Big changes are coming at WestJet. The Canadian budget carrier just unveiled its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The new aircraft puts WestJet in a position to compete as a full-service airline both domestically and internationally. The addition of the Dreamliner to WestJet's fleet is being viewed as a direct challenge to Air Canada by many in the industry.

The Business cabin inside WestJet's new Dreamliner aircraft features customized seats, on-demand entertainment and on-demand meal ordering. The seats in Business Class can be converted to beds that come with luxury bedding. WestJet is also introducing a Premium Economy option for passengers. This cabin offers perks like extra legroom, storage space, power outlets and plenty of entertainment options. In addition, passengers in this cabin can take advantage of a self-service bar that offers an assortment of refreshments.

Even the Economy cabin in WestJet's new Dreamliner will impress travelers. The Economy cabin comes with comfortable seats that have been designed specifically for long-haul flights. Passengers have the option to adjust their headrests during flights. In addition, Economy seats come with perks like power outlets, tray-top access and tons of entertainment options.

The unveiling of WestJet's new Dreamliner aircraft comes at a complicated time for the carrier. That's because a pilot strike is looming. The strike could occur at some point this month. While 91 percent of WestJet's pilots voted in favor of the strike, assurances have been given that no strike will take place before May 22. Negotiations are currently taking place to avoid a strike. WestJet has stated that it will refund passengers for any flights that are cancelled as a result of the strike.

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