WestJet has taken delivery of the first of 20 Q400 NG turboprops. They will be used by Canada’s new regional airline, WestJet Encore, which is due to begin service on 24 June. The carrier will open new routes to Fort St. John and Nanaimo, British Columbia, as well as Brandon, Manitoba, on September 3, 2013. Flights to points in Alberta and Saskatchewan are to be added later this year, along with additional flights to cities already served by WestJet. "WestJetters have been looking forward to this moment since the Q400 NextGen demo aircraft touched down in Calgary for the first time last year. Today, we are thrilled that this great Canadian turboprop will be the backbone of WestJet Encore's operations, servicing new destinations and effectively connecting more cities," Ferio Pugliese, president of WestJet Encore, and EVP of WestJet, commented. WestJet also holds options for 25 additional Q400 NG aircraft.