Inaugural | Regina - Minneapolis

Recipe for Chicken Soup

Departure Airport: Regina International Airport (YQR/CYQR)
Arrival Airport: Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport (MSP/KMSP)
Airline: WestJet Encore
Aircraft: Bombardier Dash 8 - Q400
Flight Time: 1 hour, 48 minutes

Today, April 28th, WestJet’s regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore inaugurated a new service from Regina, in Canada’s Saskatchewan province to Minneapolis. This marks Encore’s first Minneapolis service (WestJet mainline has a variety of routes from the Land of 10,000 Lakes) as well as MSP’s only Q400 route.

I decided to recreate today’s inaugural in real time with Infinite Flight. Enjoy!


Pushback and engine startup off Gate 2


After a quick taxi to Runway 13, we rocketed out over the farmlands of Saskatchewan


Banking southeast over the outskirts of Regina


The farms are looking very… farmy today


Things above Devil’s Lake, North Dakota seem peaceful enough, but the weather in Minneapolis was deteriorating as the airport was being slammed with rain and heavy winds


Hector International Airport, in Fargo (@Harrison_S summon)


We entered some moderate turbulence on the edge of the system as we began our descent near Saint Cloud, Minnesota


Visibility worsening as the winds increase nearing MSP


Very unstable looking approach


Touchdown! Welcome to Minneapolis! It was a rough landing, but a landing nonetheless


This was definitely a fun flight, and I’m glad to be able to log it with @WestJetVirtual !


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Good photos, now we need a dash 8 rework.

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Thank you! I agree. I really wish it had a live cockpit, and being able to use APPR would be really nice, especially in low visibility situations like I encountered. On final, I think the visibility was about 2 KM, which is definitely a challenge.

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Aaaand I have been summoned😂. Great shots, I’ll be trying WestJet out this summer to Vancouver.

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Very cool! Where are you connecting via, if I may inquire?

Driving up to Winnipeg and flying out of there. Weirdly it was $20 cheaper to fly premium than economy on the way there.

I just did i flight with this aircraft, and I agree.
BTW we need to fix the PAX issue on the aircraft

Great shots anything on the Dash 8 is amazing!!