WestJet Group today announced an agreement with Boeing to purchase 42 MAX aircraft with 22 more options. The order adds to the remaining 23 orders for the same model and extends the airline’s fleet growth plans through 2028.
WestJet’s board of directors has approved an order for the next generation Boeing 737-10 aircraft, the largest model in Boeing’s Max family. The 737-10 ensures ease through the general training required in the airline’s 737 fleet. It currently has eighteen 737-8s and twenty three for delivery.
“With this additional order, WestJet Group will take delivery of at least 65 aircraft over the next six years, of which at least 50 will be 737-10s, providing affordable travel options for Canadians and our company and jobs.” Strengthens commitment to the aerospace industry”Alexis von Honsbroch, CEO of WestJet Group, said.
Von Honsbroch clarified that the order would be part of WestJet’s expansion plans in western Canada and a strategy to grow into communities in eastern Canada through more transcontinental flights. During the last summer season, the company flew from Halifax (YHZ) and Toronto (YYZ) to Dublin (DUB), Paris/Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Edinburgh (EDI) and Glasgow (GLA).
It will also benefit from more direct routes to sun and leisure destinations, further strengthened once the Sunwing transaction is approved.
“The 737-10 will provide WestJet with additional capacity and unmatched efficiency as the airline expands its network of destinations in Canada and internationally. WestJet understands the value of the 737 MAX family, with the 737-10 fully configured to complement the outstanding capability and flexibility already offered by the 737-8, along with improved stability across its fleet.”Stan Deal, president and chief executive officer of Boeing, said.