WestJet Airlines has indicated it is considering setting up a regional airline to complement its existing service and to compete with Air Canada. The new short-haul, regional airline, could be operating as early as 2013 using a fleet of 40 turboprop aircraft. “This is an exciting consideration for WestJetters,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO. “We are meeting with WestJetters throughout January to get their input on this watershed decision. One of the cornerstones of our success is engaging with employees early on in key decisions and I am confident they will see the strategic value of this initiative.

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