WestJet Increases Hawaiian Flight Schedule By 25%

On Friday, Canada’s second-largest carrier WestJet announced that it would significantly increase its flights to Hawaii this upcoming…

WestJet Increases Hawaiian Flight Schedule By 25%

On Friday, Canada’s second-largest carrier WestJet announced that it would significantly increase its flights to Hawaii this upcoming winter. Additions include more opportunities to travel on the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners from Western Canada and a new non-stop service from Calgary to Kona and Lihue.

WestJet will add more Dreamliner services from Western Canada this winter. Photo: WestJet

Fifty-seven flights per week

All in all, from December, WestJet will operate 57 weekly flights on ten nonstop routes from Canada to the Aloha State. This is a substantial increase of 25% from the airline’s winter 2019 schedule. John Weatherill, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, shared the following in a statement,

“With easing travel restrictions, we know our guests are planning to turn their long-awaited Hawaiian getaway dreams into a well-deserved reality. We’ve increased our winter service to Hawaii by more than 25 percent from 2019 to ensure our guests have increased flexibility and the most affordable, non-stop options from Western Canada.”

Beginning December, the airline is adding a new weekly service from Calgary (YYC) to Kona (KOA) on the island of Hawai’i and to Lihue (LIH) on the island of Kaua’i. WestJet will then serve four Hawaiian destinations nonstop from Calgary, as well as two from Edmonton.

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WestJet promises to have travelers from Western Canada in Hawaii by mid-afternoon. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, flights from Calgary and Vancouver (YVR) to Kahului (OGG) on the island of Maui will operate with the airline’s 787 Dreamliners 13 times per week. The airline says departures will be scheduled for daytime hours to have passengers in Maui by the early afternoon.

WestJet currently has six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in its fleet, with another four yet to be delivered. The planes feature private pods with lie-flat seats in the business class cabin. There are 16 seats in business, 28 in premium economy with a 2-3-2 configuration, and 276 in economy with standard 3-3-3 seating.

First Hawaiian resumption in August

As plans stand today, WestJet intends to recommence flights to Honolulu (HNL) on the island of Oahu from Vancouver three times a week from August 8th.  Resumption of thrice-weekly flights from Toronto will happen in mid-December, along with Calgary to Maui, Vancouver to Maui, and Vancouver to Kona.

WestJet’s 787-9s feature lie-flat business class pods. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Wikimedia Commons

There will also be new nonstop flights to HNL from Montreal twice weekly from December 12th and a new non-stop Calgary to HNL thrice-weekly service from December 18th. Flights are also meant to take European travelers to the Pacific islands, with connecting flights arriving from Brussels and Frankfurt to Montreal and from London Heathrow, Frankfurt, and Vienna to Toronto.

Only seven international routes until July 4th

Through July 4th, WestJet is only operating three transborder routes. The airline is flying from Toronto to Fort Myers, Florida, and from Calgary to Palm Springs, Florida, and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Arizona. Along with services to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, Montego Bay in Jamaica, and London Gatwick in the UK, these are the only international services currently operated by the airline.

Will you be taking advantage of WestJet’s extensive offering of new and returning Hawaiian services this winter? 

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Breaking: American Airlines & Virgin Atlantic Buy Up To 400 Flying Taxis

Today, both American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic signed deals with Vertical Aerospace to acquire up to 250 and…

Breaking: American Airlines & Virgin Atlantic Buy Up To 400 Flying Taxis

Today, both American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic signed deals with Vertical Aerospace to acquire up to 250 and 150 electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, respectively. Let’s investigate further.

American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic will buy up to 400 flying taxis. Photo: American Airlines

American and Virgin bet on flying taxis

American Airlines announced today it will invest US$25 million in Vertical Aerospace, a leading UK-headquarter business, developing eVTOL aircraft. The US carrier aims to help the development of emerging technologies that allow reducing carbon emissions.

Similarly, Virgin Atlantic announced today the purchase of between 50 to 150 eVTOL aircraft; the company will also explore the possibility of a Joint Venture with Vertical Aerospace.

These two announcements are huge and show the promise that eVTOL technology has as the future of urban transportation.

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, also signed a ground-breaking order for up to 500 eVTOL aircraft. The order has a price of approximately US$2 billion, said the company in a statement.

In just one day, Vertical Aerospace became the single most important player in the eVTOL market.

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Avolon also signed a massive deal for 500 electric aircraft. Photo: American Airlines.

What are the companies saying?

We’re entering a fascinating period in the history of aviation. Last week, we saw United Airlines signing a massive deal to possibly bring back the supersonic jet era. Recently, Embraer also announced an order for 200 of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft. Now, American, Virgin, and Avolon sign massive deals to acquire Vertical Aerospace’s new flying taxis.

Derek Kerr, Chief Financial Officer at American, said,

“Emerging technologies are critical in the race to reduce carbon emissions, and we are excited to partner with Vertical to develop the next generation of electric aircraft.”

Meanwhile, Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic CEO, said the possible Joint Venture with Vertical would bring short-haul, electric vehicle connectivity to cities and UK airport hubs. He pointed out some places like London Heathrow, Manchester, and London Gatwick.

Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon CEO, commented,

“Avolon is proud to be a launch customer for the VA-X4 aircraft, demonstrating our commitment to a net-zero carbon economy.”

He added this order would accelerate the inevitable commercial roll-out of zero-emission aircraft. Before the end of this decade, zero-emission urban air mobility will be possible, he foretold.

American Airlines eVTOL
Electrification will transform the history of flying. Photo: American Airlines.

Learning about the new VA-X4

Electrification will transform flying in the 21st century as the jet engine did 70 years ago, said Stephen Fitzpatrick, Vertical chief executive and founder.

Vertical Aerospace has created the VA-X4. This eVTOL is fully electric and promises zero emissions. It will be a near-silent aircraft with a range of over 100 miles. According to the company, it will be able to carry four passengers and a pilot.

The VA-X4 has four tilting advance rotors at the front and stowable rotors at the rear. It is capable of speeds over 200 mph (321 km/h).

Virgin Atlantic has said that this aircraft will enable sustainable, price competitive, regional connectivity. For instance, it will reduce the 56-mile journey from Cambridge to London Heathrow to just 22 minutes. Nowadays it is one hour 30 minutes drive by road.

Vertical Aerospace plans to have its first test flight of the VA-X4 later this year. The aircraft certification could come as early as 2024, and deliveries would start that year, said Avolon and American.

Are you excited about this latest development? Let us know in the comments. 

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