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WestJet to debut 787s on three Calgary routes to Europe

WestJet will deploy its first three Boeing 787-9s on routes from Calgary to the European cities of Dublin, London and Paris next year.

The airline will begin daily 787 flights on the Calgary-London Gatwick route on 28 April. WestJet already flies from Calgary to London Gatwick route using 767-300ERs.

Air Transat also serves that route, and both Air Canada and British Airways fly from Calgary to London Heathrow, FlightGlobal schedules data shows.

WestJet will begin new four-times weekly 787 flights to Paris from 17 May, and a thrice-weekly Dublin service from 1 June.

No airlines currently fly from Calgary to either Dublin or Paris. WestJet does not specify which Paris airport it will serve from Calgary, but it this summer began flights from Halifax to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

"The home of the first three 787 Dreamliners will be here at Calgary International airport," WestJet chief executive Ed Sims says during an event in Calgary on 10 October.

WestJet is scheduled to receive its first three General Electric GEnx-1B-powered 787-9s from Boeing in January and February 2019, according to FlightGlobal's Fleets Analyzer database.

The airline has a total of 10 787-9 orders, all of which are scheduled to be in the fleet by the end of 2021, data shows.

WestJet will outfit the aircraft with 320 seats, including 276 in economy, 28 in premium economy and 16 lie-flat seats up front, says Sims.

Updated on 11 October to include correct seat count figures for WestJet's incoming 787s.

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