WestJet takes delivery of its first 787-9

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WestJet’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (C-GUDH), named in honor of the airline’s chairman and founder, Clive Beddoe, was delivered to WestJet’s hometown of Calgary on January 17.

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WestJet will use its 320-seat Dreamliner to begin longer-range flying while giving passengers a choice of Economy, Premium and Business cabins. WestJet’s Dreamliners feature the airlines first lie-flat business cabin seats accompanied by luxury blankets and pillows, turn-down service and in-seat TVs, offering a premium service with a distinctly Canadian feel.  WestJet Premium will offer seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, an elevated passenger experience with a separate cabin, blankets and pillows available on every seat, along with a self-serve social area.

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WestJet’s new business class is quite attractive
The new Premium Economy cabin – not the best I’ve seen seat wise, but not bad either

Overall it’s quite a nice layout and a lot more up market that I’d have expected. If anything is going to worry Air Canada, this is it, in many ways it’s as good if not better than their own offering.

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