WestJet Flight 1554 departed from Calgary, AB Canada on Monday, April 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM for its inaugural flight to service the Dallas / Calgary route. As the Boeing 737-600 approached the gate, two DFW airport firetrucks showered the plane with the traditional Welcome Shower.
A welcome committee made up of several DFW airport officials, delegates from WestJet, Founder and President of the Canadian-American Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the Consulate General of Canada’s office. At the terminal, passengers and guests enjoyed a catered lunch and a cowboy performing rope tricks.
During the inaugural ceremonies, Phil Ritter from DFW International Airport gave words of welcome to Ed Baklor – VP of Guest Services spoke then presented him with a WestJet model jet, followed lastly by Paula Caldwell St-Onge, Consul General of Canada in Dallas. According to the WestJet website, the airline serviced 17 million passengers from Canada to 21 countries.According to David Magana of DFW International Airport, DFW will see 60 million passengers travel from, to or through the airport. This is the highest volume of travelers since 9-11. Toronto is the fifth highest destinations that DFW services following London, Cancun, Mexico City and Tokyo. Vancouver is number eight and Calgary is number 12.
The very enjoyable three and a half hour flight provided a relaxing trip as the flight crew went to great lengths to ensure traveler comfort and service. “It’s all first class,” claims the flight attendants as passengers ask or comment on seating and service. And, they live by it too. During the flight, all four in-cabin crew members worked the food and beverage cart while giving each passenger person attention during their in-flight service.
Finally, as the plane taxied to the gate, the flight attendants took turns telling jokes into the gate. My favorite was about the french poodle who wanted a golden retriever, a german shepherd and chihuahua to compete for her love and affection using her favorite two words, liver and cheese, in a sentence. You will have to fly WestJet to see which dog won.