WestJet’s 737 MAX: Behind the Scenes

By WestJet | | 2 min read

With our 737 MAX aircraft returning to service, we wanted to give you the opportunity to see what’s been going on behind the scenes, so you can have the same level of confidence in the MAX that we do.

Meet two team members who led the efforts and discover the incredible preparation and care that’s gone into ensuring safety above all aboard our 737 MAX aircraft.

As Director of Line Maintenance at WestJet, John Romane and his team of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, oversee maintenance of all the aircraft in our fleet. This included making the necessary updates to the MAX that Boeing and Transport Canada identified. While both Boeing and Transport Canada were on-site to oversee the initial modifications, doing the updates in-house gave John and his team full visibility to ensure the work also met our WestJet standards.

In addition to making these updates to our 737 MAX aircraft, our Chief Pilot 737, Jimmy-Dean Porter worked hand-in-hand with Boeing and Transport Canada to create a comprehensive training program for WestJet’s 737 pilots. The program includes MAX-specific simulator training, as well as extensive briefings, training modules and evaluations.

We are also conducting validation flights with every MAX aircraft in our fleet to make sure it performs as intended prior to returning to commercial service.

To learn more about John and Jimmy-Dean’s roles in safely returning of our 737 MAX aircraft to service, watch our behind-the-scenes video.