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WestJet gives Calgary more Dreamliner

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Dreamliner flights to Maui available now

CALGARY, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter.  

As part of the schedule release, WestJet also announced the 787-9 Dreamliner will be operate daily service between Toronto and London (Gatwick) starting October 23, 2019.

WestJet revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will now fly between Calgary and Maui and will operate an additional day to London (Gatwick) this winter (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Flying on the WestJet Dreamliner is a game changer in travel; guest feedback on the experience has been phenomenal,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “The Dreamliner was built for transoceanic routes with technology that reduces jetlag and leaves travellers feeling more refreshed upon arrival. With our custom cabins and award-winning service, guests are going to love the journey as much as the destination.”

“Our guests love travelling to Hawaii, and now their trip to Maui will be even more memorable with WestJet’s Dreamliner service to the island,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “Thank you to WestJet for another significant commitment to your Boeing 787-9 hub at YYC.”

“Our connection to the top destinations in the world for both business and pleasure is one of the many reasons Calgaryis such a dynamic, global city,” said Mary Moran, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development. “WestJet’s investment in its 787-9 Dreamliner fleet, and maintaining the aircraft in Calgary, is an economic driver for the city and we applaud the commitment to growing passenger routes for Calgary and the region.”

WestJet flies between Calgary and Maui up to six times weekly, or up to four times weekly on the Dreamliner, with service launching October 31, 2019. In addition, WestJet’s Dreamliner will operate between Calgary and London (Gatwick) four times weekly starting October 27, 2019. WestJet currently flies daily between Calgary and Gatwick. WestJet already serves more destinations with more flights from Calgary than any other airline, and these additions augment WestJet’s continued investment growth in the Calgary and Alberta economies.  

The WestJet Dreamliner features 320 seats in three cabins: business, premium and economy, all of which contain a high-level of comfort and WestJet’s award-winning guest service. The Dreamliner’s Business cabin features all-aisle-access, lie-flat seats with on-demand dining and entertainment. The upscale Premium cabin is the ideal combination of comfort, value and guest service including a separate cabin, elevated meal service and signature welcome perks featuring champagne and amenity case. WestJet’s improved Economy cabin features on-demand inflight entertainment, blankets and pillows and complimentary food and beverages with a select number of extra legroom seats available for purchase.

 RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – KahuluiUp to six-
times 
weekly
11 a.m2:27 p.mOctober 31, 
2019
Kahului – CalgaryUp to six-
times 
weekly
10:30 p.m7:14 a.m.+1October 31, 
2019
Calgary – London 
(Gatwick)
Four-times 
weekly
7:45 p.m11:20 a.m.+1October 27, 
2019
London (Gatwick) –
Calgary
Four-times 
weekly
1:20 p.m3:25 p.mOctober 28, 
2019
Toronto – London 
(Gatwick)
Daily8:50 p.m9:10 a.m.+1October 23, 
2019
London (Gatwick) –
Toronto
Daily11:10 a.m1:57 p.mOctober 24, 
2019

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 787-9 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new.

Toronto gets on board the WestJet Dreamliner to London this winter

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Booking the 787-9 to Europe now available  

CALGARY, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today revealed its winter 787-9 Dreamliner schedule, announcing the state-of-the-art aircraft will be operating its Toronto-London (Gatwick) route. The addition of the WestJet Dreamliner to this route gives Eastern Canada the opportunity to experience a new Business and Premium service between two large financial and tourism centres.

WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

This daily Dreamliner service, starting October 23, 2019, upgrades WestJet’s existing Toronto-London service operated on the 767. As part of the schedule update, WestJet also announced the 787-9 Dreamliner will be used to operate flights between Calgary and Maui up to four-times weekly starting October 31, 2019 and between Calgary and London four-times weekly starting October 27, 2019.

“Flying on the WestJet Dreamliner is a game changer in travel; guest feedback on the experience has been phenomenal,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “The Dreamliner was built for transoceanic routes with technology that reduces jetlag and leaves travellers feeling more refreshed upon arrival. With our custom cabins and award-winning service, guests are going to love the journey as much as the destination.”

“We congratulate Westjet on the expansion of their Dreamliner service from Toronto Pearson to London Gatwick, starting later this year,” said Scott Collier, Vice-President Customer and Terminal Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) “Toronto Pearson is proud to be part of WestJet’s continued growth and is glad to see this enhanced experience offered to passengers making business or leisure trips between Toronto and the UK.”

The WestJet Dreamliner features 320 seats in three cabins: Business, Premium and Economy, all of which contain a high-level of comfort and WestJet’s award-winning guest service. The Dreamliner’s Business cabin features all-aisle-access, lie-flat seats with on-demand dining and entertainment. The upscale Premium cabin is the ideal combination of comfort, value and guest service including a separate cabin, elevated meal service and signature welcome perks featuring champagne and an amenity case. WestJet’s improved Economy cabin features on-demand inflight entertainment, blankets and pillows and complimentary food and beverages with a select number of extra legroom seats available for purchase.

 RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Toronto – London 
(Gatwick)
Daily8:50 p.m.9:10 a.m.+1October 23, 
2019
London (Gatwick) -TorontoDaily11:10 a.m.1:57 p.m.October 24,
2019
Calgary – KahuluiUp to six-
times
weekly
11 a.m.2:27 p.m.October 31,
2019
Kahului – CalgaryUp to six
-times
weekly
10:30 p.m.7:14 a.m.+1October 31,
2019
Calgary – London
(Gatwick)
Four-times
weekly
7:45 p.m.11:20 a.m.+1October 27,
2019
London (Gatwick)
– Calgary
Four-times
weekly
1:20 p.m.3:25 p.m.October 28,
2019

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 787-9 winter schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new.

WestJet rings Calgarians for #LondonCalling video

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Authentic phonebooth from England used to surprise unsuspecting passersby in airline’s latest video

CALGARY, May 7, 2019 /CNW/ – Following the official launch of WestJet’s new 787-9 Dreamliner service between Calgaryand London, Gatwick the airline’s newest marketing video #LondonCalling highlights real-time surprises for unsuspecting Calgarians. To view click here.

In the video, WestJet’s teal painted phonebooth was positioned to ring throughout the day in downtown Calgary in hopes of enticing curious pedestrians to answer the call. Of the thousands who walked by, 10 of those who answered were gifted round-trip tickets for two from Calgary to London, Gatwick.

WestJet's #LondonCalling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s #LondonCalling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“London is an incredible destination for our guests and with our new non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and London, Gatwick there’s never been a more comfortable way to get there,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications. “We thought there was no better approach to entice guests to visit Britain than by testing out Calgarians’ curiosity for adventure through the unusual ringing of an iconic London phonebooth in our own downtown core.”

The phonebooth used in #LondonCalling is authentic and was shipped from the United Kingdom prior to being painted teal. The ‘Piccadilly style kiosk’ weighs over 1,500 pounds and was transferred throughout the day on April 23 to locations on Stephen Avenue and Eau Claire in downtown Calgary.

WestJet currently offers daily flights between Calgary and London, Gatwick. Its new Dreamliner aircraft 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.

WestJet gives guests greater Europe access

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Airline strengthens codeshare with Air France providing access to new European destinations from Paris 

CALGARY, April 26, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that guests now have convenient access from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to seven cities in France, Italy and Greece through an expansion to its codeshare relationship with Air France.

The enhanced partnership also provides greater access to Canada for travellers originating from these European points.

“WestJet’s deepened codeshare relationship with Air France means guests of both airlines will now enjoy more opportunities to travel between the fantastic destinations in Canada and Europe,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning and Alliances. “We are thrilled to extend our reach into Europe and provide a seamless travel experience for guests travelling east and west, including reciprocal frequent flyer rewards, one itinerary and bags checked through to destination.”

Starting today, guests travelling on WestJet’s service to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) can connect on WestJet codeshare flights operated by Air France to Brest, Biarritz and Montpellier, France along with Italy’s Venice, Milan and Rome and Athens, Greece. Future phases will expand WestJet codesharing on Air France operated flights via Paris to additional countries including Austria, Germany and Portugal.

Guests travelling from the above destinations in Europe can connect to WestJet’s extensive Canadian network through the airline’s hub in Calgary.

WestJet’s inaugural Dreamliner flight between Calgary and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport is set to take-off on May 17, 2019. Flights between the two cities are offered on WestJet’s brand-new 787-9 Dreamliner featuring WestJet’s Business Cabin including lie-flat pods, dining on demand and WestJet’s award-winning caring service.

WestJet and Air France have been codeshare partners since 2013 and the airlines have offered Air France Flying Blue and WestJet Rewards members the reciprocal ability to earn and redeem loyalty rewards since 2017.

WestJet unveils its 787 Dreamliner maintenance hangar

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Investment reaffirms commitment to Alberta and employees

CALGARY, April 24, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC). Member of Parliament, Kent Hehr, City of Calgary Councillor, Jyoti Gondek, Calgary Airport Authority President and CEO, Bob Sartor, 1500 WestJet employees and members of WestJet’s executive team were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. WestJet also welcomed members of the Tsuut’ina Nation who led a blessing of the hangar at the end of the ceremony.

WestJet today celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet today celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet today celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet today celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet today celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet today celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet today celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet today celebrated the opening of its new Dreamliner maintenance hangar at its hub at Calgary International Airport (YYC) (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Today marks another significant step in WestJet’s journey as a global network carrier,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “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.”

WestJet’s $50 million investment in the 125,000-square-foot hangar is in addition to the airline’s announcement that it will be the first Canadian airline to base its Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC Calgary International Airport. The first three 787 Dreamliner aircraft launch from Calgary on non-stop routes to London, Paris and Dublin on April 28, May 17 and June 1 respectively. Both investments are expected to generate significant economic output and support thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Alberta. WestJet also recently expanded the list of destinations it serves to 67 with the addition of non-stop Atlanta, Portland and Austin routes from Calgary. WestJet remains the airline with the most destinations, seats and departures out of YYC.

WestJet’s hangar accommodates one 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft or up to four 737 aircraft. It increases the airline’s campus size to 500,000 square feet or 11 acres. 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. 

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“The opening of this hangar today is another example of how our biggest airline partner, WestJet and the Calgary Airport Authority are working hand-in-hand for the good of the city,” said Bob Sartor, The Calgary Airport Authority President and CEO. “WestJet’s investment in its Calgary hub has a direct impact on jobs, the economy and all of the opportunities that come with vital air service connecting travellers to other economies and markets.”

“Selecting Calgary as the hub for its 787 Dreamliner fleet, and building out the hangar facility, speaks to the confidence WestJet has in the Calgary and Alberta market,” said Mary Moran, President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development. “WestJet continues to embody Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit and highlights the opportunity to grow incredible companies here. Our city is a gateway to regional and global markets and having an airline hub makes us a more attractive market for investment through significant passenger and cargo growth.”

“CANA is honoured to deliver the new WestJet Dreamliner Hangar to our partners at WestJet,” said Fabrizio Carinelli, CANA Construction Ltd. President. “The state-of-the-art hangar was built for safety and efficiency for both WestJet guests and employees but also importantly, its construction generated more than 300,000 people hours to the local economy in Calgary. CANA is privileged to work with WestJet as they go above and beyond to invest in our community and fly to new global destinations.”

“Stantec is proud to join our partners at WestJet and the Calgary Airport Authority to celebrate the opening of the Dreamliner hangar,” said Russ Wlad, Executive Vice-President, Canada, Stantec. “This project, which was designed by our local team of architects and engineers, will support and promote growth at one of Canada’s busiest airports. The Dreamliner will take passengers to new destinations around the world and will create opportunities to bring people to Calgary and Alberta.”

Air Canada to Introduce Dreamliner Service on Flights between Toronto and Honolulu

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  • Award-winning premium services sweeten Hawaiian dream vacations

MONTREAL, Feb. 27, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada announced today that it will operate its seasonal service between Toronto and Honolulu next winter with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Customers travelling between Toronto and Hawaii will have the option to fly in Air Canada’s Signature cabin, featuring fully lie-flat suites, meals prepared by celebrated Canadian chef David Hawksworth and other amenities.

Signature Class on Air Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Signature Class on Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“Air Canada is pleased to offer customers travelling between Toronto and Hawaii the added comfort of service aboard our state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Air Canada is the only airline flying non-stop from Eastern Canada to Hawaii and the superior comfort of the Dreamliner, featuring Air Canada Signature Service, perfectly suits this ultimate dream vacation destination, particularly as many premium Hawaii customers connect from European and other long-haul flights,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

Dreamliner service will be available on the Toronto-Honolulu route beginning December 14, 2019 and will operate three return-trips weekly until April 26, 2020. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner offers three cabins of service, Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy. The flights will connect conveniently across Air Canada’s network in North America and Europe. Customers can also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC589Toronto 16:35Honolulu 21:30Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday
AC590Honolulu 23:05Toronto 12:30 + 1 dayTuesday, Saturday, Sunday

Air Canada Signature Service customers receive priority service at every stage of the journey, including access to select airport concierge services, expedited check-in and security clearance, priority baggage handling and boarding. Customers will also enjoy lounge access at both Toronto-Pearson and Honolulu. Onboard, the service includes: next generation lie-flat suites with mattress pads to enhance sleeping comfort; Hawksworth menu items; a wine selection chosen by Air Canada sommelier Véronique Rivest; and Lavazza espresso and cappuccino.

In addition to announcing the introduction of Dreamliner service on its Toronto-Honolulu route, Air Canada today also announced three new seasonal services. These include: Toronto-Quito; Vancouver-Auckland; and Montréal-São Paulo. For more details please see aircanada.com/media

Kia Ora! Air Canada to Launch Seasonal Flights to Auckland, New Zealand from Vancouver

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  • Convenient connections to and from North American destinations from carrier’s YVR hub

MONTREAL, Feb. 27, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced the addition of new, non-stop, seasonal flights between Vancouver and Auckland, New Zealand.  Air Canada’s flights to Auckland will operate four times weekly onboard the carrier’s state-of-the-art flagship Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft beginning December 12, 2019 until the end of March 2020, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals.

Air Canada will offer non-stop seasonal flights between Vancouver and Auckland, New Zealand. (CNW Group/Air Canada)
Air Canada will offer non-stop seasonal flights between Vancouver and Auckland, New Zealand. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

Air Canada has also finalized a Memorandum of Understanding with Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand to pursue expanding its current alliance arrangement to strategically co-operate in the form of a Joint Venture, subject to Air Canada and Air New Zealand making the necessary filings, obtaining competition and other regulatory approvals and finalizing documentation. A deeper, more integrated partnership will provide greater customer choice, comprehensive benefits and an expanded trans-Pacific network.

“We are delighted to add Auckland as we continue strategically expanding Air Canada’s international network and increasing its presence in the Asia-Pacific market.  The launch of Auckland service in December will be of particular interest to New Zealanders travelling for a Canadian winter vacation, and to North Americans travelling to enjoy New Zealand’s vibrant multicultural urban and natural attractions during their summer season,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada. “We have timed our Auckland flights to conveniently connect at our YVR trans-Pacific hub to and from a multitude of non-stop destinations throughout North America including New York-Newark.  Our Dreamliners featuring our Signature Service together with the seamless connections through in-transit preclearance facilities and competitive elapsed travel times, position Air Canada and YVR as a preferred trans-Pacific option for travel.”

“Air Canada and Air New Zealand already have a close partnership, having been codeshare and Star Alliance partners for more than 20 years. We look forward to deepening our relationship and optimizing our far-reaching trans-Pacific network co-operation, offering our customers a choice of more flights, connections and travel opportunities,” added John MacLeod, Vice President, Global Sales and Alliances at Air Canada.

New Zealand Minister of Tourism, Hon. Kelvin Davis, welcomed the new link.  “This new non-stop service between Vancouver and Auckland will further deepen the connections between our countries and strengthen our tourism links. More and more Canadians are choosing to visit New Zealand to experience our culture, scenery and Kiwi hospitality. 71,000 Canadians visited New Zealand in 2018, staying on average for 19 days and making an important contribution to the New Zealand economy. In addition to tourism links, Canada is one of New Zealand’s closest international partners. Both countries are members of the recently implemented CPTPP free trade agreement.”

“We are delighted that Air Canada, a leading global airline, has chosen to launch seasonal non-stop services between Vancouver and Auckland,” said Adrian Littlewood, Chief Executive at Auckland Airport.  “This flight will provide increased capacity and connectivity to New Zealand for Canadians, an important visitor source market, as well as a convenient way for New Zealanders to access Air Canada’s extensive network that spans all of Canada and a significant number of cities in the United States.”

“The new flight will make it easier than ever for visitors from Canada to experience the huge range of activities New Zealand has to offer. Visitors from Canada are an important market for New Zealand, tending to stay longer and visit more regions than the average visitor and contributing over $250 million to the New Zealand economy,” says Stephen England-Hall, Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive.

“We are thrilled Air Canada has added this new direct flight from Vancouver to Auckland,” said Lisa Beare, BC Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Vancouver is a great place to start a made-in B.C. adventure and we look forward to welcoming more travellers from New Zealand to discover all that British Columbia offers in the winter and spring.”

“We are very excited to welcome Air Canada’s new seasonal service to Auckland—a key destination that supports YVR’s vision to be a world-class hub,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We have worked closely with Air Canada over the last several years, supporting their efforts to make YVR a premier trans-Pacific hub. This new service to Auckland, a great city with a vibrant culture and access to a broad range of tourism and business opportunities, will ensure we continue to connect North America to the world, driving economic benefits for our region.”

“It’s terrific news for BC’s tourism industry. Air Canada’s new flights will help bolster our strong visitor economy by bringing even more visitors from the South Pacific to experience all that Vancouver and British Columbia has to offer,” said Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of BC.

Customers can collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC51Vancouver 23:45Auckland 11:05 + 2 daysMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
AC52Auckland 14:40Vancouver 06:40Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Special introductory fares start as low as $1,387 CDN round-trip, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase at aircanada.com or through travel agents.

WestJet enters global era with Dreamliner arrival

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Airline’s Boeing 787, named after founder Clive Beddoe, headed home

CALGARY, Jan. 17, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, named in honour of the airline’s chairman and founder, Clive Beddoe, is now on its way to WestJet’s hometown of Calgary today, marking a new global era for Canada’sfavourite airline.

WestJet’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is named after founder Clive Beddoe. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner is named after founder Clive Beddoe. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Today’s delivery marks a new chapter for WestJet,” said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. “Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft ever flown and is the perfect platform for our transition to a global network carrier. We look forward to bringing Canadians to the world and the world to Canada in comfort and style.”

WestJet’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, named in honour of the airline’s chairman and founder, Clive Beddoe, has now been delivered. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, named in honour of the airline’s chairman and founder, Clive Beddoe, has now been delivered. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“We are excited to welcome our friends at WestJet to the Dreamliner family,” said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice-President of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. “The airline has achieved impressive growth with the Boeing 737 and will now use the 787’s unmatched performance and passenger comforts to profitably launch a new ‘global era’.”

WestJet’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is named in honour of the airline’s chairman and founder, Clive Beddoe. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is named in honour of the airline’s chairman and founder, Clive Beddoe. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

The aircraft departed Everett, Wash., this morning after a naming ceremony in the presence of Mr. Beddoe, members of the WestJet executive team and select WestJetters.

“Because of the leadership, vision and commitment of our Founder and Chairman, Clive, we had the opportunity to fly our Dreamliner home today,” continued Sims. “It’s fitting the aircraft bears our founder’s name as we welcome the future of WestJet.”

WestJet will use its 320-seat Dreamliner to begin longer-range flying while giving guests a choice of Economy, Premium and Business cabins.

WestJet’s Dreamliners feature WestJet’s first lie-flat business cabin seats accompanied by luxurious blankets and pillows, turndown service and in-seat TVs, offering a premium service with a distinctly Canadian feel.  WestJet Premium will offer seats in a 2x3x2 configuration, an elevated guest experience with a separate and private cabin, cozy blankets and pillows available on every seat along with a self-serve social area.

The aircraft also features the Boeing-designed turbulence-dampening technology, improved air quality to reduce jetlag and larger windows that give an increased sense of space.

The first Dreamliner will fly guests domestically on Toronto/Calgary routes starting February 20 to assist with crew familiarisation before the first international service from Calgary to London (Gatwick) on April 28.

The second and third WestJet Dreamliners are currently on the production line at Boeing’s factory and will be delivered in February and March this year to coincide with the start of Calgary-Paris and Calgary-Dublin services respectively.

(From Left to Right) Brad McMullen, Boeing Vice-President of Sales for the Americas, Clive Beddoe, WestJet Founder and Chairman, Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO and Robert Manelski, Boeing Director of 787 Manufacturing, cut the ribbon at WestJet’s delivery ceremony today at Boeing. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
(From Left to Right) Brad McMullen, Boeing Vice-President of Sales for the Americas, Clive Beddoe, WestJet Founder and Chairman, Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO and Robert Manelski, Boeing Director of 787 Manufacturing, cut the ribbon at WestJet’s delivery ceremony today at Boeing. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

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 to Increase YVR-Delhi Flights to Daily, Year-round; Expands Dreamliner Service From YVR to Several International Destinations in Summer 2019

  • Melbourne service increases to four times weekly, year-round
  • Summer seasonal service to Zurich increases to five weekly flights

VANCOUVEROct. 11, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada announced today enhancements to four international routes from Vancouver, including increasing service to Delhi with daily flights on a year-round basis starting June 2, 2019.

In addition, Air Canada is increasing its non-stop Melbourne service to four times weekly year-round, and summer seasonal service to Zurich will increase to five flights a week. YVR-Osaka(Kansai) flights will be five times weekly from June to October next summer.

All flights will be operated with Air Canada’s flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

“We are pleased to increase our capacity to these important markets as we continue to strategically broaden our international network from our Vancouver hub. Customers have responded positively to our increasing service to Delhi and this flight will now operate daily on a year-round basis to meet demand. The addition of a fourth weekly flight to Melbourne, Australia’ssecond largest city, year-round will provide further convenience to business and leisure travellers between North America and Australia, offering seamless connections thanks to the in-transit preclearance facilities at YVR. With Dreamliner service to Osaka and increased frequencies to Zurich, we are further strengthening our convenient network to European and Asian markets from YVR, reflecting demand between Canada and these destinations in the busy summer travel season,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.

“As B.C. expands its trade network into India, this daily, direct service between Vancouver to Delhiwill help drive trade and partnerships, and expand the technology sectors in both of our countries,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “It will attract more people from India to our province and will open doors for Canadians to visit India for business and for tourism. We’re excited for Air Canada and our partners at YVR as we continue to grow and diversify B.C.’s economy.”

“It’s fantastic to see Air Canada continuing to build out its hub and global network from YVR—especially with the incredible Dreamliner. Since the beginning of 2017 alone, Air Canada has launched five international destinations and four new U.S. destinations at YVR,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “The increased flights to DelhiMelbourne and Zurich speaks to the continued strength of YVR’s market and our goal to connect B.C. proudly to the world.”

Connectivity:

All routes are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub to and from the airline’s extensive network across North America. All Australia flights are timed to connect to and from AdelaideCanberraPerth and to Tasmania with codeshare partner Virgin Australia. Additionally, Air Canada’s VancouverZurich flights will connect to and from destinations in Europe and Africa.

Other benefits:

Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner features three cabins of service with high-definition individual on-demand 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, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, access to Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

Schedule details:

Route

Frequency

Operating

Depart YVR

Arrive Destination

Depart Destination

Arrive YVR

YVR-Delhi (DEL)

Daily

Year-round as of June 2, 2019

AC044 01:25

DEL @ 04:00
(+1 day)

AC045 @ 06:00

07:30

YVR-Melbourne (MEL)

4 times weekly

Year-round as of June 3, 2019

AC037 @ 22:50 Mon/Wed/Fri/
Sun

MEL @ 08:05

(+2 days)

AC038 @ 09:40 Tue/Wed/Fri/
Sun

07:35

YVR-Zurich (ZRH)

5 times weekly

Jun. 6 – Oct. 13 2019

AC802 @ 13:00 Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun

ZRH @ 07:55
(+1 day)

AC803 @ 10:05 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun

11:25

YVR-Osaka (KIX)

Up to
5 times weekly

Jun. 1 – Oct. 25 2019

AC039 @ 13:30 Mon/Tues/Wed/Thu/Sat

KIX @ 15:45 (+1 day)

AC040 @17:15 Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sun

10:10

Vancouver expansion in 2018:

To date this year, Air Canada launched new services from its Vancouver hub to: Melbourne(extended to year-round), Paris (summer seasonal), Zurich (summer seasonal), Sacramento (year-round) and will launch new services to Lihue, Hawaii (seasonal) beginning Dec. 15, 2018.  This summer, Air Canada operated an average of 185 daily flights representing up to 23,500 available seats departing YVR every day.