WestJet intends to order 65 737 Max aircraft

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Canadian carrier WestJet is intending to order 65 Boeing 737 Max twinjets for delivery from September 2017.

The airline says it has agreed, through a letter of intent, to take 40 Max 8 and 25 Max 7 variants.

All the aircraft will be fitted, as standard, with CFM International Leap-1B engines.

"This pending order reinforces our strategy of maintaining the flexibility in our fleet plan while enabling us to introduce new fuel-efficient technology and enhance our inflight guest experience," says WestJet chief Gregg Saretsky.

"Our strong balance sheet allows us the opportunity to support our low-cost business model and contribute to our profitable growth through the renewal of our fleet with a lower operating cost aircraft."