With the departure of flight 10, WestJet today became the only airline to operate a nonstop route between Paris and Calgary . The airline’s newest route, along with its codeshare partnership with Air France, provides historic new access between Western Canada and Europe . Canadian business and leisure travellers now can fly to and from 11 cities in greater Europe including Rome , Venice , Athens and Lisbon through WestJet’s Air France codeshare partnership from Paris . Today’s flight is the second of three 787-dreamliner inaugurals that are central to WestJet’s global strategy and selection of Calgary as its initial Dreamliner hub.
“WestJet’s first non-stop flight from Calgary to Paris opens up a key market for inbound tourism to Western Canada and easy and unique travel opportunities throughout Europe for Western Canadians,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “We are proud to be Calgary’s biggest airline and will continue to invest in our operations and infrastructure to benefit the economy, tourism and markets in Calgary and Western Canada .”
The service operating between Calgary and London , Paris and Dublin will support 650 full-time jobs and $100 million in total economic output. This is in addition to WestJet’s yearly economic output of more than $5 billion and support of more than 32,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta. Overall WestJet’s national economic impact on Canada annually generates $17.4 billion and supports more than 153,000 jobs.
All flights between Calgary and Paris are operated on WestJet’s newest aircraft, the 320-seat, 787-9 Dreamliner featuring WestJet’s business, premium and economy cabins.