WestJet’s plan to order 65 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft will stretch out its expansion and leave the carrier with a more modern fleet by pushing deliveries into the future and swapping 737NGs for Boeing’s newer narrowbody twin. The letter of intent (LOI), announced Aug. 29, calls for WestJet to substitute 15 737NG orders slated as 2014-2018 deliveries for 737 MAXs, meaning the deal adds a net of 50 aircraft to the carrier’s backlog. Prior to the LOI, WestJet was slated to take ...
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