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Transport Canada certifies WestJet’s 737-800 freighters

March 21, 2023  By Wings Staff

WestJet plans to initially run four 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters for its cargo expansion. (Image: WestJet)

WestJet Cargo on March 20 announced it received Transport Canada’s approval and certification of its four 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters, equipped with CFM56-7B engines. Following certification, WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group will implement three freighters into service beginning April 22, 2023.

The fourth of WestJet Cargo’s dedicated freighters is expected to join the accompanying fleet later this year, following the completion of its conversion.

“Today is a long-awaited milestone for WestJet Cargo and the GTA Group, that will now enable us to disrupt the air cargo industry in Canada by providing our customers with more choice, competitive prices and the exemplary customer service synonymous with the WestJet brand, but unique to the air cargo industry,” said Kirsten de Bruijn, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Cargo.

The dedicated WestJet Cargo freighters will initially focus service within North America, serving Calgary, Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Miami. WestJet Cargo’s dedicated freighter routes will also connect to the bellies of WestJet’s passenger fleet.


“Today’s announcement was made possible by our incredibly talented team of cargo experts and the GTA Group, our valued partner, who have worked diligently towards this achievement that brings WestJet Cargo one step closer to fulfilling our mission to bring competitive cost advantages and reliable on-time performance to Canada’s underserved cargo landscape,” said de Bruijn.


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