WestJet to receive up to 45 new turboprop aircraft over six years
CALGARY: WestJet has chosen Montreal-based Bombardier Inc to supply aircraft for its new regional airline, expected to launch in the second half of 2013. The airline will fly the Bombardier Q400 NextGen to new cities and existing destinations not currently connected by WestJet.
“We are very impressed with the Q400,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet president and CEO. “Both ATR and Bombardier put forward excellent proposals and ultimately we believe the Bombardier Q400’s combination of range, speed and seat density is the best choice to meet the needs of the market and how we plan to operate the regional airline.”
WestJet has signed a letter of intent to purchase 20 Q400s with the option to purchase another 25 aircraft. The airline expects to announce its initial regional schedule using the Q400s later in 2012.