New WestJet destinations? Check.
New routes? Check.
More flights? Check.
Making seasonal services year-round? Check.
WestJet’s 2015-2016 winter schedule has it all covered. If you’re craving some beach time this winter, we’re adding non-stop service to Huatulco and Merida, our ninth and tenth destinations in Mexico. Or, if you’re a fan of Florida, check out our new flights to West Palm Beach and Sarasota, our sixth and seventh cities in the Sunshine State. And if you’ve ever been to Costa Rica, you know it’s a very special vacation spot; just before Christmas, we’ll complement existing service to Liberia with new flights to San Jose.
But that’s not all we’re adding. Our baby is growing up and leaving home. WestJet Encore, just two years old, will head south of the border for the very first time with new non-stop service to Boston from Toronto and Halifax to beginning in the spring of 2016. WestJet has never served Boston and we can’t wait to dig in to a bowl of New England clam “chowda” or grab a dog and a “beah” at Fenway Park.
Back on this side of the 49th, we’re making some major improvements to our domestic schedule from coast to coast. We’re adding flights to and from Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Terrace, Kelowna, Penticton, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, Brandon, Toronto, Kitchener, Halifax, Charlottetown, St. John’s and Deer Lake. And we’re extending summer service levels through this winter in cities like Yellowknife, Regina, Ottawa, Moncton and Sydney, among others.
We love taking our guests where they want to go and now, with the addition of some big birds, we’re going to take them farther than we’ve ever taken them before. Cue the Star Trek theme.
By now most people know that we’re about to welcome our first wide-body planes – four Boeing 767-300 extended range (ER) aircraft – to the WestJet fleet. One of them will fly between Toronto and Calgary and between Toronto and Montego Bay. In December, two of them will point their noses into the warm Pacific winds and head for Hawaii. Our non-stop flights from Alberta to Hawaii has proven to be among our most popular routes over the years and now, with 262 seats on our 767s, we’ll take even more people to the Aloha State. A fourth 767 will join the family next spring.
So, that’s the scoop on the 2015-2016 winter schedule – new destinations, new routes, increased frequencies and service extensions. Whether travelling for business or leisure this winter, our guests will have more choices, affordable fares and the same great WestJet service they’ve come to expect.
One more thing. Last year, we flew our very first flight across the pond to Dublin, Ireland, and this spring, the teal and blue made its first appearance in Glasgow, Scotland. Next May, on board our 767s, WestJet will hit another milestone with flights to London (via Gatwick), capital of the United Kingdom. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With a range of 11 hours in the air, thanks to these big birds the WestJet world is about to get a whole lot bigger.