Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Bombardier says WestJet order of 20 worth $683-million (U.S.)

A Bombardier Q400 jet sits in a hangar at the Bombardier facility in Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday July 25, 2012.

Aaron Vincent Elkaim/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Bombardier Aerospace said Wednesday that WestJet's firm order for 20 Q400 NexGen turboprop aircraft has a list value of $683-million (U.S.).

If the Calgary-based airline exercises all its options for up to 25 additional Q400s, the list value of the total deal would be about US$1.59 billion.

"We are very pleased that our negotiations with Bombardier have led to the finalization of this purchase agreement," said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet's president and CEO.

Story continues below advertisement

"We now look forward to fine tuning our plan to launch our new regional airline in the second half of 2013," Mr. Saretsky said in a news release.

WestJet currently has only Boeing 737s in its fleet but the new regional service — consisting of Bombardier Q400 aircraft — will allow it to increase its presence in smaller markets.

Bombardier said WestJet will be the fifth operator and fourth airline in Canada to put its Q400 aircraft into service, joining approximately 40 other operators around the world.

The Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner, which is built at Bombardier's Toronto facility, is suited to short-haul flights and uses less fuel than regional jets.

Report an error Licensing Options
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Globe Newsletters

Get a summary of news of the day

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.