For the past two years, WestJet has been flying from London Gatwick to a number of Canadian cities.
It is fair to say it did not get off to the best of starts, with significant reliability issues with its fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft.
However, from next year, WestJet will radically improve its competitive position in London. At least on one route.
WestJet confirmed today, Wednesday 10 October 2018, that from Monday 29 April 2019 its daily flight from London Gatwick to Calgary will be operated with its new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
By any measure, this will be a substantial upgrade. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will feature WestJet’s first international business class cabin. The cabin features fully flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, all with direct aisle access. WestJet also promises on-demand dining and a turndown service in business class. This will make WestJet extremely competitive against Air Canada and BA.
The aircraft also has a premium economy cabin with 2-3-2 seating and a self-service bar area and an economy cabin with 3-3-3 seating and in-flight entertainment. Full details of WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner are available on a dedicated microsite.
WestJet will also fly the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Paris and Dublin to Calgary later in 2019.
WestJet’s year round flights to Toronto and summer seasonal flights to Vancouver and Winnipeg will continue to be operated with Boeing 767 in a two class, premium and economy configuration. Flights to Halifax will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 MAX, also in a two class configuration.
On a related note, WestJet has launched a new marketing campaign “Love Where You Are Going” to support today’s announcements.