WestJet to Add Services and More Flights from Québec Province

WestJet is increasing service and launching new routes from Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Québec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport. Overall, the airline is adding 105 more flights per week from Québec province, a capacity increase of 74 per cent.

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Philippine Airlines Places Launch Order for Q400 Two-Class, 86-Seat Version

Philippine Airlines has firmed the letter of intent it signed on October 14 into a purchase agreement for five 86-seat Bombardier Q400s and has secured purchase rights for an additional seven.

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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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On behalf of Alaska Airlines, its sister regional carrier Horizon Air will begin twice-daily non-stop service between Boise in Idaho and Spokane in Washington on August 24.

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Austrian Airlines is adding two tourist destinations to its 2015 network, Mahon on the Mediterranean island of Menorca and Miami in Florida.

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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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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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Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines has acquired two used Bombardier Q400 turboprops from a third party and has announced it plans to begin domestic operations in April.

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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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From mid-June, Alaska Airlines will fly one daily round-trip between Salt Lake City and San Francisco, while Horizon Air will operate a daily round-trip between Salt Lake City and Boise and two daily round-trips between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

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