WestJet plans to buy 65 Boeing 737 Max jetliners

WestJet plans to buy 65 Boeing 737 Max jetliners
Beverly Wyse, Boeing Commercial Airplanes' 737 vice president and general manager, talks about the new 737 MAX airplane during a briefing ahead of the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow.
NEW YORK (AP) - Canadian airline WestJet plans to buy 65 of the new fuel-efficient 737 Max aircraft from Boeing as it looks to modernize its fleet.

Boeing said Thursday that the pending order is valued at $6.3 billion at current list prices.

The deal includes 40 737 Max 8 planes and 25 737 Max 7 aircraft. Deliveries are expected to start in September 2017.

The 737 Max will have CFM International LEAP-1B engines, and is expected to reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 13 percent as compared with the most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft currently available.

WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s current fleet includes 103 Boeing next-generation 737 and four Bombardier Q400 next-generation aircraft.

Boeing Co. currently has 737 Max orders from five other North American airlines.