WestJet to cross Atlantic this week, eyes expansion
June 16, 2014, St. John's - WestJet's expansion into Europe takes off this weekend with the carrier’s inaugural flight across the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.
June 16, 2014 By CBC News
The Calgary-based airline will fly between St. John's, Nfld., and Dublin, Ireland.
Already, the company says 80 per cent of the seats are sold.
"It's the most successful service from the point of announcement to
the point of launch in WestJet's history. So things obviously look
promising for future expansion," said spokesperson Robert Palmer.
"It's a mixture of people buying the tickets, but for the most part there are a lot of people from the Maritimes."
The flights will be offered until the end of October.
With its current fleet of aircraft, WestJet could fly from St. John's or Halifax to cities in England, France and Scotland.
But the company would likely invest in wide-body aircraft, such as
the 787 Dreamliner, to increase efficiency of any future international
"I would say in the wide-body world, we're going to start carefully
with a small number of aircraft and see how it goes," CEO Gregg Saretsky
told reporters in May.
"It's early days, obviously. There's lots of work that needs to be done."
The upcoming flights to Ireland are a way for the company to feel out
the European market and then decide what step
to take next, Palmer
"One of our goals is to be a top international airline in every sense
of the word. So that's something we look for on our horizon."