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One million and counting!

One million and counting!Richard Bartrem, WestJet vice-president, Communications and Community Relations, with WestJet guest Dianne Schlaht of Peterborough, Ont. Schlaht was on board the airline’s one millionth flight on its Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft. The flight was from Calgary to Toronto on May 29 and Schlaht was the lucky winner of an inflight draw for round-trip airfare for two anywhere in WestJet’s world. WestJet launched in 1996 with a fleet of three Boeing 737-200s, serving five destinations in Western Canada. It began replacing those aircraft with the more fuel-efficient Boeing Next-Generation 737-600, -700 and -800 series in May 2001, becoming a completely Next-Generation fleet in January 2006. Since 2001, WestJet has flown approximately 110 million guests on one million flights with its Boeing Next-Generation aircraft, travelling a total distance of 2.4 billion kilometres or the equivalent distance of 15 trips to Mars and back.