Canada’s WestJet has ordered 10 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to replace 10 smaller 737-700 aircraft it plans to sell in the next two years.
At list prices, the 737-800s are worth $891 million. The new aircraft will be delivered to Calgary-based West Jet in 2014 and 2015.
WestJet is headed by Gregg Saretsky, former senior vice president of marketing of Alaska Airlines. Like Alaska, WestJet has an all-Boeing mainline fleet of 737s. The airline is now creating a regional operation, Encore, which will operate Bombardier Q-400 turboprop planes just as Alaska Air Group’s Horizon Air uses.
The 737-800s will be built in Boeing’s Renton plant.