I'm curious to see how long it lasts.

WestJet will fly from Calgary to Tokyo as of April 2023

There will be service to Asia. As of April 30, 2023, the airline will fly 3 times a week between the two cities. The flight's schedule will be listed below.

There is a 6:30PM departure fromCalgary to Tokyo and an 8:00PM arrival.

The train leaves Tokyo at 10:00PM and arrives inCalgary at 4:00PM.

The flight is blocked for 10 and 9 hours. The flights to Canada and Japan will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

A Boeing 787-9 will be used for the route. Business class seats include 16 and premium economy seats include 28.

WestJet Boeing 787 business class

This announcement follows a recent promise by WestJet to vastly increase its presence at the airport. Thanks to a new partnership, this is possible.

Danielle Smith is the premier ofAlberta.

“The Government of Alberta congratulates Calgary and WestJet, and believes this is a major announcement for our province. Alberta is opening more to the world. We are excited to see the agreement from October result in billions of new investment come into Calgary. New routes are opening our province to major cities throughout the globe. We look forward to more good news like this in the future and remain committed to growing Alberta’s aviation and tourism sector in the future.”

In the summer of 2023, the airline will fly its flagship aircraft from Calgary to Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, and Paris.

WestJet will fly from Calgary to Tokyo

Will WestJet be able to make Asia service work?

There's no denying that Canadian aviation is complex. Air Canada is the only truly global airline in Canada. Ultra low cost carriers are putting downward pressure on fares because they operate point to point routes in Canada's biggest markets.

The airline wants to be all things to all people. In the last few years, WestJet has started flying Boeing 787-9s. I feel like the order has been reduced to just seven of the jets since the airline first placed a firm order for 10 of them.

To destinations that are popular with Canadians on holiday, primarily to Europe in summer, and also to Hawaii in the winter, the airline has been using these planes.

It seems like WestJet will have a hard time getting to Tokyo.

  • 3x weekly service isn’t exactly going to be competitive for business travelers who need frequencies
  • While there’s no doubt some leisure demand for this route, that’s also pretty seasonal
  • WestJet’s 787s are in a pretty leisure-oriented configuration, with few business class seats, and that’s where money is generally made on transpacific flights
  • While WestJet has a partnership with Japan Airlines, the flight is timed so that connection opportunities out of Tokyo will be limited, with the exception of a few flights to Southeast Asia

It seems to me that the odds are against the airline on the route. Even though they don't have enough planes to expand in Asia, they're still using the 787-9s for Europe flights.

Will WestJet be able to make Tokyo flights work?

Bottom line

As of April 23, 2023, the airline will fly 3 times a week between the two cities. I am not sure how long this route will last, but it is cool to see it added to the route network.

What do you think about the route from Canada to Japan?

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