October 11, 2017
WestJet unveils Canada’s first Boeing 737 MAX
WestJet has officially unveiled its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on October 11. The aircraft, which has been at WestJet’s Calgary hangar since September 29 for inspections, training and test flights, is the first of 50 Boeing 737 Max scheduled to be delivered through 2027. The aircraft is expected to officially enter service on November 9, 2017, when it operates from Calgary to Toronto.
The Boeing 737 MAX is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines, designed for fuel efficiency and noise reduction. Overall, the aircraft is 14% more fuel-efficient than current 737 Next-Generations and have a reduced operational noise footprint of up to 40% through quiet-engine technology.