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WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*  
User currently offlinestlgph From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8746 times:

Would join the fleet of Boeing 737's. I think the plane would look sharp in their colors.

This confirms a deal which was previously reported on May 1, Bombardier won the order over ATR.


"Bombardier Aerospace announced today that WestJet, an Alberta partnership, has signed a conditional order for
20 Q400 NextGen turboprops. The transaction also includes options on an additional 25 Q400 NextGen aircraft. Order based on list price for the 20 is ~$683m."


http://www.bombardier.com/en/corpora...ses/details?docID=0901260d8022079b



[Edited 2012-06-28 13:10:18]

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User currently offlineheathrow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8664 times:

I don't think this is a major shock to anyone.

Exciting news none the less. I will keep my eye out next year.

Any word of what will happen to their 737-600's?


User currently offlinestlgph From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8652 times:

Quoting heathrow (Reply 1):
I don't think this is a major shock to anyone.

Exciting news none the less. I will keep my eye out next year.

No, but it's always nice to hear the news if you're associated with either of the two companies, that's for sure. Always a good morale booster for company pride in a 'down economy.'

And if you're into stocks - always nice to buy a little bit here and there in advance of the announcement and see if it goes up in value.


User currently offlinesunking737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 8538 times:

Good all around more airline jobs in Canada. Can't wait to see the first one.

User currently offlineYYZatcboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8150 times:
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This is old news. The big question now is where will they fly them first (east/west canada) and what the new destinations be once they are done subbing out 737's and replacing with Q4's.

User currently offlineCRJ900X From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7816 times:

So can this order be added to Bombardier's order book as a done deal, or does it still need to be "firmed" up at a later date?

I only ask this because the press release states that this is a "conditional" order.


User currently offlinecat3dual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7783 times:

Quoting heathrow (Reply 1):

If they part with them, scrap heap. And rightly so. Horrible airplane economically.


User currently offlinerailker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7527 times:

I'd say their first destinations, (considering that with the exception of Calgary and Fort McMurray is all contracted ground crews) might be those cities where the ground crews have experience handling other airlines' Q400s? i.e. in YYJ, Canwest handles Horizon Air. Though nothing all the training and purchasing of new ground equipment can't help in the months of preparation that'll no doubt be put forth for the first Q entering service.

User currently offlinepictues From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6380 times:

Quoting railker (Reply 7):
Though nothing all the training and purchasing of new ground equipment can't help in the months of preparation that'll no doubt be put forth for the first Q entering service.

Not much new equipment needed, only need 1 beltloaderro to load a Q400, but I guess they would need the dc ground power units.


User currently offlinexdlx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6287 times:

Quoting cat3dual (Reply 6):

Janet will take them....


User currently onlinebrilondon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4819 times:

Quoting heathrow (Reply 1):
Any word of what will happen to their 737-600's?

Would they not keep the 600's for their routes in Alberta?

The Q400's may be used in the Ontario market, or to expand from YWG to other points around Western Canada not including YYC and YEG. I doubt they would expand in eastern Canada unless they set up something at YHZ.

[Edited 2012-06-29 08:52:19]

User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4818 times:

Quoting brilondon (Reply 10):

Quoting heathrow (Reply 1):
Any word of what will happen to their 737-600's?

Would they not keep the 600's for their routes in Alberta?

The Q400's may be used in the Ontario market, or to expand from YWG to other points around Western Canada not including YYC and YEG. I doubt they would expand in eastern Canada unless they set up something at

I read the -600s do ok for them.

If not, I'm sure the US Government will take them for LAS flights into the desert like the rest of them.


User currently offlinerailker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4468 times:

Quoting pictues (Reply 8):
Not much new equipment needed, only need 1 beltloaderro to load a Q400, but I guess they would need the dc ground power units.

Also need a portable ramp in the event of flying customers who need the aisle chair, unless they go the 'brute strength' method of getting it up the stairs. And the bottom lip of the door tends to necessitate a small step. And the forward cargo door will need a set of stairs to access properly. But the belt loader, carts, etc. can definitely be used universally.


User currently offlinerikkus67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4296 times:

YQL, please. That is all.... for Southern Alberta, that is.

When I was involved with Westjet ('99-'05), I had asked about the YQL route. At the time they were studying an East/West route: YWG - YQR - YQL - YLW - YVR. That route would have restored and extended the YQL-YLW-YVR route that Time Air did with their Dash 7's & 8's. The route was dropped with reorganizing under the Canadi>n Regional banner. I believe that YQL is "on the radar", but whether they are served East-West, or North-South will be a guess for a while.

Regardless, congrats to Westjet and Bombardier. Good to see the Dash flying in Canadian skies for the foreseeable future!


User currently onlinebrilondon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4120 times:

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 11):
I read the -600s do ok for them.

That's what I thought.


User currently offlineredzeppelin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3285 times:

Quoting cat3dual (Reply 6):
If they part with them, scrap heap. And rightly so. Horrible airplane economically.

Is there any private market for a used 736 for conversion to a VIP transport?


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