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WestJet planning to fly 737 Max jets this month, pending Transport Canada OK

WestJet says it plans to resume flying its fleet of 737 Max aircraft later this month, pending approval by Transport Canada.

Jet has been grounded for 2 years for safety review following deadly crashes

A WestJet Boeing 737 Max 8, right, is seen at the airline's Calgary hangar in 2019. (Mia Sheldon/CBC)

WestJet says it plans to resume flying its fleet of 737 Max aircraft later this month, pending approval by Transport Canada.

The announcement follows comments by Transport Canada late last year that safety experts had validated the aircraft design changes and outlined requirements for Canadian carriers to bring it a step closer to resuming flights.

The Boeing 737 Max aircraft has been grounded for nearly two years after technical issues led to deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the Max for flight, as long as carriers implement certain design fixes and provide specialized training to pilots.

WestJet says pending approval of the aircraft for commercial flights by Canadian authorities its first flight is set for Jan. 21.

It says it plans to operate three round-trip flights per week between Calgary and Toronto for four weeks, while it evaluates further routes and additional flights.

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