As a trade battle over Boeing’s successful bid to get import duties slapped on Bombardier’s CSeries airliner, there was a touch of irony in WestJet’s big announcement on Wednesday. It took delivery of Canada’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner, Boeing’s latest design. “The MAX’s design updates, including Boeing’s Advanced Technology winglets and the Boeing Sky Interior, will contribute to improvements in fuel efficiency and overall guest experience,” said WestJet VP Ed Sims. “We look forward to welcoming guests on board our sleek new aircraft along with our signature caring, people-driven service.”
It’s one of 50 MAX aircraft that WestJet will take delivery of over the next 10 years and will enter revenue service Nov. 9 with a flight from Calgary to Toronto. Like the CSeries, the new Boeings boast a major increase in fuel efficiency and cabin comforts. The Calgary-based carrier isn’t finished with the MAX order. It expects delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner in 2019, giving it the ability to reach Asia, Africa and Europe from any major Canadian airport, making it a truly international airline.