WestJet Encore Takes Delivery of Bombardier’s 500th Q400
Bombardier announced a milestone in the production of its Q400 turbopro, the delivery of its 500th Q400. The aircraft was handed over to WestJet Encore, a subsidiary of Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet. The plane is one of 36 Q400s ordered by WestJet Encore and WestJet.
The Bombardier Q400 offers a 30% fuel burn reduction over similar turboprop airliners, and its high-speed cruise is 99 mph (160 km/h) faster than conventional turboprops. The aircraft is the newest in the Q series family of aircraft.
WestJet Encore began service in June 2013, with flights to two destinations served by two Q400s. The carrier now operates service to 24 cities with a fleet of 21 Q400s.
To date, there are over 60 operators of the Q400 in approximately 40 countries.
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