestJet to cooperate on transatlantic flights with codeshare agreement

Canadian airlines Air Transat and WestJet have announced to cooperate through a codeshare agreement on transatlantic flights.

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Two of the leading airlines in Canada have announced a strategic partnership. Low-Cost airline WestJet and Air Transat have agreed on a codeshare agreement that sees the two airlines´ networks more connected and seamless travel options for passengers.

With the codeshare in place, Air Transat will place its airline code on selected WestJet flights in North America. Likewise, WestJet will place its code on Air Transat flights to selected destinations in Europe.

WestJet is then able to offer flights from its own network in North America to transatlantic destinations across Europe. This allows customers to only book one ticket and to check through baggage even though flying with two airlines.

Annick Guérard, President and CEO of Transat, stated: “We are very excited to join forces with WestJet in what I am sure will be a successful collaboration. This agreement is a first milestone in our strategy to grow and strengthen our network through alliances. It will create great opportunities for our existing and future customers, who are looking to connect between North America and Europe and will enhance our long-standing presence on the transatlantic market.”

Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, added: “This new codeshare with Air Transat complements our world-class Boeing 787 Dreamliners and our strong relationships with leading European airlines […] Confidence in travel is building and this new transatlantic cooperation will allow WestJet to offer even more destinations to travelers, connecting North America and Europe in new ways, and benefiting guests on both sides of the Atlantic.”

According to the participating airlines, the codeshare agreement will commence in early 2020, subject to regulatory approvals by the involved aviation authorities. The airlines also announced, that additional benefits and details of the partnership will be communicated later.

WestJet is Canada´s leading Low-Cost-Carrier and currently operates a fleet of 104 aircraft including 86 Boeing 737s and seven 787 Dreamliner. Subsidiaries Swoop, WestJet Encore and WestJet Link add 60 aircraft.

Air Transat has been offering transatlantic flights for decades and has recently begun using state-of-the-art Airbus A321LR (Longer Range) aircraft for smaller destinations in Europe. In addition to the 17 A321s, the airline flies services with its fleet of 13 A330 and one Boeing 737-800.

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