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Wednesday
May122010

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal

Canadian carrier WestJet Airlines, in the running for Best Low-Cost Airline at the World Airline Awards in Hamburg, Germany next week, soon intends to make an interline agreement with Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based carrier perennially in the running for Airline of the Year at the Awards.  The Canadian carrier announced via the Internet earlier today that travelers with Cathay Pacific will soon be able to book a Cathay Pacific flight and a WestJet flight in the same reservation and same itinerary.  Air travelers will be able to smoothly transition to or from a flight operated by Cathay Pacific to or from a flight operated by WestJet, at Vancouver International Airport (IATA: YVR; ICAO: CYVR), and Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ).

Additionally, WestJet entered into a baggage agreement with Cathay Pacific’s short-haul associate airline Dragonair.  This arrangement permits travelers on any one of the three carriers to check their bags only once, and they will be handled seamlessly among the three carriers.  Interline reservations will be handled by Cathay Pacific’s reservation system.  The deal between WestJet and Cathay Pacific is scheduled to be finalized next month.

WestJet was founded in 1996 as a regional airline in western Canada.  Early success enabled it to branch out first nationwide in Canada, and then to the rest of North America.  Its main hub is at Calgary International Airport (IATA: YYC; ICAO: CYYC).  It has a secondary hub at Toronto Pearson.

Cathay Pacific was founded in 1946 by American and Australian former air force pilots.  Each put up one dollar HKD to register the new airline.  It is based at Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG; ICAO: VHHH), and is one of only six airlines in the world recognized with five stars, the highest honor given to an airline by Skytrax, an internationally recognized measurer of airline quality.  Cathay Pacific will defend its 2009 Airline of the Year title in Hamburg next week against nine other nominees, all based in the eastern hemisphere.

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Airline of the Year will be named in Hamburg on May 20 (May 10, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (WestJet Airlines)

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