Agreement is tenth code-share for Canada's most-preferred airline
CALGARY, Aug. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced it has entered into a
code-share agreement with China Southern Airlines (CZ). China Southern
Airlines will now begin marketing and distributing WestJet-operated flights.
The "CZ" code is on select WestJet flights connecting between Vancouver and
Edmonton, Kelowna, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Prince George, Calgary, Toronto
and Regina. Bookings can be made through China Southern Airlines or your
preferred travel agency.
"WestJet and China Southern Airlines have had an interline agreement since
March 2012 and we are very pleased to see this evolve into a code-share," said
Chris Avery, Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances, and Corporate
Development. "We remain committed to partnering with top-quality airlines as
part of our airline partnership strategy and we look forward to welcoming new
code-share guests on board our WestJet flights."
"Our new code-share agreement with WestJet will enhance the value and customer
service China Southern Airlines provides to our passengers while also
contributing to our growth strategy" said Zhao Xiaosong, SVP, International
Affairs and Alliances of China Southern Airlines. "For example, our Vancouver
flights increased to daily service beginning June 18, 2013. Ultimately, this
partnership will allow us to provide more products and choices to all our
passengers, and enhance our influence in the Sino - Canada market."
This is the tenth code-share agreement for WestJet. Since 2011, WestJet has
initiated code-shares with American Airlines, Air France, British Airways,
Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, KLM,
and Korean Air. Additionally, WestJet has twenty-three interline
relationships, further connecting world-wide passenger flows to WestJet's
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 87
destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by
an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada.
Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than 9,600
WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of more than 100 Boeing
Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, WestJet strives to
be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world. This
year, WestJet launched its new regional airline, WestJet Encore.
About WestJet Vacations
WestJet Vacations provides guests with affordable, reliable and easy-to-book
travel experiences to 53 destinations in 17 countries, including the United
States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Leveraging WestJet's fun and friendly image,
extensive network and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations offers
guests a great flight schedule and a wide variety of hotel and resort options
to create fun and affordable vacation experiences. To create an album full of
vacation memories, visit www.westjetvacations.com.
About WestJet Rewards
WestJet Rewards members earn WestJet dollars on WestJet flights, vacation
packages and more. WestJet dollars can be used like cash towards the purchase
of WestJet flights and WestJet Vacations packages on any date to any WestJet
or WestJet Encore destination with no blackout periods, even on seat sales.
More flights equal more benefits, including bonus WestJet dollars and
Jet-Aways. Guests who use their WestJet RBC MasterCard will earn WestJet
dollars even faster.
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About China Southern Airlines China Southern Airlines, a proud member of Sky
Team, operates the largest fleet, most developed route network and largest
passenger capacity of any airline in the People's Republic of China.
Currently, China Southern Airlines operates over 500 passenger and cargo
transport aircraft, including Boeing 777, 747, 757 & 737 and Airbus A380, 330,
321, 320, and 319. The airline fleet is ranked the first in Asia and the third
among the 240 Airlines in IATA (in terms of fleet size).
China Southern Airlines has more than 1,930 daily flights to 193 destinations
in 35 countries and regions across the world. Through close cooperation with
its Sky Team member airlines, China Southern Airlines' global route network
spans 1000 destinations to 187 countries and regions and nearly every major
world metropolis. China Southern transported more than 86 million passengers
in 2012. By December, 2012, China Southern Airlines have kept a safe record of
10.37 million flying hours and carried close to 600 million passengers without
incident. The airline's safety commitment has - and continues to be -
unwavering both throughout China and globally. For more information, please
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