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For the first segment of the trip, we had a 12:30pm departure out of Vancouver, and a layover of five hours in Edmonton before catching the flight to London. As this was a domestic flight, we arrived at the airport roughly two hours before departure for check-in. The check-in process with Westjet was smooth with plenty of self-check kiosks available. We immediately dropped off our bags after printing our boarding passes.
Vancouver, Canada (YVR) -> Edmonton (YEG)
Flight No: WS180
Departure: 12:30 pm
Arrival: 2:57 pm
Duration: 1hr 27m
We made our way to the security check point and after waiting about 45 minutes to an hour, we finally made it into airside departure (phew that was long). After a short walk past security, we spotted our plane parked at gate B14, being prepped for our flight to Edmonton.
We then decided to drop by Starbucks, so that we could grab a quick bite and some snacks to carry onboard our flight. At around 12pm, thirty minutes before the scheduled departure time, the final boarding call was already being announced, so we quickly hurried on board. Wow they are efficient!
The flight took just under one and a half hours, followed by a smooth descent into Edmonton. We had a four hour layover before our next flight to London, so I decided to take a walk around the concourse, as this was my first time in Edmonton International. The airport looks fairly new, with a rather bright and airy environment, and a wide variety of seating options. There are also charging stations and plenty of outlets around the seats to replenish your electronics, which is perfect for a long layover.
Edmonton (YEG) -> London Gatwick (LGW)
Flight No: WS26
Departure: 7:05 pm
Arrival: 10:34 am
Duration: 8hr 29m
WestJet 767 at Edmonton International Airport
Our departure was slightly delayed, due to the inbound flight arriving four hours late. By 6:50pm, boarding was announced, but since we had an almost full flight, I sat down at my seat just shortly after 7:15pm.
This was my first time on the Westjet transatlantic fleet of 767s. The cabin interiors were refurbished with new seats, galley, and lavatory equipment, while the cabin bins were still using the original 767 setup. Talk about nostalgic! The seats were decently padded and comfortable, but the legroom could definitely be a little bit better. However, for the amount you pay for these seats, I definitely have no complaints. On a side note, the LED lights for each individual seat were supposed to be controlled by the button on the armrest, but for the entire flight, the light control only worked properly once, and then proceeded to turn on and off randomly.
We took off with some mild rain showers, and had a somewhat choppy climb to our cruising altitude. We were then offered a meal service shortly after, with pre-purchased meals delivered first, followed by meals for purchase offered along the cabin.
I decided to order the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli dish ($9), since I knew I would be getting hungry later with five hours to go before arriving in London. The ravioli tasted better than it looked, and was rather filling. After the meal service, we were already over northern Canada. I took a look out the window, and much to my surprise, I saw a faint, wavy white and silver streak across the night sky. I realized I was seeing the northern lights for the first time! Unfortunately, I didn’t have a really good camera and the reflections off the cabin window made it impossible to capture it in a photo. After a couple more hours of sleep, we had our last beverage and snack service before our morning approach to Gatwick.
I had a stunning view of the islands as we were approaching the UK, and noticed the plane following the circular stack approach pattern down to Gatwick Airport. We touched down shortly after our scheduled arrival time and had a rather long taxi to our gate in the north terminal. I managed to spot a variety of planes during the taxi, including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, and the new Cathay a350 along the way. What a rare sight!
The Westjet flight to Gatwick was definitely on par with what I would expect. The service was attentive and had the Westjet charm you would find regularly in their domestic flights. The cabin was a mix of old and new (new seats with old cabin bins). Overall, the experience was pleasant and if given the right price, I would not hesitate to fly with Westjet again. Kudos to Westjet on starting this service to Europe, since it gave me a lot more options when I was purchasing this fare.