WestJet announces first routes with Boeing 787 Dreamliner
WestJet announced in the past week developments about their 787-9 and the first routes it’ll operate on. The wide-body aircraft will one operating to London, Paris, and Dublin with its Boeing 787-9s from its main base in Calgary. The Paris flight will begin from the 15th May and be a 4x weekly service with the Dublin route beginning from the 1st of June, this service will be 3x weekly. The commencement of these routes will of be permitting the delivery from Boeing which can not always be on time due to a number of circumstances usually out of the airlines control. The announcement from WestJet was a welcomed one as it not only boosts the network of WestJet but also Canada with this aircraft now meaning that Calgary International Airport will have the Dreamliner aircraft based there.
WestJet already operates into London with flights to London Gatwick with their 767-300ERs. The 787-9 will be a step in the right direction for the airline with the new cabin product on offer to customers. The airline is offering the aircraft to customers with 320 seats. 16 seats will make up Business Class which is home to a very sleek black and brown coloured seat. The plane will also feature 28 Premium Economy seats in 4 rows. Economy on the 787-9 will be in a 3-3-3 configuration and there will be various amenities featured in the seats like USB Charging ports, Inflight Entertainment, power outlets and finally the aircraft will come with WIFI. Something we are seeing more often on new generation aircraft like that of the Boeing 787 series.
WestJet has deliveries scheduled for their 787-9s in rather rapid successions with 10 firm orders placed 8 will arrive with the airline in Early 2019, 3 of these will be of course operating through Calgary, the other 7s home and routes are yet to be announced but certainly expect announcements sooner rather than later as we rapidly approach the delivery of their first Dreamliner. However, as outlined by the WestJet President and CEO these new routes will benefit everyone with an estimated 650 full-time jobs to be created through these trans-Atlantic services with jobs in Europe and also in Canada. In addition, they estimate 185,000 passengers will now visit Canada through these routes announced. When speaking during a press conference Ed Sims outlined “Alberta’s connectivity to the rest of the world is vital for our economy, WestJet is investing in Alberta to bring further economic growth, boost tourism to the province, and to further position our city as an international aviation hub. We are excited to bring Albertans to the world and the world to Alberta.”