First Boeing 787 for WestJet

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Boeing handed over the first of ten 787 Dreamliners for the Canadian airline, WestJet, on January 17.

“Today’s delivery marks a new chapter for WestJet,” said Ed Sims, president and CEO of Calgary-based WestJet. “Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft ever flown and is the perfect platform for our transition to a global network carrier. We look forward to bringing Canadians to the world and the world to Canada in comfort and style.”

This spring, WestJet will use the 787-9 – the longest-range Dreamliner that can fly 7,635 nautical miles (14,140km) – to offer the first-ever flight connecting Calgary and Dublin. The airline will also offer non-stop Dreamliner services between Calgary and London Gatwick and Calgary and Paris.

WestJet’s 787-9 will accommodate 320 passengers in a three-class configuration which will include the airline’s all-new business cabin featuring the carrier’s first lie-flat seats.