John Aaron

John Aaron

Vice President and General Manager, WestJet Encore

John Aaron realized he had a passion for flying as soon as he took his first flight lesson only a few weeks after high school graduation. He quickly completed his private and commercial pilot license and after getting those much needed initial hours of experience, secured a full time job float flying. After spending three years flying the B.C. coast it was time for his next step and John started with Air BC (now Jazz), Air Canada's western regional airline.
Although he enjoyed flying the line, John realized his passion for the business extended outside the flight deck and was soon involved in scheduling, sim training and CRM. After fifteen years at Jazz he left for an exciting new airline that seemed to be different – WestJet.

John has just celebrated his sixteenth year with WestJet and has worked in a variety of roles for both WestJet and Encore. John was Encore's first Chief Pilot and truly enjoyed the challenges of starting WestJet's regional airline. He returned to become WestJet's Chief Pilot and last year was offered the opportunity to return to Encore as the VP, Flight Operations. As WestJet continues to grow and change so have the opportunities - John accepted the role of VP and General Manager WestJet Encore last summer. With 37 years in the industry, John loves that he still gets to "fly the line" while still taking on some exciting challenges.

John has been married to Lorie for 30 years and they have three kids, two dogs and one fish tank.
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