In May 2017, Canadian carrier WestJet ordered 10 Boeing B787-9 aircraft, along with another 10 optional ones. These aircraft started to be delivered from late January this year and were initially flown on a domestic service between Calgary and Toronto.
Current WestJet 787 Routes
Currently, WestJet has already received three 787-9 aircraft, they are now being flown on three international routes and one domestic route.
- Daily flights between Calgary and London Gatwick
- 3-4 weekly flights between Calgary and Paris Charles de Gaulle
- 2-3 weekly flights between Calgary and Dublin (starting on June 1)
- 5 weekly flights between Calgary and Toronto
All three international routes are from Calgary to Western Europe and the flight time is about 8-9 hours. Note that flights to Dublin and Paris are seasonal so they only operate in summer.
Future 787 Routes
Considering two of the three international routes currently operated by 787 are seasonal, it is nice to see where WestJet is flying these aircraft during the winter.
- Daily flights between Toronto and London Gatwick starting October 23
- 2 weekly flights between Calgary and Kahului starting October 31 (March 12 through April 22, 2020, there will be 5 weekly flights)
This is the first time WestJet have flown their 787’s on international routes, from Toronto instead of Calgary; this is also the first time they are using their 787’s to fly to Hawaii as well.
How to Redeem Tickets for WestJet 787?
Currently, the only partnership WestJet has is Delta and that is also the best way to redeem award tickets on WestJet flights. Delta is only showing economy fares using miles.
|Route||Delta Miles Cost for Economy R/T|
|Toronto – London||50,000|
|Calgary – London||65,000|
|Calgary – Paris||65,000|
|Calgary – Dublin||65,000|
|Calgary – Kahului||50,000|
What is WestJet’s 787-9 Product Like?
Earlier this month, Sam was invited by WestJet to experience its international service between Calgary and London in Business Class.
According to Sam, WestJet 787 Dreamliner seats a total of 320 passengers. There are 3 cabins with 16 Business, followed by 28 Premium and 276 Economy seats.
|Economy seat pitch||31”|
|Premium seat pitch||38”|
|Business seat pitch (convert to fully flat bed)||46”|
Below is the full review written by Sam and also the video he made:
It is great to see WestJet is expanding their new network of Boeing B787-9’s, especially from a new Canadian base like Toronto and to a new North America destination like Kahului. Considering these aircraft have the best cabin products in WestJet’s fleet, if you are travelling on these routes, definitely choose flights operated by these new aircraft.
Have you already flown on WestJet’s new Boeing B787-9s? If so, how was your experience?