WestJet teams up with local restaurants across Canada to serve fresh sandwiches sourced from the city of departure

By Nikos Loukas, InflightFeed

On many flights originating in Canada, WestJet offers a little taste of home. Whether it’s a meaty Spolumbo’s sandwich from Calgary, a Thai chicken wrap from Vancouver’s Bread Garden or the smoky pastrami from Au Pain Doré in Montreal, WestJet is offering an increasing number of locally made fresh sandwiches on most flights over 2.5 hours in length. All sandwiches cost CAD 6.50 (CAD 6 when pre-ordered).

“We want to offer our guests onboard menu items that will enhance their WestJet experience and support the communities we serve,” says WestJet’s On Board Product Manager Layne Ward. “Being able to partner with local caterers to offer guests a wide variety of fresh sandwiches is ideal.”

The sandwich story all started in 2010 in Calgary with a WestJet executive’s penchant for the chewy Italian sandwiches created by three ex-Calgary Stampeders football players at the local Spolumbo’s restaurant. “They were here having lunch, talking about airplane food, and wondering why it couldn’t be more local and more fresh,” says Tony Spoletini, one of the owners of the popular Italian sausage shop and deli.

Local, fresh
The Spolumbo’s crew signed on for a test run and, when guests gobbled up their airline sandwiches, WestJet looked for entrepreneurs in other Canadian cities to expand the program. Now, fresh and unique sandwiches are loaded on board every day from caterers and delis in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, London, Montreal and St. John’s.
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Edmonton Airport offers one-stop parking and remote check-in at off-airport facility

In a bid to counter the increasing popularity of independent off-airport parking services like Park ‘n Fly, Edmonton International Airport in western Canada has opened an enhanced off-site parking facility, located about 1.5 kilometres from the airport terminal. Called jetSet Parking, the new 3,300-stall carpark offers self- and valet parking, airline check-in kiosks and a baggage drop-off service for Westjet passengers, and is significantly cheaper than the airport’s parking facilities located in front of the terminal. 

Customers can use two levels of service, youPark and wePark. The fully automated self-serve youPark long-term lot lets travelers pull in, take a ticket, park and make their way to one of three heated bus shelters. 24/7 shuttle buses ferry customers from the shelters to the terminal and back. Under the wePark option, customers drive to the main jetSet building, where a valet parks their vehicles. Inside the building customers find washrooms and free coffee and bottled water. Both the youPark shelters and the wePark office feature flight information displays, self-serve check-in kiosks that dispense airline boarding passes, and parking pay machines. Prices are CAD9.50 per day (47.50/week) for youPark and CAD13.50 per day (67.50/week) for wePark. By booking in advance online, customers can save up to 20 percent off.
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