CALGARY - WestJet says it has a name for its new discount regional carrier: WestJet Encore.

The Calgary-based company says the name was picked by its customers in a vote. Services will launch in the second half of 2013.

WestJet Encore will cater to smaller markets with Bombardier Q400 propeller aircraft.

The company says it will announce the schedule for WestJet Encore early next year.

WestJet has previously said it plans to launch the carrier in one half of the country first, before expanding the service in the other side of the country about nine months later.

The announcement comes as Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) prepares to launch its own discount regional carrier. Details about its name, schedule and product offering will be disclosed later this fall when Air Canada releases its 2013 schedule.

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  • 2010: Spirit Airlines Pilots Strike

    June 13, 2010: "Spirit, based in Miramar (FL), canceled all of its flights today and Tuesday as pilots held firm on their refusal to fly. Pilots walked out Saturday in a contract dispute that has been building for more than three years." <em>(Jeannette Rivera-Lyles, "Spirit Airlines Strike: Travelers Stranded And Dispirited At OIA," Orlando Sentinel, 6/13/10)</em> ·"Spirit said it wouldn't fly until Thursday at the earliest, forcing its roughly 16,000 daily passengers to get where they were going by rental car or an expensive walk-up fare on another airline." (Joshua Freed, "Spirit Cancels All Flights Through Wednesday," NBCNews, 6/15/10) ·"The airline said it is refunding fares for flights Saturday through Tuesday plus offering a $100 credit toward future flights. But people who needed to replace their Spirit tickets found the cost of same-day fares on other airlines was two to three times more than their tickets." <em>(Jeannette Rivera-Lyles, "Spirit Airlines Strike: Travelers Stranded And Dispirited At OIA," Orlando Sentinel, 6/13/10)</em>

  • 1999: American Airlines (Reno Air) Pilot Strike

    February 1999: "A dispute over pay and how to integrate Reno (acquired by American) pilots into the APA seniority list led to an 11-day sickout by American pilots in February 1999 that forced the cancellation of 6,600 flights and cost the carrier about $225 million. In 2003, pilots and other union workers gave $1.6 billion in annual concessions to keep AMR out of bankruptcy." <em>(David McLaughlin, "AMR's American Denied Court Leave To Toss Pilot Contract," Bloomberg, 8/16/12)</em> ·U.S. District Judge Joe Kendall On The "Sick Out" (2/13/99): "Unfortunately, the radical element that appears to be in control of the Allied Pilots Association seems determined to fly American Airlines into the side of a mountain, taking themselves, the company, their co-workers and their customers with them." <em>(Mike Norman, "Strike Talk From American Pilots Hits The Bottom Line," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8/23/12)</em>

  • 1993: American Airlines Flight Attendants Strike

    November 23, 1993: "Striking American Airlines flight attendants decided...to end their walkout after President Clinton took the unusual step of brokering an agreement between the union and the airline to submit the labor dispute to binding arbitration." <em>(Gwen Ifill, "Airline Strike Ends as Clinton Steps In," The New York Times, 11/23/93)</em> ·"American officials said they would fly 60 to 70 percent of scheduled flights on Tuesday and 85 percent of its flights by Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving." <em>(Gwen Ifill, "Airline Strike Ends as Clinton Steps In, The New York Times, 11/23/93)</em> ·"Some analysts have estimated that American was losing from $10 million to $25 million a day during the strike." <em>(Gwen Ifill, "Airline Strike Ends as Clinton Steps In, The New York Times, 11/23/93)</em> ·"On the first day of a planned 11-day walkout, American said only about half of its flights departed with passengers. The remainder were either canceled or took off without customers because of a lack of qualified flight attendants." <em>(MIT, tech.mit.edu, Accessed 8/24/12)</em> · "American's passenger traffic was halted for several hours to and from its important Caribbean hub in San Juan, Puerto Rico. And industry sources said American was unable to carry any passengers out of Europe in the strike's opening stages." <em>(MIT, tech.mit.edu)</em>

  • 1989: International Association Of Machinists Strike

    March 4, 1990: "Eastern Airlines yesterday suspended most of its worldwide operations and idled more than 5,000 employees, including more than 500 locally, after it was again forced to cancel all but a few flights by the crushing effect of a three-day-old walkout by the airline's machinists." <em>(Frederic M. Biddle, "The Battle For Eastern Airlines; Eastern Idles 5,000, Tries To Revive Shuttle," The Boston Globe, 3/7/89)</em> ·"Eastern, which was almost completely shut down in the early weeks of the strike and then had to seek protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, lost $852 million last year, the most ever by a U.S. airline. Its daily flights have shrunk to 800 from a pre-strike level of nearly 1,100." <em>(Bob Baker, "Eastern Airlines Strike: 1 Year Later," Los Angeles Times, 3/4/90)</em> ·"The strike, begun at 12:01 A.M., grounded all but 30 of Eastern's 250 planes, halted all but 50 of its 1,040 flights and sent the vast majority of its 100,000 passengers scrambling for seats on other airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration said." <em>(Robert McFadden, "Mechanics' Strike Virtually Shuts Eastern Airlines," The New York Times, 3/5/89)</em> ·"C. R. Melugin, an F.A.A. official who was monitoring Eastern during the strike, said the airline got only 30 planes off the ground during the day, and was able to operate only 50 flights, well under 10 percent of its schedule." <em>(Robert McFadden, "Mechanics' Strike Virtually Shuts Eastern Airlines," The New York Times, 3/5/89)</em> · "Eastern got only 10 planes airborne during the first 10 hours of the strike, including one from Miami to San Juan, one from La Guardia to Miami, one from Miami to Atlanta and one from San Juan to Miami." <em>(Robert McFadden, "Mechanics' Strike Virtually Shuts Eastern Airlines," The New York Times, 3/5/89)</em> Eastern Airlines was one of the "Big Four" airlines that dominated the passenger airline business in the United States for nearly 50 years. Eastern Airlines flying in 1991.

  • 1986: Trans World Airlines Flight Attendants Strike

    March 7, 1986: "Trans World Airlines canceled half its flights today as it squared off against flight attendants who walked out rather than accept pay cuts the airline says it needs to survive. Drawing on 1,500 newly hired flight attendants and as many ticket agents and other employees trained for cabin duties, the airline aimed to resume normal operations within four days despite the strike by 5,700 members of the Independent Federation of Flight Attendants, TWA Chairman Carl Icahn said." <em>(AP, "TWA Braces For Battle, Cancels Half Its Flights," The Los Angeles Times, 3/7/86)</em> ·"TWA said it was canceling five of 17 domestic flights from Los Angeles on Friday. The one overseas flight, a non-stop to London, was expected to depart on schedule. A survey of passengers here whose flights had been canceled indicated that none of them were having difficulty finding alternate flights." <em>(AP, "TWA Braces For Battle, Cancels Half Its Flights," The Los Angeles Times, 3/7/86)</em> ·"TWA canceled 27 of 67 flights from New York, 13 of 19 from Chicago, 40% of the service at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, 7 of the 11 daily departures from Indianapolis, 10 of 14 flights from Kansas City and 2 of the 4 from Minneapolis-St. Paul, according to airline officials in those cities." <em>(AP, "TWA Braces For Battle, Cancels Half Its Flights," The Los Angeles Times, 3/7/86)</em> TWA never recovered after the strikes and bankruptcy. Trans World Airlines Inc. assets were acquired in April 2001 by AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines.