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WestJet, Air France and KLM sign Memorandum of Understanding

Feb. 4, 2009, Calgary, Paris and Amsterdam - WestJet, Air France and KLM have announced a memorandum of understanding to build a new commercial relationship.


February 4, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 4, 2009, Calgary, Paris and Amsterdam – WestJet, Air France and KLM
today announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new
commercial relationship among the three airlines.
    
This memorandum of understanding allows the airlines to begin working on
building a code-sharing agreement in late 2009 or early 2010. Prior to this
the carriers will contemplate additional opportunities including an interlin
agreement, namely acceptance of each other's e-tickets, and through check-in
of baggage and passengers, technology permitting. Possibilities for future
frequent flyer program cooperation will be explored as well.

A code-sharing agreement would involve the Canadian gateways of Calgary,
Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver where guests of the three airlines would
connect with each other's networks.
    
This memorandum of understanding is another step in WestJet's strategy toincrease connectivity, bringing additional travellers to its network as well
as offering more access for its guests to new destinations.
    
Dr. Hugh Dunleavy, Executive Vice President, Commercial Distribution,
commented, "We are very pleased with this announcement today. This memorandu
of understanding marks the successful execution of the next step in our
strategic plan. We are proud to have strategic partners in Air France and KLM
who share our values and our focus on the guest. They will be excellent
partners and will provide our guests with the opportunity to seamlessly travel
across their networks."
    
For Air France and KLM, it is a great opportunity to strengthen their
position in services to Canada and increase the number of destinations offered
to passengers.