CanJet Airlines is a Canadian budget carrier that has been in operation since the late 1990s. The airline was founded by members of the Halifax-based CanJet Vacations, a travel agency that was established in 1992. CanJet Vacations was formed to serve the Canadian market with low cost vacation packages and flights to popular destinations.
The airline began operations in 1998 and was initially a charter airline that flew to destinations in the Caribbean. The airline quickly expanded and began offering scheduled service to several Canadian cities. In 2003, CanJet became an official member of the Canadian airline industry, and began taking on bigger challenges like transcontinental flights.
The airline has seen several changes over the years with regard to its fleet and ownership. CanJet's fleet is composed primarily of Boeing 737s and Airbus A320s. In 2009, the airline introduced the Boeing 737-800 to its fleet, giving it increased range and capacity.
In 2011, CanJet was acquired by IMP Group International, a Canadian aerospace and aviation services provider. Since then, the airline has grown in scope and now serves more than 40 destinations in six countries. The airline is a major player in the Canadian budget airline market, offering competitive prices and a range of services.
One of the most important milestones in CanJet's history occurred in 2014 when the airline became a member of the Star Alliance. This gave CanJet access to a global network of more than 1,300 airports and 28,000 daily flights.
The airline has also seen its fair share of incidents over the years. In 2009, two CanJet planes collided on the runway at the Halifax International Airport. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. In 2012, CanJet was involved in a federal investigation after it was alleged that the airline had violated Canadian labor laws. The investigation was eventually dropped, but the incident highlighted the need for better compliance with Canadian labor laws.
Overall, CanJet has had a long and storied history since its founding in the late 1990s. The airline has seen several changes in its fleet, ownership and services, as well as a few incidents. Through it all, however, CanJet has remained a major player in the Canadian budget airline market, and its future looks bright.