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WestJet's MAX 8 fleet to remain grounded through February

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  •   11-13-2019  11:32 am

WestJet's MAX 8 fleet to remain grounded through February

WestJet’s fleet of Boeing MAX 8 aircraft will remain grounded until at least Feb. 4, 2020 and will result in the temporary adjustment of several flights.

The update was announced today (Nov. 13), with WestJet citing “ongoing work with Transport Canada and other regulators while awaiting the aircraft’s impending software enhancements and training requirements.” The aircraft was grounded earlier this year following two fatal crashes: in March, an Ethiopian Airlines MAX 8 flight killed 157 people (including 18 Canadians) while in October 2018, a Lion Air MAX 8 crashed in the Java Sea, killing 189.

READ MORE: 93% of WestJet's service unaffected by 737 MAX 8 incident

Affected routes

The following routes have been adjusted temporarily and WestJet remains committed to resuming these flights once the MAX fleet returns to service:

Domestic Route
Flights suspended
Planned operation
Vancouver – Edmonton
Five-weekly
Seven times daily every business day
Edmonton – Victoria
Four-weekly
Nine times weekly
Toronto – Halifax
Six-weekly
Four times daily every business day
Edmonton - Comox
One-weekly
Six weekly flights
Edmonton - Toronto
Seven-weekly
Five times daily every business day
Edmonton - Winnipeg
Two-weekly
Eleven times weekly
Toronto - Winnipeg
Six-weekly
Four times daily every business day
Toronto - Kelowna
Six-weekly
One weekly flight
Toronto - Vancouver
Seven weekly
Six flights daily every business day
Transborder Route
Flights suspended
Planned operation
Edmonton – Phoenix
six-weekly
Five weekly flights
Edmonton – Los Angeles
One-weekly
Six weekly flights
Calgary – Maui
One-weekly
Four weekly flights
Calgary – Honolulu
Three-weekly
Rebooked through Vancouver
Edmonton – Maui
Two-weekly
Rebooked through Vancouver
Edmonton – Honolulu
One-weekly
Rebooked through Vancouver


Earlier this fall, Air Canada announced that its MAX 8s would remain grounded until at least Feb. 14, 2020, while Sunwing announced in August that it removed the MAX 8 from its entire 2019-20 winter schedule.

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