Apr 1, 10, 3:14 pm
WestJet Rewards - Southwest responds to WS comments last week
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Apr 1, 10, 3:14 pm
Apr 1, 10, 5:23 pm
Since this is a press release and can be shared in its entirety, I'll do that (sometimes the link doesn't work months down the road and so there's no way to know what was interesting)
DALLAS, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines learned from media reports this week that WestJet apparently intends to enter into a codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines. At about the same time, Southwest learned of a deal by which Delta would transfer slots at LaGuardia Airport in New York to WestJet. A codeshare between WestJet and Delta, as indicated in media reports, could be inconsistent with the agreement presently in place between Southwest and WestJet.
"The Southwest/WestJet project was on target in accordance with a mutually agreed upon timetable," said Bob Jordan, Southwest's Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning. "However, WestJet in recent weeks requested material and significant changes to our agreement that we could not accept. We are, and always have been, prepared to move forward to implement our agreement with WestJet. We have not yet been notified of WestJet's intent to terminate that agreement. If we are so notified in order for WestJet to consummate its deal with Delta, Southwest remains very interested in offering our loyal Customers service to Canada via the most efficient means possible."
Apr 2, 10, 4:44 am
Hopefully WS stays away from that trashy airline.
Apr 5, 10, 3:49 pm
The back-and-forth between Southwest and WestJet appears to be getting more interesting as officials from the would-be partners make public comments about a codeshare alliance that suddenly appears to be on the rocks.
First, there were comments in a March 26 National Post story that Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet may try to first partner with Delta, even though WestJet and Southwest had already agreed to a codeshare pact. That was followed up last week when Southwest finally reacted with public comments that indicated it was not happy about the possible WestJet/Delta deal. Southwest acknowledged that it learned of the news through press reports.
In those comments, Southwest said it thought its plans with WestJet had been on schedule but that "WestJet in recent weeks requested material and significant changes to our agreement that we could not accept."
Now, the latest appears to come in Saturday story in Toronto's Globe and Mail, with WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky telling the paper the snags in the deal are coming from Southwest's side.
"We have been, as you know, under construction at WestJet, building out our capability for code-share," Saretsky tells the Globe and Mail for its Saturday story. "Southwest had said late last year that they needed to put their build-out of their own capability for code-share on hold because they had other higher priority issues internally that they needed to deal with. So, the ball is clearly in Southwest's court. They have said to us that they are not going to be ready for code-share."
Apr 5, 10, 5:48 pm
More on the fallout of the pact. Southwest may decide to enter the Canadian market without any partners.
NEW YORK, April 5 (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co is willing to tackle the Canadian market alone if its current pact with WestJet Airlines Ltd comes undone, a senior executive with the Dallas-based airline said on Monday.
"If a partnership with WestJet were to unravel, then we would take a step back and reevaluate whether a partnership is more appropriate or serving Canada directly ourselves would be more appropriate," Bob Jordan, executive vice president of strategy and planning, said in an interview on Monday.