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

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

Airplane delivered to Aviation Capital Group; WestJet to operate the 737

PR Newswire

CALGARY, Dec. 7, 2012

CALGARY, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and WestJet celebrated
the 100^th Next-Generation 737 to join the Calgary-based airline's fleet
Friday.

WestJet began in 1996 with three Boeing 737-200s serving five cities and has
grown into Canada's largest low-fare airline serving 81 destinations across
Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. With
today's 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
(320 kilometers) farther while carrying 12 more passengers than the competing
model.

The airplane, a 737-800, was initially delivered to Newport Beach,
Calif.-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."

Contact:
Tim Bader
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
North America/Leasing Communications
425-717-0672
Tim.s.bader@boeing.com

More information: http://www.boeing.com/newairplane//737ng/

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SOURCE Boeing

Website: http://www.boeing.com
 
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