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WestJet ramps up fleet with purchase of 42 more airplanes

A WestJet planes waits at a gate at Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — WestJet is making a substantial addition to its fleet with the purchase of 42 aircraft.

The Calgary-based airline announced the agreement with Boeing for the purchase of the 737-10 MAX planes on Thursday.

WestJet Group chief executive officer Alexis von Hoensbroech says the order will start delivering at the end of 2024 through to 2028, expanding the fleet by 65 aircraft over six years. 

The purchase, which was on top of an existing order of 23 aircraft, includes the option to add 22 more planes depending on demand. 

WestJet says the Boeing 737-10 MAX provides the lowest cost per seat among mid-range aircraft and is part of the airline's plan to offer more affordable flights.

WestJet wouldn't yet say whether the 42 additional aircraft will service WestJet alone or if they will also fly under Swoop, the airline's ultra-low-cost carrier.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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