WestJet Orders 65 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft
WestJet announced that it entered into a letter of intent to purchase 65 Boeing 737 aircraft, with delivery scheduled to begin in September of 2017. The order consists of 25 Max 7s and 40 Max 8s.
The carrier will convert 15 of its existing Boeing Next Generation 737 orders to 737 Max orders. With the order, WestJet’s future Boeing 737 aircraft deliveries total 92, with delivery expected between 2017 and 2027.
The airline is expected to enter into a definitive purchase agreement before September 30 of this year.
The Boeing 737 Max 7 is 110 feet (33 meters) long, and has a capacity of 126 passengers, while the Max 8 is 129 feet (39 meters) long, and can seat up to 162 passengers. Both aircraft are equipped with CFM International LEAP-1B engines.
Earlier this month, WestJet announced the launch of WestJet Plus, a new tier of premium seating located in the first three rows of the carrier’s 737 aircraft. The new section offers passengers extra legroom, complimentary food selection and alcoholic beverages, and a greater baggage allowance, with two free checked bags.
WestJet is a Canadian low-cost carrier, founded in 1996. It currently operates service to 87 destinations in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.