This really is the flight of your dreams.
WestJet announced today that Calgary International Airport will soon become a hub for three trans-Atlantic flights using YYC’s soon-to-be-acquired Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners — and yes, these planes are just as awesome as the name suggests.
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Sitting 320 passengers, the Dreamliners feature a three-class cabin configuration that includes lie-flat seats and private pods in the business cabin, according to a release from WestJet.
The Canadian airline first publicized its intent to purchase at least 10 Dreamliners back in 2017, and Wednesday’s release states just how WestJet will be putting its first 787-9s into use.
According to the release, the first three Dreamliners will operate between Calgary and London, England; Paris, France; and Dublin, Ireland beginning on April 28, May 17, and June 1, 2019, respectively.
All flights will be nonstop and operating either daily in the case of Calgary to London, or four times a week for the Paris and Dublin flights.
“Alberta’s connectivity to the rest of the world is vital for our economy,” said Ed Sims, WestJet’s President and CEO, in the release.
“WestJet is investing in Alberta to bring further economic growth, boost tourism to the province, and to further position our city as an international aviation hub. We are excited to bring Albertans to the world and the world to Alberta.”
The three new flights are expected to bring upwards of 185,000 annual visitors to Calgary once fully operational.
Seven other Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are also on their way to Calgary, and the airline has the option to purchase 10 additional Dreamliners, which would arrive between 2020 and 2024.