WestJet’s new Boeing 787 a gamechanger

by Airline Ratings
December 19, 2018

WestJet will be connecting Canada to the world in style from early 2019 as it launches a world-class business cabin onboard its game-changing Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The first three routes to see the technologically-advanced Boeing 787-9 will connect WestJet’s home base in Calgary to London Gatwick from April 28, Paris from May 17 and Dublin from June 1.

The airline has a firm order for 10 of the fuel-efficient Dreamliners,  with options for an additional 10, and has pulled out all the stops to significantly revamp its product.


The 320-seat planes feature three classes — business, premium economy and economy — designed by renowned London-based design consultancy PriestmanGoode.

The Canadian-themed Cabin interior welcomes economy guests with a color palette reflecting soothing blue alpine lakes while premium economy travelers are greeted with Aurora-inspired shades and tones.

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Business passengers are surrounded by rich earth tones inspired by the splendor of Canadian summers.

The airline’s first-ever business class promises to be comparable with some of the world’s best.

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The new business class offers flatbed seats. Image: Westjet.

It begins with priority check-in and lounge access and features 16 private pods with flatbed seats, direct aisle access and a 46-inch seat pitch.

There’s plenty of personal stowage space, four-way lumbar support and an 18.5-inch touchscreen provides access to hundreds of hours of movies and TV episodes.

The seats also come with active noise-canceling headphones, AC power and a USB port.

The cabin’s superior service begins with a welcome drink of Champagne and extends to restaurant-style, on-demand dining featuring a range of salads, main courses and desserts. These are accompanied by fine Canadian and international wines.

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WestJet’s new business class will offer on-demand dining. Image: WestJet.

An exclusive amenity case features skin care product from top Canadian brands and when it comes time to get some shuteye, there’s a lie-flat mattress, premium bedding and a turn-down service.

WestJet’s business class is also the only Canadian carrier with fully extendable privacy screens.

Guests traveling in premium economy enjoy extra comfort in 28 recliner seats in a 2-3-2 configuration in a separate and private cabin.  Theses extra comfort seats offer plenty of room at 19 inches wide and with 38 inches of legroom.

Also on offer in the 787 is a premium menu,  custom-designed dining ware and a self-serve social area that allows passengers to enjoy a refreshment at their leisure.

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The premium social area on the 787. Image: Westjet

In Economy, guests will discover oversized, self-dimming windows, and leading-edge in-flight entertainment and connectivity with in-seat device charging.

Blankets and pillows are provided to each seat and guests on the 787 get complimentary food and beverages.

There is Northern Lights inspired mood lighting and seat pitch is standard for a nine-across 787 at 31 inches with width at 17 inches.

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Economy mood lighting. Image: Westjet.

The 787 also offers a higher cabin pressure that leaves travelers more refreshed at the end of the trip, oversized windows with natural lighting and advanced technology to help provide smoother flights.

WestJet offers scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.

It also offers more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through airline partnerships.


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