Calgary-based WestJet Airlines confirmed today that it is using its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on domestic routes between Vancouver and Toronto. This is the first time Vancouver has served the flagship WestJet aircraft. The Dreamliner will initially operate five flights per week, with Boeing 737s operating three more non-stop flights per day.
WestJet is ramping up its operations as more passengers in Canada look to travel domestically. The airline will now operate its latest aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, to connect to popular destinations in Vancouver and Toronto. The Dreamliner also operates local routes connecting Calgary and Toronto.
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Starting today, WestJet will use the Dreamliner on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Additionally, it will also operate Boeing 737s on three daily flights. Therefore, if you want to make sure you have the 787 Dreamliner, instead of the 737, you will need to check your departure time.
Flight 706 from Vancouver to Toronto that will depart at 09:00 will be the new Dreamliner. Flight 711 from Toronto to Vancouver, departing at 17:15, is also a Dreamliner. From November 5thThe tenthWestJet will increase frequency if its Dreamliner flights between Vancouver and Toronto to daily service.
A Vancouver Airport spokesman said in a statement:
“We are excited to welcome WestJet’s newest aircraft, the modern 787 Dreamliner, to YVR for the first time. We deeply value our longtime partner WestJet and the introduction of this iconic aircraft into YVR is an example of their continued investment in British Columbia.“
WestJet began operating Boeing 787-9s early in 2019. The new aircraft made a great addition to the fleet of the low-cost carrier, which is clearly not a traditional LLC at all. The Dreamliners are equipped with 320 seats across three cabins: Business Class, Premium and Economy. The airline currently strikes a fairly successful balance between no-frills, low-cost service, high-end business, and premium offerings.
The airline currently has six 787 Dreamliners with more on request. Many of the newest Dreamliners barely have any time in the air. Many new aircraft arrived before and during the meaning of Global Downtown, and they have been stored. Now, WestJet appears eager to bring its latest aircraft back into the sky.
In addition to domestic routes, the airline uses its 787s on transatlantic routes. Dreamliners operate several routes across the ocean to London Gatwick, Paris and Dublin. The airline’s Dreamliners are currently a significant part of its operations as the company invested in MAX before it was discontinued. WestJet has 13 737 MAX aircraft currently idle and 43 on order.
Just last week, the airline said it couldn’t wait to get its MAXs back into the sky soon. With the new Dreamliners and MAXs on the way back, WestJet will have a very small fleet. As Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet appears to have a bright future.