WestJet Previews New Seats For Dreamliners, 737 Premium Cabin
The new Premium Cabin seating that is replacing WestJet’s Plus product on 737s.
In Toronto to meet with investors, WestJet’s top brass brought along a few props. Seats actually – the ones WestJet guests will soon sit in as the airline continues its shift from a low-cost carrier with one product and one fleet type to a diverse, global carrier with segmented products.
One row of seats demonstrated the look and feel of the ‘premium cabin’ in WestJet’s large fleet of 737s, which will replace the Plus product. Where Plus featured a 3 X 3 configuration with the middle seat blocked, reconfigured 737s will feature the new 2 X 2 seating picture here. Three WestJet birds have already seen the change – some 140 more will be reconfigured over the next 15 months or so. New Boeing 737MAX8 planes will come preconfigured with a 2 X 2 premium cabin.
The rest of the display featured what guests will find on WestJet’s fleet of 10 787 Dreamliners, which will start flying as they arrive, beginning early next year. A block of seats revealed the Premium and Economy seats as well as the lie-flat, all aisle access pods that represent WestJet’s first Business Class product.
WestJet Dreamliners will be configured with 320 seats – 16 Business Class, 28 Premium and 276 Economy.
Tim Croyle, VP and General Manager of WestJet Vacations, took media on a tour of the new seating. He acknowledged that 2018 has been a challenging year for the airline, but said he’s excited to be part of “an airline that’s on the cusp of transformation,” and that will “service a much wider breadth of the market.”
Premium and economy seating for WestJet’s 787s.
Tim Croyle, WestJet Vacations VP and General Manager, shows off the airline’s first-ever business class seats.