Boeing has delivered the first of ten 787 Dreamliners to WestJet, marking the start of the airline’s global expansion.
Having long operated a fleet of Boeing single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the super-efficient, long-range 787-9 Dreamliner to serve new international routes.
“Today’s delivery marks a new chapter for WestJet,” said Ed Sims, president of Calgary-based WestJet.
“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.”
This spring, WestJet will use the 787-9 – the longest-range Dreamliner that can fly 7,635 nautical miles – to offer the first-ever flight connecting Calgary and Dublin.
The airline will also offer non-stop Dreamliner service between Calgary and London Gatwick and Calgary and Paris.
The 787 Dreamliner – the fastest-selling widebody jet in history with about 1,400 orders – allows airlines to reduce fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 per cent and serve far-away destinations.
WestJet’s 787-9 will accommodate 320 passengers in a three-class configuration.
“We are excited to welcome our friends at WestJet to the Dreamliner family.
“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,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing for Boeing.