In the News

Mar 13, 2019

Acting on "new information" about the Ethiopian Airlines 737 aircraft involved in a weekend crash that killed 157 people, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Canada is not only grounding all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, but also banning the jet from entering Canadian airspace until further notice as safety concerns continue to mount.

This is the second crash of this model airplane in 6 months. Similarities between the two crashes have led many countries to sideline the aircraft until the exact cause can be determined and ftheaircraft itself does not pose a threat. According to Minister Garneau, his officials will "continue to monitor the situation."

The following announcement was released in the wake of the latest crash of a Boeing 737 aircraft.

Transport Canada has this morning made the decision to ground all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft effective immediately and to close Canadian airspace to this aircraft series. We are fully complying with this decision and have taken the necessary steps to safely ground all 13 Boeing MAX aircraft currently in service.

We’d like to reassure you that over 92 per cent of our fleet is operating as usual. While there may be some interruptions to our schedule as we mitigate the impact of this decision, you can book with confidence knowing that WestJet continues to fly throughout our network with the safety of guests and employees at the forefront.

Arved von sur Muehlen
Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer