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WestJet Inks Deal With Boeing for up to 20 787-9 Dreamliners

Calgary-based low-cost carrier WestJet announced Tuesday a definitive purchase agreement for up to 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The agreement includes commitments for 10 of the stretched Dreamliner variants to be delivered from the first quarter of 2019 to December 2021. The airline also has options for 10 additional 787 aircraft with delivery expected between 2020 and 2024. WestJet has opted for the General Electric GEnx-1B powerplants. This engine type offers a 15 percent increase in fuel efficiency along with reduced CO2…