Bombardier announced on August 1st, 2012 that the conditional order placed by WestJet for DHC-8Q-400s on May 1st, 2012, has been converted to a firm order for up to 45 DHC-8Q-Q400 NextGen aircraft. The airline’s order includes 20 firm aircraft and options on an additional 25.
WestJet plans to launch their new regional airline in the second half of 2013. The airline will be the fifth operator and fourth airline in Canada to operate the DHC-8Q-400.
Including WestJet’s order, Bombardier has booked firm orders for 454 Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners and DHC-8Q-400s are in service with 40 operators in 30 countries, on six continents. DHC-8Q-400s have carried more than 227 million passengers and logged more than 3.5 million flight hours and over 3.8 million take-offs and landings in the program’s history.