WestJet Encore firms up 5 Q400 NextGens

WestJet Encore has signed a firm order for five Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops, converting five of the 25 options placed by parent company WestJet at the time it placed a firm order for 20 of the type.

“In just under one year, WestJet Encore has re-shaped the regional aircraft market in western Canada – opening new destinations and feeding traffic to WestJet’s mainline network – all on the strength of WestJetters and the Q400 NextGen aircraft,” remarked Gregg Saretsky, president and chief executive officer, WestJet.

“Since its inception, Encore has consistently delivered on the successful WestJet brand – including reliable, cost-efficient service – that our guests have come to expect, along with much needed connectivity in new and expanding communities,” added Ferio Pugliese, executive vice-president, WestJet and president, WestJet Encore.

WestJet Encore has introduced service to Fort St John, Nanaimo and Terrace, British Columbia; Brandon, Manitoba, and has added turboprop service to WestJet’s existing western route network serving Winnipeg, Manitoba; as well as Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan.

Starting this spring, WestJet Encore will also service Fort McMurray, Alberta; Kelowna, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and between Toronto Pearson and Thunder Bay in Ontario.

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