WestJet Updates Schedule In Wake Of MAX-8 Suspension
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
As of next Monday, 25MAR, new WestJet flight schedules will reflect the removal of the airline’s 13 Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft through the end of April.
“We continue to monitor this dynamic situation and will balance further extension of a revised schedule as more information becomes available,” the company says in a statement.
WestJet has 168 aircraft, so over 93% of the overall fleet remains in service.
“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. 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.”
WS says since the grounding of the MAX-8, it has been able to accommodate more than 85% of the more than 65,000 guests booked on MAX flights up to March 31 with little to no changes to their flight schedules.
“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,” the statement adds.
The airline wants agents to know that if clients are impacted and adjustments required, you should continue to use the existing waiver code ‘BMAX0319’. For more information regarding this waiver code, agents are invited to visitwestjettravelagents.com.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.