WestJet Receives First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

WestJet’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is named after founder Clive Beddoe. (Source: CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

(From Left to Right) Brad McMullen, Boeing Vice-President of Sales for the Americas, Clive Beddoe, WestJet Founder and Chairman, Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO and Robert Manelski, Boeing Director of 787 Manufacturing, cutthe ribbon at WestJet’s delivery ceremony today at Boeing. (Source: CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet is receiving its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner today -- named ‘Clive Beddoe’ in honour of the airline's chairman and founder.

"Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft ever flown and is the perfect platform for our transition to a global network carrier. We look forward to bringing Canadians to the world and the world to Canada in comfort and style,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO.

WestJet will use the 320-seat Dreamliner for longer-range flights, the first being a YYC-YYZ route starting 20FEB to allow crew to become acquainted with the new aircraft before its first international service from YYC to LGW on 28APR.

Economy, Premium and Business choices are available for customers.

The Business cabins feature lie-flat seats – a first for WestJet - accompanied by blankets and pillows, turndown service and in-seat TVs. WestJet Premium will offer seats in a 2x3x2 configuration, a separate and private cabin, blankets and pillows and a self-serve social area.

The aircraft also features the Boeing-designed turbulence-dampening technology, improved air quality to reduce jetlag and larger windows.

WestJet’s Dreamliner departed Washington State this morning after a naming ceremony attended by Beddoe, members of the WestJet executive team and select WestJetters.

The airline has two more 787s currently on the production line at Boeing's SEA factory, to be delivered in FEB and MAR this year to coincide with the commencement of YYC-CDG and YYC-DUB service.

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