Westjet confident of success on Gatwick route

Westjet B767-300ER at Gatwick

Canadian carrier Westjet says it is confident of the success of its Gatwick route despite problems with the reliability of its B767-300ER aircraft on the route (see Motley Fool http://www.fool.ca/2016/07/20/is-westjet-airlines-ltd-set-to-fly-higher-on-older-wings/)

The B767s it uses on the route are on average over 20 years old and previously were operated by Qantas. The airline has struggled in its early months with punctuality and reliability as a result of problems in quickly located replacement parts ,according to the CE£ Gregg Saretsky. Nevertheless, speaking with the Canadian press yesterday

Calgary Sun

http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/07/19/westjet-bullish-on-london-route

Saretsky said the Gatwick route would be profitable.

“We’re actually ahead of where we expected to be. The flights have been very, very well subscribed,” he said, and added that.

“We haven’t had a single flight cancellation in the month of July. We’ve had 19 days of perfect operation with great on-time performance. I think those early day hiccups are behind us,”

Previously, in May and June, according to FlightStats http://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/flight-info/flight-status , the six-times weekly Vancouver to London flight achieved only a five per cent on-time result.