The Canadian carrier WestJet has revealed that it plans to return the Boeing 737 MAX to passenger service in two weeks. This decision will depend on the Canadian aviation agency (Transport Canada) approving the type’s return to service as planned.
Globally, countries have slowly been recertifying the Boeing 737 MAX following a 20-month long grounding of the type. The first operators have already returned the aircraft to service, including American Airlines in the United States. While others like Southwest are not rushing to bring the MAX back into use.
WestJet revealed that it is aiming to return the Boeing 737 MAX into service on January 21st.
However, the airline noted that Transport Canada has yet given the 737 MAX clearance to carry passengers in Canadian airspace. The airline instead emphasised that it is giving advanced warning of its plan to fly the aircraft, so that it does not come as a surprise when Transport Canada does approve flights.
Consistent with WestJet’s booking system, the first MAX flight with passengers will be WS658. The flight is due to depart Calgary at 08:00, arriving in Toronto three hours and 50 minutes later.