WestJet's INAUGURAL Calgary to Dublin Flight! 787-9 Business Class
Hi everyone quick disclaimer / backstory, before we start I want to mention that today's trip report is indeed, paid for partially. Let me explain on. October, 10th 2018. WestJet announced, their first transatlantic, Dreamliner. Destinations. Calgary, - London Paris, and of course Dublin, less. Than an hour later I had booked myself an economy class ticket to Ireland that. Evening after I booked the flight I received, a voicemail from none other than WestJet, CEO, Ed Simms himself, he. Told me that I was actually the very first person to book the Calgary to Dublin route so. A few days later I received this very nice box of West ship merchandise as well as his business card, fast. Forward a few months just a few days before my flight I received, an email from West jet saying that my seat had been changed to one in business, class I won't. Say any names out of privacy, but I'm very thankful to watch it and my contacts, there being, able to fly with their flagship, product on such a special flight is a huge, privilege I do want to mention that nobody at WestJet has pre-screened. This video these are my honest thoughts and opinions that. Set its WestJet it's a Dreamliner and its business class I think it'll be a pretty good flight hope, you enjoy the video. Hello. From Calgary, International Airport. My name is Alex and welcome to a very, very special trip report today. I'm flying on board the inaugural, flight of WestJet, 787. Dreamliner from Calgary to Dublin Ireland, I'm. Flying over the Atlantic tonight, on West at flight six in West hits lie flat business, cabin. Check-in, what normally, I had already checked in online but, needed a bag tag, back. Drop was also easy there were plenty of very helpful West headers around for this inaugural flight. Even. Though there was just one lane open security. Only took about five minutes. Business. Class passengers have, access to the Aspire lounge in Calvary's International, Terminal it's. Accessed from this elevator, which takes you up a few levels. There. Was a decent selection of food for suppertime there's. A good view as well overlooking. The US departures, area but, not any airplanes, unfortunately. Overall. It was a nice place to spend a couple of minutes before flying, it's. A bit busy this time of evening when most of our transatlantic flights depart but. Otherwise it was enjoyable and I got a good meal out of it. Back. In the departures, area here's my aircraft for today's inaugural, flight arriving. From Toronto. Charlie. Golf uniform, Romeo Papa is WestJet second Dreamliner and was delivered in February this year. This. Was the same aircraft I first flew in their business class with back in March. At. The gate Weston had food for everyone as well as a cake commemorating, this first flight. There. Were also some dogs from palace Calgary who act as therapy dogs for travelers and well, they were adorable. We. Count three questions, number one. You. Know it was a great speculation, within. Which jet were the first of our ten Dreamliner's, was going to be based and secondly. Where they would find, first. As, the executive, team it was a bit of a no-brainer. It's, course it's going to be outward of course it's gonna be countering, this is our home because. You know we, are not made, in alerter. You're. Made of all burden and that's our home. And. I also want to say that I think it's a sign of optimism, the. Recent transaction. Between. WestJet, and onyx, which. Was as clearly. As. Onyx said to be a bet on the future of Alberta a company. That's, right. That. Was a it was an endorsement of, the strategic, direction of, WestJet, increasingly. To be Klump become a global airline Canada.
Is Now in a revenue terms the number five, market, for, tourism to Ireland which is extraordinary globally. It's. The number nine market, in passenger. Terms but because, Canadians, are such generous people who stay longer, of their holidays have spend more money and, you're, at number five and that's a thank you for your thank you for your generosity direct. Connections, mean, more. Business more tourism, and, more, clothes and, for. That we have our. Home carrier, to thank a question, from. My perspective as, an airport CEO, WestJet. Is making me look to a very good. Okay. Three. Two. One. Keep. The nose up Jason. In. Three two, one. They. Work now or with our convenience. Thank, you for choosing West, Jeff and local, before Papa merci on democracy, West Ghent in heaven, above. Two, risotto passages, one dinner. Thank. You. My. Seaport tonight's transatlantic, flight is one a at the very front of West it's business class cabin. Once. I sat down I was greeted by named by a very friendly WestJet, cabin crew member and was, given a menu and amenity kit. After. A quick read of the menu the same crew member took my order for both dinner and breakfast, services, and, also asked if I'd like to sleep after eating for. My pre-departure, drink I decided to try and West at signature cocktail, which I thought was very tasty. As you'll. See I ended up having quite a few over the course of the flight. In. The inaugural flight goodie bag were a lot of cool things including, some WestJet, socks earbuds, and this, sign letter from Edie Simms. My. Personal favorite was this inaugural, flight pin. Hot. Towels were also given out just before pushback. I'll. Go over the rest of the seat and the amenity kit once were airborne for, now here's the very first departure of Westat flight six from Calgary taking, off from runway one seven right. WestJet. Has 16, lie flat pods in their business cabin each, seat comes with lots of storage an 18 inch in-flight entertainment screen. Some headphones and a bottle of water in the armrest. On. The, other side is a literature pocket, and vanity mirror as well as a universal, power outlet, and touch screen remote. The. Trade table is also very sturdy and has a lot of room to work with. The. Partition on the aisle side of the seats also offers a lot of privacy. The, amenity kit on tonight's flight includes the usual necessities. Like socks and an eye mask but, all of the products here are from Canadian, companies, something, that was just very proud of. The, literature pocket contests are the same as usual with a safety card airsickness bag and this month's issue of the WestJet magazine. Not. Long after departure the cabin crew came around with post departure drinks and a light snack of popcorn. WestJet's. In-flight entertainment system. On their 787 is excellent, there's a great selection of movies TV shows music and reading material, I also. Like the moving map a lot, it comes with plenty of different views and is fairly easy to use. The. Business headphones are also very comfortable the sound quality was good and they're adjustable as well. The. Crew were having some issues with the in-flight Wi-Fi and it didn't work until, about three hours into the flight once. It did though I bought a flight pass for about 20 dollars the, Wi-Fi was reasonably, fast and enough for me to keep you all updated on, my Instagram story.
For. My appetizer I picked the salmon which came with a bread basket. The, salmon itself look great and it was delicious I would, definitely, recommend it. One, thing that impressed me was that the bread in the basket was actually warm, the. Bread itself wasn't too dry at all it had a great texture, and it was very tasty with some butter. Overall. A great start to the meal. Moving. On to the main course where I picked the beef short rib, like. The appetizer this was ridiculously. Good. The. Beef melted, in my mouth and the sauce was flavorful and really complimented. The okay look it's not hard to tell that I know nothing about food but this this, was delicious. For. Dessert I went with the cherry pie I was, told that I could either have this hot or cold but that it would take about 15, minutes to warm up in, the interest of going to sleep sooner I decided to have it cold and it was pretty good, that. Said I think I'd recommend, having it warmed up instead in. The. End it took a little over two hours after, departure for my meal service to be finished. It. Helps that I was first to be served but still, a definite, improvement from what I've heard on WestJet's, earlier long-haul flights. The. Business only lavatory, on West Jetstream liner is fairly roomy I said, there's plenty of times in my earlier 77, videos but I really, do like the small WestJet details throughout the cabin. When. I got back to my seat it had been very nicely made into a bed by one of the cabin curb I'm, definitely not used to turndown service so this was a very nice touch a. Blanket. And pillow provided, were both super comfortable, I will. Say it took a little bit of adjusting, for me to sleep comfortably. I'm. Six foot eight so in the fully flat position I'm actually a bit taller than the bed I, ended. Up sleeping with the seat angle for a bit more foot room still. I was woken up by the cabin here near Iceland, after a very pleasant three hours sleep, for. The average height person I have no doubt that the bet will be even better. Before. Going to sleep the cabin crew asked me how long before landing, I'd like to wake up ice, at around 2 hours just so I had time to film a bit more and was woken up to two hours before landing, on the dot, within. Minutes I had a hot cup of coffee in hand and the Canadian breakfast on my tray table. Once. Again I got another basket, of delicious, warm bread with this amazing breakfast, plate this. Game with Saskatoon, berry jam and of course maple, syrup I. Can't. Stress this enough this was a really, nice way to wake up. All. 16, seats in business were occupied and premium, and economy, were almost full, I'd. Say the load factor was about 95 percent if not more a very, strong start for this route which I'm glad to see. As. Ireland, came into view hot towels were given out as well as these tasty, maple candies. And, dissipate, time. Arrival into Dublin this morning. Looks like that 11:33, local, time. You, need to reset your watches for. 10:55. And. Agrees. Right now overcast. Right, beach, house. Thank you for joining us this evening. And. With. That we descended, into Dublin landing, on runway two eight. What, up ladies and gentlemen welcome to Dublin. 34 a.m. as. We taxi to the kids. And all your carry-on baggage stupid, until the aircraft is parked at the gate and. Having. Now flown the Dreamliner both on a domestic flight and a long-haul flight I genuinely, believe, that WestJet, has a winner on their hands with. Food on this flight was phenomenal. That was some top-tier catering and I was very impressed by both the quality of the food and just how tasty, it all looked I've. Always had a good experience when it comes to service on WestJet and this flight was no different, if not even better the. Cabin crew serving, business were all unbelievably. Nice and they really went above and beyond the whole flight the. Entire crew was very friendly and one of them happened to recognize, me from the first revenue, 77, flight earlier, this year this. Was the first time in almost a decade that I flew transatlantic, directly, from Calgary, that kind, of convenience, is unmatched, especially, when I've only gone through Europe through Toronto the last couple of years I was.
Blown Away by West's hospitality. And their generosity towards, me in the first place both, the flight crew and cab macGruber fantastic, they're very proud of their new Dreamliner, and I can't wait to fly with them again on the return flight now. For the wait to get through immigration and, I think this is where I'll wrap things up thank. You to West jet thank you to the wonderful people there who made this happen and thank, you very much for watching I do, hope you like this trip report that's been eight months in the making leave, a like if you enjoyed subscribe if you're new and I'll see you in the next one. You.