08/27/2015 04:04 EDT | Updated 08/27/2016 01:12 EDT

WestJet takes delivery of first of 4 wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft

CALGARY — WestJet (TSX:WJA) has taken delivery of the first of four Boeing 767-300 extended range aircraft it has ordered to begin flights to Europe and elsewhere starting next month.

The four aircraft will arrive separately over the next eight months. The first one which arrived today will fly between Toronto and Calgary over the next several months.

Two more 767s will fly from Alberta to Hawaii and between Toronto and Montego Bay, Jamaica beginning in December.

The fourth and final aircraft, which features 262 seats and a flying range of about 11 hours, will arrive next spring to launch WestJet's new service to London, England in May 2016.

WestJet reported record earnings in its second quarter in late July, thanks to falling fuel costs and a rising number of passengers.

WestJet earned a second-quarter profit of $61.6 million, up from $51.8 million in the same period last year while revenue grew more than $12 million to $942 million.


The Canadian Press