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WestJet's 737 Max to be first to return to Canadian skies after global grounding

Last Updated Jan 20, 2021 at 11:47 am PST

WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircraft are shown at the airline's facilities in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it has halted its push for a labour code exemption that would have facilitated mass layoffs.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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WestJet says it will operate the first commercial flight of the Boeing 737 Max in Canada

The flight will take off from Calgary on Thursday and land in Vancouver

CALGARY — WestJet says it will operate the first commercial flight of the Boeing 737 Max in Canada since the aircraft was cleared to fly again in Canadian airspace.

The flight will take off from Calgary on Thursday and land in Vancouver, where company executives will hold a press event, WestJet says.

Starting Jan. 22, WestJet plans to fly the Max three times weekly between Calgary and Toronto.

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The Boeing 737 Max was grounded in Canada for nearly two years following two deadly crashes that investigators said was caused by a faulty sensor system.

The Canadian government lifted its grounding order for the Max on Jan. 20 after approving a number of changes to the airplane’s design, including allowing pilots to disable an alarm system found to be central to the crashes.

Max pilots will also be required to undergo additional training in flight simulators before they can operate the plane in Canadian airspace.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2021.

The Canadian Press