De Havilland Dash 8-400 (Q400)

The De Havilland Dash 8-400 (Q400) is operated by WestJet Encore. It serves a critical role connecting smaller communities with the wider WestJet network.

Side view of De Havilland Dash 8-400 (Q400)


The De Havilland Dash 8-400 is the highest-capacity turboprop on the market today and has the lowest unit cost. This is due to the modernized engine and aerodynamics of the aircraft, allowing it to use less fuel and transport guests more quickly and efficiently than previous models.

Superior performance characteristics

The De Havilland Dash 8-400 has superior performance characteristics which allow it to operate routes to more remote airports. This aircraft is versatile and can take off from and land at airports with various infrastructure constraints, allowing WestJet to transport more passengers from airports across Canada.

Improved speed and range

The De Havilland Dash 8-400 offers 40 per cent more range and 30 per cent faster cruise speeds compared to conventional turboprops, making it the most productive turboprop on the market. This allows for greater versatility in the routes this aircraft operates, allowing it to go a variety of distances with shorter flight times, improving its efficiency and guest’s comfort.


Seat map of Dash 8-400 (Q400). Seat information available in table below

Inflight services

✔ Inflight snack and drink options on flights longer than 50 minutes (no hot meal service available)

Limited services

Our Dash 8-400 aircraft are not equipped with in-seat AC power or USB sockets, WestJet Connect or in-flight Wi-Fi.

Limited overhead bin space

The Dash 8-400 overhead bin space is often limited on full flights. Guests are encouraged to check carry-on bags for a smoother travel experience.

De Havilland Dash 8-400 flying over water(WestJet Encore)
Family raising drinks on De Havilland Dash 8-400
WestJetters sitting in asile on De Havilland Dash 8-400
De Havilland Dash 8-400 view from above while flying (WestJet Encore)

Flight guide

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WestJet flight attendant greeting guest in aircraft
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