!@(westjet1.jpg:R240 “westjet”) This was taken late in 2002 on my last business trip to Winnipeg Manitoba. We were closing down the branch and we stayed right at the airport. Here we see a Westjet 737-700 series in the midst of a quick turnaround. I timed it out at about 20 minutes to arrive, unload, reprovision, reload and depart.

Westjet is one of the Canadian startup airlines that have given Air Canada fits and eventually forced them into bankruptcy protection that they’ve just now ended. No frills is the rule now and Westjet, modeled on the successful Southwest Airlines operation, is the number 2 airline in Canada.

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