MIAMI — Early this morning Boeing announced that it reached a deal with a new start-up Canadian ULCC, jetliner, for an order of five 737 MAX 7s as well as purchase rights for an additional 16 737 MAXs.
Thanks to this order, the 737 MAX now has orders for 2,562 airplanes from 55 customers worldwide.
“This agreement with Boeing is a major milestone for Jetlines,” said Jim Scott, CEO of Jetlines. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Boeing and look forward to introducing the 737 MAX 7 into our fleet.”
“Boeing is proud to partner with Jetlines as it begins a journey to offer low airfares to passengers across Canada,” saidBrad McMullen, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX 7 is perfectly suited to the airline’s needs, and we appreciate the confidence Jetlines has in the airplane.”
For some, this morning was the first time that they ever heard of Jetlines. So, let’s take a moment and meet this new start-up.
Jetlines is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, and it plans to make its mark in Canadian aviation by offering an Ultra-Low Cost Carrier product and selecting routes to avoid direct competition with existing carriers in Canada. It also plans to utilize a single Boeing family of jet aircraft in lieu of turboprop aircraft to attract new passengers.
Currently, the airline is still working on completing the Transaction and the Offerings and completing the Canadian airline licensing process, but the start-up plans to commence domestic Canadian flights in mid-2015 out of Vancouver.