CALGARY — WestJet is taking delivery this morning of the first of four Boeing 767-300 extended range aircraft, allowing the airline to begin serving Europe and other regions of the world from Canada on a nonstop basis.
Inaugural wide-body flights begin next month.
“With the arrival of our first wide-body aircraft, we will offer Canadians from cities across our network the chance to fly nonstop to Europe and other regions at prices not seen in recent memory,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial.
The four aircraft will arrive separately over the next eight months. The first one that arrived today will fly between Toronto and Calgary over the next several months.
Two more 767s will fly from Alberta to Hawaii and between Toronto and Montego Bay, Jamaica beginning in December.
The fourth and final aircraft, will arrive next spring just prior to the launch of WestJet’s new service to London Gatwick in May 2016. It features 262 seats and a flying range of about 11 hours.