KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and WestJet report they will operate their first code share flights on September 26, 2011. The code share agreement between the two airlines will allow KLM to market and distribute WestJet operated flights under KLM flight numbers. This will enhance the travel possibilities for customers and give them access to 30 domestic Canadian routes.
KLM said it considers code sharing with WestJet as an important step in increasing the portfolio of flights and destinations it can offer via its four Canadian gateways. Pieter Elbers, chief operating ifficer for KLM, commented, “We are proud to enter into a code share agreement with WestJet, becoming WestJet’s first European code share partner. Canada is a key market for KLM. With this new code share arrangement, KLM passengers will now have access to 30 new routes in Canada, connecting with KLM’s flights to Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.”
Gregg Saretsky, WestJet’s CEO, commented, “WestJet is very pleased to have KLM as our first European code share partner. With an extensive global network and a long history of excellence, we foresee a strong cooperation between KLM and WestJet. Our cultures are well aligned and will ensure a lasting and valuable partnership. We look forward to welcoming our joint guests aboard WestJet.”
WestJet offers scheduled service throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada.
WestJet offers increased legroom, leather seats and live seatback television provided by Bell TV on its fleet of 96 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 39 aircraft through 2018, WestJet said it strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919 and in 2004 Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands names and hubs —Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle.