Canjet: A Dangerous Airline To Fly?
Due to stringent safety regulations, I don’t believe that any airline in North America is dangerous to fly. Canjet has proven that they are one of the safest airlines flying out of Canada. However, if you have bad knees or hips or if your height is on the taller side of 6’, a flight on a Canjet 737 could prove quite dangerous to you.
Canjet began as a Canadian discount airline in 1999 and failed by the summer of 2001. The current version of Canjet was re-launched a year later and is still going strong nine years after.
Between 2002 and 2006, Canjet provided scheduled flights across Canada and to destinations in Florida during the winter months. In 2006, the company restructured, doing away with scheduled flights and concentrating on being a charter airline.
Canjet’s mechanical safety record remains clean. The only major incident involving the airline came in the spring of 2009 in the form of a hi-jacking. On a flight from Halifax, Nova Scotia destined for Santa Clara, Cuba, a 21 year old Jamaican man somehow was able to board the plane carrying a gun.
The 737 was forced to land at Montego Bay, Jamaica with 174 passengers onboard. All passengers and crew were eventually released without harm and the hi-jacker was arrested by the Jamaican military.
Currently, Canjet flies out of several Canadian airports to southern destinations. Most of the destinations are in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico. This amounts to a low cost carrier delivering clients to their low cost all-inclusive resorts.
Canjet runs a fleet strictly consisting of Boeing 737’s. Unlike other charter airlines, Canjet has not changed seating configuration to allow for less passengers to have more space. Therefore, a flight on a Canjet 737 can be a somewhat cramped experience for anyone over the ‘normal’ size.
Although obvious focus is spent on maintaining mechanically sound and safe airliners, Canjet puts passenger comfort as a low priority. However, this is a classic case of ‘you get what you pay for’. You can’t expect a first class airline when you’re paying next to nil for your vacation package. Luckily, Canjet rarely has flights that last more than four hours so the discomfort doesn’t last long.
Is Canjet the best discount airline in Canada? No. Not yet, anyway. Air Transat has a larger, more spacious fleet of airplanes. Air Transat flies to many more destinations. Air Transat has more in-flight meal options for people with special needs. There is no price difference between the two competing airlines. Quite simply, if the option is available, Air Transat has to be your choice of airlines.