WestJet has introduced its latest Boeing 787-9 with an inaugural transatlantic flight.
This is the third 787 for the Canadian carrier (registration C-GUDO), which is being used on its Calgary to London Gatwick service.
The aircraft is named Clive Beddoe after the founder and chairman, who was on the flight to London.
"Today is a fantastic day for WestJet as we take this important step in our journey to become a full-service global network airline" said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet chief commercial officer at the launch event. “The London market has quickly become an important one for us with service from six cities across Canada. It is no accident that the first transatlantic flight on the Dreamliner is to our largest international market, from our largest hub and home in Calgary."
"The launch of the 787 will offer around 24,000 more Gatwick-Calgary seats per year on the same number of aircraft, and its highly fuel-efficient engines will also help us in our ongoing mission to become the UK’s most sustainable airport," says Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport chief commercial officer.
On 17 May, WestJet will launch its first direct 787 flight between Calgary and Paris with its final new transatlantic route between Calgary and Dublin starting on 1 June.
Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows WestJet currently operates three 787-9s, with a further nine on order.