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WestJet's Q400s to connect Western cities

Airline announces new flights in Alberta and Saskatchewan


CALGARY—WestJet will use its new fleet of Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft to enhance its schedule in Alberta and Saskatchewan this spring. Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Saskatoon will see an increase in the number of flights to their cities this summer on a year-over-year basis.

“This type of flying demonstrates the versatility of the Q400 aircraft,” said Ferio Pugliese, president, WestJet Encore and executive vice-president, WestJet. “In addition to new destinations, we are now able to effectively connect cities that have WestJet service but not between each other or, in some cases, now offer service year-round.”

WestJet will extend service between Calgary and Grande Prairie to year-round from seasonal, adding one new daily flight in August, operated by WestJet Encore. WestJet will also increase the number of daily flights between Calgary and Edmonton to nine from seven by September, the company said. Both new flights, as well as two existing flights on WestJet’s Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft, will be operated by WestJet Encore.

Between Edmonton and Grande Prairie, WestJet will increase the number of daily flights to three from two by September, and all flights between the two cities will be operated by WestJet Encore. There are also a number of changes to flights between Alberta and Saskatchewan. WestJet will increase the number of daily flights between Calgary and Saskatoon to five from four. The new flight will be operated by WestJet Encore beginning June 24, 2013. Between Calgary and Regina, one of the four daily flights between these cities will be operated by WestJet Encore beginning in August.

As part of WestJet’s 2013 summer schedule, both Saskatoon and Regina also see the addition of three more flights per week to Toronto.

WestJet Encore will take delivery of its first two Canadian-built, 78-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft in June 2013 and add five more by the end of the year. WestJet has firm orders for a total of 20 Q400s and options for an additional 25 over the next six years.