Posted on: 29 August 2013 by Mark Howells
WestJet has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to buy 40 737 MAX 8s and 25 737 MAX 7s as part of its strategy to optimise and modernise its fleet.
"We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with Boeing and are thrilled that we will be among the first North American airlines to fly the new 737 MAX in its first year of commercial operation. This pending order reinforces our strategy of maintaining the flexibility in our fleet plan while enabling us to introduce new fuel-efficient technology and enhance our inflight guest experience," declared WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "Our strong balance sheet allows us the opportunity to support our low-cost business model and contribute to our profitable growth through the renewal of our fleet with a lower operating cost aircraft."
“Since the very beginning, the Boeing 737 helped play a role in WestJet’s growth and success,” observed Brad McMullen, vice-president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are pleased to see the 737 MAX will continue the tradition of supporting WestJet’s vision to be one of the most successful international airlines in world. The 737 MAX’s efficiency, reliability and passenger amenities will be a successful combination with WestJet famous customer service.”
Boeing and WestJet are currently negotiating to finalise the order.