Transport Canada has issued an air operator certificate (AOC) for WestJet Encore, clearing the way for the new regional affiliate of Calgary-based WestJet to launch operations June 24. WestJet, an all Boeing 737-operator, decided last year to launch a turboprop regional subsidiary to serve smaller Canadian markets unsuited for 737 services and to feed its mainline network. It placed a firm order for 20 Bombardier Q400s for Encore and also took 25 Q400 options. It received its first ...

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