WestJet seeks Transport Canada approval to offer China flights

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WestJet Airlines Ltd. is seek from Transport Canada for regulatory approval to launch flights to China.

CEO Gregg Saretsky put out the comments at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on Friday, saying oblation flights to Asia with lie-flat seats will allow the airline to add a extravagance option to its mostly economical offerings.

«We have entered into the manipulate with Transport Canada, and Transport Canada will soon catch the Chinese delegation from Beijing, and before too long we hope to be doing back the specifics to you,» he said.

He didn’t announce which cities the airline at ones desire fly into, nor a potential launch date.

Saretsky said the plan is «in-sync with what the Canadian federal oversight has on its agenda, which is to double the number of inbound arrivals from China by 2022.»

Termination month, WestJet announced it had placed a firm order for 10 Boeing Dreamliners, which see fit have the range and fuel efficiency to serve new destinations in Asia, South America and embellish the airline’s presence in Europe.

WestJet’s first Dreamliner 787s would be uttered between the first quarter of 2019 and December 2021.

The Calgary-based airline also has an choice to buy an additional 10 Dreamliners to be delivered between 2020 and 2024.

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