- Joe Breitfeller
Air Transat and WestJet Launch Transatlantic Codeshare Cooperation
Air Transat and WestJet, two of Canada’s leading airlines, have agreed to codeshare on transatlantic routes. Soon, guests of both airlines will be able to book transatlantic travel involving both carrier’s on a single ticket and through-checked bags.
On Friday (November 19, 2021), Air Transat announced the launch of a new transatlantic codeshare partnership with WestJet. The cooperation will allow customers to book transatlantic travel involving both carriers on a single ticket with through-checked bags, bringing more choice beyond what the carrier’s offer with their own networks. WestJet’s code will be placed on Air Transat flights to select cities in Europe, while Air Transat’s code will be placed on select WestJet flights in North America, thereby enabling both airlines to offer connecting transatlantic itineraries. The codeshare is scheduled to be implemented in 2022, subject to regulatory approvals.
In Friday’s announcement, Transat’s President and CEO, Annick Guérard, said,
“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.”
Also commenting on the new transatlantic codeshare cooperation, WestJet’s President and CEO, Ed Sims, said,
“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 travellers, connecting North America and Europe in new ways, and benefiting guests on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Celebrating 25 years of service, WestJet has cut airfares for Canadians in half and increased the flying population around Canada by over 50 percent. The airline launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, and has now grown to more than 180 aircraft and 14,000 employees, offering service to 100 destinations in 23 countries (pre-pandemic). Even during these unprecedented times, the carrier has maintained their rating by Cirium as one of the top ten airlines for on-time performance in North America.
Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX: TRZ), the parent company of Air Transat, has 5,000 employees and is the third largest airline in Canada, as well as the leading integrated tourism company. Transat offers vacation packages, hotel accommodations and air service to more than 60 destinations in over 25 countries in the Americas and Europe (pre-pandemic figures). Air Transat has been voted the ‘World’s Best Leisure Airline’ at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Source(s): Transat A.T., Inc., WestJet