WestJet executives and employees gathered in the airline's hangar here earlier this year for a "farewell party" to commemorate the retirement of the low-cost carrier's last 737-200, an aircraft type that was once its workhorse but has given way to a new, more fuel efficient fleet of 63 737NGs. The January bash to toast an airplane whose time had passed was, in a sense, also a way to say goodbye to WestJet's founding era. Launched in 1996 as an LCC focused almost exclusively on carrying ...

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