Posted on: 15 June 2015 by Ross McSweeny
After signing a firm order for one further Bombardier Q400 in March this year, WestJet Encore has also gone onto convert five further options of the type – which were previously booked by the carrier's parent company WestJet – into firm orders.“In 24 months, WestJet Encore has successfully launched Canada's newest regional airline, bringing WestJet's caring service and low fares to more communities, which WestJetters are incredibly proud to service," averred Ferio Pugliese, president, WestJet Encore. “As the backbone of our expansion, the Q400 offers both jet-like performance and turboprop economics, providing us with the consistent guest and inflight experience that allows us to integrate the WestJet brand into our regional airline.”Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, stated, "WestJet Encore continues to build momentum within the Canadian regional aircraft market. Through its diversified and growing route networks, it has used the Q400 to serve 24 cities in seven provinces since launching its operations."Later this month, WestJet Encore will take delivery of the 500th Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Since entering revenue service in 2000, the Q400 turboprop has been one of the top success stories in regional airline transport, so it is incredibly fitting that an admirable Canadian airline will take delivery of this milestone aircraft,” Cromer added.