Regional airline marks another key milestone en route to launch
CALGARY, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today that Transport
Canada has issued an air operator certificate (AOC) for WestJet Encore,
which launches service in Western Canada on June 24, 2013.
An air operator certificate is granted following an extensive
application process whereby Transport Canada determines whether or not
a company's facilities and organizational structure, including properly
licensed and qualified personnel, meet the applicable requirements.
Transport Canada then determines the applicant has the ability to
operate the service safely, properly and in accordance with the
regulating standards and procedures detailed in the Canadian Aviation
"This is an important and exciting milestone in the brief history of
WestJet Encore," said Ferio Pugliese, Executive Vice-President, and
President, WestJet Encore. "This certification is the result of many
months of hard work by many WestJetters to create this airline from the
ground up, and I am incredibly proud of our team. Because of them, we
now have our license to operate, our first two aircraft and the first
group of WestJetters hired and ready to launch on June 24."
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to 86 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 9,000 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. 2013 marks the launch of
WestJet's new regional airline, WestJet Encore.
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