WestJet (WS, Calgary) has formally christened its nascent ultra low-cost carrier unit Swoop (WO, Hamilton, ON). WestJet said in a statement Swoop would launch out of its Calgary hub in Summer 2018 using a fleet of ten high-density B737-800s.

"The city offers Swoop the opportunity to save costs through shared services with WestJet's corporate head office, the availability of existing infrastructure, and talented, experienced WestJetters to draw from. We are confident that these qualities will support our ultra-low-cost operations and our guests well into the future," Bob Cummings WestJet's Executive Vice-President (Strategy) and the executive member responsible for the launch of Swoop, said.

Featuring its own Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), Swoop will launch around the time fellow ULCC Jetlines (CJL, Vancouver Int'l) expects to complete its own certification drive.