WestJet confirms Q400 order

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WestJet has formally ordered 20 Bombardier Q400s that were selected two months ago after a heated competition with the ATR 72-600.

The order valued at $683 million at list prices includes options to buy 25 more Q400s, raising the potential list value of the deal to $1.59 billion.

The Canadian low-cost carrier plans to use the Q400s to launch a regional airline in the second half of 2013.