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Wed, 23 Jan 2019

WestJet Takes Delivery of First Boeing 787; Prepares to Launch Flights to Europe

WestJet has taken delivery of the first of ten Boeing 787 Dreamliners it has on order.

Having long operated a fleet of single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the long-range 787-9 Dreamliner to launch new international routes.

"Today's delivery marks a new chapter for WestJet," said Ed Sims, president and CEO 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."

WestJet has taken delivery of the first of ten Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Having long operated a fleet of single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the long-range 787-9 Dreamliner to launch new international routes. Click to enlarge.

This spring, WestJet will use the 787-9 the longest-range Dreamliner that can fly 7,635 nautical miles (14,140km) 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.

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 & Marketing for The Boeing Company.

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