Westjet to Buy 65 Boeing Jetliners

Westjet to Buy 65 Boeing Jetliners

Including this pending order, WestJet's future Boeing 737 aircraft deliveries total 92, with commitments for the proposed Boeing 737 MAX 7 and MAX 8 aircraft, scheduled for delivery from 2017 through 2027.

OTTAWA - Canada's second-largest airline, Westjet, placed a tentative order on Thursday for 65 Boeing (IW 500/14) 737 aircraft, which it said it would firm up next month.

The purchase is estimated to cost Can$6.3 billion (US $6 billion).

WestJet's current fleet consists of 103 Boeing Next-Generation 737, and four Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.

Including this pending order, WestJet's future Boeing 737 aircraft deliveries total 92, with commitments for the proposed Boeing 737 MAX 7 and MAX 8 aircraft, scheduled for delivery from 2017 through 2027.

The Max 7 and 8, the airline said in a statement, will reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions 13% as compared with the most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft currently available.

Boeing currently has firm orders from five other airlines in North America for its 737 MAX aircraft.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013

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