WestJet's Brand New 787 Business Class | Calgary to Toronto
So let's say you're about to fly on WestJet's new 787 dreamliner. Where, is the best place to sit well. In the words of a WestJet 787. Pilot. And. You, know what I did, exactly that. Hello. Everyone my name is Alex and welcome back to another very special trip report today, I'm flying from Calgary Alberta to Toronto Ontario on WestJet's Boeing 787-9. Dreamliner but, this time in their brand new lie flat business class pod. If. You're new to the channel you might not have seen that I flew on their inaugural 787. Flight back in February and well. It was a nine across 787. In Economy but, I recently had an opportunity to travel on West jet 787, again and I knew I couldn't pass up the chance to try their business class between. Calgary, and Toronto upgrades are usually, available at check-in $400. From economy, to premium and $300. From economy, to business, in. Calgary's domestic terminal WestJet has a priority check-in desk for passengers traveling in their business or premium cabins but. Just for the sake of time I did it myself through the self-serve kiosks. Business. Class passengers are, also able to use the priority line at security, which sped things up a bit and I was past security in no time. Once. I was through I was able to visit the Chinook lounge in concourse a the. West cheddar at the desk complimented, me on my choice of seat and taught me that WestJet had recently taken over management of the language in 2020. Apparently West it will have their own lounge can't wait to check that out once it's done. I was, also told that they were just switching between breakfast, and lunch so the food selection wasn't as varied as it typically is. Regardless. There was enough food for a good lunch plus lots of seating and an incredible, view of downtown Calgary, and the Rocky Mountains, this. Was actually the first time I've been to a lounge here in Calgary and I really liked it I'm looking forward to seeing West its plans for their new one for. Now let's head to the gate. My. Dreamliners parked at gate a 17, which is right at the end of concourse a here in Calgary. The. Aircraft, I'm flying on today is WestJet second 787, tail nine zero two and registered, as Charlie golf uniform, Romeo Papa. This. Dreamliner was delivered from Boeing in mid-february and had its first revenue, flight on March 11th just a few weeks before I flew so it really is a brand new aircraft. I put. Myself in seat 4d, for this flight since all the windows were occupied and just had to hope that someone would trade waiting, at each seat though is a pillow and blanket. Now. Very fortunately, for me someone was willing to trade and I settled in seat for a. My. First impressions of the seat well the legroom here is beyond, amazing. I'm six foot eight so I can attest there is a lot of space here even, for me and I'm already very comfortable. The. Tray table slides from underneath the in-flight entertainment screen, and folds out to reveal a lot of table space. On, the. Left side of the seat there's some storage space with two compartments, the smaller one has a mirror and the other larger, one has more space and includes, a universal, power outlet, USB, port and triple prong headphone jack, also. In here is a handheld remote for the in-flight entertainment system. And I'll go over that once we're in the air on. The right side is another armrest, that can be raised and lowered for more space. Inside. The armrest is even more storage space including, a water bottle and some headphones. There's. A ton of privacy, as well with this fixed partition in place on the aisle side of the seats. Personally. I really like the little details like the hard edges on the magazine holder and the subtle WestJet Delta's on the seat itself. The, colors throughout the cabin are very West yet but they're also relaxing and not too bright this. Boarding music is also a nice touch. Shortly. After settling in a cabin crew member came around to personally welcome me on board and that's what I'd like for a pre-departure drink he also offered to explain the features of the seat which I gladly accepted.
Hot. Towels are also given out as boarding continued. Will be realized on fermentation. Let's. Take a look at the menu for today's flight which is printed in both English and French. After. Some time to look the menu over they took my order for today's meal service. Here's. A look at the contents of the magazine pocket which is over your shoulder, this. Includes the usual safety card an. Airsickness. Bag the. March issue of the Westin magazine. And. Finally. A pamphlet, on the WestJet rewards program. Before. Pushing back West chest no safety video plays which I've seen some complaints about for some odd reason really. Though it's awesome and it gets the point across. For. Now here's our departure from Calgary starting up taxing, and taking off from runway three five left. Now. That we're airborne let's take a look at the entertainment on today's flight in. Business class once you access the system you'll see your name displayed on the screen since, I traded seats though my name was obviously not there but still a very nice touch, business. Class passengers have this 18 and a half inch touchscreen display, and the, entertainment selection, is the same across all three classes so there is a lot to choose from no matter where you sit. My. Favorite part as usual is the moving map which was very nicely done it's easy to use and there's a lot of different options, the. Remote can also be used to interact with the map as well as for scrolling through the entertainment selection. I have. To say though it's the small details like this and I really like it makes the whole experience not, just a business class flight but a uniquely WestJet one. Hopped. Owls were given out prior to serving meals as well as my post departure drink and some pretzels, shortly. Afterwards the cabin crew member came around with the tablecloth. One, thing I really like is that I can just move the tray table forward and lower the armrest to get in and out of the sea easily even during a meal service. The. Only downside to sitting in row four is that you're served to last so it does take a while for the meals to make their way to you.
Before. I get my meal let's take a look at the headphones that West has provided, now. I'm obviously no expert but these headphones were a pretty good quality with. Them on I could still hear things like overhead bins closing, but once I turn something on they were totally fine to. Be fair the 787, is such a quiet aircraft, anyway so it doesn't matter as much. I. Ordered. The shepherd's pie which came with a bread roll and some cheese and crackers as well as a salad of mixed greens and a vanilla bean mousse with a Nanaimo, bar for dessert. The. Shepherd's pie was delicious and, easily, one of the best main courses I've ever had on a plane. Bus. Jet starting transatlantic, services, with the Dreamliner's at the end of April flying from Calgary to London Gatwick followed, by Calgary to Paris in May and Calgary to Dublin in June because. This is still a domestic, flight the experience and the food on these long-haul flights will be different if not even better. The, only thing I didn't care too much for was the salad but the dessert was absolutely, delicious, that. Nanaimo bar was just the perfect way to end a great meal followed, by the small piece of chocolate. Lots. And lots of drinks were provided, all throughout the flight in these specially, branded WestJet, glasses. With, meal service done I think it's about time we take a look at the seats best selling point the live flatbed. The. Controls are just below the storage compartments, on the left side and it takes about 30 seconds for the seat to go fully flat. In. The fully flat position I believe the seat is about 200, centimeters or about six foot seven since. I'm six foot eight times just a bit too tall and foot, room is a bit limited but it's understandable, again. You know these seats are designed with normal. People in mind so I really can't blame anyone. Despite. The bed being a bit of a tight fit for me with a few adjustments like sleeping on my side it's perfect, the. Pillow and blanket that Westnet provides on this domestic flight are both very soft and comfortable. Unfortunately. I don't think I'll be doing any sleepy. I just, have to say I really love the atmosphere of the pod in the flatbed both, the amount of privacy and just how comfortable it is granted. This is coming from someone who's mostly, flown economy his whole life so this whole experience is just fantastic. Before. Descent let's take a look at the laboratory there's, one at the very front for business class and two in the galley between the second set of doors for Premium Economy the. Business class one has these interesting, aromatic, sprays as well as a bit more room. And, like I mentioned the last time I flew there 787, here's the same color gradient on the walls made entirely of WestJet Delphis. One. Final feature that I thought was interesting the, window shades can also be controlled through the remote and both of them operate as one window for lots of light. Sadly. All good flights must come to an end and we started our descent into a very cloudy Toronto landing on runway zero five. Ladies, and gentlemen those attempting to the gate please remain seated with your seatbelts, about seven all carrying a bag of Stoke each of the aircraft is parked at the gate then the seatbelt sign is turned off. So. For my overall thoughts on this flight first, off has a Calgary native I am very proud of West Jeff for taking this big step and rebranding, into a truly full-service, carrier their, business class cabin has been meticulously designed, and, it's very clear that a lot of thought has gone into the whole experience the, seat was comfortable in spacious the meal was delicious the service was fantastic, I'm definitely, running out of adjectives to properly describe this my point is this was probably, the best Calgary to Toronto flight that I've ever had like, I said earlier the Dreamliner's are flying from Calgary to London Paris and Dublin the summer but there will still be one flight a few times a week between Calgary, and Toronto so, if you're flying that route and are willing to spend a bit more at check-in you can just get a pod. Thank. You very much for watching this trip report on WestJet's new 787 business, class be, sure to leave the thumbs up if you enjoyed and subscribe to the channel if you'd like to see more aviation, videos like this one safe, travels and I'll see you in the next trip report.