WestJet made an initial order of 20 Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 NextGen (Q400 NextGen) aircraft through a letter of intent on May 1, 2012, which resulted in a conditional order on June 28, 2012. A firm order of 20 Q400 NextGen and 25 options was announced on August 1, 2012.] The ATR- 72-600 had been considered, having a lower initial acquisition price and better fuel economy on short flights but slower speed, worse fuel economy on longer flights and slightly less passenger capacity. The second factor that prompted WestJet to introduce encore is financial factor WestJet was purpose-built to introduce more competition and lower airfares for Canadians. It was designed to change air travel forever by eliminating silly rules and stripping away costs that made it so expensive to fly that air travel became a luxury for some. WestJet Encore is designed to do the same thing for Canadians, particularly those in small and medium-sized communities whose populations are not large enough to sustain bigger jet aircraft. Historically, in markets where Encore has introduced service, particularly those markets previously served by a single carrier, fares have dropped by as much as 50 per cent while travel has increased by as much as 90 per cent. The third factor that leads to introduction of Encore is social The entry of WestJet Encore service has meant not only lower airfares and more opportunities to travel for individuals and families, but large institutions in sectors such as health care and education are better able to recruit and retain top-level talent because of increased access and connectivity to and from communities. WestJet Encore is enriching lives in communities from coast to coast. It is driving the growth of local and regional economies, creating jobs, enhancing transportation networks, connecting businesses and families, and enabling communities to unlock their potential.
Q: 3 Benefits from RNP are safer, more direct approaches — saving fuel and time — lower minimum approaches (increasing operational efficiency), and a reduction in airport noise and emissions. With RNP, aircraft can operate into terrain-challenged airports, fly precise ground tracks repeatedly and allow approaches to closely spaced parallel runways in inclement weather. RNP approaches also are used to avoid restricted airspace such as that of Reagan National Airport outside Washington, D.C., with its proximity to the White House. Alaska Airlines was one of the first carriers to fly the new FAA approach when the airport reopened after 9-11. The RNP procedure provides an instrument approach along the Potomac River that copies the VFR approach used in good weather.
- Fall '17
- Avianca, Instrument approach, WestJet Airlines, Boeing 737