Swoop. It’s the new name for WestJet’s recently announced ultra low coast carrier, which is expected to launch in 2018 with flights bookable early in the new year.
"The name Swoop denotes exactly what we plan to do," says WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy Bob Cummings. "It's a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more Canadians to travel."
Like WestJet, Swoop will be based in Calgary. (FlySwoop.com)
In other WestJet news:
• Starting March 14, 2018, WestJet will begin service with four weekly flights between Calgary and Mexico City. On March 15, WestJet will launch three-time weekly service between Vancouver and Mexico City. Effective April 29, both routes move to daily service. WestJet currently serves 10 cities in Mexico from 17 Canadian cities.
• Canadians with a hankering to head to Hong Kong will be pleased learn that WestJet has entered a code-share agreement with Hong Kong Airlines that sees the carrier put its HX marketing code on WestJet-operated flights from Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton connecting on to daily Vancouver-Hong service across the Pacific. The two carriers are building on an existing interline agreement put in place earlier this year.
• As part of its strategy for continued growth, the airline has broken ground on a new $50-million maintenance hangar at Calgary International Airport, which will be able to accommodate up to four Boeing 737 aircraft or one Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. In addition, the building will have two floors of office space to hold approximately 130 work stations. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019.
WestJet's ultra low cost carrier Swoop is scheduled to take flight in 2018.