WestJet Encore Purchases Five New Bombardier Q400 NextGen Planes
WestJet Encore announced that it signed firm orders for five new Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The orders were converted from options included as part of a purchase agreement that the airline’s parent company, WestJet, signed with Bombardier in August 2012. The purchase is valued at $167 million at list prices.
The new order will bring the carrier’s total fleet of Q400 NextGen aircraft to 30 planes, including 20 from the original purchase agreement in 2012, and five other option aircraft converted into firm orders in March.
The Q400 NextGen is the newest model in Bombardier’s Q400 line of aircraft, and is designed mainly for short-haul operations, with a seating capacity of up to 86 passengers. The plane features new-technology turboprop that aims to improve both jet speed and fuel efficiency, and to reduce operating costs for airlines.
To date, Bombardier has received firm orders for 506 Q400 and Q400 NextGen planes, which are used by over 50 carriers in 40 countries worldwide.
WestJet Encore first began operations in June 2013 and currently serves 19 destinations throughout Canada. The new aircraft purchases follow the expansion of the carrier’s service in eastern Canada.
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