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Boeing, WestJet Celebrate Airline's 100th Next-Generation 737

Airplane Initially Delivered To Aviation Capital Group, Will Be Operated By The Canadian Carrier

Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based WestJet has taken delivery of its 100th Next-Generation 737 ... having grown from three 737-200s serving five cities when it first began flying in 1996. With this delivery of a Boeing 737-800, WestJet's fleet now consists of 100 airplanes – all Boeing Next-Generation 737s.

"This Next-Generation 737-800 marks a major milestone for our airline," said Cam Kenyon, WestJet's executive vice president, Operations. "The Boeing 737 is a key component in our growth strategy. Its excellent reliability, operational efficiency and range enable us to expand our network."
 
The Next-Generation 737 is the most fuel-efficient and reliable single-aisle airplane today. The airplane provides added value to airlines such as WestJet by delivering reliability, simplicity and reduced operating and maintenance costs. "The growth of WestJet over the past 16 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."
 
The 737-800 is selected by leading carriers throughout the world because it provides operators the flexibility to serve a wide range of markets. The single-aisle jetliner, which can seat 162 passengers in dual class and up to 189 passengers in a high-density configuration, can fly 175 nautical miles farther while carrying 12 more passengers than the competing model.
 
The airplane, a 737-800, was initially delivered to Newport Beach, CA.-based leasing company Aviation Capital Group (ACG) and is going to be leased and operated by WestJet.
 
"We are delighted to be leasing this milestone airplane to WestJet," said R. Stephen Hannahs, group managing director and CEO of ACG. "The Boeing 737-800 is an excellent airplane to support WestJet's growth strategy. It provides the efficiency, reliability and passenger amenities needed to grow in today's competitive marketplace."

(Image provided by Boeing)

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