Calgary-based WestJet Encore has signed a $293 million deal for nine additional Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 turboprops. The transaction is a conversion of options booked by the airline’s parent company WestJet and will increase the regional subsidiary’s fleet to 45 Q400s.
Ferio Pugliese, President WestJet Encore, said: “Bombardier’s Toronto-built Q400 turboprop airliner has allowed us to expand from our Western Canada base to more and more communities from coast to coast across Canada and into the US.”
Over the last three years WestJet Encore’s operations have grown from a pair of Q400s serving just two cities to the current fleet of 28 aircraft serving 36 destinations across North America. The carrier has, with this latest order, 17 more aircraft to be delivered which will allow it to further expand its route network.