Boeing, WestJet finalize order for 65 737 MAX aircraft
Sept. 30, 2013, Chicago, Il. - Boeing and WestJet have finalized an order for 65 737 MAX aircraft worth $6.3 billion at list prices, as part of the letter of intent signed by the Calgary-based airline on August 29.
The order comprises 40 737 a MAX 8s and 25 737 MAX 7s aircraft, and forms a large part of WestJet's fleet renewal program.
Deliveries under the new contract are slated from 2017 through 2027.
WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky said: "The increased fuel efficiency and enhanced in-cabin amenities provided by the Boeing 737 MAX will contribute to both lower operating costs and a remarkable in-flight guest experience, which is supportive of our low-cost business model and combined with our lease renewal options, maintains our fleet plan flexibility going forward."
"The aircraft has a 13 per cent improvement in fuel consumption compared."
Built on the concept of Next-Generation 737, the 737 MAX is equipped with the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines for high-efficiency and reliability.
The aircraft has a 13 per cent improvement in fuel consumption compared with most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft today.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes North America Sales vice-president Brad McMullen said: "The airplane's efficiency, reliability and passenger amenities will enable WestJet to continue to provide its customers high-quality service at a low cost."
The latest order from WestJet brings the total number of orders for 737 MAX aircraft to 1,567.