A valuable addition to WestJet Cargo’s portfolio

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WestJet Cargo is to launch a service for high-value freight in January 2024. SafeAir will initially be available between Canada and the US, but will shortly be expanded across the carrier’s entire network for items such as banknotes, jewellery or precious metals and stones.

Security measures prevent tampering, pilferage, and unauthorized access, include third-party oversight, direct supervision, storage protocols and high security containers. Each container bears a unique serial number and is sealed with individually numbered metal seals. All valuable cargo is escorted by security agents and transported separately to and from the aircraft.

The service has been developed in collaboration with specialist freight forwarders and will debut between Toronto Pearson, Calgary, Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Product manager at WestJet Cargo, Nawal Mir, explained: “Every step of the valuable handling process has been painstakingly analysed, potential risks identified and measures implemented to mitigate them. All hands on deck, all eyes on the ball, and absolutely no loopholes allowed. We’ve created a true ‘Freight Knox’ service at four of our stations and will roll it out to other destinations as soon as we are certain they are ready and capable of delivery.”

The high value service is initially available between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Calgary International Airport (YYC), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). All other stations will be launched in priority of customer demand from next year.

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