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

Nearly two years after being grounded following two deadly crashes, Boeing's 737 Max aircraft returned to Canadian airspace on Jan. 21, 2021. WestJet flight 115 left the Calgary International Airport at 7:43 a.m., bound for Vancouver. Global News

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.

Read more: WestJet reintroduces Boeing 737 Max in flight from Calgary to Vancouver

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

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Boeing 737 Max plane re-enters Canadian airspace – Jan 21, 2021

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

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

Read more: COVID-19: What does the future of Canada’s airline industry look like?

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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