A Swoop airline Boeing landing against an overcast sky.
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WestJet’s Swoop takes delivery of its sixth 737 MAX 8 this year

LONDON – Swoop, Canada’s ultra low cost carrier (ULCC), has inducted another Boeing 737 MAX 8 into its fleet, taking its total for the year to six. It is a move that further demonstrates the considerable growth for the WestJet owned subsidiary.

These six aircraft also join Swoop’s ten current Boeing 737-800 Next Generation’s, and accounts for their full fleet complement of 16 jets. Bob Cummins, President of Swoop said: ”We’re thrilled to be celebrating the entry into service of our sixth new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, increasing our capacity and sustainability with the most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market” 

One key area for all airlines to improve on at the moment is ensuring that fleets operate as efficiently as possible. With aviation fuel being at all time highs and costing more than ever, introducing 6 of the most fuel efficient aircraft in the world will only help to support this. The move will also prove to be beneficial when it comes to airlines endeavours toward reducing its CO2 emissions.

“This achievement is a testament to our commitment to providing Canadians with more access to affordable and convenient air travel options and in response to heightened demand for travel.” Cummins continued.

The Calgary based ULCC that was spawned in a bid to provide competition to fellow low cost carrier, Flair Airlines, provides Canadians and Americans with point to point business and leisure routes around Canada, North America and The Caribbean.

Boeing’s Senior Vice President of sale for North American Brad McMullen, said this upon delivery of the MAX 8: “As Swoop expands its all-Boeing fleet, the 737 MAX 8 is pivotal to the airline’s strategy to sustainably grow its route network for passengers.”

“The 737 MAX provides enhanced fuel efficiency and environmental performance that will benefit Swoop as it connects cities across Canada and North America.”

This comes almost exactly a month after Swoop took delivery of its fifth 737-8 MAX from one of the worlds leading global aircraft leasing companies, SMBC Aviation Capital.

“We are delighted to deliver these 6 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to Swoop, expanding its fuel-efficient fleet and helping Swoop to capitalise on the recovery that we are seeing in the sector,” said Barry Flannery, Chief Commercial Officer, SMBC Aviation Capital

Swoop has been naming its last six aircraft to reference certain pillars of the company. A show of appreciation for people, places or things that contribute to the companies values. Below are the names of the 6 jets that have entered into service over the last 10 months. 

#Swoopon – Named to highlight the affordable value and commitment it endeavours to provide to Canadians. 

#Swoopster – Named after the employees of the company that work tirelessly to deliver the affordable air service to its travellers. 

The remaining four are named in homage to some of the communities and partnerships that are served by the airline:

#Winnipeg ; #Halifax ; #Charlottetown and #Kelowna 

“These modern, fuel-efficient aircraft will allow Swoop to expand flight destinations and provide even more value to their customers over the coming years. It’s great to see the hard work and effort of the Swoop and SMBC Aviation Capital teams paying off and we look forward to many years of growth and successful partnership,” concluded Flannery.

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