WestJet uses numerous types of ground equipment to support our operations and maintenance, ranging from aircraft tugs to catering trucks and vehicles used to transport our crew from the airport to our campus facility. Fuel consumption of this equipment is highly dependent on activity and weather conditions.
A new edition to WestJet's ground fleet is the rechargeable lithium polymer battery-powered baggage tug. The tug, which began operating at the Calgary International Airport on October 2011, successfully performed throughout the winter in frigid temperatures without any significant incidents. Baggage was transported to and from the aircraft on approximately 11 flights per day on a single battery charge. At the end of 2014, WestJet had 14 battery-operated vehicles at our operation in Calgary and Whitehorse, with more planned for 2015. Some of these vehicles are positioned in airports to comply with their directive to only operate non-petroleum based fuel-powered tugs in the airport's newly constructed ground-level baggage areas.