WestJet to deploy its first Dreamliner on transatlantic routes


Calgary - From January 2019, WestJet will use the first of ten Boeing 787-9 ordered to reinforce its long-haul routes. Canadian carrier will deploy the new Dreamliner on transatlantic routes between Canada and Europe.

The first 787-9 of Westjet registered C-GUDH was already painted with the airline's colors and has received its GEnx-1B engines. Boeing will deliver the first 787-9 to its Canadian customer in a few weeks.

Next year in April, the 787-9 will replace a 767-300ER on the route to London-Gatwick. In May WestJet's Dreamliner will fly to Paris and then to Dublin in June.

WestJet flies the 767-300ER with 23 seats in Economy Plus and 238 seats regular Economy. With the arrival of new Dreamliner, Canadian operator will offer a full-fledged Business Class with 16 seats, Premium Economy Class with 28 seats and regular Economy Class with 276 seats on the same route.

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Thanks to the Westjet and EasyJet partnership, passengers will seamlessly be able to switch to connecting flights from London-Gatwick through Easyjet's Europe network.

This year, Westjet has also launched Swoop, an ultra-low-cost subsidiary.