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An update on the MAX aircraft

December 17, 2020


The safety of our guests and crew are our top priority and we are committed to providing timely information about our MAX aircraft. Due to the continued closure of the Canadian airspace, WestJet’s MAX aircraft remain grounded.

Transport Canada aviation safety experts have completed their independent review of the necessary modifications to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and have validated the changes most recently certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Validation of these changes means that these modifications can be actioned on WestJet’s 737 MAX aircraft and WestJet 737 MAX pilots can commence their training. This validation is an important step in returning the 737 MAX to the Canadian airspace, however, there are remaining steps and measures that must be taken prior to Transport Canada officially reopening the skies for passenger service. WestJet’s MAX aircraft will only return to service once all requirements are met or exceeded and we are certain they are safe and ready to return to active service in the WestJet fleet.

The work by Transport Canada and other independent regulators around the globe, in combination with our own preparation, processes and due diligence, gives us confidence in returning these aircraft to service once Transport Canada opens the skies to the MAX.

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We will continue to communicate updates with you as we receive them.