Thursday, May 28, 2009

WestJet and Southwest Codesharing delayed

Due to tough economic times and three quarters of losses, Southwest Airlines has delayed the implementation of the much anticipated code-sharing service between them and WestJet. Southwest states at this time they are going to focus on increasing revenues this year but will remain committed to the partnership with WestJet.

No timeline has been set as to when the code-sharing may be implemented but WestJet says they are on track to have their new reservation system that will allow code-sharing/interlining with airlines up and runnung by the fourth quarter of 2009. Once the system is up and running WestJet should be launching their own frequent flyer program (initially scheduled for Q2 of this year) and be implementing the previously announced code-sharing/interline agreement with Air France/KLM.

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