After revelling in the service and comfort of the Westjet Plus seats on the outbound flight of a trip to Maui as I wrote about in this blog article I opted to fly the return portion in economy seats that aren’t too far behind Plus literally or figuratively.
The larger Boeing 767 aircraft WestJet took delivery of last year are ‘wide bodies’ in airline terminology meaning there are two aisles instead of just one down the center as is the case with the airline’s main model, the Boeing 737. Row 5 is directly behind the separate Plus cabin but as there is no fixed wall offer an inch or two more legroom than the Plus seats themselves and double the amount of regular economy seat legroom on this aircraft. I’d studied the WestJet seat maps after confirming my flight noting that they showed as extra legroom seats so fully expected to pay a small premium as with exit row seats but happily found these roomy seats actually cost the same as any other economy seat to assign in advance, which is $20 one-way making it one of the best values in the skies for a flight of 6 – 7 hours.
Boeing 767 seat map
Wanting a window I reserved 5K which offers loads of legroom, in my case around 8 inches between my knees and the seat pocket in the back of the last row of Plus seats. That’s an admittedly inexact estimate made using the paperback I’d bought for the flight as a crude tape measure so your dimensions may differ but it helps to illustrate just how much room this row of seats offers.
The tray table folds out of the armrest which shaves a little of the seat width but given the large amount of legroom I was quite alright with that small concession.
Row 5 on the left and right side of the airplane actually get views from two windows which is fairly rare in economy cabins I’ve flown.
As there are only seven of these roomy seats on the aircraft they are in short supply and will be reserved well in advance so would recommend calling your travel consultant or WestJet to check availability as soon as possible after confirming your flight as I’d definitely recommend paying the small seat assignment fee to reserve these seats as they are a real bargain.