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WestJet announces entry into widebody service

WestJet is moving forward with plans for the airline fly its own widebody aircraft as early as fall/autumn 2015, the move already having received the support of the WestJet Pilot Association and its own board of directors.

The company has reported that it is currently in the advanced stages of sourcing widebody aircraft.

“This is the natural, next-step evolution for WestJet,” remarked WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “It’s made possible by our low-cost business model, growing network strength, airline partnerships and our award-winning brand driven by the efforts of our more than 10,000 WestJetters from coast to coast.”

Initially, WestJet expects to operate four wide-body aircraft with the first deployments on routes between Alberta and Hawaii during the winter season beginning in late 2015. The airline's current winter service between Alberta and Hawaii, via two Boeing 757-200s operated by Thomas Cook, is ending in the spring of 2015. Further announcements regarding WestJet's wide-body schedule for the 2016 summer season will be released at a later date, as the airline looks to expand its operation into overseas markets.

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