Canadian airline WestJet flew its first Alberta-Hawaii flights onboard wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft owned by the carrier Jan. 10.
The airline had been operating leased 767s on the route since beginning Hawaii-Alberta seasonal service Dec. 11 last year.
“As we enter our 20th anniversary year, nonstop service from Alberta to Hawaii onboard our own wide-body aircraft is an exciting new chapter in the WestJet success story,” Bob Cummings, WestJet’s executive vice president, said in a statement. “Albertans love nonstop WestJet service to Hawaii, and we now have the opportunity to provide a full WestJet experience with our own Boeing 767-300 aircraft.”
WestJet currently offers seasonal service to both Honolulu and Maui from the Albertan cities of Calgary and Edmonton.
The airline’s 767s can seat up to 262 passengers and feature 24 premium class seats in a two-by-two configuration. The new aircraft will also be equipped with WestJet Connect, an in-flight entertainment and wireless connectivity system.
WestJet took delivery of its first Boeing 767-300 on August 27 last year, but it had been flying the aircraft between Calgary and Toronto in order to obtain Extended-range Twin-engine Operation (ETOPS) certification.
ETOPS is required for extended distances over water, a certification necessary for WestJet's service to both Hawaii and to London Gatwick, a new segment the carrier is scheduled to begin in May.