WestJet has announced that on Mar. 25, its flight schedules will reflect the removal of its 13 Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft through the end of April.
The airline says it will continue to monitor the situation and will balance further extension of a revised schedule as more information becomes available.
93% of service remains unaffected
WestJet has 168 aircraft, or more than 93 per cent of its overall fleet, that will remain in service.
In a statement, WestJet said:
"You can book your clients with confidence knowing that WestJet continues to fly throughout the network with the safety of guests and employees as the priority. Since the grounding of the MAX-8, of the more than 65,000 guests booked on MAX flights up to March 31, more than 85 per cent had little to no changes to their flight schedules."
The airline continued:
"We are closely in contact with Boeing, Transport Canada, and other regulators to understand how and when to safely reintroduce the MAX-8 aircraft into service. WestJet remains unrelenting in putting safety at the forefront and will thoroughly evaluate processes, procedures and any further required training before these aircraft once again take to the skies."
Agents whose clients who have been impacted by the Boeing incident and need to make adjustments, should continue to use the existing waiver code ‘BMAX0319’. For more information regarding this waiver code, agents can visit westjettravelagents.com.
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