Momentum continues into 2013 with the launch of WestJet Encore. Sales of WestJet Encore flights began in early February 2013, with flights to the first two communities to be serviced – Nanaimo and Fort St. John, B.C. – scheduled for June 24, 2013. We will take delivery of seven Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft in 2013, with the first two arriving in June.
Early in 2012, WestJetters voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new airline. WestJet Encore’s mission: to provide lower fares in new Canadian communities, and bring these guests into WestJet’s expansive network; increase frequency on existing routes; and connect existing WestJet destinations currently not serviced by our Boeing 737 fleet.
With our experience building a successful low-cost airline and providing guests with remarkable experiences, we expect WestJet Encore to duplicate the success WestJet had when it started 17 years ago.
*See president’s message to shareholders for cautionary note regarding forward-looking information.