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Passengers Taking Carry-On Baggage Hampered Plane Evacuation, TSB Says

Passengers Taking Carry-On Baggage Hampered Plane Evacuation, TSB Says

By The Canadian Press

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A Westjet Boeing 737-700 taxis to a gate after arriving at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Monday, February 3, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO – The Transportation Safety Board says the evacuation of a WestJet plane after a collision with another aircraft at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport was hampered when some passengers tried to take carry-on luggage with them.

The board says the WestJet flight carrying 169 passengers and six crew members from Cancun, Mexico, was waiting for a gate when it was hit by a Sunwing jet being towed to another location at the airport on Jan. 5.

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Toronto Lawyer Files Complaint Against WestJet, Says He Was Racially Profiled

Toronto Lawyer Files Complaint Against WestJet, Says He Was Racially Profiled

By Olivia Bowden, The Canadian Press

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Lawyer Selwyn Pieters, with the Black Action Defence Committee, speaks outside coroner’s court in Toronto on Friday, June 30, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel)

TORONTO – The Canadian Transportation Agency is investigating a complaint from a Toronto lawyer who claims he was racially profiled by WestJet.

Selwyn Pieters, who is black, says the incident happened when he was trying to check in for a WestJet flight to Toronto on July 2, at the conclusion of a weeklong trip to Trinidad and Tobago, where he was doing legal work.

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WestJet Ignites Holiday Spirit in Annual ‘Christmas Miracle’ Video

WestJet Ignites Holiday Spirit in Annual ‘Christmas Miracle’ Video

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WestJet’s Santa Claus surprises travellers at Winnipeg’s airport on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

Travellers at 12 Canadian airports have been gifted the joy of Christmas magic over the last several weeks as WestJet surprised guests as part of its annual Christmas Miracle celebration.

The Calgary-based airline’s 12 Flights of Christmas made a pitstop in Winnipeg on November 21, where members of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet performed an abbreviated version of Nutcracker.

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WestJet Orders Long-Reaching Dreamliners as Part of Market Expansion

WestJet Orders Long-Reaching Dreamliners as Part of Market Expansion

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WestJet Airlines President & CEO Gregg Saretsky speaks during the company’s annual general meeting in Calgary, Alta. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal)

Asia and South America, and to expand its service into the European market.

The initial order with the Boeing Company is for 10 aircraft to be delivered between the first quarter of 2019 and December 2021, with options for an additional 10 aircraft to be delivered between 2020 and 2024.

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WestJet to Fly Low-Cost Carrier by End of the Year

WestJet to Fly Low-Cost Carrier by End of the Year

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The tail of a WestJet plane dwarfs the Calgary skyline before the airline’s annual meeting in Calgary, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

WestJet plans to introduce a new ultra-low-cost carrier with expectations to get it off the ground by late 2017.

The Calgary-based airline says it will include an initial fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s.

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WestJet Launches Non-Stop Flights Between Winnipeg and Hamilton

WestJet Launches Non-Stop Flights Between Winnipeg and Hamilton

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The tail of a WestJet plane dwarfs the Calgary skyline before the airline’s annual meeting in Calgary, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Travellers flying to Hamilton, Ontario from Winnipeg and vice versa can now do so directly on WestJet.

The airline launched its non-stop service between the two cities on Tuesday with a departing flight from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

“These routes mean lower fares and reduced travel times for Hamiltonians visiting friends and family in Halifax, Edmonton and Winnipeg and vice versa,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet vice-president, network planning.

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