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article imageWestJet to use Bombardier planes for regional routes

By Matt Cianfarani     May 1, 2012 in Travel
Calgary-based WestJet airlines has announced the purchase of up to 45 Bombardier's Canadian built Q400 turboprop aircraft.
WestJet has debunked rumours of the purchase of several European built ATR aircraft with the announcement of it's purchase of Canadian planes.
"We are very impressed with the Q400," said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet's president and chief executive, as reported by the CBC.
Saretsky mentioned the reason behind the purchasing of the Q400 over the ATR was ultimately due to their combination of range, speed and seating.
"We look forward to working with another great Canadian company," Saretsky said.
WestJet recently announced record-breaking profits last quarter, with a net income of $68.3 million dollars (49 cents per share). The Bombardier planes will be assembled in Toronto, Canada. Bombardier, which is Canada's largest aerospace company and the world's third-largest aircraft maker after Boeing and Airbus.
According to the WSJ, WestJet says it has placed firm orders for 20 Bombardier Q400s and taken options on 25 others.
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