WestJet is launching a new dedicated cargo service, using 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF). The first of these dedicated 737-800BCFs are expected to be in service by the second quarter of 2022.
Throughout 2022, WestJet Cargo will grow its fleet of 737-800BCFs, to work in tandem with the current offering of WestJet’s existing cargo business. The 737-800 narrow body aircraft is quick to load and fly.
WestJet Cargo routes and scheduled services will accommodate the diverse needs of cargo customers using WestJet’s existing network and 737 pilots.
“Our new dedicated commercial cargo aircraft are a natural evolution of the competitive guest services WestJet has successfully provided over our 25-year history. It will provide cargo customers with the reliable on-time performance and competitive cost advantage synonymous with WestJet,” said Charles Duncan, WestJet, executive vice-president, cargo, and president, Swoop.
“WestJet Cargo will enhance economic benefits through competitive product for shippers as well as new employment opportunities. Dedicated, cost efficient and nimble narrow body freighters will make WestJet Cargo a dynamic and strong competitor.”
WestJet Cargo’s ability to ship on dedicated freighters or in the cargo hold on commercial routes provides cargo customers with increased reliability, flexibility and capacity to transport their diverse shipments to their chosen destination.
“Since our inception, 25 years ago, our collective goal at WestJet has been to provide competitive prices and superior service levels,” said Ed Sims, WestJet, president and CEO.
“As we launch our dedicated cargo service, into a market that maintains an even greater need for competitive choice than what we saw in 1996, it is our commitment to provide customers with more choice, decreased costs and exceptional customer service.”