MIAMI – Today, Calgary-based Canadian low-cost airline WestJet (WJ) announced the expansion of its cargo project, WestJet Cargo.

Along with its announcement detailing its cargo centers and expansion plans, the airline announced the addition of dedicated Boeing 737-800BCF aircraft to their fleet. WJ will serve many cargo centers in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe.

These centers will be served by WestJet’s designated freighter aircraft along with service on some routes from other aircraft including their flagship Boeing 787-9.

WestJet 737-800BCT Artist Rendering. Photo: WestJet

The Boeing 737-800BCF

The Boeing 737-800BCF offers 12 main deck pallet positions along with lower bulk cargo space. The aircraft will be capable of flying with a total volume of 185.2m3 or 6,540ft3. The range of the BCF conversion will allow for the aircraft to serve destinations up to 2570NM. The new aircraft are expected to begin operation in 2022.

Recently many airlines including Air Canada (AC) have announced expansion into the dedicated cargo market following the importance of air freight transport during the COVID-19 pandemic. It unsure how many aircraft WestJet will operate or wether they will be already owned aircraft or purchased from a third party at this time.

Featured image: WestJet Boeing 737-800. Photo: Liam Funnell/Airways