Today we announced we have selected London, England as the first transatlantic destination from Canada for our wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Flights from Canada to London will be through London Gatwick.
Given my age (wink) you won’t be surprised to know that I grew up as a huge fan of the Beatles. I play piano and their songs remain some of my favourites to sit down and play.
The Fab Four are just one of the many symbols of London, England. Yes, I know they’re from Liverpool but they are very much emblematic of London (Abbey Road!). From Big Ben to Buckingham Palace to Covent Gardens to the Thames to Piccadilly Circus, there are so many London icons to choose from.
So, with that in mind, selecting London, England via Gatwick as our first international wide-body destination is a real treat for me and I hope our guests will be just as excited as all WestJetters are.
We are taking the unusual step of announcing London Gatwick before having selected departure cities within Canada. Announcing London first allows us to work with our Canadian airport partners over the summer to determine which Canadian cities best meet the needs of our guests and our operations. There are many cities across Canada interested in this service and our network team will work actively over the summer to make the most appropriate selections, and we will share that exciting news with everyone in September.
I can’t wait to show London our renowned and remarkable guest experience as provided by each of our WestJetters. I’m reminded of the Beatles song, Revolution. “You say want a revolution, well, you know, we all want to change the world.”
Yes, we do.
Update: We’ve announced our Canadian departure cities for flights to London. Beginning May 6, 2016, our guests in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and St. John’s will enjoy non-stop service to London Gatwick. Convenient connecting flights from other cities throughout our network are also available. To book your flight to London, please visit westjet.com. We hope to see you on board.