LONDON – Starting this coming spring, WestJet, the low-cost Canadian carrier, has announced the launch of a new transatlantic route to Dublin, Ireland.
The new non-stop flights will commence with a four-times-weekly service starting on the 15th May 2022 and increasing to daily on 2nd June 2022.
In announcing the route, John Weatherill, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer stated, “as demand increases, we know travelers are looking for convenient and affordable options for travel between Canada and Europe. As we continue to focus on expanding our network from our Toronto hub where we offer 33 international destinations, these flights will further strengthen business and leisure ties between Canada and Ireland and will increase connectivity between the two key markets (WestJet, 2021).”
The seasonal flights will commence with an inaugural service between Toronto and Dublin, operated onboard a Boeing 737 MAX. The flights will feature the airline’s newly redesigned Premium cabin, offering enhanced levels of privacy and comfort, including an inflight dining experience and a wider 2 x 2 cabin seating configuration.
The Route in Details
The outbound service, Toronto – Dublin, will depart from Canada at 21:10, flying overnight and arriving in Ireland at 08:45 the next morning.
The aircraft will be turned around within 1 hour 20 minutes and will return back departing at 10:05 and arriving back in Canada at 12:40.
This favorable schedule will permit additional operational flying with the aircraft, increasing the utilization rate.
WestJet operates the Boeing 737 MAX in a two-class configuration, consisting of 12 seats in Premium with a 38-inch pitch and 21.3-inch width alongside 162 Economy seats with a 31-34-inch pitch and 17-inch width.
The Boeing 737 MAX has a maximum range of 3,550 nautical miles/6,570 kilometers, with Toronto to Dublin coming in at 2,849 nautical miles/5,276 kilometers (Great Circle Mapper, 2021).
WestJet is not the only airline operating between Toronto and Dublin. Cirium data for October 2021 shows that alongside Irish carrier Aer Lingus and Canadian carrier Air Canada, Ethiopia’s Ethiopian Airlines also operates between the two cities, operating Addis Ababa – Dublin – Toronto – Addis Ababa.
Aer Lingus currently offers a greater frequency on the route, operating the Airbus A321 NEO with 16 seats in Business and 168 in Economy.
Aer Lingus departs Dublin at 13:30, arriving in Toronto at 16:15, with a turnaround of 1 hour 30 minutes, it departs back, leaving Toronto at 17:45 and arriving home to Dublin at 05:30.
Air Canada offers the greatest capacity as it has its Boeing 787-9’s presently assigned to the route, providing the additional benefit of cargo capacity between the two destinations, as well as 30 Business Class seats, 21 Premium Economy seats, and 247 Economy Class seats.
Departing from Toronto at 20:35 and arriving in Dublin at 07:50, Air Canada has a 3-hour turnaround, resulting in a departure from Dublin at 10:50, arriving in Toronto at 12:45.
Ethiopian deploys a mixture of aircraft on the route, including Boeing 787’s and 777’s.
The timings are less than favorable for a westbound transatlantic departure, with the aircraft transiting in Dublin for 45 minutes before leaving at 05:55 and arriving in Toronto at 08:10.