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EVERETT, Wash. – 7 January 2019, WestJet’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time Saturday, successfully completing its initial test flight with more scheduled. The airplane is the first of 10 787s on firm order for the Canadian low-cost carrier.
WestJet expects to take delivery of the 787 in the coming weeks, with an eye to launch trans-Atlantic flights between Calgary, Canada, and London Gatwick starting April 28. The airline will add Dreamliner service between Calgary and Paris Charles de Gaulle on May 17 and between Calgary and Dublin, Ireland, on June 1.
The cabin on WestJet’s 787s will be arranged in a three-class configuration, seating 304 total. The airline is using the opportunity to unveil a swank new business class cabin that will feature on-demand dining and turndown service for the 16-passenger section. The seat appears to be the popular lie-flat B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seat that’s also used by national rival Air Canada.
© Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special to USA TODAY The first Boeing 787 due to Canadian low-cost airline WestJet lands at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington, after its first flight on Jan. 5, 2019.