Calgary - Canadian airline WestJet unveiled its first Boeing 737 MAX 8. The company expects 50 units of the same type over the next nine years.
WestJet's 737 MAX 8 aircraft features a 174-seater single cabin. Seat configuration includes three Plus rows and 11 additional rows with a pitch of 34 inches.
The aircraft, which was in Calgary's WestJet hangar since September 29 for inspection, training, and test flights, is the first of the 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft scheduled to be delivered by 2027. The aircraft is scheduled to officially enter service on November 9, 2017, on a flight between Calgary and Toronto.
"We are proud to be the first Canadian airline to receive the Boeing 737 MAX," said Ed Sims, Executive Vice President of Business Operations at WestJet. "We look forward to welcoming our guests aboard our beautiful new plane and offering them our thoughtful and people-oriented service," he added.
The Boeing 737 MAX is powered by CFM International's LEAP-1B engines designed to maximize fuel economy and reduce noise. Overall, the aircraft consumes 14% less fuel than the current Boeing 737 and makes 40% less noise through silent engine technology. "We have worked closely with WestJet to ensure that the 737 MAX raises the bar for passenger efficiency, reliability, and experience," said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "It is an excellent aircraft for an excellent customer and we are pleased to see WestJet put the MAX service," he added.
WestJet's 737 MAX 8 aircraft features a 174-seater single cabin. Seat configuration includes three Plus rows and 11 additional rows with a pitch of 34 inches. To further enhance WestJet's guest experience, the new Boeing Sky Interior layout offers features such as customizable LED lighting and new loudspeakers to improve the sound quality and clarity of on-board announcements.
WestJet's current fleet consists of 117 next-generation Boeing 737s, four Boeing 767s and 42 new-generation Q400 Bombardier aircraft. WestJet also entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in January 2019. With one of the youngest fleets in the airline industry, WestJet continues to grow globally while controlling operating costs and providing an award-winning guest experience.