Posted on: 12 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
WestJet has operated its flight between Alberta and Hawaii using a Boeing 767-300 extended-range aircraft from its own fleet rather than a leased aircraft for the first time.
The carrier's seasonal service between Alberta and Hawaii began on 11 December 2015 using two 767s leased from Omni Air International while it flew its own 767-300 (which was delivered in August 2015) between Calgary and Toronto in order to obtain an Extended-range Twin-engine Operation (ETOPS) certification.
The ETOPS certification was received on 30 December 2015 and allows the 767 to be operated for extended distances over water. A second WestJet 767 certified for ETOPS will also be used to service a route between Calgary and Honolulu and on WestJet's service to London Gatwick, which commences service in May 2016.
“As we enter our 20th anniversary year, non-stop service from Alberta to Hawaii onboard our own wide-body aircraft is an exciting new chapter in the WestJet success story,” commented Bob Cummings, WestJet’s EVP commercial. “Albertans love non-stop WestJet service to Hawaii and we now have the opportunity to provide a full WestJet experience with our own Boeing 767-300 aircraft combined with our award-winning WestJetters.”