Kelowna Flightcraft has started to conduct structural maintenance visits on part of WestJet's Boeing 737 Next Generation fleet under a three-year contract, which includes an optional two-year extension. The work will be carried out at Kelowna's hangar in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organisation and cargo operator says that this contract is significant for its business. Up until this point, Kelowna has only done ad-hoc maintenance for WestJet, such as maintenance work to fulfill service bulletins. Kelowna says it plans to work on 24 to 26 WestJet aircraft per year under the structural contract, which equates to about 100,000 annual work hours.
Kelowna says that the first WestJet aircraft entered its hangar on 11 June for the structural work and departed on 18 June. Because the maintenance agreement is scheduled as a nose-to-tail contract, another WestJet aircraft immediately entered Kelowna's facility for the same procedure. The MRO provider says that this structural visit typically lasts anywhere from 5 to 28 days.
Kelowna says it will service one WestJet aircraft at a time. It has the capacity in its Kelowna, B.C. hangar to work on seven narrowbody aircraft maintenance lines concurrently.
WestJet says that Kelowna is replacing a previous contract it held with Cascade Aerospace, a MRO organisation also located in British Columbia.
WestJet operates 98 Boeing 737s, including 737-600s/-700s/-800s. According to Flightglobal's Ascend online database, the operator has orders for 37 new Boeing 737-700s and-800s through 2018.