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WestJet Adds New Service Abbotsford to Winnipeg.

WestJet has launched its non-stop service between Abbotsford and Winnipeg, as well as increasing frequency on the route between Abbotsford and Edmonton from 13 to 20 weekly flights.

The launch came as WestJet applauded the City of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford International Airport as they prepare to eliminate the airport improvement fee (AIF) on June 1, 2017.

As of May 1, 2017, WestJet will operate 60 weekly departures from Abbotsford.

Details of WestJet's service:

  • Winnipeg-Abbotsford, daily: departs 7:25 a.m., arrives 8:20 a.m.; effective April 30 – Oct. 28

  • Abbotsford-Winnipeg, daily: departs 1:10 p.m., arrives 5:48 p.m.; effective April 30 – Oct. 28

WestJet To Purchase Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

WestJet is expanding its fleet and looking toward expansion into Asia, South America and Europe with a definitive purchase agreement for up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

This agreement includes commitments for 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to be delivered between the first quarter of 2019 and December 2021, with options for an additional 10 aircraft to be delivered between 2020 and 2024.

The airline also announced it has selected General Electric's GEnx-1B engine for the 787.

WestJet are following their strategic plan, first by launching WestJet Encore to connect smaller communities across Canada to their growing network followed by their successful venture into wide-body flying to Hawaii and London Gatwick.

Now, with the most sophisticated commercial airliner available, they are turning their attention to further growing their international presence and introducing even more travellers to their award-winning guest experience.

Twenty per cent more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767 aircraft and offering a range of more than 14,000 kilometres, the Dreamliner will give WestJet the ability to serve new destinations in Asia and South America, and to expand its service offerings into the European market.

WestJet, for its entire 21-year history, has been a loyal all-Boeing jet customer.

As part of this purchase agreement, WestJet is converting 15 firm orders for the Boeing 737 MAX that were to be delivered between 2019 and 2021 to options available between 2022 and 2024.

Air Canada Announces New Winter Service From YVR To Melbourne and Orlando.

Air Canada is continuing its strategic, global expansion with a diverse range of exciting new non-stop routes this winter to Australia and the United States.

Vancouver-Melbourne is their third route to Australia, in addition to year-round service to Sydney and Brisbane.

The seasonal Melbourne service will provide additional options for business travellers between North America and Australia as well as Australians seeking a Canadian winter vacation experience.

Vancouver-Orlando offers new choices for travellers looking to escape Canadian winters, bringing top Florida attractions like Disneyland, Universal Studios, The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter- including riding the "Hogwart Express Train"

The flight also offers Florida residents convenient access to some of the best skiing in North America, in resorts such as Whistler.


  • Vancouver-Melbourne – Dec. 1, 2017 – Feb. 4, 2018, four times weekly on board Boeing 787-9 (mainline)

  • Vancouver-Orlando – Dec. 20, 2017 – April 8, 2018, twice weekly on board Boeing 767-300ER (Rouge)

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