WestJet to add Hawai‘i flights
WestJet recently announced its intention to operate a leased Boeing 757-200 to provide nonstop service between Calgary and Honolulu and Maui, and between Edmonton and Maui, subject to Canadian government approval. The service will operate from February 12, 2011, to April 30, 2011.“This is great news for Albertans,” said Hugh Dunleavy, WestJet executive vice president of strategy and planning.
“This temporary lease will allow WestJet to provide additional capacity for guests traveling from Alberta to Hawai‘i” siad Dunleavy.
“With this leased aircraft, we’ll be able to seat 193 guests—an increase from using our own 737-700s. So, now even more guests will have access to the only daytime schedule in both directions on convenient nonstop flights to Maui and Honolulu.”
WestJet is leasing the Boeing 757-200 from North American Airlines, a charter air service provider located in Jamaica, N.Y.
It was the charter provider for U.S. President Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign.
WestJet is the 10th-busiest airline serving Hawai‘i, having flown 116,788 people to the state in 2009, according to Pacific Business News research.