Update on WestJet's Dreamliners
Taking flight on Feb. 29, 2020, the aircraft marks WestJet’s fourth Dreamliner in its fleet; the other three are in the air, another two are coming, four more are coming next year with 10 more options in the pipeline. This means that within the next 18 months WestJet could have a fleet of nearly 20 - 787s.
The investment in its 787 fleet represents a major part of WestJet’s five-year plan to become a premium global carrier, which according to Chuck Crowder, VP Sales, Distribution & Contact Centre, has been accelerated by WestJet’s recent acquisition by Onex. The airline now carries 26 million guests annually, boasts a fleet of 180 aircraft and counting, flies 770 flights a day, has a global network of 16 codeshares and 23 interline partners, has grown its loyalty rewards program to include six million members in just 10 years, and has been designated by TripAdvisor as Canada’s top-rated airline for three consecutive years.
WestJet’s latest 787 Dreamliner was “years in the making”, said Crowder. Upon launch, it will float between the airline’s 787 markets, including London, Dublin, Paris and Rome (starting May 2), and will also fly between Calgary-Maui and Toronto-Calgary.
Calling it “the perfect aircraft” to sit in one of its three hubs (Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver), the Dreamliner, which can fly 16-17 hours nonstop, allows the airline to fly further afield – and in plenty of style, no less.
“I am very critical of my own product and the company that I work for, and I found that compared to several carriers in business class, this is top notch,” said Crowder. “I pit us against any carrier in the world, especially the Asian carriers that are known for their hospitality and service. That’s how I view what we deliver onboard the new Dreamliner.