“An incredible year of opportunity”: Porter Airlines has big plans on the horizon

Porter pushes ahead with expansion plans, orders more E195-E2s

TORONTO — Porter Airlines has ordered an additional 20 Embraer E195-E2 passenger jets, as it pushes ahead with expansion plans.

The order is on top of the company’s existing 30 firm orders. Porter will use the E195-E2 to extend its service to destinations throughout North America.

The deal is valued at US$1.56 billion and brings Porter’s orders with Embraer to a total of up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft, with 50 firm commitments and 50 purchase rights.

Last year Porter ordered 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further 50 aircraft, worth US$5.82 billion at list price, with all options exercised.

“Embraer has a proven aircraft, representing the best of environmental efficiency, operating performance and passenger comfort. We are in final preparations to introduce the E195-E2 to North America, joining other global airlines already benefiting from its use,” says Michael Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines.

Deluce adds: “The aircraft will become core to our fleet, as Porter reshapes passenger expectations for air travel in same way we did over 15 years ago.”

Announcements about initial routes, in-flight product and more are coming soon. Porter’s first delivery and entry into service is scheduled starting in the second half of 2022. The E195-E2 accommodates between 120 and 146 passengers.

It was just about this time last year that Porter first announced its expansion plans, with more aircraft and new destinations in Western Canada and the U.S. West Coast, Mexico and the Caribbean, from new gateways including Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

The company says it’s set to disrupt Canadian aviation with its investment and expansion, enhancing competition and elevating passenger service levels. Porter also says the moves will create some 6,000 new jobs.

The E195-E2s will be deployed to popular business and leisure destinations throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson.