WestJet Encore converts purchase options for 9 Bombardier Q400 aircraft

WestJet has converted the last nine of its original 25 options to firm orders for Bombardier Q400 aircraft, scheduled for delivery between April 2017 and June 2018, the company said.

With the conversion of these options, WestJet Encore said it will have a fleet of 45 Q400 aircraft by the end of 2018. The airline has no further options for more Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

WestJet expects second quarter 2016 capital expenditures to be between USD260 million and USD270 million and full-year 2016 capital expenditures of between USD900 million to USD920 million, an increase from previous expectations primarily as a result of deposits associated with converting these purchase options.

WestJet is a Canadian airline with scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.