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WestJet to launch Encore in June

Feb. 11, 2013, Calgary - WestJet Airlines says it will launch its new Encore regional service using Bombardier turboprops in Western Canada beginning in June.


February 11, 2013
By The Canadian Press

The airline will begin with daily flights between Fort St. John, B.C. and Vancouver, and Fort St. John and Calgary with its first two 78-seat Q400 turboprops.

Additional routes will be added as it takes delivery of five more planes by the end of the year.

WestJet says lower-cost Encore will reduce fares by up to 50 per cent. The introductory fare on the routes from B.C.'s
energy capital are $109 plus taxes, or up to $172.

The airline has firm orders for 20 Q400s and options for 25 more planes over the next six years.

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The Calgary-based carrier is facing increased competition from Air Canada which recently announced increased frequencies
in Western Canada with its own fleet of Bombardier Q400s, operated by Jazz.

After increasing its regional service in the west, WestJet plans to introduce Encore to eastern Canada in about nine to 12 months.