WestJet’s First Transatlantic 787-9 Dreamliner Flight Takes Off
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Following the unveiling of its new hangar last week at its Calgary hub, WestJet’s 787-9 Dreamliner – affectionately named Clive Beddoe after the airline’s founder and chairman -- has officially launched with its first transatlantic flight between YYC and LGW, marking a new chapter in WestJet’s global strategy.
"Today is a fantastic day for WestJet as we take this important step in our journey to become a full-service global network airline," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.
"The London market has quickly become an important one for us with service from six cities across Canada. It is no accident that the first transatlantic flight on the Dreamliner is to our largest international market, from our largest hub and home in Calgary."
WestJet is Calgary's largest airline, and by JUN 2019, will offer flights to 68 non-stop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC.
On 17MAY, WestJet will launch its inaugural direct Dreamliner flight between Calgary and Paris, and on 1JUN, its third transatlantic flight will debut, providing service between Calgary and Dublin.
WestJet's Dreamliners carry 320 guests in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline's newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.
Beddoe himself was on the inaugural flight, saying it was an “emotional experience.”
"We are pleased to see significant demand for our business and premium cabins as we provide travellers with conveniently-timed flights along with our signature brand of Canadian care,” he said.
Hal Eagletail of the Tsuut'ina National, members of Treaty 7 of Southern Alberta, Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, along with David Goldstein, President and CEO of Destination Canada were on board the inaugural flight to celebrate and promote indigenous tourism, one of the fastest growing sectors of the Canadian tourism industry.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
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.