Seattle - WestJet has received its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Boeing's Everett factory. It is the first of ten widebody aircraft of this type ordered by the Canadian airline.
The delivery of the first Dreamliner marks a new chapter in the history of WestJet, according to CEO Ed Sims. With the arrival of Dreamliners, WestJet will transform to an airline that operates a global network rather than a regional network.
Named after founder and CEO Clive Beddoe, WestJet's new Boeing 787-9 is configured to accommodate 320 passengers in three classes - 16 passengers in Business Class, 28 in Premium and 260 in Economy.
From this spring, WestJet will deploy its Dreamliner on its new Calgary - Dublin route. Non-stop transatlantic flights from Calgary to London Gatwick and Paris Charles de Gaulle are also planned.
WestJet operates scheduled flights for years on routes within North America and the Caribbean. For several years, the company has a small fleet of Boeing 767-300ER with which transatlantic flights are also carried out. The new Dreamliners will allow Canada's second largest airline to expand its global network with new transatlantic and transpacific routes.
Our first Boeing 787 #Dreamliner is set to come home this week, but getting it here is no easy feat. WestJetters from across the company have been working hard to bring this new aircraft into our fleet for more than a year! #WestJet787 pic.twitter.com/PSmO77HlkU— WestJet (@WestJet) January 17, 2019
WestJet operates an all-Boeing fleet that consists of 125 aircraft, including 120 Boeing 737, four Boeing 767 and a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.