Airline partnerships are a low-cost and effective way for WestJet to grow our network. In 2012, four existing relationships (Delta, Korean, China Eastern and British Airways) were evolved to code-shares and we implemented 13 new interline partnerships – bringing our total global partnerships to 30 as of year-end.
In 2012, we formed new interline relationships with several U.S. carriers. The extensive connectivity between the networks of WestJet and these carriers will continue to enhance WestJet’s revenue.
In 2013, we expect to evolve two to four interline agreements into new code-shares, pursue a handful of new interline relationships and focus on maximizing the performance of existing relationships.
*See president’s message to shareholders for cautionary note regarding forward-looking information.