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Bombardier Q400 NextGen, flown by WestJet Encore
WestJet Encore is a Canadian regional airline that began operations in 2013 as a subsidiary of WestJet Airlines, Ltd., the holding company for WestJet Airlines. It is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Originally limited to Western Canada, air service was later supplemented by routes in the eastern half of the country. Pilot bases are in Calgary and Toronto, where many WestJet Encore flights operate. Because WestJet Airlines operates only larger aircraft such as the Boeing 737, the company could not profitably serve many routes with less traffic. WestJet Encore was created to use smaller planes, allowing the company to serve these routes and to increase the frequency of flights on other routes. The airline is the fourth largest operator of the Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft (pictured), a variant of the Bombardier Dash 8. The airline was initially staffed with non-union employees but the pilots have since unionized. (Full article...)
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- ... that basketball player Trey Kell signed with the Bosnian team Igokea over nine other European offers?
- ... that "Wenn ich, o Schöpfer, deine Macht", part of German Protestant and Catholic hymnals, began as a poem by Christian Fürchtegott Gellert from the Age of Enlightenment?
- ... that Kaʻiminaʻauao, a younger sibling of Hawaii's Queen Liliʻuokalani, died in an epidemic that killed more than 10,000 people, mostly Native Hawaiians?
- ... that Niel Gow, a Scottish fiddler, is said to have composed many of his best-known tunes under a tree on the banks of the River Tay?
- ... that in 1381, during the Peasants' Revolt, John Fresshe—later to be Lord Mayor of London—was widely suspected of encouraging the mob to burn down the Marshalsea Prison?
- ... that the United States government purchased John Lennon's boyhood stamp album for the National Philatelic Collection?
- ... that Bob Wood, co-creator of the comic Crime Does Not Pay, served three years in prison for manslaughter, and was murdered a year after his release?
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