New regional airline WestJet Encore to commence operations on June 24,
TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Bombardier Aerospace and WestJet today
announced the delivery of the first of 20 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners ordered by WestJet. The aircraft will be operated
by the new regional carrier, WestJet Encore and will serve multiple
destinations, beginning in Western Canada in its first year of service.
WestJet also holds options for 25 additional Q400 NextGen aircraft.
Earlier this year, WestJet announced plans to begin service with Encore
on June 24, 2013, opening new routes to Fort St. John and Nanaimo,
British Columbia, as well as Brandon, Manitoba, on September 3, 2013.
Flights to points in Alberta and Saskatchewan are to be added later
this year, along with additional flights to cities already served by
Today, Bombardier Aerospace hosted a special delivery ceremony in
Toronto alongside more than 100 WestJetters, including Gregg Saretsky,
President and Chief Executive Officer, WestJet and Ferio Pugliese,
President, WestJet Encore, and Executive Vice-President, WestJet. Also
on site in Toronto, where the Q400 NextGen airliners are manufactured, were Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier
Commercial Aircraft, Simon Roberts, Vice-President and General Manager,
Turboprop Programs and the Toronto Site, Bombardier Aerospace and
guests from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
"WestJetters have been looking forward to this moment since the Q400 NextGen demo aircraft touched down in Calgary for the first time last year.
Today, we are thrilled that this great Canadian turboprop will be the
backbone of WestJet Encore's operations, servicing new destinations and
effectively connecting more cities," Mr. Pugliese said. "With an
unmatched balance of speed, comfort, cost efficiencies and highly
regarded environmental qualities, the Q400 NextGen aircraft will also allow us to operate more efficiently as we enhance
service on more routes. This versatility opens up many new
possibilities and options for Canadians, as well as increases the
frequency of flights to better serve travellers."
"It was a delight to see the Q400 NextGen turboprop unveiled in WestJet's iconic colours today as WestJet Encore
now officially kicks off its Q400 aircraft's western-Canada migration," said Mike Arcamone, President,
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "WestJet has enjoyed remarkable growth
since its inception, and as a productivity machine, our made-in-Canada Q400 NextGen aircraft is well equipped to support that tradition and to meet the
needs of both this great Canadian airline and its guests. This very
versatile aircraft is efficient on short-haul missions or can use its
speed to reach regional destinations farther afield, making it
competitive with jets on longer sectors -- a perfect fit for WestJet."
WestJet began operations in 1996 with 220 employees, three jets and five
destinations. Today the airline has more than 9,000 employees, over 103
aircraft and serves 86 destinations in North and Central America and
Bombardier has booked firm orders for 468 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 243 million passengers and have
logged over 4.2 million flight hours and more than 4.5 million
take-offs and landings in service with close to 50 operators in over 30
countries on five continents.
About Q400 NextGen aircraft
The Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner, which is built at Bombardier's Toronto, Ontario
facility, is the most recent development in the evolution of the Q400 aircraft, and the advanced successor to Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for short-haul operations, the
"comfortably greener," 70- to 80-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. It
provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating economics
with a reduced environmental footprint.
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service
to 86 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost
flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now
has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of
more than 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen
aircraft, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful
international airlines in the world.
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