There’s plenty of cargo news in Canada with WestJet avoiding a pilots strike and Air Canada expanding its freighter network to Costa Rica.
Cargo shipments will cease on Friday as WestJet pilots walk off the job. The airline is trying to avoid a chaotic situation by taking down aircraft ahead of the deadline.
WestJet Cargo finally got airborne last month after nearly a year of unexpected delays and now faces a shutdown by week’s end because of a labor dispute.
WestJet can’t seem to catch a break getting its new cargo airline off the ground. It had to postpone the fleet launch another month, and the conversion facility is taking longer than expected to complete the final aircraft.
Canada’s WestJet plans to start flying cargo jets next year after a frustrating wait to get the planes registered.
Canada isn’t a sleepy cargo destination anymore. E-commerce, cross-border and international shipping are robust, and Canadian airlines are adding freighters to meet the demand.
Canadian passenger airline WestJet is transforming itself into a hybrid passenger-freighter airline.
Passenger airlines are going crazy for cargo. WestJet is following the lead of Canadian rival Air Canada in starting a dedicated freighter business to capitalize on strong air cargo demand.
New COVID travel restrictions have dealt Canadian airlines and their workers another blow. The financial road ahead looks scary until vaccines start working.
The infection from the Boeing 737 MAX crisis is spreading through the aviation sector, hurting airlines, suppliers and their employees.
Canadian airlines, already facing a pilot shortage, now face higher labor costs associated with new pilot work rules.