EVERETT, Wash. – The first WestJet Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off for the first time on Saturday, successfully completing its initial test flight and other scheduled flights. The aircraft is the first of 10,787 firm orders from the Canadian low-cost carrier.
WestJet plans to take delivery of 787 in the coming weeks, with the goal of launching transatlantic flights between Calgary, Canada and London Gatwick, starting April 28. The airline will add a Dreamliner service between Calgary and Paris Charles de Gaulle on May 17th. and between Calgary and Dublin, Ireland, on June 1 st.
The WestJet 787 cabin will be arranged in a three-class configuration, for a total of 304 seats. The airline is taking the opportunity to unveil a new luxurious business class cabin that will provide on-demand catering and meal preparation for the 16-passenger section. The seat appears to be the very popular B / E Aerospace Super Diamond seat also used by its national rival Air Canada.
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A low-cost, high-quality economy cabin will seat 28 people, with a product that resembles a typical first-class seat used on domestic flights in Canada and the United States. The remaining 260 passengers in economy class will sit in a 3-3-3 configuration. The airline says each seat will be equipped with a TV and power supply.
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