Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WestJet is newest 787 customer

WestJet Photo

WestJet Photo

Today WestJet announced that they had signed a purchase agreement to buy 10 787-9 for delivery between 1st quarter 2019 and December 2021.  They also have another 10 options for delivery between 2020 and 2024. The aircraft will be powered by GEnx-1B engines.

I'm not sure if this order is final (it seems like it isn't as it's a purchase agreement) but when added to the 19 7878-10s that Singapore Airlines has yet to finalize plus the 13 booked orders thus far, Boeing will have 42 787 orders this year.  Not quite a book to bill of 1 but it's getting there.

Here's WestJet's press release announcing the order:

WestJet to purchase Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Aircraft provides Asian, South American and further European capabilities
CALGARYMay 2, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet announced today a definitive purchase agreement with The Boeing Company for up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This agreement includes commitments for 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to be delivered between the first quarter of 2019 and December 2021, with options for an additional 10 aircraft to be delivered between 2020 and 2024. The airline also announced it has selected General Electric's GEnx-1B engine for the 787. 
"This order represents an exciting new chapter in WestJet's history," said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. "We have carefully executed on our strategic plan, first launching WestJet Encore to connect smaller communities across Canada to our growing network followed by our successful venture into wide-body flying to Hawaii and London Gatwick. Now, with the most sophisticated commercial airliner available, we turn our attention to further growing our international presence and introducing even more travellers to our award-winning guest experience."
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a state-of-the-art aircraft that is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than the Boeing 767 aircraft. With a range of more than 14,000 kilometres, the Dreamliner will give WestJet the ability to serve new destinations in Asia and South America, and to expand its service offerings into the European market. 
"We welcome WestJet to the Dreamliner family and look forward to the new destinations they will serve," said Ray Conner, Vice Chairman of The Boeing Company. "WestJet, for its entire 21-year history, has been a loyal all-Boeing jet customer and we're excited to see them expand their fleet with the 787."
"Our ability to compete globally and deliver our plan comes from the hard work and dedication of our more than 12,000 WestJetters and I am excited for what this news represents for them," continued Gregg Saretsky. "They are truly representative of our Canadian values of warm hospitality and openness and on behalf of them, we now turn our attention to welcoming the Dreamliner to the WestJet family."
As part of this purchase agreement, WestJet is converting 15 firm orders for the Boeing 737 MAX that were to be delivered between 2019 and 2021 to options available between 2022 and 2024.


greg smith said...

Thought saudi ordered 13 787 9's as part of a 28 plane order late last year..
Still don't see it listed though.

Uresh said...

I have it listed under Saudi Ministry of Finance. Listed on Boeing's site as unidentified.