WestJet, one of Canada’s largest carriers, announced a new agreement on Thursday with Boeing to take delivery of 42 737 MAX 10s.
The order complements an existing contract that still has 23 MAX aircraft pending delivery. Boeing also said that Westjet will still have 22 purchase options in the future.
“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 737-10 aircraft, furthering our commitment to affordable travel options for Canadians and jobs for our company and the aerospace industry,” said WestJet Group Chief Executive Officer Alexis von Hoensbroech.
WestJet currently has 88 Boeing 737NGs in its fleet, in addition to 18 737 MAX 8s and seven 787-9 Dreamliner widebodies.
“The 737-10 will provide WestJet with additional capacity and unrivaled efficiency as the airline expands its network of destinations across Canada and around the world,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The 737 MAX 10 is the largest version of the family ever developed by Boeing, with capacity for up to 230 passengers. The aircraft should be certified in 2023 if the manufacturer manages to delay the entry into force of new safety legislation, scheduled for the end of this year.
Founded in 1996, WestJet debuted with just three Boeing 737-200 jets. The airline has always been an exclusive customer of the US manufacturer.