Yesterday, WestJet announced its first trans-Atlantic service, between St. John's, Newfoundland and Dublin, Ireland, with through service to/from Toronto. The seasonal service will operate from 15 June 2014 to 5 October 2014 using Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
Eastbound, flight WS 16 will operate overnight, departing St. John's at 11:15 pm and arriving in Dublin at 7:00 am the next morning. After an 80-minute turn, WS 17 will depart Dublin at 8:20 am and arrive at St. John's at 9:55 am, with the continuation scheduled into Toronto at 1:21 pm.
Flying a 737 across the Atlantic may seem like a challenging mission but St. John's is quite far east so at just 1,781 nm the flight to Dublin is significantly shorter than numerous 737 routes between California and Hawaii, without the need for 180-minute ETOPS.
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