737 MAX information

The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority and we are committed to providing timely information about our 737 MAX aircraft.

Transport Canada has reopened the skies to commercial service on the 737 MAX aircraft and we have safely returned our MAX aircraft to service. This is following Transport Canada’s independent validation of the Boeing MAX changes and training requirements for Canadian carriers.

Preparing our MAX for flight

WestJet’s Chief 737 Pilot Jimmy-Dean Porter and Director of Line Maintenance John Romane share a behind-the-scenes look at how we prepared our MAX for return to service. See first-hand the incredible level of preparation and care that’s gone into putting your safety above all.

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"Our pilots will conduct MAX simulator training as well as extensive briefings, computer modules and evaluations. We’ll also conduct validation flights with every aircraft before flying any of our guests to ensure the aircraft operates as we intend it to.”
– Jimmy Dean Porter, Chief 737 Pilot


John Romaine in the WestJet hangar

“Our maintenance teams will dedicate 2,000 work hours to each of our 737 MAX aircraft, implementing and testing the updates prior to them returning to service.”
- John Romane, Director of Line Maintenance

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Frequently asked questions

While WestJet is 100 per cent confident in the safety of our MAX aircraft, we understand that not all our guests have the same comfort level, and we will be offering flexible change/cancel options.

We are committed to providing our guests with transparency around the aircraft they will be travelling on. Details on aircraft type available in: 

  • the booking process on westjet.com and through the WestJet app
  • the itinerary/confirmation email from WestJet
  • You can also view our flight guide to see aircraft type.

The MAX aircraft will be communicated as “737 MAX”. Please note, the 737-800 is a different aircraft type than the 737 MAX.

When booking through a travel agent (online or directly), corporate travel arranger or another airline partner, please contact them directly for aircraft type

WestJet’s MAX aircraft have been updated with United States Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) required changes and validated by Transport Canada. We have met or exceeded all additional requirements outlined by Transport Canada, including comprehensive mandatory and regulatory pilot training, and all aircraft are flown on a validation flight prior to returning to service.

Airlines in Canada are heavily regulated and Transport Canada’s role is to ensure the safety of commercial (civil) aviation in Canada. Transport Canada aviation safety experts have completed their independent review of the necessary modifications to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and have validated the changes certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA.) Validation of these changes meant that these modifications could be actioned on WestJet’s 737 MAX aircraft and WestJet 737 MAX pilots could commence their comprehensive mandatory training.

Yes. Transport Canada requires that all MAX aircraft undergo a validation flight before returning to commercial service.

WestJet has 13 MAX aircraft, which is about 8% of our total fleet. WestJet has safely flown more than 1.3 million guests and operated over 9,000 flights on the MAX since 2017.

Through the grounding and even with the slow down brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, our pilots have maintained currency on the 737-fleet, continuing to safely operate daily 737 departures. Our pilots have also been actively engaged in our recurrent training programs that see them return to the simulator no less than every six months.

Prior to flying one of our 737 MAX aircraft, our pilots will have completed comprehensive and mandatory MAX training.

When the MAX wasn’t flying commercially, the aircraft was in an active storage program. This meant that our aircraft maintenance team was checking critical operating systems and running the engines on a weekly basis. In addition to this, with permission from Transport Canada, we were able to fly the MAX to maintenance facilities in Canada when required.

The WestJet Group is unrelenting when it comes to the safety of our fleet. We have flown five different variants of the Boeing 737 since 1996, and the fleet currently operates around 60 safe daily 737 departures.

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Look up your flight details in manage trips or check aircraft type using our flight guide.

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