The transaction involves the conversion to firm orders of six of the 15 options taken by Jazz Air when it placed its original order for 15 Q400 NextGens, announced on April 30, 2010. Jazz will operate the aircraft under the Air Canada Express banner.

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Calgary-based WestJet has signed a conditional order for 20 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops, upping its commitment from the letter of intent to purchase the aircraft that it signed on May 1. The transaction also includes options on an additional 25.

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WestJet has signed a letter of intent to purchase 20 Q400 NextGen turboprops, with the option to purchase a further 25. The airline expects to announce its initial regional schedule using the Q400 NextGens later in 2012.

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Alaska Airlines’ sister regional carrier Horizon Air is launching a new daily non-stop service between Portland International Airport in Oregon and Pasco in Washington starting on August 27.

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On April 1, Pinnacle Airlines Corp. and its subsidiaries Colgan Air and Pinnacle Airlines filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code for protection from creditors and existing contracts.

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Based on the list price for the Bombardier Q400 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order at approximately US$246 million. Bombardier says the contract value would increase to US$625 million should all 12 options be converted to firm orders.

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Horizon Air is the largest operator of Bombardier Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft in the Americas, with 48 aircraft in service today. Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen airliner, Bombardier Aerospace values the new order at approximately US$60 million.

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Two of the five fast-turboprop aircraft will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines and three by its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo. The order announced on February 16 will increase the number of Bombardier Q400 NextGen airliners purchased by Ethiopian Airlines to 13.

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Horizon Air is launching daily non-stop service from San Diego to the California cities of Monterey and Santa Rosa and twice-daily service from San Diego to Fresno. The carrier will also begin twice-daily service between Reno in Nevada and Bay Area city San Jose.

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From April 16, Porter Airlines will operate three round-trip flights a day between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Washington Dulles on weekdays and a lesser schedule on weekends.

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Alaska Airlines and sister carrier Horizon Air will fly 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States partly powered by biofuel, starting on November 9. The flights will link Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with Washington D.C. and Portland, Oregon.

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The airline will operate twice-weekly round-trip flights from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Burlington International Airport, beginning on December 15 and continuing until April 8.

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Alaska Airlines is launching nonstop daily service between Seattle and Kansas City in Missouri starting March 12, 2012. Meanwhile, sister regional carrier Horizon Air is launching new seasonal service between Palm Springs and San Jose, California starting February 17, 2012.

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A firm order from an undisclosed customer for four Q400 NextGen high-speed turboprop airliners announced on August 16 was placed by Luxair. The transaction also included options for Luxair on an additional four Q400 NextGen aircraft.

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Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has taken delivery of the first two of 15 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners it ordered in December 2010.

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United Continental Holdings says it will invest more than $500 million dollars in its on-board service product in addition to the 25 new aircraft – among them some Boeing 787s – that the airline will introduce to its fleet next year.

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Horizon Air will operate the flights with 76-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops and will fly the services from June 5 through August 27.

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The carrier will operate one daily round-trip flight between April 18 and June 5, 2011, at which point Frontier Airlines will increase its summer service to four daily round-trip flights.

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Fast-growing Canadian carrier Porter Airlines is keen to add routes to Philadelphia and the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area from its downtown-Toronto hub by 2012 – and possibly much sooner.

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