First Boeing 787-9 of WestJet makes its maiden flight in Everett


Everett - The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft of the WestJet carried out its maiden flight on January 5th at Paine Field near Everett. The Dreamliner is the first of ten 787-9 ordered by the airline.

WestJet expects to receive its first Boeing 787-9 in the coming weeks. With the arrival of new Dreamliner, the Canadian carrier will launch a trans-Atlantic route from its main hub Calgary to London Gatwick on April 28.

The airline also plans to deploy its Boeing 787-9 between Calgary and Paris Charles de Gaulle, on May 17 and between Calgary and Dublin, on June 1st.

WestJet's 787s will be configured to carry 304 passengers in a three-class cabin layout. The airline is preparing to reveal a new Business Class that is exclusive to its Dreamliner customers.

The new Business Class of WestJet's Boeing 787-9 will accommodate sixteen passengers and will feature on-demand dining and turn-down service. The seats will be the Collins Aerospace's favorite lie-flat Super Diamond seats, which are also used by Canada's flag carrier Air Canada.

A small premium-economy cabin will have 28 seats similar to the Business Class seats offered on domestic flights within Canada and the United States.