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Boeing 737s back gracing Wood Buffalo skies

PHOTO. A Boeing 737 700-series jet aircraft at Fort McMurray International Airport takes on passengers before its maiden flight on Oct. 28, 2019. Monday and Thursday service runs during the winter until the end of March. Supplied by the Fort McMurray International Airport.

Westjet Airlines 700 series jet aircraft will fly from Fort McMurray International Airport during the winter.

YMM Airport’s vice-president of air service and commercial development, Brian De Ruiter called their return a significant milestone.

“It’s a big deal for us and the community. It speaks to the fact we reached a turning point in the last four of five years that we’ve been experiencing.”

Mondays and Thursdays, the Boeing 737 will regularly depart for Edmonton at 4:10 p.m. starting Oct. 28, 2019.

Dependent on weather, De Ruiter said the winter season at YMM runs until the end of March or beginning of April.

He said the airport should release a new schedule for the next season at that time.

“We’ll still have Q400 service on a number of other segments, but it’s the Boeing 737 700-Series, so for those people looking for hat jet service it’s wonderful to have that late afternoon flight.”

De Ruiter called the Boeing 737 the workhorse of the 700-series.

Although, he was quick to point out it’s entirely different from the maligned 737-MAX aircraft.

He adds The Westjet service should be welcome addition to the MM guest experience.

“More seats, more space, faster service. All of us at YMM are thrilled to see these beautiful planes back serving Fort McMurray on a regularly scheduled basis.”

The “maiden” flight on Oct. 28 departed and landed on time in Edmonton, Alta., at 5:10 p.m.