WestJet Airlines took delivery of their first Boeing 737-8 MAX this week. The new Boeing compliments an existing fleet of Boeing 737NGs including the -600, -700 and -800 model aircraft.
WestJet is known for using amazing videos to highlight company events, April Fools jokes and holidays. In true WestJet style, they followed the ‘birth’ of their first Boeing 737-8 MAX. In the video you can see the mating of the -8’s fuselage to the wings and horizontal stabilizer, and advanced technology (AT) winglets. WestJet also provides a behind the scenes look at the painting process and final polish.
WestJet is the first Canadian Airline to receive the new -8MAX aircraft. They have a total of 65 new 737 MAXs on order including 30 of the -8 along with 10 -7 aircraft and 25 models of the larger -9 version. Additionally, WestJet has an order of 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that will add additional capacity for domestic routes and will most likely open up new routes throughout Europe and the Pacific. WestJet also announced a new ‘airline within an airline’ ultra-low cost subsidiary called Swoop that will begin service out of Calgary in 2018.