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WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:03 pm
by stlgph
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]

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:14 pm
by heathrow
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?

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:16 pm
by stlgph
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.

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:36 pm
by sunking737
Good all around more airline jobs in Canada. Can't wait to see the first one.

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:54 pm
by YYZatcboy
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.

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:52 am
by CRJ900X
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.

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:58 am
by cat3dual
Quoting heathrow (Reply 1):

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

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:38 am
by railker
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.

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:34 pm
by pictues
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.

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:45 pm
by xdlx
Quoting cat3dual (Reply 6):

Janet will take them....

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:50 pm
by brilondon
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]

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:51 pm
by CHRISBA777ER
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.

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:36 pm
by railker
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.

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:04 pm
by rikkus67
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!

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:27 pm
by brilondon
Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 11):
I read the -600s do ok for them.

That's what I thought.

RE: WestJet: Order Up To 45 Q400's *confirmed*

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:46 pm
by redzeppelin
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?