Bombardier Delivers WestJet's First Q400 NextGen Airliner

--  New regional airline WestJet Encore to commence operations on 
    June 24, 2013 
TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Bombardier Aerospace and WestJet today announced 
the delivery of the first of 20 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners ordered by 
WestJet. The aircraft will be operated by the new regional carrier, WestJet 
Encore and will serve multiple destinations, beginning in Western Canada in 
its first year of service. WestJet also holds options for 25 additional Q400 
NextGen aircraft. 
Earlier this year, WestJet announced plans to begin service with Encore on 
June 24, 2013, opening new routes to Fort St. John and Nanaimo, British 
Columbia, as well as Brandon, Manitoba, on September 3, 2013. Flights to 
points in Alberta and Saskatchewan are to be added later this year, along with 
additional flights to cities already served by WestJet. 
Today, Bombardier Aerospace hosted a special delivery ceremony in Toronto 
alongside more than 100 WestJetters, including Gregg Saretsky, President and 
Chief Executive Officer, WestJet and Ferio Pugliese, President, WestJet 
Encore, and Executive Vice-President, WestJet. Also on site in Toronto, where 
the Q400 NextGen airliners are manufactured, were Mike Arcamone, President, 
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Simon Roberts, Vice-President and General 
Manager, Turboprop Programs and the Toronto Site, Bombardier Aerospace and 
guests from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. 
"WestJetters have been looking forward to this moment since the Q400 NextGen 
demo aircraft touched down in Calgary for the first time last year. Today, we 
are thrilled that this great Canadian turboprop will be the backbone of 
WestJet Encore's operations, servicing new destinations and effectively 
connecting more cities," Mr. Pugliese said. "With an unmatched balance of 
speed, comfort, cost efficiencies and highly regarded environmental qualities, 
the Q400 NextGen aircraft will also allow us to operate more efficiently as we 
enhance service on more routes. This versatility opens up many new 
possibilities and options for Canadians, as well as increases the frequency of 
flights to better serve travellers." 
"It was a delight to see the Q400 NextGen turboprop unveiled in WestJet's 
iconic colours today as WestJet Encore now officially kicks off its Q400 
aircraft's western-Canada migration," said Mike Arcamone, President, 
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "WestJet has enjoyed remarkable growth since 
its inception, and as a productivity machine, our made-in-Canada Q400 NextGen 
aircraft is well equipped to support that tradition and to meet the needs of 
both this great Canadian airline and its guests. This very versatile aircraft 
is efficient on short-haul missions or can use its speed to reach regional 
destinations farther afield, making it competitive with jets on longer sectors 
-- a perfect fit for WestJet." 
WestJet began operations in 1996 with 220 employees, three jets and five 
destinations. Today the airline has more than 9,000 employees, over 103 
aircraft and serves 86 destinations in North and Central America and the 
Bombardier has booked firm orders for 468 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft. 
Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 243 
million passengers and have logged over 4.2 million flight hours and more than 
4.5 million take-offs and landings in service with close to 50 operators in 
over 30 countries on five continents. 
About Q400 NextGen aircraft 
The Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner, which is built at Bombardier's Toronto, 
Ontario facility, is the most recent development in the evolution of the Q400 
aircraft, and the advanced successor to Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of 
aircraft. Optimized for short-haul operations, the "comfortably greener," 70- 
to 80-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient 
turboprop. It provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating 
economics with a reduced environmental footprint. 
About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 86 
destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by 
an award-winning culture of care, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. 
Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than 9,000 
WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of more than 100 Boeing 
Next-Generation 737 and Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft, WestJet strives to 
be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world. 
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About Bombardier 
Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking 
far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by 
answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable 
transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our 
employees are what make us a global leader in transportation. 
Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the 
Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability 
World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, 
we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier. 
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