WestJet Encore is WestJet’s wholly owned regional affiliate which launched operations on 24-Jun-2013. The carrier utilises Bombardier Q400 equipment on underserved regional services which would not otherwise be viable with WestJet’s larger Boeing 737 fleet. WestJet Encore is based in Calgary, Canada with a secondary hub planned for Toronto.
In May-2019, WestJet announced Onex Corporation entered a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding WestJet shares for CAD31 (USD23) per share, after which the airline will operate as a privately held company. The transaction value is approximately CAD5 billion (USD3.7 billion) and is subject to court and shareholder approval and receipt of certain regulatory approvals, including approval under the Canada Transportation Act.
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