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.
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.