Canada’s New Flag Carrier?

With the launch of three-class Dreamliner operations across the Atlantic, WestJet is pivoting from low-cost pioneer to network carrier as Airliner World’sGordon Smith reports.

Flight WS1 departing Calgary for London/Gatwick on April 28 was far more than just another transatlantic hop – it marked a decisive milestone in WestJet’s ambitions to become a truly global network airline. It was farewell to the ageing Boeing 767s plying the route, and hello to not only the 787 Dreamliner, but also a game changing three-class configuration. The bold new face of WestJet had arrived.

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The first of ten Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners was delivered to the company on January 17. AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM/ADAMTETZLAFF

Humble Beginnings

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