Canadian carrier WestJet yesterday celebrated the departure of flight WS80 from YYC Calgary International Airport to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.
The carrier’s first-ever service to Asia will operate on its 787 Dreamliner three times per week through October 28, 2023, and will return in Spring 2024.
Passengers aboard the new service will enjoy Western and Japanese inflight meals, Japanese entertainment options and Japanese announcements and menus.
The Calgary to Tokyo service will depart Calgary at 15:10 p.m., arriving in Tokyo at 16:15 (the next day). The flight from Tokyo to Calgary will depart Narita at 18:15 p.m., arriving in Calgary at 12:15.
“We are thrilled to see our new service to Tokyo, Japan take flight as we welcome our newest destination to our 787 intercontinental hub at YYC,” said John Weatherill, WestJet executive vice-president and chief commercial officer. “Not only does this new route increase opportunities for business, leisure and cargo customers to expand their horizons in Asia, it also provides an exceptional opportunity to welcome transpacific leisure and business travelers direct to Calgary and Alberta.”
“We are delighted about WestJet’s new service between Calgary and Tokyo,” said Rob Palmer, vice-president, Commercial, Strategy and chief financial officer for The Calgary Airport Authority. “YYC Calgary International Airport is proud to be the first impression of Alberta’s western hospitality for many travelers coming to explore the region from Asia. As WestJet’s sole connecting global hub, the airline has been a key part of YYC’s success. We look forward to continuing to support out partners’ growth, and welcoming travelers from around the world.
“For decades, Japanese travelers have had a special relationship with Alberta. The new service represents an important opportunity to rebuild that bridge,’ said David Goldstein, chief executive officer, Travel Alberta. “This new flight will deliver approximately $1.1B in potential tourism income and 24,000 passenger seats. We look forward to welcoming back this important international market to our beautiful province.”