WestJet: My First Flight

W estJet Airlines Limited — which is better known as simply WestJet — is an airline which is based in Calgary. I have written about WestJet in articles in the past at The Gate primarily because of the creative videos; and I have even poked fun at the Canadian accent of Richard Bartrem, who is the the vice president of marketing communications and community relations at WestJet…

…but I have never flown as a passenger on one of their airplanes — until now.

WestJet: My First Flight

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The counters for WestJet at Calgary International Airport were not busy…

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…probably because more people were using the kiosks to get their boarding passes — myself included.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Once I passed through the security checkpoint and arrived at the gate, I decided to take photographs of airplanes.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

This particular Boeing 737-700 aircraft landed on the runway…

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…and arrived at the gate at which I was to depart for the flight to Toronto.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Flight 664 eventually departed on time from gate A12.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The interior of the aircraft was clean; and the members of the flight crew were friendly.

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Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The seats were the “slimline” type; but they were reasonably comfortable.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I wondered for a moment if I was secretly in another one of those infamous WestJet videos — this time, where the carry-on bags doubled as in-flight meals. Richard Bartrem better not get any ideas from the photograph shown above.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The upper pocket in the back of the seat contained literature — such as the in-flight WestJet Magazine and the safety information card.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I was satisfied with the leg room.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Be forewarned that if you sit in a middle seat, your leg room might be impeded upon by a metal box located on the floor in front of you.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Access to power outlets — which included a USB port — was available at every seat aboard the airplane, which is a very nice touch.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Traditional adjustable air vents were thankfully available above every seat aboard the airplane.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The choice of snacks included Biscoff cookies and Krispy Kernels pretzels — which is reminiscent of the similar choices offered aboard airplanes operated by Delta Air Lines — and yes, the flight attendant was kind enough to give me one of each snack.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Krispy Kernels is a company based in Québec.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The pretzels are not only larger than those manufactured by the King Nut Companies — which are typically served abroad airplanes operated by airlines such as United Airlines and Delta Air Lines — but there are also more of them.

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Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The pretzels tasted marginally better than those offered by the King Nut Companies.

WestJet Airlines

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The flight — whose duration was three hours and 53 minutes — was uneventful all the way to Toronto.

WestJet Videos

Please see the articles I have written pertaining to past creative videos produced by WestJet for April Fools’ Day, Christmas and other occasions — plus a heartwarming video for the tragedy which occurred in Fort MacMurray — including…

Summary

This article is a continuation of a series of articles written in honour of Canada Day, which marks 150 years since Canada became a confederation on Monday, July 1, 1867.

I did not specify a seat assignment when booking my flight reservation because I was under the impression that I had to pay extra for an assigned seat — otherwise, the booking process was not complicated. WestJet assigned to me a seat on the aisle, which was fine with me even though I would have preferred a window seat.

After I arrived in Toronto, I went through the security checkpoint because I was on my way to the United States. Even though I went through security checkpoints twice in one day in Calgary and Toronto, I had no issues — and I was even mysteriously granted a similar experience to the TSA Pre✓ program, which resulted in the process being even easier for me.

The flight to the United States was operated by Delta Air Lines, which currently has a reciprocal partnership with WestJet — meaning that I earned 838 SkyMiles as a result of my experience aboard an airplane operated by WestJet from Calgary to Toronto.

My experience with WestJet was pleasant and uneventful; but it was also nothing extraordinary — similar to the general experience of domestic flights in the United States. I would have no hesitation booking a flight with WestJet in the future; and I also recommend WestJet as an airline to consider for future travel.

All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

5 thoughts on “WestJet: My First Flight”

  1. Linda K T says:

    I believe you can also credit your flight to American to get AA miles. Thanks Brian, for the review and the pics.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are very welcome, Linda K T.

      Thank you for reading The Gate.

  2. Greg Green says:

    My experience with Air Canada seems to top the Westjet experience. Nothing wrong with Westjet, (free beer or wine if you like), but the terminal area in Toronto favors Air Canada hands down. It is much more streamlined than when flying with Westjet. The terminals are more spacious, offering more amenities. I had to go through customs and security once again in Toronto with Westjet (huge hassle), but with Air Canada there was no additional security check and my bags went directly to Halifax without me having to collect them and go through customs with them. Perhaps this has changed in the past year for Westjet, but that’s what I experienced in 2016.

    1. phoenix says:

      Things might get better for WS travellers after upgrades at T3 are done, but T1 (for AC and most *A airlines) is spacious and beautiful.

  3. Edwina Timm says:

    We just flew Westjet from Honolulu to London, it was an alright flight, but between Honolulu and Vancouver they flew a 737 my god the worst seats, so hard and very uncomfortable, then t London bigger plane and nice comfey seats. Service was good on both planes. Won’t fly with them again more options out there.

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