A WestJet 737-800 on approach in Vancouver (thanks to Ben King picture)

A WestJet 737-800 on approach in Vancouver (thanks to Ben King picture)

WestJet, the Canadian low cost carrier announced September 26th that it had finalized a letter of intent for the purchase of 65 Boeing 737 MAX with Boeing. This order which is valued at $6.3 Billions list price follows on the August 29th initial announcement by the carrier of the order consisting of 25 Boeing 737 MAX 7s and 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8s. WestJet, the low cost carrier based in Calgary will begin receiving its first 737 MAX aircraft in 2017 complementing a currently active fleet of approximately 103 Boeing 737NGs (including 13 -600s, 69 -700s and 21 -800s). Ultimately the introduction of Boeing’s highly fuel efficient newer 737’s version (Boeing promises a 13% fuel economy on the MAX versus the 737NG) signals the operator turn towards a longer term strategy of sustainable development model articulated around a modernizing fleet that can secure lower operating cost, lower maintenance cost within an environmentally friendly context.

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