Posted on: 24 June 2016 by Mark Howells
WestJet Encore, which launched on 24 June 2013 using two Bombardier Q400 aircraft, is celebrating its third year in the sky.
The airline began with 10 routes. Today, it operates 188 flights to 32 destinations, having recently surpassed the six million passenger mark.
WestJet recently exercised its final nine options to bring its Bombardier Q400 order to a confirmed 45 aircraft at a list price of US$1.59 billion.
“We've had a dramatic impact on the new markets we've served since our launch three years ago,” commented Ferio Pugliese, WestJet Encore’s president. “New WestJet Encore airports experience a 50% increase in traffic on average, with some airports experiencing triple-digit percentage growth. Average fares in these same markets have fallen 20% to 40%, year-over-year. We've created an entirely new set of air travellers who may not have had the opportunity to fly before due to limited options and high fares. We're extremely proud of the accomplishments and hard work of more than a thousand WestJetters who've helped make WestJet Encore a success.”
“Over the last three years, we have watched WestJet Encore become the world's fastest growing operator of the Q400 aircraft – carrying millions of guests from coast to coast across Canada and into the U.S.,” stated Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We truly value their partnership and continue to be inspired by their now-famous culture of creativity and ingenuity. We wish all the WestJetters at Encore a very happy third anniversary and much success in the future.”