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WestJet unveils refreshed on-board experience as part of Dreamliner launches

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Enhanced service offerings and products highlight WestJet’s Canadian roots across the airlines’ Business, Premium and Economy cabins

CALGARY, June 13, 2019 /CNW/ – Following the successful launch of WestJet’s Dreamliners from Calgary to London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin, guests travelling across WestJet’s global network can now experience the airline’s elevated amenities and on-board experience. 

Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

Tailored to showcase WestJet’s authentic Canadian story, enhanced service offerings and products are featured across WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 767 and 737 transatlantic service. Guests can expect to see updates continue to roll across the WestJet fleet throughout 2019 and 2020.

Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat and Province Apothecary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat and Province Apothecary (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company Premium Cabin amenities (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company Premium Cabin amenities (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“Our guests are going to love our uniquely Canadian products and we are proud to showcase our like-minded partners who share our passion for thoughtful, quality products created in Canada,” said Louis Saint-Cyr, WestJet’s Vice-President, Guest Experience. “WestJet continues our global transformation and these elevated products and services complement the award-winning onboard experience we are known for.”

The Boarding Sessions with Sean Jones (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
The Boarding Sessions with Sean Jones (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

The Boarding Sessions with Sean Jones
For the first time in Canadian music history, guests will hear a soundtrack of soulful music onboard an aircraft from Canadian Juno award-winning recording artist Sean Jones. During boarding guests are treated to original music and classic covers of iconic Canadian artists – like The Band, Sarah McLachlan and The Guess Who – that Jones drew inspiration from for his album. The album is available for download and the story behind The Boarding Sessions is available to watch onboard WestJet’s Dreamliners.

Business Cabin Amenity Kits featuring Matt & Nat and Province Apothecary
Business cabin guests departing on European-bound transatlantic flights will receive tan-coloured amenity kits, designed by Montreal’s Matt & Nat, while guests departing to Canada receive navy-coloured kits. These beautiful kits feature organic skincare products from Toronto’s Province Apothecary that use only the highest quality ingredients sourced from provinces across Canada.

Canmore’s Rocky Mountain Soap Company Premium Cabin amenities
Guests flying on select flights in WestJet’s Premium cabin receive Rocky Mountain Soap Company kits that feature handmade products with simple, natural ingredients for healthy and beautiful skin. Rocky Mountain Soap Company lavatory products including foaming hand wash, hand cream and refreshing wellness sprays are also available throughout most of the airline’s Premium and Economy cabins.  

To see detailed inspiration behind the products, click here.

Additional Quotes: 
“I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished with Boarding Sessions and grateful to WestJet for bringing this music to life,” said Sean Jones. “Working on this project has been one of the highlights of my career and I’m excited to have built a playlist of my music that will be heard by people not just in Canada but across WestJet’s global network.”

“As a fellow Alberta-based company, we’re excited to be part of the new in-flight experience on the Dreamliner and the improved experience on other select WestJet Flights,” said Karina Birch, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, co-owner and CEO. “Influenced by the nature that surrounds us, we’re unwavering in our commitment to using only simple natural ingredients and to working with local partners.  We’re thrilled WestJet travellers can now take nature with them wherever they go.”

“We are so excited to be a part of the WestJet onboard experience by sharing our exclusive vegan and cruelty-free amenity kits with their guests,” said Manny Kohli, President and CEO of Matt & Nat. “Partnering with a fellow Canadian brand is an honour for us and a wonderful opportunity for travellers to discover our recycled vegan line of goods.”

“We are beyond excited to be bringing holistic skincare and wellness to WestJet’s onboard experience,” said Julie Clark, CEO and Founder of Province Apothecary. “As a Canadian brand focused on sustainable and high-quality products, it is an honour to be sharing this partnership with like-minded Canadian brand, Matt & Nat, and to be sharing our values with WestJet guests near and far.”

CUPE Swoops in to represent final group of WestJet flight attendants

Provided by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)/CNW

OTTAWA, June 11, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been certified to represent flight attendants at Swoop, a fully owned subsidiary of WestJet.

CUPE has previously been certified by the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent flight attendants at Westjet mainline and Encore, Westjet’s regional carrier.

With the addition of the 170 Swoop employees, CUPE now represents almost 4,000 WestJet Flight Attendants. All flight attendants of WestJet and its subsidiaries are now represented by CUPE.

“It is such a pleasure to welcome this last part of the WestJet organization into CUPE,” said Mark Hancock, President of CUPE National.  “We are honoured that Flight Attendants put their trust in us and we will work hard to keep that trust.”

CUPE is Canada’s largest union with 680,000 members including 15,000 flight attendants.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

WestJet developing Flight Light to connect families

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Airline’s innovative nightlight lets business travellers and frequent fliers share their travel journey with their children

CALGARY, June 6, 2019 /CNW/ – As WestJet’s network continues to grow globally so do the needs of guests who travel the most. With business travellers and frequent flyers often away from home, WestJet’s Flight Light will let kids watch their parents flight in real-time and show them just how close they are to arriving home. To watch the video, click here.

The Flight Light design takes inspiration from WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner and uses its colours and shape to create a fun and interactive device (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
The Flight Light design takes inspiration from WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner and uses its colours and shape to create a fun and interactive device (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Flight Light will project live flight data, along with an array of starlight onto a child’s bedroom ceiling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Flight Light will project live flight data, along with an array of starlight onto a child’s bedroom ceiling (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Flight Light is an innovative nightlight that lets business travellers and frequent fliers share their travel journey with their children (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s Flight Light is an innovative nightlight that lets business travellers and frequent fliers share their travel journey with their children (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

By using live WestJet flight data, the innovative smart nightlight will project the path of a loved one’s flight onto their child’s bedroom ceiling. Synced through the specifically-designed Flight Light App on a mobile device before take-off, parents can enter their flight number into the app to provide the Flight Light with live data including their arrival and departure times. Parents will also be able to stay connected by sending messages and emojis to the Flight Light which will be projected in real-time onto the ceiling.

“Caring for our guests also means caring for the ones they love and with Flight Light we hope to bring more comfort and joy to parents and their children during their travel journeys,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet’s Vice-President, Marketing Communications. “Being away home can be tough and we wanted to develop a fun tool that could help families stay connected to the ones they love in a truly authentic WestJet way.”  

The innovative Flight Light design takes inspiration from the WestJet 787 Dreamliner and uses its colours and shape to create a fun and interactive device. The live flight data, along with an array of starlight, will project from the wing-shaped base of the light and the device also pulsates upon flight arrival. 

A detachable flashlight takes the shape of the aircraft body and when the flight path isn’t being projected, the flashlight will also be used to project a silhouette of an aircraft. The base of the light also functions as a regular night light designed to keep kids company throughout the night.

As WestJet continues to focus on technological innovation, a prototype of the Flight Light has been created and beta testing is scheduled to begin later this year. More information on Flight Light can be found by visiting westjet.com/flightlight.

WestJet celebrates Calgary-Dublin launch

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney attends inaugural event in support of airline’s efforts to strengthen Alberta’s global influence

CALGARY, June 1, 2019 /CNW/ – With the departure of flight WS6 tonight, WestJet becomes the only airline operating a non-stop route between Calgary and Dublin. The airline’s newest route provides historic access between Western Canada and Ireland and is the last of three 787 Dreamliner inaugurals that are central to WestJet’s global strategy and focus on Calgary as its initial Dreamliner hub.

“With the launch of our third transatlantic Dreamliner flight, WestJet adds to our exceptional growth into and out of Calgary, where we remain the airline with the most destinations and departures,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “With more than 4.5 million Canadians claiming Irish heritage*, we are pleased to be providing Canadians with easy access between Western Canada and Ireland.”

“Today’s inaugural Calgary-Dublin flight from Alberta-born and bred WestJet is a declaration of confidence in the economic future of our province, and more proof that we are open for business and ready to take on the world,” said Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney.  “A thank-you to WestJet for helping to connect Alberta to the rest of the world with this and other new direct routes to international destinations.”

WestJet’s newest Dreamliner route adds to its existing 787-9 flights between Calgary, Paris and London (Gatwick), supporting tourism and trade between Europe and Canada. In addition, WestJet’s Calgary-Dublin service complements its existing seasonal Halifax-Dublin route. WestJet has been operating flights to Dublin from Eastern Canada since 2014.

“I am delighted to welcome the launch by WestJet of its new non-stop Dreamliner service from Calgary to Dublin, beginning June 1,” said Jim Kelly, Embassy of Ireland, Ambassador. “WestJet’s new service will provide a major expansion of air connectivity between Western Canada and Ireland. I have no doubt that it will open new avenues for business connections and leisure tourism between Ireland and Alberta, a province where more than half a million people claim Irish heritage.”

Flights between Calgary and Dublin are operated by the airline’s fleet of 320-seat, 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft featuring WestJet’s business, premium and economy cabins. 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 sparkling wine and amenity case. WestJet’s improved Economy cabin features on-demand inflight entertainment, blankets and pillows with a select number of extra legroom seats available for purchase.

By June 2019, WestJet will offer flights to 67 non-stop destinations with an average of 975 flights per week from Calgary. More Calgarians choose WestJet for their air travel than any other airline.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop Dreamliner service:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – Dublin3X weekly(Wed., Sat., Sun.)8:45 p.m.11:36 a.m. +1June 1 to October 5, 2019
Calgary – Dublin2x weekly
(Wed. and Sat.)
8:45 p.m.11:36 a.m. +1October 6 to October 19, 2019
RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Dublin – Calgary3X weekly (Mon., Thu., Sun.)1:40 p.m.3:02 p.m.June 2 to October 6, 2019
Dublin – Calgary2X weekly (Thu., Sun.)1:40 p.m.3:02 p.m.October 7 to October 20, 2019

Additional Stakeholder Quotes:
“We’re excited that WestJet is offering our travellers a layover-free flight to Ireland’s capital city,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “With thousands of years of history, Dublin has it all for the passengers boarding this direct Dreamliner flight. Thank you to WestJet for making another significant investment in YYC.”

Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority

“We have forged a strong bond and friendship with WestJet and we are delighted to welcome its new direct service between Calgary and Dublin Airport,” said Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport Managing Director. “We are particularly pleased that the new service will offer further options and flexibility for passengers with potential onward connections to 24 destinations including Vancouver and Las Vegas. It’s a great honour that WestJet has chosen Dublin Airport as part of its first group of airports to be served with its new Dreamliner aircraft. I have no doubt this new service will be popular in both directions for business and leisure passengers.  We wish WestJet every success with its new route and we will continue to work closely with them to promote the new service.”

Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport Managing Director

Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada, said: “We are excited about WestJet’s new Calgary to Dublin service on the Dreamliner and their overall expansion into Ireland. The increase provides a major boost for both leisure and business tourism from Canada to the island of Ireland. Tourism Ireland looks forward to working closely with WestJet and the Dublin Airport to drive demand for the new flights. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”

Dana Welch, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Canada

WestJet W19 Alberta – Hawaii aircraft changes as of 28MAY19

News provided by RoutesOnline.com

By Jim Liu Posted 29 May 2019 04:00

WestJet during the weekend of 19MAY19’s schedule update filed service changes to Hawaii, from Calgary and Edmonton. The airline currently plans to operate Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, replacing 767. 

Calgary – Honolulu eff 08DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates 3 weekly. This replaces 2 weekly 767 service in W18
08DEC19 – 15DEC19 Day 57
16DEC19 – 24APR20 Day 157

WS1860 YYC 1615 – 2039 HNL 738 157
WS1861 HNL 2140 – 0705+1YYC 7M8 157

Calgary – Kahului eff 15DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates from this date, instead of 28OCT19. The 737 MAX 8 operates 4 times a week, 787-9 operates twice a week (787-9 operation was highlighted last week on Airlineroute). This replaces mix of 737 MAX 8 and 767 in W18
WS1858 YYC 1100 – 1513 OGG 7M8 123
WS1858 YYC 1100 – 1427 OGG 789 46
WS1858 YYC 1330 – 1743 OGG 7M8 7

WS1857 OGG 2130 – 0703+1 YYC 7M8 x456
WS1857 OGG 2230 – 0714+1 YYC 789 46

Edmonton – Kahului eff 08DEC19 737 MAX 8 operates 2 weekly, replacing 767
WS1884 YEG 1635 – 2106 OGG 7M8 57
WS1885 OGG 2215 – 0750+1 YEG 7M8 57

Separately, preliminary schedule for summer 2020 also sees 737 MAX 8 assigned on additional routes, also appeared during the weekend of 19MAY19’s schedule update:
Calgary – New York JFK One flight scheduled on 03JUN20
Toronto – Grand Cayman 30APR20 – 28MAY20 1 weekly

Planned Boeing 737 MAX 8 operation remains pending.

Canada Announces Four Finalists for The Sky’s the Limit Challenge $5-Million Grand Prize

Provided by Natural Resources Canada/CNW

VANCOUVER, May 29, 2019 /CNW/ – Reducing pollution from aviation will create a more competitive and sustainable industry and is critical for building a low-carbon economy. Creating cleaner fuels are central to those efforts.

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced the four finalists of the Impact Canada The Sky’s the Limit Challenge with each finalist receiving up to $2 million to develop his or her solution.

The finalists are:

  • Carbon Engineering Ltd for its Sustainable Aviation Fuel., made from Air, Water and Renewable Electricity (British Columbia);
  • Enerkem for its Sustainable Aviation Fuels from Agro and Forestry Biomass and from Municipal Solid Waste through a Hub and Spoke approach (Quebec);
  • FORGE Hydrocarbons Corp for its Lipid-to-Hydrocarbon Biojet Project (Alberta); and
  • SAF Consortium for its Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel from flue gas–captured CO2 and low-carbon hydrogen (Quebec).

With the success of the five existing Impact Canada challenges, Minister Sohi announced there will be a sixth challenge on battery innovation, which will be unveiled in the coming weeks. 

Launched in August 2018, The Sky’s the Limit Challenge consists of two competitions. First, the Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition challenges Canadian innovators to develop the cleanest, most affordable and sustainable aviation fuel to further reduce pollution from flying. The finalists will now enter an 18-month period to produce the fuel. In March 2021, the team with the best sustainable aviation fuel will be awarded a $5-million Grand Prize to help commercialize their innovation.

Second, in partnership with Air Canada and WestJet, the Cross-Canada Flight Competition is challenging industry to power the first ever cross-Canada commercial flight with a minimum 10 percent blend of made-in-Canada sustainable aviation fuel. The flight competition is open until January 1, 2021, and the first producer to meet the challenge will win $1 million.

The Sky’s the Limit is one of six cleantech challenges that are part of the Impact Canada Initiative. Challenges were designed to attract a diverse range of problem solvers to generate breakthrough cleantech solutions to some of Canada’s biggest unsolved challenges. NRCan is investing $75 million over four years in the challenges: Women in Cleantech ChallengePower Forward ChallengeCrush It! ChallengeThe Sky’s the Limit Challenge and Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative and the upcoming battery challenge.

Minister Sohi made the announcement during the Clean Energy and Mission Innovation Ministerial meetings in Vancouver, where ministers, high-level officials and business leaders from over 25 countries gathered to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future.

Quotes

“This unique challenge is bringing together Canadian consortia to support an incredible innovation in the aviation industry. I want to congratulate the Challenge finalists who are creating cleaner aviation fuel to grow Canada’s clean economy and create good, middle-class jobs for workers.”

Amarjeet Sohi
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

“Reducing emissions from the aviation sector is a priority for Canada. As the Government of Canada’s champion for Impact Canada, I am proud of the creative ideas and proposals put forward to develop sustainable fuels. Congratulations to the finalists on leading the charge to lowering our carbon footprint in the aviation industry.”

Karina Gould
Minister of Democratic Institutions

“We truly believe that the environmental challenges faced by the air transport industry can only be overcome by a shared vision amongst every stakeholder. Innovative ideas and collaboration are key elements to accelerate the production and integration of sustainable fuels in aviation. Congratulations to the Challenge’s finalists for playing an important part in making Canada tomorrow’s leader in clean fuel.”

Kateryna Derkach
Director Strategy and Sustainability, GARDN

“WestJet continuously looks at ways to reduce our GHG emissions through investments, technology and a focus on efficient operations. By supporting the development of biojet pathways, such as those proposed by the finalists in The Sky’s the Limit challenge, we can help Canada lead in producing biojet that is both sustainable, as well as economically viable.”

Mike McNaney
Vice-President, Industry, Corporate and Airport Affairs, WestJet

“The development of sustainable aviation fuels is an important step in the Canadian aviation sector’s climate action plan. Air Canada is a leading advocate for Canadian collaboration to develop cleaner fuels and demonstrate their benefits, having conducted eight demonstration and research flights. Our congratulations to the four finalists in their role in advancing these fuels in Canada.”

Teresa Ehman
Senior Director, Environmental Affairs, Air Canada

WestJet guests now boarding for beautiful Barcelona

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Airline expands European network with first flight to BCN from
Toronto Pearson

CALGARY, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today opened greater access to both Europe and Canada with its inaugural flight between Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) and Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ). The airline’s new route is its first to Spain and gives European business and leisure travellers access to the greater WestJet network through the airline’s Toronto hub.

“This flight between Barcelona and Toronto complements our existing Toronto-London (Gatwick) service in providing our guests with another non-stop flight to a popular European tourism and financial centre,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “In addition, Europeans looking to travel to Canada this summer now have even greater access to the greater WestJet network through our Toronto hub. We look forward to welcoming our guests on board today and providing them with a truly caring Canadian experience throughout their journey.”

“We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of another great option for travellers to Europe with WestJet’s new service to Barcelona,” said Hillary Marshall, Vice-President Stakeholder Relations and Communications, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “More choices for international routes are some of the ways Toronto passengers can count on Pearson to provide connectivity to global destinations that meet their business and leisure travel needs.”

The three-times weekly service is operated on WestJet’s Boeing 767 that includes the airline’s updated Premium and Economy cabin service. This summer, with the addition of Barcelona, WestJet will operate to five European cities including London, Gatwick, Paris, Dublin and Glasgow.

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Toronto-BarcelonaThree-times weekly10:05 p.m.11:50 a.m. +1May 24, 2019
Barcelona-TorontoThree-times weekly1:20 p.m.4:15 p.m.May 25, 2019

WestJet pilot’s eyes burned by laser on flight from Newfoundland to Florida

News provided by CBC News/ The Canadian Press

ncident happened when plane was 40 km from Orlando International Airport

Paola Loriggio · The Canadian Press · Posted: May 22, 2019

This photo shows the view from the cockpit when a laser pointer attack happens. (Transport Canada)

A WestJet pilot flying from Newfoundland to Orlando International Airport had his eyes burned by a green laser light, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the WestJet Airlines aircraft was about 40 kilometres from the airport when the laser light hit the pilot. The flight landed safely a short time later, and the pilot was placed on medical leave, which is routine in such cases.

The airline said in a statement that the incident took place Saturday but gave few details, citing privacy concerns.

“Any pilot who reports being struck by a laser is required for safety and health reasons to have an ophthalmology evaluation,” spokeswoman Morgan Bell said in an email.

Bell said laser incidents pose a “serious concern” for crew and aircraft safety and are immediately reported to local authorities for investigation.

A laser pointer like this can do serious damage.

“Pilots are extremely focused during all phases of flight, but especially during take-off and landing, when most laser incidents occur,” she said.

“When any sort of light enters the flight deck, pilots are trained to look away and maintain focus but they must also remain vigilant with respect to their surroundings and monitor the apron prior to landing.”

The FAA is investigating the incident. The agency said it had notified the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, which sent a deputy to a central Florida address pinpointed as a possible source of the light.

The sheriff’s office said no one at the location had any knowledge of the incident and said they don’t have a laser pointer.

Offenders could go to prison

Last year, the Canadian government announced strict new measures to ban most high-powered lasers around airports and in the country’s three largest cities due to the dangers they pose when aimed at aircraft.

The interim measures bar anyone from possessing a battery-operated hand-held laser over one milliwatts outside a private residence without a legitimate purpose, such as for work or education.

The rules apply to municipalities in the greater Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver areas, as well as within 10 kilometres of any Canadian airport or heliport.

Penalties for those convicted of deliberately targeting aircraft include fines of up to $100,000, five years in prison, or both, though the government has acknowledged that prosecutions are rare given the difficulty of catching people in the act.

However, the new rules also allow investigators to hand out fines of up to $5,000 for anyone caught with a hand-held laser in a prohibited zone without a reason. Corporations can face up to $25,000.

Transport Canada reported 379 incidents of lasers pointed at planes in 2017, most of which occurred in Ontario and Quebec.

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

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

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.