WestJet's fleet part of FAA directive for 737NG operators
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.
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 85
destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by
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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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