Milestone: WestJet’s 1st 767-300 Touches Down Today
After 19 years, WestJet today ushers in a new era with the arrival of the first of four Boeing 767-300 extended range aircraft, allowing the airline to begin serving Europe and other regions with non-stop flights. Inaugural wide-body flights will begin in early September.
"The arrival of our first wide-body aircraft opens the next chapter in the evolution and growth of Canada's low-fare leader," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial.
"The launch of WestJet Encore in 2013 gave Canadians in smaller centres much-needed relief from high fares and the opportunity to connect to WestJet's ever-expanding domestic, trans-border and international networks. Shortly, with the arrival of our first wide-body aircraft as an important milestone, we will offer Canadians from cities across our network the chance to fly non-stop to Europe and other regions at prices not seen in recent memory," Cummings added.
Featuring a new teal and blue maple leaf-themed logo that will eventually appear on all WestJet aircraft, the airline's 767s will seat 262 guests and have a range of approximately 11 hours.
The aircraft include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two configuration, and will offer hot meals. The main cabin has 238 seats, with two seats on either side of the aircraft and three in the middle. By next spring all four 767s will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline's new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system.
The four aircraft will arrive separately over the next eight months. The aircraft that arrives today will begin service in September and operate flights between Toronto and Calgary for the next several months.
With the arrival of two additional wide-bodies this fall, the 767s will be flying from Alberta to Hawaii and between Toronto and Montego Bay beginning in December. The fourth and final aircraft will arrive next spring just prior to the launch of WestJet's new service to LGW in May 2016.
More 767 destinations for summer 2016 will be announced in mid-September.
A computer-generated video featuring air-to-air, exterior and interior footage of WestJet's new 767 aircraft is available at youtube.com/westjet.