WestJet Airlines and Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800s collided on the ramp at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Friday night, January 5, 2018.
WestJet flight WS 2425, a Boeing 737-800 (C-GKWJ), was taxiing to the gate and was stationary on the taxiway near the gate when a Sunwing Boeing 737-800 (C-FPRP) was being pushed back from gate A14 at Terminal 3.
While being pushed back, the APU of C-FPRP struck the wing tip of C-FDMB. A fire broke out in the APU and the wingtip of C-GKWJ. The crew of the WestJet 737 decided to evacuate the aircraft on the taxiway. The fire was quickly extinquished. There was one reported injury.
WestJet made this announcement:
WestJet has confirmed that WS 2425, a Boeing 737-800 with 168 guests and six crew onboard, inbound from Cancun to Toronto Pearson, while waiting to proceed to the gate and stationary, was struck by a Sunwing aircraft pushing back from the gate.
Sunwing made this announcement:
There were no Sunwing crew or passengers onboard at the time of the incident. We are awaiting further information from Swissport and will provide more details as they become available.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) has issued this statement about new wet-leased Boeing 787 service between Toronto (Pearson) and Amsterdam:
Sunwing Airlines first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights begin this Saturday, June 27. Only available on the carrier’s twice-weekly service from Toronto to Amsterdam that will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays until September 2, 2015, this is the first time that Sunwing customers will be able to relax on the new state-of-the-art, wide-bodied aircraft as they start their European vacation.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Arke is believed to be the operator although this was not specified in the announcement. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner PH-TFL (msn 37228) taxies at the Amsterdam base.
Air Lease Corporation (Los Angeles) has issued this statement:
Air Lease Corporation has announced long term lease agreements with Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) covering two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft and four new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. These aircraft, all from ALC’s order book, are scheduled to deliver over a four year period commencing in 2016.
President of Sunwing Airlines, Mark Williams, commented, “The acquisition of our new Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft is an integral part of our overall expansion plan across an increasing number of both Canadian and U.S. gateways. This year we will be operating flights out of 45 Canadian and U.S. local airports to over 40 different destinations across North and South America, and the Caribbean. As we continue to grow, having aircraft that will enable us to offer a reliable, cost-effective and environmentally-conscious service is paramount. So we are delighted to be able to include the new 737 MAX 8 in our fleet for the first time.”
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) will start weekly service from Calgary to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island on November 1, 2014. The flights will depart initially on Saturdays then switch to become a weekly service on Fridays from December 19, 2014.
With the introduction of the Calgary service, the airline will offer eight Canadian gateways into the island.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 C-GVVH (msn 36275) carries promotional markings for the Mexican resort destination of Los Cabos, Baja, which was recently damaged by Hurricane Odile. The airport was back in business 17 days after the storm passed. C-GVVH taxies at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) will start weekly (on Thursdays) nonstop Ottawa-St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida (Tampa Bay) flights on December 18 with 189-seat Boeing 737-800s.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8BK C-FTJH (msn 29642) on a summer lease at Palma de Mallorca will be returning to Canada for the winter season. The airliner has been retrofitted with the new Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets.
Sunwing Airlines (flysunwing.com) (Toronto) starting on May 14, 2015 will operate weekly charter flights from New Orleans to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on behalf of Vacation Express per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86J C-GOWG (msn 37757) with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets taxies at Toronto (Pearson).