Today in the Winnipeg Free Press there was some comments by analysts that WestJet may be trying to expand a little to quickly. Personally I do have some reservations about expanding from 15 aircraft worth about $4 million each to some 70 aircraft worth $40 million each, but I will give WestJet the benefit of the doubt on this one, as they've proven to be very prudent managers thus far.
As far as aircraft splits, I take it that they're looking at some of each for -600/-700 choices. I'm not sure that even WJ knows yet how many of each, they may be able to specify closer to delivery so as to tailor them to what they find they need. That's just my guess, though.
As far as new destinations, I believe it was an interview with Mr. Smith (WJ president) in a paper today (the Globe and Mail, if I remember right, but don't quote me on that) that said they saw potential use for up to 100 aircraft in Canada without flying transborder routes. It also mentioned that the 30 firm orders they have will easily be utilized, and that with their expansion they may not only go east, but may develop routes to up to 12 additional western destinations, and add new routes and new flights to existing cities. That's good news for cities like Brandon, Lethbridge, Whitehorse, Medicine Hat, and a few others (those are only MY personal views on cities with a market for their flights). I sincerely hope that their expansion eastward doesn't ignore developing the western region's routes, but that statement by Mr. Smith at least quelled some of the fears I had that all their effort would be put into YHM and eastward.
Also of interest, WJ is reported to be considering flying into Moncton, in addition to their already announced Halifax intentions. That is unconfirmed rumour as well, though, at this point.