Tuesday, 5 August 2014

WestJet Confirms Aircraft Options

Canadian airline WestJet has signed a firm purchase order for five Q400 NG turboprops following a similar conversion from option to firm in March of this year. 

The new aircraft will be utilised by the airlines regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore and will increase the carrier’s fleet to 30 Q400 aircraft.

Launched in June 2013, WestJet Encore operated 10 departures daily to two destinations with two Q400 aircraft. Its rise has been rapid, now it flies 90 flights from Alberta, Calgary and Toronto with 13 Q400s.

Bombardier sales and marketing chief Ray Jones said, “In just under four months, WestJet Encore has exercised a total of 10 Q400 NG option aircraft – thereby exemplifying the needs of today’s growth-minded airlines looking for the perfect balance of operating economics, flexibility, passenger comfort and unsurpassed environmental credentials.

“Already recognised for efficiency on short-haul missions, WestJet Encore’s Q400 aircraft are using their jet-like speed to feed WestJet’s mainline operations with reliability that’s remarkably high.”

The airline has announced plans to introduce service to Québec City, Québec; Fredericton, New Brunswick; and Penticton, British Columbia in 2015.