WestJet Orders Nine More Bombardier Q400s for WestJet Encore

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery to WestJet Encore, WestJet’s regional airline wing, between April 2017 and June 2018.

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Even though Bombardier has announced poor financial results for 2015 which include $5.6 billion of write-downs and charges, the Canadian manufacturer has reported two important and positive items of commercial-aircraft news.

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The deal will bring Ethiopian Airlines’ Q400 fleet to a total of 19 aircraft, the largest Bombardier Q400 fleet in Africa.

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Horizon Air will begin service on behalf of sister carrier Alaska Airlines from John Wayne Orange County Airport to Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport and Reno-Tahoe International Airport on March 16

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This winter WestJet is launching two new routes to Florida, one to Mexico and one to Costa Rica, as well as adding more than 85 flights throughout its domestic and international networks. Additionally, WestJet Encore will launch three-times-daily service between Toronto and Boston.

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Alaska Airlines’ sister regional airline Horizon Air is launching two new routes from Los Angeles and one new route from Boise in Idaho in late fall.

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In announcing Westjet Encore’s June 15 order for five Q400s at the Paris Air Show 2015 on the show’s first day, Bombardier Aerospace revealed WestJet Encore had also signed a firm order for another Q400 in March.

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The Air Canada Express regional service, to be operated by Chorus Aviation subsidiary Jazz with 74-seat Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners, will offer four round-trips a week from May 22 through September 7, 2015.

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Air Canada is expanding its North American route network by adding eight non-stop routes in its summer 2015 schedule, as well as increasing capacity on two other routes. Four will be operated by regional-airline partner Jazz Aviation LP and four by Air Canada rouge.

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Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which operates the world’s largest fleet of Embraer E-Jets, has placed a firm order for 50 Embraer 175s as part of a three-way deal which will also see it transfer 24 Bombardier Q400 turboprops to UK regional airline Flybe.

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Announcing the launch of the new Q400 NextGen version at the Farnborough International Airshow, Bombardier Aerospace revealed it will offer a cargo-passenger Combi configuration that the company said would deliver the greatest payload capability and operational flexibility in its segment.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has won firm sales on March 31 from three airlines for three more CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and four more Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners, and has booked options on four more Q400 NextGens.

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The deal represents a conversion of five of the 25 options booked by the carrier’s parent company WestJet and announced on August 1, 2012 along with WestJet’s firm order for 20 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops.

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Based on the list price of the Bombardier Q400 NextGen, the manufacturer values the order at approximately US$61 million.

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Chinese company Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation Industry Co., Ltd. has signed a letter of intent to place a firm order for 30 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops. It is preparing to launch airline operations in China, through a regional carrier to be named Sutong Airlines.

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The manufacturer puts a potential list-price value of US$70 million on Abu Dhabi Aviation’s deal for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, should the carrier firm its order.

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Thai low-cost carrier Nok Air has placed a firm order for two Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has taken options on two more, as well as purchase rights on four others. Nok Air will be the launch customer for a new extra capacity seating option for the Q400, which will allow the Bombardier Q400 NextGen to accommodate up to 86 passengers.

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Lessor Palma Holding Limited has signed a letter of intent to order up to eight two-class Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The agreement, announced at the Dubai Airshow 2013, would cover four firm-ordered aircraft and four options.

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Bombardier Aerospace announced the deal from Air Côte d’Ivoire ‒ which is the national airline of Ivory Coast ‒ on November 18, at the Dubai Airshow 2013.

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