WestJet's fleet part of FAA directive for 737NG operators

          WestJet's fleet part of FAA directive for 737NG operators

PR Newswire

CALGARY, April 15, 2013

Directive does not represent safety concern for WestJet aircraft

CALGARY, April 15, 2013  /PRNewswire/ - WestJet announced  it is aware of  the 
Federal Aviation  Administration's  airworthiness directive  released  to  all 
Boeing Next-Generation 737 operators today.

The directive, which is not related to  any event or occurrence, refers to  an 
issue with the protective coating on pins located in the horizontal stabilizer
rear spar, which attach the main  stabilizers to the fuselage. The  horizontal 
stabilizers control the plane's ability  to ascend, maintain level flight  and 

The directive calls for Boeing operators  to replace only those pins having  a 
specific part number with an improved  version prior to the aircraft  reaching 
56,000 cycles (take-offs and landings). Currently, the oldest WestJet aircraft
is nowhere near that, at less than 20,000 cycles.

"This directive does not represent a safety concern within WestJet's fleet and
no action needs to be taken outside of regularly scheduled maintenance,"  said 
Cam Kenyon,  WestJet's  Executive  Vice-President,  Operations.  "As  per  our 
regular maintenance schedule, we will inspect and replace this part if needed.
We do not anticipate any service disruptions."

WestJet complies with all  applicable directives issued  by the country  where 
the aircraft  is manufactured,  in addition  to any  applicable  airworthiness 
directives issued by Transport Canada,  European Aviation Safety Industry  and 
the Federal Aviation Administration.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada's most preferred  airline, offering scheduled service to  85 
destinations in North America, Central  America and the Caribbean. Powered  by 
an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada.
Recognized nationally  as a  top employer,  WestJet now  has more  than  9,000 
WestJetters  across  Canada.  Operating  a  fleet  of  more  than  100  Boeing 
Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400  NextGen aircraft, WestJet strives  to 
be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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