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Southwest and WestJet Begin Interline Cargo Agreement

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 We like Cargo at Southwest Airlines, and we like milestones, so today is an exciting occasion as it marks our first International Cargo shipment.  That’s right, hosers -- beginning today, Southwest will launch an interline Cargo agreement with our friends north of the border, WestJet, by allowing our Cargo Customers in six cities (Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix) to transport their hockey sticks, skates, and any other acceptable Cargo items to four Canadian cities (Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver). 

Our Cargo Department has been hard at work on several initiatives, and it’s exciting to see another one of them come to fruition.  While we eventually hope to be able to transport Cargo throughout both airlines’ entire route networks, this initial phase will only allow for the export of Cargo from the U.S. to Canada.

Customers in the six U.S. cities can ship their Cargo via Southwest Airlines, where it will be routed through Las Vegas and transferred to a WestJet flight (after the appropriate paperwork and procedures are complete) and ultimately delivered to one of the aforementioned Canadian cities listed above.    

WestJet makes for a natural first partner for our entrance into International Cargo shipments given our positive working relationship and eventual plans to offer passenger codeshare service with the Canadian airline.  While you might have seen that our plans for starting our passenger codeshare agreement will be delayed due to several immediate revenue initiatives, our ability to offer International Cargo shipments utilizes different resources, technology, and Teams, and is not related to, or impacted by, our eventual passenger codeshare agreement.  We know that your precious Cargo will be in good hands with our Canadian friends.   

As we like to say in Cargo, “reliability knows no borders,” so ship away, eh!   

 

 


 

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Are you sure that "hosers" was the best choice of words?
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Southwest Airlines will fly any plane, as long as it's a Boeing 737, and let passengers sit anywhere they like, as long as they get there first. Sticking with what has worked, Southwest has expanded its low-cost, no-frills, no-reserved-seats approach to air travel throughout the US to serve about 65 cities in more than 30 states. Now among the leading US airlines, Southwest nevertheless stands as an inspiration for scrappy low-fare upstarts the world over. The carrier has enjoyed 35 straight profitable years amid the airline industry's ups and downs. In August 2009 Southwest made a move to expand westward when it placed a $170 million bid to buy troubled airline Frontier, but the bid was rejected. Submited by : Padre Rico Padre Pobre
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Curious if this arrangement still holds, since WestJet backed off on other deals with Southwest.... == Interline Travel