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WestJet’s Dreamliner takes first Transatlantic Flight

The low-cost airline prepares to fill the growing demand for discount flights between Canada and the Continent

WestJet officially launched its new Dreamliner featuring its new long-haul Business cabin seats between Calgary and London this week

“The London market has quickly become an important one for us with service from six cities across Canada. So, the first transatlantic flight on the Dreamliner is to our largest international market, from our largest hub and home in Calgary,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.

WestJet’s inaugural flight from Gatwick was three years ago and has been a boost for budget fliers who need to ply the connection between the UK and Canada. The launch of the 787 Dreamliner will offer around 24,000 more Gatwick-Calgary seats per year on the same number of aircraft.

Complementing the move, on May 17, WestJet will launch its inaugural direct Dreamliner flight between Calgary to Paris with its final transatlantic flight between Calgary and Dublin on June 1.

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.

WestJet is Calgary’s largest airline, and by June 2019, will offer flights to 68 non-stop destinations with over 1,000 flights per week from YYC. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

The new non-stop service between Calgary and London has the airline leaving Calgary each day at 7:20 pm and arriving London Gatwick at 11 am. The return flight leaves London at 1:30 pm, arriving in Calgary at 3:40 pm the same day.

WestJet offers scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.