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WestJet introduces WestJet Link

#1 Post by sanjet » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:22 am

WestJet today introduced WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/we ... =eml_mycnw
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#2 Post by ahramin » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:25 am

No wonder PASCO has been desperate for new hires.
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#3 Post by brooks » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:35 am

Darn, beat me to it.
Sounds like a great idea. Hopefully Pasco doesn't skimp on the maintenance and training.
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#4 Post by final28 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:54 am

Very interesting!
So is PASCO setting up a Calgary base?
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#5 Post by Checklist » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:26 am

So how many lists are there now? I’ve lost track.
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#6 Post by yycinformer » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:32 am

final28 wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:54 am
Very interesting!
So is PASCO setting up a Calgary base?
They'd have to and soon if they're starting in March. Nothing on the PASCO site yet thou
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#7 Post by flyer 1492 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:57 pm

PASCO can't crew what they fly now.
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#8 Post by yhz41 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:32 pm

I think they might have a bit of an easier time getting crews now. I know that's what stopped me from going to pasco was that I couldn't commute from yyc. I know a few others that feel the same.
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#9 Post by infiniteregulus » Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:56 pm

1900D (GGN) or Saab 340 (Link). Let the Alberta regional battles begin!
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#10 Post by Mach1 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:13 pm

Are they ALPA yet? :D
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#11 Post by Inverted2 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:40 pm

Hmmm.
Westjet unionizes: Swoop.
Encore wants to unionize: Westjet Link.
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#12 Post by DropTanks » Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:42 am

What does WJ Link have to do with Encore and unionization exactly? Not like it's stealing flying from Encore. Those markets are way too small for a Q400. I've been wondering for quite a while what the strategy was for taping into those smaller markets. Now we know. WJ is clearly setting up a feeding machine for the WB and NB growth at mainline. This is only a good news story for all at WJ. I only hope to see more of this on the East coast as well.
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#13 Post by goingnowherefast » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:31 am

Now we know why they're expecting the WJ ALPA negotiations to take so long. It's going to be one of the most complicated CBA's in history.
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#14 Post by altiplano » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:13 pm

I don't think it's a good news story anytime your flying gets farmed out.

That flying belongs to Westjet pilots.
Were they consulted?

Even if they agreed that the turboprop flying could go to Encore, now you've introduced another airline to do 705 flying for you, this isn't a commuter airline ie. 1900s, how long before Pacific Coastal gets Q400s too? or take the regional flying outright?

Westjet, Encore, Swoop, now Pacific Coastal... management making huge reaches over your career without consultation - lots going on there to @#$! your future if you're a mainline Westjet guy...
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#15 Post by HansDietrich » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:18 pm

altiplano wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:13 pm
I don't think it's a good news story anytime your flying gets farmed out.

That flying belongs to Westjet pilots.
Were they consulted?

Even if they agreed that the turboprop flying could go to Encore, now you've introduced another airline to do 705 flying for you, this isn't a commuter airline ie. 1900s, how long before Pacific Coastal gets Q400s too? or take the regional flying outright?

Westjet, Encore, Swoop, now Pacific Coastal... management making huge reaches over your career without consultation - lots going on there to @#$! your future if you're a mainline Westjet guy...
Right on! Agreed100%

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#16 Post by goingnowherefast » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:27 pm

Regionals are struggling to find pilots. If mainline companies keep going this direction, they will too. You can only screw your pilot workforce so many times before you create your own shortage...and help the competition recruit. We're already seeing this with WJ "being the new flow" to AC.
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#17 Post by HansDietrich » Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:32 pm

goingnowherefast wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:27 pm
Regionals are struggling to find pilots. If mainline companies keep going this direction, they will too. You can only screw your pilot workforce so many times before you create your own shortage...and help the competition recruit. We're already seeing this with WJ "being the new flow" to AC.
Yeah. I haven't heard of anyone from Jazz going to AC recently. Guess what, two of my friends, one from Sunwing, one from Porter are now at AC.
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#18 Post by plhought » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:41 pm

Good news for those YYC Integra guys who got all dialed-up on the Saab only to see it leased (eventually sold) to Pasco.

I'm curious if any 'local' operators (Cariboo, Sunwest, etc) were chatted up as well.
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#19 Post by Ah_yeah » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:55 pm

I wish my professional colleagues at WJA well. Please learn from the mistakes that us red guys made and don't let it happen to you. From a distance it's easy to see that corporate culture of old is no longer a concern in comparison to the cult of corporate cash.
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#20 Post by yhz41 » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:52 pm

HansDietrich wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:32 pm
goingnowherefast wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:27 pm
Regionals are struggling to find pilots. If mainline companies keep going this direction, they will too. You can only screw your pilot workforce so many times before you create your own shortage...and help the competition recruit. We're already seeing this with WJ "being the new flow" to AC.
Yeah. I haven't heard of anyone from Jazz going to AC recently. Guess what, two of my friends, one from Sunwing, one from Porter are now at AC.
A guy I used to fly with is in this current AC groundschool off of the RJ at Jazz so that's not accurate.
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#21 Post by goingnowherefast » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:14 pm

I don't think his comment was meant to be take literally. An exaggeration to make a point. I know 2 guys in the current AC class, and 1 is from Jazz. So of the 5 people we collectively know, there's 2 ex-Jazz employees.

Anyway, back to team teal. I expect this move will hurt Encore recruiting. Maybe not initially, but in the medium term. What used to be a solid flow program to WJ and a solid recruiting technique is turning into a crap fest of Link, Encore and Swoop and uncertainty galore.
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#22 Post by HansDietrich » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:26 pm

yhz41 wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:52 pm
HansDietrich wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:32 pm
goingnowherefast wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:27 pm
Regionals are struggling to find pilots. If mainline companies keep going this direction, they will too. You can only screw your pilot workforce so many times before you create your own shortage...and help the competition recruit. We're already seeing this with WJ "being the new flow" to AC.
Yeah. I haven't heard of anyone from Jazz going to AC recently. Guess what, two of my friends, one from Sunwing, one from Porter are now at AC.
A guy I used to fly with is in this current AC groundschool off of the RJ at Jazz so that's not accurate.
Key phrase: "I haven't heard..." does not mean I'm right. I just said I have not heard. So my statement is 100% accurate
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#23 Post by altiplano » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:08 pm

HansDietrich wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:32 pm
Yeah. I haven't heard of anyone from Jazz going to AC recently.
I guess you aren't listening to the right people. There are many.
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#24 Post by telex » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:34 pm

altiplano wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:13 pm
I don't think it's a good news story anytime your flying gets farmed out.

That flying belongs to Westjet pilots.

Were they consulted?

Even if they agreed that the turboprop flying could go to Encore, now you've introduced another airline to do 705 flying for you, this isn't a commuter airline ie. 1900s, how long before Pacific Coastal gets Q400s too? or take the regional flying outright?

Westjet, Encore, Swoop, now Pacific Coastal... management making huge reaches over your career without consultation - lots going on there to @#$! your future if you're a mainline Westjet guy...
Incorrect.
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#25 Post by altiplano » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:42 pm

Is it?

Why don't you tell us more?
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