WestJet has launched Boeing 787 service between Paris and Calgary. At this time, WestJet is the only airline to offer nonstop service between the two cities.
What are the details?
According to a news release published by WestJet, the airline’s inaugural flight between Calgary (YYC) and Paris (CDG) took place on Friday, May 17th. Moving forward, the airline will offer four weekly flights between the two cities.
The flight from Calgary to Paris leaves Canada at 7:35 pm local time and arrives in Paris the next day at 12:20 pm. The flight from Paris to Calgary, on the other hand, leaves Paris at 2:20 pm and arrives in Calgary at 3:45 pm.
WestJet offers these flights in a codeshare partnership with Air France. As such, travelers will not only be able to fly from West Canada to Paris, but will have access to 11 cities in Europe through this codeshare agreement. Accessible cities include popular destinations like Athens, Lisbon, Rome, and Venice.
WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen stated that,
“WestJet’s first non-stop flight from Calgary to Paris opens up a key market for inbound tourism to Western Canada and easy and unique travel opportunities throughout Europe for Western Canadians.”
This new route is not WestJet’s only 787 nonstop route between West Canada and Europe. As a matter of fact, the airline already offers service between Calgary and London Gatwick (LGW). Additionally, the airline will add service between Calgary and Dublin in June.
As reported by WestJet, these three routes between West Canada and Europe “will support 650 full-time jobs and $100 million in total economic output.” Apparently the passengers are not the only ones benefiting from WestJet’s new service.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliners are WestJet’s newest aircraft. The airline currently has three Dreamliners in its fleet. The aircraft have an average age of 0.3 years, so are basically brand-new.
WestJet’s Dreamliners offer seating for 320 passengers, with 16 seats in Business Class, 28 Premium Seats, and 276 seats in Economy Class. The seats in Business Class feature spacious pods and lie-flat beds. The seats have a pitch of 46 inches and a width of 22 inches. Of course, they all have direct aisle access.
There are also ample entertainment options with hundreds of hours of TV shows and movies as well as 10 music channels.
The premium seats have a pitch of 38 inches, and the economy seats have a pitch of 31 inches.
WestJet’s Dreamliners have a range of 7,635 nautical miles and a cruise speed of Mach 0.85. They use about 25% less fuel than other passenger aircraft of similar size.
Additional advantages of the airline’s Dreamliners include smart sensors that are able to detect turbulence and therefore reduce motion sickness as well as big windows that can be dimmed at the touch of a button without requiring shades.
Are you going to take advantage of WestJet’s nonstop 787 service between Paris and Calgary?