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WestJet to Air Canada: Sorry We Spied On You

One of the odder ongoing sagas in Canadian aviation just ended when WestJet admitted that it had been spying on Air Canada and collecting flight operations information illegally.  While Air Canada was in bankruptcy in 2003 and 2004, employees from WestJet accessed an employee-only website for Air Canada, where they discovered financial data about Air Canada’s routes, which WestJet then exploited (oddly enough, much of this data — load factors, for example — can now be gleaned from airline websites by checking available seats on a given flight).  WestJet had previously denied any wrongdoing, but has now changed their story and admitted to using the unauthorized website.

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