CALGARY, Canada – WestJet announced today it has entered into a code-share agreement allowing Hainan Airlines to place its HU code on WestJet-operated flights. The two carriers are building on an existing interline agreement that has been in place since 2013.
Hainan will be marketing HU code-shared flights to and from Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Prince George, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. All code-share sales are offered through Hainan Airlines and its global distribution network.
“The Chinese travel market is vast and growing; our newest code-share with Hainan Airlines will allow even more guests to easily connect to the WestJet network,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “This code-share agreement provides choice, streamlined service and connectivity to guests here at home and abroad. We look forward to welcoming Hainan’s guests on board to experience our caring service as the relationship expands to include code-sharing.”
“We are very pleased to implement this code-share cooperation with WestJet, Canada’s highest-rated airline for customer service,” said Mr. Wei HOU, Vice President of Hainan Airlines. “Cooperation with WestJet will further expand our network in Canada, giving our passengers more transfer options through Calgary and Toronto. We are confident that with Hainan’s SKYTRAX five-star service, now augmented by WestJet’s own high-level service standard, our customers will continue experiencing the kind of pleasant journey they’ve come to expect from us.”
This announcement marks WestJet’s 16th code-share agreement, bringing to more than 40 the total number of airline partnerships around the world.