Posted on: 27 August 2015 by Ross McSweeny
WestJet has taken delivery of the first of four Boeing 767-300 extended range aircraft which will allow the airline to begin serving Europe and other regions from Canada on a non-stop basis.
This first aircraft will operate flights between Toronto and Calgary from early September. From December, the next two 767-300s will fly from Alberta to Hawaii and between Toronto and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The fourth and final aircraft will arrive in spring 2016 ready for the launch of WestJet's new service to London Gatwick in May.
Following discussions over the summer with airports across the country, the airline will announce the Canadian cities from which it will operate its summer schedule, including to London, in mid-September.“The arrival of our first wide-body aircraft opens the next chapter in the evolution and growth of Canada's low-fare leader,” stated Bob Cummings, WestJet’s executive vice-president of commercial. “WestJet has been liberating Canadians from the high cost of air travel since 1996, bringing low fares and friendly, caring, people-driven service to communities from coast to coast.
“The launch of WestJet Encore in 2013 gave Canadians in smaller centres much-needed relief from high fares and the opportunity to connect to WestJet's ever-expanding domestic, trans-border and international networks.
“Shortly, with the arrival of our first wide-body aircraft as an important milestone, we will offer Canadians from cities across our network the chance to fly non-stop to Europe and other regions at prices not seen in recent memory. As we have throughout our history, we will continue to lower airfares and make travel more affordable,” concluded Cummings.
Featuring a new teal and blue maple leaf-themed logo that will eventually appear on all WestJet aircraft, the airline's new 767-300s will seat 262 guests with a 24 seat ‘Plus’ cabin in a premium two-by-two configuration and 238 seats in the main cabin.
By next spring all four aircraft will be equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline's new inflight entertainment and wireless connectivity system.