WestJet (WS, Calgary) says it will début widebody operations in December this year with flights between Alberta and Hawaii. The routes are currently operated with B757-200s wet-leased from Thomas Cook Airlines UK (MT, Manchester Int'l) though this contract is set to expire later this month.

The Canadian budget airline said in a statement that its incoming fleet of four B767-300(ER)s will be deployed on flights from Calgary to Honolulu and Kahului, and from Edmonton Int'l to Kahului.

"These aircraft will be redeployed in summer 2016 to new and exciting international destinations that will be announced later this year," Chris Avery, WestJet Vice President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development, said.

As recently reported, the first of the B767s - an ex-Qantas (QF, Sydney Kingsford Smith) machine VH-OGJ (msn 25274) - is set to be added to WestJet's Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) as C-FOGJ in due course. The B767s are configured with 24 seats in Plus and 238 seats in the main cabin.