Posted on: 25 June 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has celebrated the delivery of its 500th Q400 to WestJet Encore – one of 36 ordered by the airline and its parent company WestJet.
"Bombardier's Q400 aircraft has played an instrumental role in WestJet Encore's growth and success since the start of our operations just two years ago – having recently expanded service to 24 cities in seven provinces in this short time," explained Ferio Pugliese, president, WestJet Encore. "We are thrilled to take home the 500th Canadian-made Q400 and to have it join our 21-aircraft fleet as we continue to expand to Eastern Canada, expanding route possibilities in those local communities. The Q400 aircraft's jet-like speed, operational efficiency and reduced environmental footprint fit perfectly with our business model."
Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, added, "We are proud to be celebrating the delivery of the 500th Q400 aircraft and to be sharing this momentous occasion with WestJet Encore – Canada's newest airline, and latest aviation success story."
WestJet Encore celebrated its second anniversary on 24 June and this year is adding routes such as Toronto–Quebec City, Toronto–Fredericton, Halifax–Deer Lake, Halifax–Gander and Halifax–Sydney.