First flight leaves Toronto Pearson International airport this morning
CALGARY, Oct. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - WestJet's first Boeing 767-300
extended-range aircraft will perform its inaugural flight today,
departing Toronto Pearson International Airport at 9 a.m. EDT.
Operating as WestJet flight 655, the aircraft will arrive at Calgary
International Airport at 11:12 a.m. MDT.
"Today's inaugural flight of our first wide-body aircraft ushers in a
new era in the history of WestJet," said Bob Cummings, WestJet
Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "And with three more 767s due to
be delivered in the months to come, we look forward to enriching the
lives of our guests by offering them new destinations in Europe and
elsewhere, as part of WestJet's ever-expanding network."
Featuring a new teal and blue maple leaf-themed logo, which will
eventually appear on all WestJet aircraft, the airline's 767-300s seat
262 guests and have a range of approximately 11 hours. The aircraft
will include a Plus cabin with 24 premium seats in a two-by-two
configuration, hot meals and all other amenities associated with Plus.
The main cabin has 238 seats, with two seats on either side of the
aircraft and three in the middle. By next spring all four 767s will be
equipped with WestJet Connect, the airline's new inflight entertainment
and wireless connectivity system.
Beginning May 2016, WestJet will begin serving London (Gatwick) on a
non-stop basis from six Canadian cities including Vancouver, Edmonton,
Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and St. John's. With the exception of
service from St. John's, all London flights will operate on WestJet's
fleet of 767-300 extended-range aircraft.
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service,
powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of
the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100
destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and
Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with
partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the
world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20
countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and
remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable,
flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for
every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet
dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet
dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages
on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout
periods ̶ even on seat sales. For more information about everything
WestJet, please visit westjet.com.
Recent recognition includes:
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)
2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada
2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in the Canada's
Choice ranking (RewardsCanada.ca)
2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Brands of the Year (Strategy magazine)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2014/2013/2012/2011 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package
supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)
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