To boost its ultra-low cost flights Canada Jetlines Ltd. has appointed an Indo-Canadian to its advisory board.
Bathija has over 20 years of aviation industry experience with low cost start-ups, network carriers, and Canadian airport management. His appointment is effective immediately.
Bathija was most recently President and CEO of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. During his tenure, the airport realized over 70% growth in passengers and secured significant new air services. Under Vijay’s leadership, the airport repositioned itself as a low-cost airport and subsequently became one of the fastest growing Canadian airports in 2017.
Prior to his time with the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Mr. Bathija spent nine years with Air Canada in progressively senior roles from Senior Director of Network Planning to Vice President, Commercial for Air Canada Leisure Group, which includes Air Canada Vacations and Air Canada Rouge. In this position, Vijay successfully led the commercial activities for the launch of Rouge and oversaw the ramp up of an initial fleet of 4 aircraft to 27 aircraft within the first year of operations.
Vijay also consulted as the Senior Principal/Director of Airline Planning for Sabre Airline Solutions, advising the client airlines on network, fleet, and alliance strategies.
Stan Gadek, CEO of Canada Jetlines stated, “we are pleased to welcome Vijay Bathija to the Advisory Board. His industry experience and his strong knowledge of domestic and international markets from Canada will be invaluable as we prepare for launch in the summer of 2018. Vijay will be instrumental in assisting the Jetlines management team with future airport negotiations.”
Canada Jetlines is set to become Canada’s first ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) airline, with plans to operate flights across Canada and provide non-stop service from Canada to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Jetlines is led by a board and management team with extensive experience and expertise in low-cost airlines, start-ups and capital markets. The Company was granted an unprecedented exemption from the Government of Canada that will permit it to conduct domestic air services while having up to 49% foreign voting interests.
Jetlines plans to operate modern Boeing 737-800NG aircraft in a 189 seat, all-coach configuration. Jetlines believes that Canadians deserve to have affordable low fares with the added convenience of operating from secondary airports. Additional services for baggage, seat selection and onboard beverages will be available to customers for an additional charge. Jetlines is planning to begin ticket sales through its website www.jetlines.ca in Spring 2018 and targeting start of flight operations for Summer 2018, subject to government approval.
Canada Jetlines is part of the King & Bay group of companies. King & Bay is a merchant bank that specializes in identifying, funding, developing and supporting growth opportunities in the resource, aviation, and technology sectors.