Review: Westjet Airlines B737-6, Calgary – Abbotsford.
From its primary strong hold base in Calgary – Alberta, Canada, Westjet Airlines developed into a formidable competitor to Star Alliance founding member Air Canada. While Westjet Airlines lacks a fulsome lounge network, an expansive frequent flier program and a large airline alliance, it offers home town charm and strong service levels. We’d get an opportunity to try out their short haul service after an international connection today.
This post is one chapter on our trip to the isolated country of Cuba. This trip was planned through Westjet Vacations. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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Read More from This Trip
- Trip Introduction: Havana and Varadero, Cuba via Westjet Airlines
- Westjet Airlines: Abbotsford – Calgary
- Westjet Airlines: Calgary – Varadero
- Ocean Varadero El Patriarca, Varadero, Cuba
- Commercial Shopping in Communist Cuba
- Overland Travel: Varadero to Havana, Cuba
- Landing into New Havana, Cuba
- Climbing on Havana’s Most Famous Fort and Stepping into Old Havana, Cuba
- Tackling the Four Squares of Old Havana, Cuba
- Westjet Airlines: Varadero – Calgary
- Westjet Airlines: Calgary – Abbotsford
Review: Westjet Airlines B737-6, Calgary International Airport – Abbotsford International Airport.
We arrived into Calgary International Airport off Westjet Airlines Varadero – Calgary and cleared Canada Customs at around 7 P.M. At this later hour, we wandered over to the domestic Westjet terminal. It was quite a walk and it seemed Westjet wasn’t really set up to deal with this many connecting passengers in the early evening.
After we collected our next boarding cards, we dropped the bags and headed through the mostly deserted departure halls.
We passed through Calgary’s officious CASTA security check points and into a surprisingly busy departure hall for 8 PM in the evening (on the secure side). It’s been a while since I’d been into the Westjet Terminal Wing, since I’m usually flying from the smaller Air Canada wing. The Westjet “A” Concourse was the nicer concourse between the other domestic “B” Concourse. Although, keeping expectations in check, it’s a pretty dated facility and is far from an aspirational place to be.
YYC-YXX (Calgary International Airport – Abbotsford International Airport)
November 12, 2016
Booked: Bombardier Q400
Flown: Boeing 737-6
Departure: 8:55 PM
Arrival: 9:20 PM
On Board Westjet Airlines:
There was prompt and on time boarding of the aircraft tonight. Since we were unable to get a seat assignment in Varadero (or via any form of online check in from Cuba) we were relegated to the last row of the aircraft in the seats that don’t recline. Ugh!
After drawing the short straw on the seat assignments, the seats themselves were comfortable and reasonable for the short one hour flight from Calgary to Abbotsford. Being the Westjet Airlines Boeing 737-600 series aircraft, the seats were heavily padded and plushy.
It was a pretty straight forward flight with the usual older in flight entertainment system. We had an easy after dark departure and a short flight down to Abbotsford.
We had a dark departure from Calgary.
During the flight, there was a brief drink service. Being at the back, we didn’t pay much attention to it as we were among the last to be served.
After our brief one hour flight, we landed at quiet Abbotsford airport and parked next to one of the Flair Air charter aircraft that is operating as New Leaf.
We landed at quiet Abbotsford airport and parked next to one of the Flair Air charter aircraft that is operating as New Leaf.
After we made it off the plane, we collected our checked bags from a quiet baggage claim area.
My Thoughts on the Westjet Airlines Regional Short Haul Service from Cuba:
Overall, Westjet is a fun quirky airline that still seems to appeal to a lot of leisure travellers. Like Alaska Airlines, the staff have lots of heart and soul in what they do. They would be a reasonable alternative from Air Canada if they only had a proper alliance affiliation and frequent flier program.