WestJet announced it selected Bombardier to supply aircraft for its new regional airline, expected to launch in the second half of 2013. The airline will fly the Q400NG to new cities, existing destinations not currently connected by WestJet, and will allow for schedule improvements on certain routes where a smaller aircraft can efficiently provide greater frequency.
“We are very impressed with the Q400,” commented Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. WestJet said the “Q400’s combination of range, speed and seat density is the best choice”. WestJet has signed a letter of intent to purchase 20 Q400s with the option to purchase a further 25 aircraft.
The deal is important on many levels and was a “must win” for Bombardier. The Q400 now appears to be set for an excellent 2012. It is likely to be the favorite for the upcoming Garuda order (40) and is likely to be a front runner when Skywest starts to consider refleeting, too.