WestJet Unveils Its New Dreamliner Hangar In Calgary
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Photo credit: CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership.
WestJet's new $50 million, 125,000-square-foot Dreamliner hangar was inaugurated yesterday at its hub at Calgary International Airport.
Politicians, the President & CEO of Calgary Airport Authority, members of the Tsuut'ina Nation, 1,500 WestJet employees and members of WestJet's executive team gathered to witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony and mark the company’s step closer to becoming a global network carrier.
"This state-of-the-art facility provides the perfect environment for our highly skilled aviation maintenance engineering teams to continue to ensure the safety and comfort of our 25 million annual guests,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO.
WestJet's new hangar accommodates one 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, or up to four 737 aircraft. The hangar allows for indoor maintenance on the airline's Dreamliner aircraft and can accommodate up to 130 members of the WestJet technical operations teams with workspace and tools to maintain the reliability and safety of WestJet's fleet.
WestJet will be the first Canadian airline to base its 737 Dreamliner aircraft out of Calgary, where it remains the carrier with the most destinations, seats and departures out of YYC.
The first three planes launch from YYC on non-stop routes to London, Paris and Dublin on 28APR, 17MAY and 1JUN, respectively. WestJet also recently added non-stop routes out of Calgary to Atlanta, Portland and Austin.
With these investments in the hangar and YYC-departing routes, WestJet reaffirms its commitment to Alberta, supporting thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the province, said Bob Sartor, The Calgary Airport Authority President and CEO.
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Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.