Clive Beddoe started his career as a pilot in England, but later emigrated to Canada to become an entrepreneur. In 1994, he purchased a plastic manufacturing company, which would later bring him into the airlines business. In an attempt to cut down his company’s air travel bills, Beddoe purchased a light transport aircraft and flew it himself. Later, Beddoe leased the aircraft to other businesses. At that time, his colleague Mark Hill came to him with an idea of starting their own discount airline. In 1996, Clive Beddoe partnered with his colleagues Mark Hill, David Neeleman, Donald Bell, and Tim Morgan to form WestJet. Initially, the company had a fleet of three used Boeing 737-200 aircraft, but within the next few years the company increased its feet size and expanded its network. In 1997, they started providing Charter and cargo services. WestJet took off from there and gradually established itself as one of the leading low-cost carriers in Canada.
WestJet has seen steady growth in its business over the past two decades. Starting with only three used aircraft and 220 employees, WestJet has grown into a company with the youngest fleets of Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft and nearly 10,000 employees. Despite this exceptional growth, the company has always retained its original values. WestJet still maintains its commitment to ensuring safety of its people and customers. The company fosters a positive work environment and inspires its people to do everything with passion. Other important core values of the company include honesty, openness, and integrity. All WestJet employees are inspired to be friendly, fun-loving, caring. Much of the company’s success is attributed to its people. WestJet has always been appreciative of its people and guests. The company’s culture has been built around promoting a sense of team effort, appreciation, and a commitment to provide an exceptionally great guest experience every time.
What makes WestJet's unique?
WestJet brought the discount airline business model to Canada. The model was pioneered by Southwest Airlines in the United States. WestJet executed that model for the first time in Canada. The company is based around a philosophy that travelers should not compromise on the comfort and convenience of their journey, just because they are paying less for their flight. The company also maintains a commitment to integrate advanced tools and technology to provide their customers with the highest standards of service. The company sets itself apart from its competitors by providing safe, friendly yet cost effective air travel. WestJet is now one of the largest Canadian air carrier, operating an average of 425 flights, and connecting around 90 destinations across its network.