WestJet has unveiled its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabin interior, including its first-ever business class. The carrier has firm orders of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, the first of which will arrive in early 2019. The carrier also has an option for another 10.
“The introduction of Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner, a state-of-the-art aircraft, is the dawn of a new era for WestJet and the next step in our transformation to a global network airline,” said Ed Sims, WestJet president and CEO. “The updated livery is modern and dynamic while the interior is world-class, distinctly Canadian and uniquely WestJet. Both reflect WestJet’s transition from a regional airline in 1996 to a new era of connecting Canada with the world and bringing the world to Canada.”
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is 20 percent more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767 aircraft. With a range of more than 14,000 kilometres, it will give WestJet the ability to serve new destinations in Asia and South America, and to expand its service offerings into the European market.
The WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features a three-class cabin: business class, premium economy and economy. The design was created by PriestmanGoode, a design consultancy firm located in London, England, specializing in transportation and travel branding.
“We set out to create a design tour of Canada on-board WestJet’s new fleet of Boeing Dreamliners, taking inspiration from the country’s stunning landscapes,” explained Ben Rowan, director, PriestmanGoode and Design Lead. “From the luxurious, rich, earthy tones of the Canadian summer that has inspired Business Class, to the aurora inspired Premium Economy, and the fresh, invigorating tones of an Alpine lake in Economy, this new interior scheme will provide an enhanced and complete passenger experience that is uniquely WestJet. We believe this new in-cabin design will ensure WestJet can compete confidently in new markets.”
Highlights of the aircraft’s business class include touchscreen service, on-demand dining and lay-flat mattresses, bedding and turn-down service. Premium Economy will offer roomier seats (as compared to Economy), a premium menu and a self-serve social area. Economy will feature oversized, self-dimming windows, in-seat device charging, and leading-edge in-flight entertainment.
“Throughout the aircraft cabin, the interior design takes inspiration from iconic Canadian landscapes,” said Louis Saint-Cyr, vice-president, Guest Experience, WestJet. “Our guests’ inflight comfort is enhanced by the uncompromising quality of the interior finish and custom details. Both WestJet and our guests are on their way to bigger things, but as only WestJet can, we will make the journey as enjoyable as the destination.”