WestJet Encore

WestJet Encore is a Canadian regional airline that began operations in 2013. Air service originally started in Western Canada, but routes in the eastern half of the country were added later. It was initially staffed with non-union employees but the pilots have since unionized. The airline operates Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.

About WestJet Encore in brief

Summary WestJet EncoreWestJet Encore is a Canadian regional airline that began operations in 2013. Air service originally started in Western Canada, but routes in the eastern half of the country were added later. It was initially staffed with non-union employees but the pilots have since unionized. The airline operates Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. It is owned by WestJet Airlines, Ltd. which also is the holding company for Westjet Airlines. The company is a wholly owned but legally separate airline from WestJet. In August 2015, the airline adopted a revised livery with a teal-and-blue stylized maple leaf with a WestJet logo. The tail and type style remained the same with the word ‘WestJet’ replaced with the teal and blue word ‘Encore’ The airline is the fourth largest operator of the Bombardie Q400 series. 50% of WestJet EnCore passengers are traveling on connecting flights with WestJetJet. The Westjet Encore fleet of Q400s expanded to 18 aircraft by March 2015, and to 43 aircraft by December 2017. By 2017, it was the fastest-growing operator of Q 400 aircraft in the world. The IATA assigned West jet Encore an airline code of “WR”, which had previously been used by Royal Tongan Airlines. WestJet encore received an Air Operator Certificate separate from West jet Airlines on June 12, 2013.

On June 24, 2013, with two Q 400s in its fleet, it began flights between Calgary International Airport and Saskatoon, Nanaimo, and Fort St. John. It later began service on eastern routes centred on Toronto and Halifax. In 2016, with flights serving Boston Logan Airport; Nashville International Airport was added the following year. West Jet Encore’s service was initially limited to Western Canada but it opened service in June 2014 with a route from Toronto to Thunder Bay, Ontario. It has a partially unionized workforce, having an entirely starting starting target for a union for the airline in August 2015. It also has an entirely non- union staff, having a target target for the union for a Union for the WestJet staff in August 2016. It flies Q400 nextGen on regional flights up to 700 nautical miles. The ATR-72-600 had been considered as a lower initial acquisition price and better fuel economy on short flights but slower speed, worse fuel economy in longer flights and slightly less passenger capacity. The parent company, WestJet Airline, Ltd., formed WestJetEncore, a low-cost carrier.