WestJet takes delivery of its 100th Boeing Next-Generation 737
CALGARY, Dec. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Marking yet another milestone in the
airline's nearly 17-year history, WestJet today took delivery of its
100th Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. The plane will sport the hashtag
#100Boeing737NG to celebrate the milestone and as another way for
guests to connect with the airline on social media.
"This Next-Generation 737-800 marks a major milestone for our airline,"
said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet's President and CEO. "The Boeing 737 is a
key component in our growth strategy and its excellent reliability,
operational efficiency and range have enabled us to expand our trusted
brand throughout North America, Central America and the Caribbean. As
we take delivery of our 100th Next-Generation aircraft, I want to thank our more than 9,000
WestJetters for their caring attitude and unwavering commitment to
deliver a remarkable guest experience and drive industry-leading
results for our airline."
WestJet launched in 1996 with three Boeing 737-200s and operated a total
of 23 200-series aircraft before retiring the last one in December
2005. It took delivery of its first Boeing Next-Generation 737 in June
2001 and today, its fleet of 100 aircraft consists entirely of
Next-Generation 737 aircraft. The term "next generation" refers to the
third generation of the Boeing 737. WestJet's Next-Generation fleet has
flown more than 1 billion miles, which amounts to ten trips to the sun
or 41,000 rotations around the earth. With one of the youngest fleets
in the airline industry, WestJet is proud to have flown over 110
million guests, more than three times Canada's population.
"The growth of WestJet over the past 17 years is truly remarkable," said
Brad McMullen, Vice-President of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. "We are pleased to see the 737 play an integral role in
WestJet's success. WestJet has made the Next-Generation 737 the
foundation of its fleet and has established a strong operational track
record with the airplane."
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to 81 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered
low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer,
WestJet now has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a
fleet of 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 35 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft
through 2018 and plans to launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013,
WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international
airlines in the world.
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