WestJet Airlines, Canada's second-largest carrier, has huge expansion plans. How do I know this? As some of you know, I recently spent a day in Calgary meeting with WestJet's top two executives.
The executives spoke about a possible future in which WestJet has 30 to 40 new widebody aircraft, like the Boeing 787 or Airbus A350, and flies to developing markets all over the world, including in Asia and Latin America.
That's not the WestJet we see today. The current airline has 107 Boeing 737s and 18 Bombardier Q400 turboprops, and it mainly flies Canadians to warm-weather vacation destinations. This summer, it will start flying its first widebody aircraft. But it has only committed to taking four, and they're all used Boeing 767s.
My story on WestJet will be on cover of the next edition of Aviation Week magazine. Usually, these stories are open online to subscribers only. But this one is available to the public. So you can read all about WestJet's grand plans on the magazine's website.
What do you think? Will see a day when WestJet flies between Vancouver and Calgary and China with new aircraft?