WestJet to commemorate Western Canada’s inaugural air mail flight

July 06, 2018   |  

CALGARY, Alberta. July 6, 2018. On Monday, WestJet in collaboration with the Canadian Aerophilatelic Society and the Calgary International Airport will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Western Canada’s inaugural air mail flight. The flight was made by aviatrice Katherine Stinson on July 9, 1918, from Calgary to Edmonton, containing a mailbag with a reported 259 letters. In honour of Stinson, flight 3143 will be flown by WestJet Encore Captain’s Athenia Jansen and Janna Breker Kettner. Media are invited to attend the commemorative event at the Calgary International Airport.

Air Mail Event/Media Availability 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Athenia Jansen, Captain, WestJet Encore
Janna Breker-Kettner, Captain, WestJet Encore
Mark Ruel, Director, Air Service Development for The Calgary Airport Authority
Gord Mallet, Canadian Aerophilatelic Society Representative 

10:00-10:20 a.m. (Formal event, media availability and photo opportunity)

WestJet Domestic Check-In (Gate 1)
Calgary International Airport
2000 Airport Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6W5

Media are asked to RSVP for in-person availability to media@westjet.com no later than July 9 at 8:00 a.m. MT.


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