WestJet in LARGE MAX 10 order

The Calgary-based carrier has opted for the largest variant of the Boeing 737 MAX family as part of a “multi-billion-dollar investment”.

It’s been revealed that the WestJet Group has confirmed an agreement with Boeing to buy 42 737 MAX 10s, plus options for a further 22 examples. According to the Canadian company, the move extends its “fleet growth plans out to 2028”.  

Prior to this, WestJet already had 23 MAX jets remaining on order.

Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group chief executive officer, said: "With this additional order, the WestJet Group will accept delivery of no fewer than 65 aircraft in the next six years, at least 50 will be 737 [MAX] 10s, furthering our commitment to affordable travel options for Canadians and jobs for our company and the aerospace industry.

"WestJet's expansion plans are rooted in an enhanced presence in Western Canada and a growth strategy in eastern Canadian communities through increased transcontinental flights and more direct routes to sun and leisure destinations. This will be further strengthened once our Sunwing transaction has been approved."

According to Boeing, the MAX 10 can accommodate up to 230 passengers with a range of 3,100nm
According to Boeing, the MAX 10 can accommodate up to 230 passengers with a range of 3,100nm Boeing

He added: "The 737 [MAX] 10 will be a game changer, with one of the lowest costs per seat among mid-range aircraft. This will foster our low-cost positioning and affordability for Canadians. In addition, with its lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions, the 737 [MAX] 10 will further improve the environmental footprint of our fleet."

According to Boeing, the MAX 10 can accommodate up to 230 passengers with a range of 3,100nm.

WestJet became Canada’s first MAX operator in 2017 after its maiden example, C-FRAX (c/n 60510), was handed over in September that year. Today, and at the time of writing, it now currently fields 18 MAX 8 jets – complementing the airline’s all-Boeing fleet (also comprising of 737-700/800s and 787-9 Dreamliners).

WestJet launched in 1996, initially using a trio of 737s.