WestJet has announced a new thrice-weekly service between Calgary and Seoul as part of its wider strategy to enhance Calgary’s presence as an intercontinental hub.

Subject to regulatory approvals, the airline anticipates flights to be available for booking in early 2024 for an expected inaugural flight in May.

WestJet will deploy one of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on Calgary-Seoul.

The WestJet 787-9s feature 16 Collins Aerospace Super Diamond seats in business class seats in a 1-2-1 lie-flat configuration, as well as 28 2-3-2 configured premium economy and 3-3-3 configured standard economy class seats.

In addition to launching service between Calgary and Seoul, WestJet has also introduced enhanced connectivity between its global hub in Calgary and Tokyo’s Narita International airport this summer, with frequency expanding to daily service.

“It is with great pleasure that WestJet will serve as Alberta’s only direct link to South Korea, furthering our 787 global connectivity from our home city of Calgary. Beyond creating greater two-way tourism opportunities, WestJet service between Seoul and Calgary will increase connectivity between Western Canada and Asia, generating unique business and cargo opportunities,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Group Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

“We saw tremendous success with the launch of service to Asia last summer and anticipate our entry into Seoul will be warmly welcomed by Canadians,” he added.