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  1. Anyone Remember this Quote?? What's next for GS? http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/westjet-ceo-saretsky-will-go-down-fighting-to-prevent-unionization WestJet CEO Saretsky will 'go down fighting' to prevent unionization Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald More from Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald Published on: December 22, 2016 | Last Updated: December 22, 2016 5:42 PM MDT WestJet President and CEO, Gregg Saretsky Mike Drew / Mike Drew/Calgary Sun ShareAdjustCommentPrint After soundly rejecting the company’s initial offer, WestJet pilots are voting on a new contract the airline hopes will pave the way for the expansion of its wide-body fleet and help stave off the looming threat of unionization. In an interview, WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said voting is set to close Friday on the new tentative agreement. The company has said it needs a new deal with its pilots before it can expand its wide-body fleet and start doing more long-haul international flights. However, the company’s first attempt at a contract offer was rejected in November by 80 per cent of pilots who voted. “I’m hoping we’ll have a new Christmas present on the 23rd,” Saretsky said. “A brand-new, five-year deal with our pilots that goes till 2022.” The latest round of pilot negotiations at WestJet takes place against the backdrop of an ongoing unionization campaign. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the largest pilot union in the world, has been asking pilots at the famously non-union WestJet to sign membership cards, a continuation of the work started by an internal group in 2015. At that time, 55 per cent of WestJet’s pilots said no to unionization in a vote, but ALPA — which represents major carriers such as Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Air Lines — brings significantly greater resources and experience to the campaign. A simultaneous unionization drive led by an internal group and targeting WestJet flight attendants is also underway. Saretsky said as the largest non-union company in Canada, WestJet represents a “big target” to organizations like ALPA. But he said he remains convinced unionization would harm the relationship the airline currently has with its employees, creating a system of “middle men” and “bureaucracy” that would get in the way of direct conversations between management and staff. “This isn’t the first drive, it won’t be the last drive. At some point, will they be successful? They might, but I’m going to go down fighting to prevent the unionization of WestJet,” Saretsky said. Related
  2. I'm sure its just a coincidence but this looks like the same aircraft from a different thread that had to circle and return to YYC twice in 2 days a few weeks ago.
  3. A lot of routes being added that were previously abandoned or never started as deemed uneconomical by WS that are suddenly very attractive again. Is the fact that there is a new entrant on the route just a coincidence? I will concede that with the Alberta slowdown the bar is set lower for justifying the deployment of assets. With all that said my question is 1) when oil is north of $70 and Alberta recovers and or 2) the new entrant is run out of the market how long before these routes disappear leaving airport CEO's crying the blues. Most of the folks in YHM have moved on to new opportunities however between YXX, YWG, and YHM there will be people around that remember the YXX-LAS flight that never got off the ground, the years of begging for additional capacity in YXX falling on def ears, the pulling down of frequency for YWG-YEG and the numerous routes that could not cut it in YHM. Don't blame network planning as it is all about strategy and economics however Enjoy it while it lasts.
  4. Perhaps explains the TRZ stock price this week. Seems the speculators are giving this at least a thought. Most impressive Canadian carrier this week (at least for the time being).
  5. Now being played out as a bit of a fight for market share. Should be interesting to see what RASM looks like for the two carriers over the next 12 months. http://www.theglobeandmail.com//report-on-business/westjet-takes-on-air-canada-on-its-home-turf-by-increasing-service-in-quebec/article33999621/ WestJet takes on Air Canada at its home by expanding Quebec service Add to ... Ross Marowits MONTREAL — The Canadian Press Published Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 2:23PM EST Last updated Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 2:23PM EST 0 Comments Share via email Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on LinkedIn Print WestJet is taking on Air Canada on its home turf, pursuing one of the largest expansions in its history in Quebec. The Calgary-based company has announced 105 more flights per week in the province on top of the 140 it has now. The airline, which has operated in Quebec since 2003, is adding daily flights between Montreal and Quebec City, Halifax and Boston. Bob Cummings, executive vice-president of commercial for WestJet, says there is room in Quebec for two large airlines, which compete fiercely in each other’s territory. Cummings says WestJet’s expansion will also allow more people to connect to its network flying across Canada, to Europe and elsewhere. WestJet says the expansion is possible after it required all flight attendants hired since 2014 to be bilingual.
  6. Anyone loose sight of the fact that less than a week ago on a conf call GS blames domestic performance on AC dumping to much domestic long haul domestic capacity into the market? it appears the appropriate response is Tit for tat in AC's backyard?
  7. Wonder if Maint. has got a call from Disney yet
  8. Same aircraft returned to YYC again today. http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/aircraft-returned-to-calgary-after-smoke-reported-in-cockpit-1.3270062 Published Friday, February 3, 2017 12:12PM MST For the second day in a row, a WestJet plane was forced to return to the Calgary airport after smoke was reported in the cockpit and cabin. Flight 662 took off for Toronto at 10:00 a.m. and was turned around soon after. Officials say there was a maintenance issue that caused the air conditioning system to release smoke into the plane. Related Stories WestJet flight forced to turn back to Calgary after smoke reported in cabin The crew declared an emergency as a precaution and the plane landed safely with 138 people on board at 10:40 a.m. "It is important to remember that just because an emergency is declared does not necessarily mean there is an emergency on board. The declaration is made to ensure priority landing and the presence of emergency vehicles, if required," said a spokesperson for the airline in a statement to CTV News. Jennifer Laliberte was a passenger on the plane and says it was a bit nerve-wracking. “Obviously a little bit nervous and you could see that some of the other passengers sitting around were wondering what was going on and even the flight attendants, they were obviously a little bit concerned. I mean, you just wanted to make sure that you get back safely and as soon as you hit ground you knew that everything was going to be okay,” she said. WestJet officials say it was the same aircraft that had an issue on Thursday and that maintenance was done on the plane overnight before it was returned to service on Friday. They say the plane will be taken out of service again and additional inspections will be conducted before it is returned. WestJet says all the passengers will be rescheduled on other flights to Toronto on Friday. Fire officials say no injuries were reported.
  9. The 767 is having the odd rough day in and out of HNL. Any word on the WS 1860/1861 cancellation JAN 7TH?
  10. Agree there is humor in this story even for westjetters. there was a time when a westjetter was not afraid to laugh at themselves. I am sure there are a few inside the campus that will fail to see the humor but I thought it was well done
  11. If the market beats up the stock upon a successful union entry that may be the start of the answer to the original question on this thread. I suspect you will have your answer by this time next year.
  12. Get the departure schedule from FIDs and aircraft types and the number can be crunched within reason fairly easily (office space excluded). We are a number of years past the point of declaring WS the dominant carrier in YYC. just a matter of quantifying how dominant at this point.
  13. Agree these are legacy discussions dating all the way back to 2007 and that there was minimal effort by YYCAA to mitigate the known impacts to the WS operation. Considering these discussions with the AA dated all the way back to the SD days not sure why GS has waited till the doors were open to start going public with his concerns. A number of missed opportunities to try an influence the outcome over the years. I am sure there are a number of other airport that are not lost on the fact that WS held a beauty contest for the home of Encore and have continued to grow the YYC international/TB operation knowing full well what was coming down the pipe. While I am well aware there is an argument for a bigger network panning and yield discussion there are a few Airport CEO's talking about their offers to accommodate a WS operation to attract capacity. I believe the carrier who lives in the back yard and pays most of the bills should be favorably but fairly accommodated. This clearly demonstrates a disconnect between WS and YYCAA in that regard. I recall a number of circumstance where a similar lack of relationship existed between AC and a few CDN airports. seems like there is always more interest in attracting that next new carrier with 1 or3x/wk seasonal service then there is looking after the mouth that feeds you.
  14. Here are my predictions for 2017. You will see 1 if not 2 unions establish themselves at WS in 2017. For all intensive purposes the culture is gone (Suspect this may spark some debate and I look forward to reading it). Also suspect there are some key positions on the exec team that have a 12-18 month life span. I was not surprised at those who took the bullet for the recent lawsuit but think the culture/union issue will also eventually stick to a few at the sr level. I would love to predict the 767 get their issues sorted out but not that much of a gambling man yet For the record I don't think a union will solve the issues that exist a 22 Aerial Place but to recall a member of the exec team quoted as saying "a company gets the union it deserves". Based on those wise words I only see one of two outcomes 1) a return to the philosophy of looking after your people so they look after the guest (to the extent that there is mass buy in) or 2) Introduction to the new union culture. I have seen both and from my experience I can tell you one keeps you more engaged, wanting to have skin in the game, and feeling like we are all in it together much more than the other. based on some of the Westjetter comments I have seen here and elsewhere we are sadly already halfway to #2. Let the debate begin
  15. Don't forget to deduct the AIF Commission and Airport Rent