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Boeing's Smallest 737 Max Faces New Doubts as a Key Buyer Wavers

  • WestJet reconsiders enthusiasm for Max 7, focuses on 8 and 10
  • Sims says he likes ambition of ‘getting to 20’ Dreamliners
A Boeing Co. 737 Max 7 jetliner.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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WestJet Airlines Ltd. is outgrowing its crush on Boeing Co.’s Max 7 jet, adding to concerns about the future of the smallest member of the 737 Max family.

The Canadian carrier is switching its focus -- and some of its orders -- to larger, more fuel-efficient versions of the plane that fit better with its cost-cutting goals, Chief Executive Officer Ed Sims said Wednesday. WestJet’s shift would dent Boeing’s backlog of orders for the Max 7 as other carriers veer toward bigger siblings such as the Max 8 and 10.