WestJet was established to provide the flying public in Canada with a low cost solution for their travel plans. This is why they are categorized as a LCC or Low Cost Carrier. The latest announcements take this philosophy of providing low cost tickets to the extreme with the introduction of the new ULCC or Ultra Low Cost Carrier.
The new category of air transport will be a first not only for Canada, but the rest of the world. This new type of flying is still in the planning stages and needs to be approved by the pilots association and government regulatory approval, but both can be expected.
The biggest difference between a LCC and the ULCC is the services and amenities that a passenger can purchase. On most LCC’s there are a few said services that can be purchased for a higher priced ticket. On the ULCC, there are no additional services or amenities available of any kind.
The basic premise of the ULCC is to sell as many flight tickets as possible and offer nothing but a seat. All flights will be all economy with no business or premium economy on any of the flights that might be offered.
If everything goes as planned the new ULCC will commence operations in the fall of 2017. The fleet will comprise of 10 Boeing 737-800s. These aircraft can fit 189 passengers per flight. The seats are 17” wide and are in a 3 x 3 row configuration.
This new concept in flying is still being reviewed and changes might occur in the planning process, but this is what the proposal is at the present time. The plan is to provide as many people as WestJet can with the lowest travel cost possible.
Sources: WestJet, Reuters, Newswire