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WestJet Receives First 737 MAX Aircraft

Canadian low-cost airline looks to capitalize on growth.

WestJet is in a growth mode—for its fleet and operational scope. It expanded its narrowbody fleet from 115 Boeing 737NGs by accepted its first two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft the past week—one on Sept. 29 and one on Sept. 30, says Rob Ballantyne, manager, maintenance control and international maintenance, speaking at Aviation Week’s MRO Europe Conference.

“We are changing our philosophy from being a small regional airline” to “working within the world,” he says.

The Calgary-based airline ordered 40 737 MAX 8s and 25 MAX 7s in 2013.

WestJet started operating widebodies about two years ago and now flies four 767-300s—from Canada to London in the summer and then to London and Hawaii in the winter, says Ballantyne.

This farther flung flying should increase in the future because it also has 10 787s on order, as well as 10 options for the Dreamliner, which could allow is to fly to more destinations in Europe, as well to Asia and South America.

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