MIAMI — Calgary-based carrier WestJet Encore has ordered today nine Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprops, exercising all of its remaining options for the aircraft.

Based on the list price for the Q400, the transaction is valued at $293 million US, with deliveries scheduled to take place between 2017 and 2018.

“Bombardier’s Toronto-built Q400 turboprop airliner has allowed us to expand from our Western Canada base to more and more communities from coast to coast across Canada and into the U.S. and welcome more guests to experience WestJet’s hospitality,” said Ferio Pugliese, President, WestJet Encore. “These nine new superb Q400 aircraft will continue to grow our network.”

“In just three years WestJet Encore’s operations have grown from two Q400s serving just two cities to 28 aircraft serving 36 destinations in Canada and the United States. With this order, WestJet Encore has 17 aircraft still to be delivered, which will allow further expansion of the airline’s network,” said Kevin Smith, Vice President, Regional Aircraft, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The Q400 worldwide fleet has logged more than 6.9 million flight hours and has transported more than 429 million passengers. To date, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 556 Q400 from 60 owners and operators in almost 40 countries.