CALGARY – With the addition of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Calgary-based WestJet (WJ) took a huge leap forward in fulfilling its future transatlantic goal.

On June 14, 2021, WJ announced starting August 5 2021 they would begin service to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This route would be flown directly from its base in Calgary, Alberta, on-board its new Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

“Alberta is ready to be open for summer, and this announcement from WestJet shows how close we are to having international travelers come back to Alberta,” said Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy, Innovation, Government of Alberta. The carrier will operate this transatlantic flight twice a week starting in August with an increase to three times weekly in early September. 

“This year, our guests will have another direct option from Calgary to a bustling centre of commerce and culture,” said Bob Sartor, President & CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “WestJet’s new route from their home and hub at YYC to Amsterdam, will connect Calgarians to Europe and Europeans to Alberta through one of the best connected airports in the world.”

WestJet 787-9. Photo: Liam Funnell/Airways

Dreamlining the Transatlantic Skies

The Boeing 787-9 aircraft features the airline’s first lie-flat business seating, as well as a designated premium economy. Both cabins feature world class inflight service, as well as on demand entertainment. 

From Amsterdam passengers will have many connection options across Europe and beyond including popular travel destinations like Athens, Berlin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Vienna, Venice and more.

WestJet also announced the further resumption of its popular London-Gatwick (LGW) routes, increasing the utilization of its Dreamliners as well as European travel options for Canadians.

Featured image: WestJet Boeing 87-9. Photo: Liam Funnell/Airways