Canada’s WestJet in 2017 had announced an agreement with Boeing that includes a commitment for 10 787-9s, with options for 10 more.
On Tuesday, WestJet officials took on the wraps off their long-awaited Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that is expected to arrive in 2019, revealing a new livery and logo, plus new seating classes that includes a stylish business class cabin.
The three class seating will include a business class cabin with lie-flat seats, individual charging ports and IFE, and individual pods that offer privacy and spaciousness.
For the Premium Economy cabin, the 38″ pitch is both generous and comfortable, as the service includes differential menu offerings and a walk-up self-service social area with snacks and beverages.
In Economy, guests will discover oversized, self-dimming windows, and leading-edge in-flight entertainment and connectivity with in-seat device charging.
The new livery reflects a newer, modern look for the company, inspired by the colors of Canada and adding the maple leaf into the tail fin.
The first 787-9 is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2019, completing the 10 ordered by 2021. The options, should they be converted into firm aircraft, should arrive in 2020, finishing in 2024.
This summer, WestJet’s growing fleet will operate an average of 777 daily flights to 90 destinations.