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WestJet cancels orders for 15 Boeing 737 Max planes as industry struggles

WestJet has cancelled its order for 15 Boeing 737 Max planes as the industry-wide downturn in aviation continues.

The company still has 27 Max aircraft remaining on order

A WestJet flight from Calgary to Vancouver, which was the first commercial flight of the Boeing 737 Max in Canada since the aircraft was cleared to fly again in Canadian airspace, lifts off in Calgary on Jan. 21, 2021. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it has cancelled orders for 15 Boeing 737 Max aircraft as the industry-wide downturn in aviation continues.

WestJet has 27 Max aircraft remaining on order, the company says.

In January, WestJet was the first Canadian airline to return the Max to service, after Transport Canada lifted a nearly two-year grounding order for the aircraft.

WestJet has since returned three out of its 14 Max aircraft to service, the company says.

Air Canada also cut orders for the Max earlier in the pandemic, saying that the move was in response to new market realities.

Airlines have indicated that the industry is close to a deal with the federal government about a bailout for the sector.

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