Posted on: 18 April 2012 by Mark Howells
WestJet has signed an expanded and exclusive agreement with Thomas Cook that will see the carrier provide more seat capacity for Thomas Cook’s Sunquest vacation product for the 2012-2013 winter season and also make WestJet the only airline providing capacity for Thomas Cook’s tour operator arm in the Canadian market.
“We are very pleased to announce this expanded relationship,” commented Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO. “Thomas Cook’s decision to fly from the Canadian market with our aircraft speaks to its confidence in what our WestJetters do so well. We look forward to welcoming on board even more Sunquest guests in the near future.”
“Known for its quality, reliability and outstanding customer service, WestJet has been a key partner for Sunquest and the wider portfolio of Thomas Cook Canada brands for the last couple of years,” said Dean Moore, chief executive officer, Thomas Cook North America. “Building upon an already strong and mutually beneficial partnership, this enhanced relationship provides us with the opportunity to expand our product offering by taking advantage of the significant scale of WestJet’s fleet and the breadth of their network. It gives us room to grow, the flexibility we were looking for and further opportunity to provide Sunquest customers with exceptional vacation experiences from start to finish.”
“Not only will this improve our fleet utilisation, it provides further economic justification for WestJet’s fleet growth in the coming years," continued Gregg Saretsky. “We have now made the decision to cover a component of the Thomas Cook seat purchase by extending the leases on three aircraft that were due to be returned in early 2013. Together with three new aircraft deliveries in 2012 and five in 2013, our entire fleet of Boeing Next-Generation 737s creates a unique opportunity for WestJet to serve the capacity needs of the Thomas Cook Canada business in a cost-effective way.”