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WestJet’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes flight from Everett, Washington

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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.

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: 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.

© 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.


Air Canada flight to Maui diverted back to YVR after ‘hydraulic indication

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BY SASHA LAKIC Posted Dec 24, 2018 2:55 pm PST

(Source: Air Canada website)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A Vancouver-Maui flight almost half-way to its destination has had to turn around and fly back to YVR after a mechanical issue.

Air Canada says flight AC535 is now on its way back to Vancouver with 167 passengers, for whom the airline is arranging another airplane to get them back to Hawaii “as soon as possible.”ADVERTISEMENTView image on Twitter

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Peter Wagner@peterjontheair

It appears an @AirCanada flight from #VancouverBC to #Maui turned around en-route, is due back around 2:30, according to FlightAware.

(Note — the map can only approximate the position of the plane over the ocean) @NEWS1130 1:20 PM – Dec 24, 2018 See Peter Wagner’s other Tweets

Isabelle Arthur, Air Canada’s director of media relations, says the Boeing 737 MAX 8 had to return for “maintenance reasons due to hydraulic indication.”

No further details were given.

Air Canada Rouge Inaugurates Montreal-Bucharest Flights

rouge-boeing-767-300-coastal-5.jpgOnly North American Airline to Operate flights to Romania

MONTREAL, June 8, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – The arrival of Air Canada flight 1928 at Bucharest’s Henri Coandă International Airport marks the launch of twice weekly Air Canada Rouge seasonal service to Bucharest, Romania. Flights will be operated with Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Premium Rouge and Economy class service and are timed to optimize connectivity from across Air Canada’s network through Air Canada’s Montreal hub.

“As the only North American airline flying to Romania, the largest European market without trans-Atlantic flights, we are extremely proud to launch our first Montreal-Bucharest flight, strengthening even further Air Canada’s presence in Southeastern Europe,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Air Canada’s on-going commitment to grow Montreal as an important hub in our global network provides customers greater choice, as well as the ability to conveniently connect onward through our extensive North American and International network.”

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Air Canada Inaugurates Two New International Dreamliner Routes From Vancouver

Air Canada B787-9VANCOUVERJune 7, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today launched the first of two new international Boeing 787 Dreamliner routes to Europe with a celebration prior to the departure of the carrier’s inaugural flight from Vancouver to Zurich.  Tomorrow, the airline will launch non-stop flights to Paris, marking five non-stop European routes from Air Canada’s YVR hub.

“We are delighted to launch new non-stop flights from Vancouver to Zurich and to Paris, both onboard our state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The strategic addition of these seasonal international flights further strengthens our YVR hub which combined with our extensive North American network, provides excellent options for travelers from BC and the North American west coast to Europe, and as well as for European visitors and beyond to western Canada and the Pacific Northwest,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

“These new flights are great news for travelers and for tourism,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “As more Europeans choose to vacation in British Columbia, I’m pleased to see Air Canada creating options to meet that demand. Having more direct flights makes traveling to our beautiful province easier for people. This means more visits to B.C. and more jobs for British Columbians.”

Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners feature three cabins of service with enhanced definition individual on-demand personal entertainment offering a wide range of movies, short films, TV programs and audio selections at every seat throughout the aircraft.

All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, and for eligible customers, priority services and access to Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges.

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From its YVR hub this summer, Air Canada offers up to 1,293 flights each week non-stop to eight destinations in Asia, three destinations in Australia, five destinations in Europe, 16 destinations in the USA, 22 destinations in Canada and two destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.