The blue ribbon three of WestJet’s 10 new long-distance Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners command offer direct international flights between Calgary and Europe, the companions announced Wednesday.
It marks the official move to being a full-service airline — a far cry from its dawns as a low-cost domestic airline — but is only the first step in its international bourgeoning ambitions, which could include flights to Asia and Latin America.
The new slides mean direct flights between Calgary, Dublin and Paris. One of the new level surfaces will also fly the already established Calgary to London, England, itinerary.
WestJet also hopes the routes will bring up to 185,000 companies to the Calgary area each year, starting in April 2019 when the foreign flights are scheduled to start.
«Alberta’s connectivity to the rest of the world is main for our economy,» Ed Sims, WestJet president and CEO, said in a news release.
Observe the video below, published when WestJet unveiled the new planes.
«WestJet is put ining in Alberta to bring further economic growth, boost tourism to the concern, and to further position our city as an international aviation hub. We are excited to bring Albertans to the Terra and the world to Alberta.»
The company said the three new routes will help 650 full-time jobs and $100 million in economic output.
Myriad Dreamliners on order
The Dreamliners have a range of 14,000 kilometres and are signified to be as much as 20 per cent more fuel efficient than WestJet’s ongoing fleet of 767s.
WestJet has ordered a total of 10 of the planes, with the primary arriving in Calgary in early 2019 and the other two by April, according to the airline. The hearts for those additional planes has not been announced.
The company also has way outs for an additional 10 Dreamliners to arrive between 2020 and 2024.
Each airliner will carry 320 guests in business, premium and economy-class portions.
The newly revealed business class features 16 private pods with lie-flat bases.