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Friday 24 November 2023

Two new Florida routes for Canada's regional carrier Porter


Porter Airlines has launched two new routes to Orlando International Airport from Toronto Pearson International Airport and Ottawa International Airport using the carrier's new Embraer jets.   

Flying aboard the new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, Porter claims to bring genuine hospitality and an elevated onboard service to a new market.  It offers free, fast WiFi, a selection of premium snacks, and free beer and wine served in proper glassware.

The airline says that priority check-in, extra legroom seats, premium pre-mixed cocktails, and fresh, healthy meals are also available with the higher all-inclusive Porter Reserve fares, or can be purchased as individual elements of your trip with Porter Classic fares. 

The start of service to Orlando marks the third new Florida destination that Porter has touched down since the start of November, following Tampa and Fort Myers.  “Canadians are the most frequent international visitors to Florida, and Porter is proud to take off on two more routes into the Sunshine State,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Porter Airlines. “With Porter’s unrivalled level of comfort for economy travellers, our passengers can look forward to enjoying the journey and the destination.” 

“Ottawa-Gatineau residents have proven that they are very keen to travel to sunny Florida,” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO, Ottawa International Airport Authority. “We are pleased to offer passengers an elevated experience on Porter’s new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft nonstop from YOW. Our partnership with Porter grows stronger with every new destination added.” 

“With Porter’s new service, Orlando International can offer passengers even more choices to visit Orlando’s popular theme parks and fascinating destinations like Toronto and Ottawa,” said Kevin J. Thibault, CEO, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “We are glad to have Porter join our airline family and look forward to many journeys ahead.” 

“We’re pleased to see the launch of Porter’s service to Orlando and their continued commitment to growing their network from Toronto Pearson,” said Khalil Lamrabet, Chief Commercial Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Orlando will be Pearson's second largest transborder market this winter and with heightened demand to Florida Porter's daily service will add 8% more seats between the two markets."  

“Porter’s direct flight service to Orlando provides a new option for travellers to more easily get to the theme park capital of the world,” said Casandra Matej, president and CEO for Visit Orlando. “The timing is ideal, ahead of winter travel, giving Canadians the opportunity to soak up the sunshine this winter and beyond.” 

The new routes give passengers from Florida the opportunity to travel onwards to Western Canada destinations, with connections available to cities including Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

Saturday 26 August 2023

Canadian airline Porter's cabin crew get ready to unionize with CUPE

The cabin crew at Porter are said to be excited about the opportunity to have their voices heard and improve the working conditions at the regional Canadian carrier by joining Canada’s flight attendant union, CUPE.

“Porter cabin crew deserve better working conditions, better wages, and better scheduling in a mutually agreed contract – just like flight attendants at unionized airlines in Canada,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “But without an enforceable contract and a strong union voice, the company makes the rules and can change them whenever they feel like it.”

That will change with CUPE, where Porter cabin crew will have the support and the resources of Canada’s largest union at their disposal to help negotiate a strong contract.

Tuesday 27 June 2023

Porter Airlines spreading its wings to Winnipeg & St. John’s





The Canadian regional airline Porter has started to spread its wings even further as it plans for mass expansion into the  jet travel market from Toronto's Pearson International Airport

From 7th September, Porter will start a double daily service to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport using state-of-the-art, 132-seat Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. 

RouteDepartureArrival
Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) to Winnipeg (YWG)10:05 a.m.11:41 a.m.
Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) to Winnipeg (YWG)3:50 p.m.5:26 p.m.
Winnipeg (YWG) to Toronto-Pearson (YYZ)2:30 p.m.3:55 p.m.
Winnipeg (YWG) to Toronto-Pearson (YYZ)6:20 p.m.9:45 p.m.

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“Winnipegers will soon have access to Porter’s elevated economy experience, an option that doesn’t exist in Winnipeg today,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “Porter has been recognized as having the best cabin service in North America, and we provide that award-winning service to every passenger at highly competitive fares.”

According to the airline, the onboard experience includes complimentary beer and wine served in real glassware, a selection of free premium snacks, fast streaming WiFi, and no middle seats. In addition to this,  the all-inclusive PorterReserve fare includes fresh, healthy meals, and features such as the ability to change flights without a fee, dedicated check-in, extra legroom, and two checked bags. For travellers who want to choose specific features to fit their needs, the PorterClassic fare offers these perks à la carte.

“We’re very excited to welcome Porter Airlines to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport,” said Nick Hays, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Porter is renowned for delivering a unique, high-quality experience, and their expansion west gives travellers from our region another great option as well as more choices. We’re thrilled to help Porter grow and look forward to working together to expand their network from YWG.”


on 6th September the airline starts a daily flight to St John's from Toronto, which again are set to be operated on the new Embraer E195-E2 jets. 

“St. John’s has been an important destination in our Eastern Canada network for many years. With the introduction of the E195 to our fleet and non-stop service to Toronto Pearson, Porter now connects St. John’s from coast to coast. ,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “St. John’s knows Porter provides a level of onboard service that is unmatched by any other carrier and we’re excited to now offer our elevated economy service for them to Toronto-Pearson and Western Canada. ”

“We are thrilled with Porter’s expansion from St. John’s to Toronto-Pearson using the new Embraer aircraft which builds on the current capacity that Porter has at YYT,” said Dennis Hogan, chief executive officer, St. John’s International Airport Authority. “This new route demonstrates Porter’s confidence in the St. John’s market, and we look forward to continuing our valued partnership.”

RouteDepartureArrival
Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) to St. John's (YYT)8:15 p.m.12:45 a.m.
St. John's (YYT) to Toronto-Pearson (YYZ)8:00 a.m.10:00 a.m.

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Manufacturer                          Embraer
Number of aircraft in fleet       TBA  50 confirmed orders
Length                                    41.6 m (136 ft 6 in)
Wing span                              35.1 m (115 ft 2 in)
Tail height                               10.8 m (35 ft 4 in)
Max cruise speed                    Mach 0.82
Maximum ceiling                     12,497 m (41,000 ft)
Maximum take-off weight        62,000 kg (136,686 lb)
Range                                      4,665 km / 2,519 nm
Cabin configuration                  2 by 2
Seating capacity                       132 Seats
Number of rows                        33
Bulkhead rows                          1A, 1B, 1C, 1D
Exit rows                                   1A, 1B, 1C, 1D
                                                  13A, 13B, 13C, 13D
                                                  14A, 14B, 14C, 14D
Overwing rows                          11-17
Seat width                                 46.5 cm (18.3 in)
Lavatories                                 2  1 front, 1 rear


Passenger comforts include:
Natural leather seats.
Adjustable headrests.
Bi-fold, sliding tray table for more space.
Power outlets at every seat.
Unobstructed under-seat footwell area for additional carry-on bag stowage.
Coloured LED mood lighting changes gradually during each phase of flight
Touchless lavatories prevent physical contact, with flush and faucet levers for maximum hygiene.
PorterReserve seatPorterClassic Stretch seatPorterClassic seatWashroomExit

Wednesday 21 June 2023

Porter Airlines and Avolon agree sale and leaseback deal for 10 Embraer E195-E2 jets


The total list price of US$841 million 

The first delivery is scheduled for Q4 2023





Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, and Canadian regional airline Porter have signed a sale and leaseback deal for 10 new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. The new aircraft will support Porter’s expansion of routes within Canada and further into the North American market. The deal has a value of US$841 million based on current list prices but in reality, is considerably lower.  
 
The transaction represents Avolon’s fifth leasing customer in Canada and will increase Avolon’s portfolio exposure in North America. Four of the aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2023, with the balance to be delivered in 2024. 

Porter introduced the E195-E2 to commercial service in February 2023 and plans to expand its fleet in coming years, with 50 firm orders and the option to purchase 50 additional aircraft. Porter’s E2 configuration offers passengers a comfortable 132-seat, all-economy, two-by-two set up, with no middle seats. Initial routes for Porter’s E2 fleet are focused within Canada, but the airline has ambitions to expand quickly to the south, soon offering service for its customers to key markets in the US, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. 

The E195-E2 has been designed to maximize returns and efficiency in achieving 25% lower carbon emissions and fuel burn compared to the previous generation aircraft. The new aircraft also supports Avolon’s progress towards its fleet target of 75% new technology aircraft by 2025.

Paul Geaney, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Avolon commented: “Porter is renowned for its customer experience and has exciting plans for the expansion of its E2 fleet. We are delighted to welcome them as a customer and look forward to partnering on their future growth. Our decision to add the E2 to our portfolio is supported by its growing operator base, with the transaction further diversifying our portfolio, whilst offering attractive returns.  The E2 is a modern fuel-efficient aircraft that offers excellent operating performance, competing effectively with other smaller narrowbody platforms.” 

Jeffrey Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Porter Airlines, commented: “The E2 is an incredible addition to Porter’s fleet, offering best-in-class seat cost economics and providing an ideal platform to deliver the truly differentiated in-flight economy passenger experience that Porter is known for. This means treating everyone with care and offering complimentary amenities like WiFi, and beer and wine served in glassware throughout the cabin. We are excited to partner with Avolon and value their reputation and expertise in aircraft leasing, which makes them an ideal new partner.” 

Martyn Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation, commented: “Embraer is excited to welcome Avolon to the E2 program, another sign that the momentum the E2 is enjoying in the market is set to continue. Adding a lessor of Avolon’s stature to the E2 program is a further endorsement for this great family of aircraft, and the value it delivers to operators and owners alike.”

Wednesday 25 January 2023

New revised loyalty program from Porter Airlines to launch 1st Feburary


To coincide with the start of Porter Airlines’ new Embraer E195-E2 jet service on February 1, 2023, the airline is relaunching its VIPorter loyalty program. The program's new structure expands membership levels, adds benefits and makes it easier for frequent economy travellers to earn the perks they value faster than with any other Canadian airline.

“As we expand our network across North America and introduce amenities for all our passengers that create an elevated economy travel experience, we are also offering our VIPorter members new benefits and bringing frequent travellers perks that other airlines typically only provide to their most elite passengers,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “VIPorter enables members to earn valuable benefits with fewer flights and less annual spend, further elevating the experience for economy travellers.”

VIPorter members earn a minimum of five VIPorter points for every dollar they spend with Porter, including on airfares, checked bags, flight changes and seat selection. Points can be redeemed for flights across the growing Porter network using either points-only or a combination of points and cash. VIPorter plans to introduce the ability to earn and redeem points on other services and airline partners as the airline grows.

Members may redeem as few as 5,000 VIPorter points for a one-way short-haul flight, and as few as 8,500 VIPorter points for a long-haul flight. A combination of points and cash enables passengers to discount their air fare. There are no capacity limits - if a seat is available for sale, points may be used to purchase the seat.

“Other airline programs make earning points and redeeming benefits overly complex, and typically don’t provide full earning power at lower fares. We value the loyalty of all of our passengers. That’s why our members earn 100% of their points on all Porter fares, including Basic economy. That’s just another way we respect economy travellers,” said Jackson.

Once members reach $2,000 in qualifying spend in a calendar year, they become an Avid Traveller. This provides more benefits, which increase as they move through the four Avid Traveller membership levels. Additional perks include faster points accumulation, dedicated airport services, complimentary seat assignments, complimentary PorterClassic Stretch seats with more legroom, complimentary checked baggage and travel flexibility. Members can access these perks sooner than with any other Canadian airline. 

Tuesday 24 January 2023

Porter Airlines all set to relaunch loyalty program at the start of next month.


To coincide with the start of Porter Airlines’ new Embraer E195-E2 jet service on February 1, 2023, the airline is relaunching its VIPorter loyalty program. The program's new structure expands membership levels, adds benefits and makes it easier for frequent economy travellers to earn the perks they value faster than with any other Canadian airline.

“As we expand our network across North America and introduce amenities for all our passengers that create an elevated economy travel experience, we are also offering our VIPorter members new benefits and bringing frequent travellers perks that other airlines typically only provide to their most elite passengers,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “VIPorter enables members to earn valuable benefits with fewer flights and less annual spend, further elevating the experience for economy travellers.”

VIPorter members earn a minimum of five VIPorter points for every dollar they spend with Porter, including on airfares, checked bags, flight changes and seat selection. Points can be redeemed for flights across the growing Porter network using either points-only or a combination of points and cash. VIPorter plans to introduce the ability to earn and redeem points on other services and airline partners as the airline grows.

Members may redeem as few as 5,000 VIPorter points for a one-way short-haul flight, and as few as 8,500 VIPorter points for a long-haul flight. A combination of points and cash enables passengers to discount their air fare. There are no capacity limits - if a seat is available for sale, points may be used to purchase the seat.

“Other airline programs make earning points and redeeming benefits overly complex, and typically don’t provide full earning power at lower fares. We value the loyalty of all of our passengers. That’s why our members earn 100% of their points on all Porter fares, including Basic economy. That’s just another way we respect economy travellers,” said Jackson.

Once members reach $2,000 in qualifying spend in a calendar year, they become an Avid Traveller. This provides more benefits, which increase as they move through the four Avid Traveller membership levels. Additional perks include faster points accumulation, dedicated airport services, complimentary seat assignments, complimentary PorterClassic Stretch seats with more legroom, complimentary checked baggage and travel flexibility. Members can access these perks sooner than with any other Canadian airline. 

Friday 16 September 2022

Canada's Porter secures sale and leaseback for 12 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft

Porter Airlines E195-E2  Photo Porter Airlines


Porter Aviation Holdings Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Porter Aircraft Leasing Corp., has entered into sale and leaseback and pre-delivery payment (PDP) financing agreements for 12 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. TrueNoord, and certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo and serviced by Merx Aviation, are participating in separate transactions for six aircraft each.

Porter has now secured lease agreements with five leasing companies for a total of 26 E195-E2s. These aircraft are part of Porter’s original order for 30 E195-E2s. Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2022.

“There is continuing strong interest in the E195-E2 from the leasing community, with TrueNoord and Merx/Apollo being the latest partners to join our strong lessor group,” said Jeffrey Brown, executive vice president and CFO, Porter. “We anticipate being able to complete transactions for the remaining aircraft in our initial order and look forward to them entering service.”

Garry Topp, TrueNoord Sales Director – Americas, explains that Porter operating E2 aircraft in North America is an inspiring collaboration. “Porter is deeply experienced and know their market well, having successfully operated for more than 15 years. They are blending this experience with great enthusiasm, innovation and creativity to build a successful business around the new E195-E2. This aircraft has the potential to be disruptive to the market and Porter understand the opportunity this creates. They are a great customer to work with and we are proud to be supporting their expansion plans in the region.”

Monday 5 September 2022

Canada's Porter Airlines gets ready for jet operations......

Porter Airlines and FlightSafety International confirm the completion of E195-E2 simulator


Porter Airlines confirms that the installation of the E195-E2 flight simulator by FlightSafety International at its Toronto site has been completed. This is the first simulator of its kind in North America and will support Porter’s pilot training as part of its previously-announced order for up to 100 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.
Photo Porter


Porter Airlines confirms that the installation of the E195-E2 flight simulator by FlightSafety International at its Toronto site has been completed. This is the first simulator of its kind in North America and will support Porter’s pilot training as part of its previously-announced order for up to 100 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

Porter Airlines confirms that the installation of the E195-E2 flight simulator by FlightSafety International at its Toronto site has been completed. This is the first simulator of its kind in North America and will support Porter’s pilot training as part of its previously-announced order for up to 100 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.
Photo Porter
“This is another step forward in our growth plans, as pilots will soon have the opportunity to begin their training ahead of our first E195-E2 flights later this year,” said Paul Moreira, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Porter Airlines. “FlightSafety has been Porter’s pilot training partner since 2006, so we are pleased that they have completed constructing this simulator on time and to be able to continue this partnership as we grow.”

The simulator is located at FlightSafety International’s Toronto Learning Centre, where over 650 Porter pilots will receive training for both the E195-E2 and Dash 8-400. Pilots are able to experience all aspects of real-world flying, including full motion simulation and actual airport environments, in a controlled setting. Porter Airlines finalized an eight-year agreement with FlightSafety International last year to continue as the airline’s exclusive pilot training partner.

“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Porter Airlines to train best-in-class aviators,” said Brad Thress, president and CEO of FlightSafety International. “Since 2006, FlightSafety has been providing innovative and cost-effective training solutions to Porter crews. This proven track record is evidenced by the confidence that Porter has placed in us to deliver E2 solutions for another eight years.”

Photo Porter

Formal training in the E195-E2 simulator begins soon, following recently-completed certification by Transport Canada. Porter intends to begin flying the aircraft later in 2022.

Embraer E195-E2
This is the next-generation aeroplane for Porter.

Saturday 3 September 2022

Porter Airlines and FlightSafety International confirm completion of E195-E2 simulator

Porter Airlines and FlightSafety International confirm the completion of E195-E2 simulator


Porter Airlines confirms that the installation of the E195-E2 flight simulator by FlightSafety International at its Toronto site has been completed. This is the first simulator of its kind in North America and will support Porter’s pilot training as part of its previously-announced order for up to 100 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.
Photo Porter


Porter Airlines confirms that the installation of the E195-E2 flight simulator by FlightSafety International at its Toronto site has been completed. This is the first simulator of its kind in North America and will support Porter’s pilot training as part of its previously-announced order for up to 100 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

Porter Airlines confirms that the installation of the E195-E2 flight simulator by FlightSafety International at its Toronto site has been completed. This is the first simulator of its kind in North America and will support Porter’s pilot training as part of its previously-announced order for up to 100 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.
Photo Porter
“This is another step forward in our growth plans, as pilots will soon have the opportunity to begin their training ahead of our first E195-E2 flights later this year,” said Paul Moreira, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Porter Airlines. “FlightSafety has been Porter’s pilot training partner since 2006, so we are pleased that they have completed constructing this simulator on time and to be able to continue this partnership as we grow.”

The simulator is located at FlightSafety International’s Toronto Learning Centre, where over 650 Porter pilots will receive training for both the E195-E2 and Dash 8-400. Pilots are able to experience all aspects of real-world flying, including full motion simulation and actual airport environments, in a controlled setting. Porter Airlines finalized an eight-year agreement with FlightSafety International last year to continue as the airline’s exclusive pilot training partner.

“We are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Porter Airlines to train best-in-class aviators,” said Brad Thress, president and CEO of FlightSafety International. “Since 2006, FlightSafety has been providing innovative and cost-effective training solutions to Porter crews. This proven track record is evidenced by the confidence that Porter has placed in us to deliver E2 solutions for another eight years.”

Photo Porter

Formal training in the E195-E2 simulator begins soon, following recently-completed certification by Transport Canada. Porter intends to begin flying the aircraft later in 2022.

Embraer E195-E2
This is the next-generation aeroplane for Porter.

Wednesday 20 July 2022

Billy Bishops' Porter Airlines puts in order for 20 Embraer E195-E2 jets.....



The Canadian regional carrier, Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 20 Embraer E195-E2 passenger jets, adding to their existing 30 firm orders. Porter will use the E195-E2 to extend its award-winning service to destinations throughout North America. The deal, with a list price value of US$1.56 billion, brings Porter's orders with Embraer to a total of up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft, with 50 firm commitments and 50 purchase rights.

In 2021, 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.

Michael Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines said, "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. 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 are forthcoming that will detail our initial routes, in-flight product and other details."


Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, "Porter Airlines' ambition for growth while delivering an upgraded passenger experience is set to shake up the industry in North America. With 50 E2s now on firm order, Porter is set to make a stunning debut as North American launch customer for the E195-E2. Their commitment today to a further 20 jets, so soon after their first order, demonstrates the unbeatable performance and economics of the E2 family; the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the segment. The E195-E2 also delivers 25% lower carbon emissions than previous generation aircraft."

Porter Airlines will be the North American launch customer for Embraer's newest family of jets, the E2. Porter's investment is set to disrupt Canadian aviation; enhancing competition, elevating passenger service levels and creating as many as 6,000 new jobs. Porter intends to deploy the E195-E2s to popular business and leisure destinations throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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. Configuration plans for Porter's E2s will be revealed in due course.






Tuesday 19 July 2022

Porter Airlines shows expansion ambitions with order for 20 more Embraer E195-E2s jets



The Canadian regional carrier, Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 20 Embraer E195-E2 passenger jets, adding to their existing 30 firm orders. Porter will use the E195-E2 to extend its award-winning service to destinations throughout North America. The deal, with a list price value of US$1.56 billion, brings Porter's orders with Embraer to a total of up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft, with 50 firm commitments and 50 purchase rights.

In 2021, 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.

Michael Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines said, "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. 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 are forthcoming that will detail our initial routes, in-flight product and other details."


Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, "Porter Airlines' ambition for growth while delivering an upgraded passenger experience is set to shake up the industry in North America. With 50 E2s now on firm order, Porter is set to make a stunning debut as North American launch customer for the E195-E2. Their commitment today to a further 20 jets, so soon after their first order, demonstrates the unbeatable performance and economics of the E2 family; the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the segment. The E195-E2 also delivers 25% lower carbon emissions than previous generation aircraft."

Porter Airlines will be the North American launch customer for Embraer's newest family of jets, the E2. Porter's investment is set to disrupt Canadian aviation; enhancing competition, elevating passenger service levels and creating as many as 6,000 new jobs. Porter intends to deploy the E195-E2s to popular business and leisure destinations throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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. Configuration plans for Porter's E2s will be revealed in due course.






Sunday 25 July 2021

Porter Airlines extends pilot simulator training agreement with FlightSafety International, including new E2 aircraft

Porter Airlines extends pilot simulator training agreement with FlightSafety International, including new E2 aircraft (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Porter Airlines has finalized a new eight-year agreement with FlightSafety International to continue as the airline's exclusive pilot training partner. This includes the installation of North America's first E2 flight simulator to support Porter's recent order for up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

The new simulator comes online in April 2022, ahead of Porter beginning E2 operations in the second half of next year. It is expanding its current regional network to serve destinations across North America, including the west coast, southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.

Porter is continuing its 15-year relationship with FlightSafety International at the company's Toronto Learning Centre. Over 650 Porter pilots will receive ongoing training at the facility for the E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400.

"This agreement is an example of how Porter's investment in new aircraft is creating new jobs and opportunities for Canada's aerospace industry," said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "FlightSafety is a long-standing partner of Porter's and our pilots will continue receiving the very best training with them for years to come."

The flight simulators that Porter uses at FlightSafety are certified to the highest Transport Canada standards. Pilots are able to experience all aspects of real-world flying, including full-motion simulation and actual airport environments, in a controlled setting. This allows for the most realistic and effective training environment, including safely dealing with unusual and complex scenarios.

Porter and FlightSafety have additional agreements for training flight attendants and maintenance engineers on the Dash 8-400. This is part of an overall training program that ensures Porter team members are among the safest in the world.



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Monday 12 July 2021

Porter Airlines makes surprise order for up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft........


The Billy Bishop Toronto airport-based Porter Airlines is extending its wings and going further than ever before, if it can raise the funds for a massive purchase of up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

These jets have a transcontinental range and are scheduled to enter into service with the Canadian air carrier in the second half of 2022. However, these jets are not able to operate out of Porter's home base of the city centre Billy Bishop airport, so the carrier is opening up new bases including at Toronto's main international airport Pearson. That means going head to head with the much larger and stronger Air Canada and WestJet. 

The airline says it will fly the Embraer E195-E2s to popular destinations from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax as well as Toronto Pearson International Airport. The firm hasn't indicated which destinations will be chosen or from which base yet, but says details of the specific routes will be determined in advance of aircraft deliveries.

The Brazillian made jets accommodate between 120 and 146 passengers and Porter says they will feature a passenger-focused cabin design, emphasizing space and comfort which complements Porter’s traditional service offering.  The configuration resembles the airline's De Havilland Dash-8/Bombardier Q400 aircraft with two seats an aisle and then another two seats, so nobody is stuck in the middle of a row. These aircraft will also have large cabin windows, big overhead bins and mood lighting.

Wednesday 19 May 2021

Porter Airlines restart date kicked to 20th July


The Canadian airline based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Porter Airlines has moved its restart date forward from 21st June to 20 July.

The regional airline that flies a fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft stopped flying back on 21st March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. 

“It’s encouraging to see the recovery of the aviation industry in the U.S.,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “As vaccination rates in Canada increase, we are hopeful travel restrictions and public health measures will ease, so we can recall our team members, welcome back our passengers and begin to rebuild the airline.”

Many local business commentators have voice concern over whether the carrier will ever return to the skies,  it had previously named 29th June 2020 as its restart date. The carrier then changed its mind and named 29th July 20 as the date of recommencement, but that was shifted to 31st August 20, delayed to 7th October 20, then 12th November 20, on to  15th December 20.  In 2021 previous proposed start dates include 11th Feb, 29th March, 19th May, 21st June and now July.  







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Thursday 8 April 2021

A new airline will be coming to Toronto's Billy Bishop City Airport this October.......

A new airline is all set to start operating this October, from Billy Bishop City Airport in Toronto in direct competition with Porter which also operates out of the same city centre airport. And, just like Porter,  this new airline will be using Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft to service various destinations in the Northeast and the Midwest areas of the United States.

The new carrier will be called Connect Airlines and is the brainchild of Waltzing Matilda Aviation (WMA) which is an FAA licensed Part 135 private jet charter operator based in Bedford,  Massachusetts. The company has been going since June 2008 and has operated thousands of hours of safe and reliable flying out of the Boston area.

WMA owns and operates both its own aircraft as well as managed aircraft and believes in utilizing the latest technology to ensure the safest operations. The current aircraft are equipped with the latest avionics that allows for landings with lower visibility conditions than most aircraft.

Connect Airlines aims to offer a premium style service for day-tripping business travellers direct into Toronto's downtown island Billy Bishop airport, subject to regulatory approvals.  John Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of WMA, comments: "We are passionate about how aviation brings people, cultures and business together. Especially in these challenging times, we are committed to delivering the world's most rewarding premium travel experience with safety, service, convenience and reliability."

Saturday 22 June 2019

Hydraulic system failure the likely cause of Port Airlines Q400 heavy landing at Hamilton

Photo Kurt Greul
A failure in the hydraulic system is said to be the main cause of the heavy emergency landing of a Porter Airlines Bombardier Q400 which burst all main landing gear tyres on June 18th at Hamilton, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). 

The aircraft was operating Porter flight 458 from Montreal to Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto when the "flight crew experienced hydraulic issues and declared an emergency" said the TSA.  The plane, registration C-GLQB was made by Bombardier and delivered to the Canadian regional airline during 2006.

Monday 29 April 2019

Enjoy summer in Mont Tremblant with Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines flights to Mont Tremblant, Que., are back in time for summer fun. Seasonal service begins June 21st, and runs until September 22nd, 2019. Flights operate up to four times weekly starting July 28 through Labour Day, and two times weekly for the remainder of the season.

Passengers fly non-stop from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Mont Tremblant International Airport in just 70 minutes. For a complete schedule and booking details, visit www.flyporter.com.

The picturesque village transforms during the summer months. Full of green spaces and boasting 400 lakes and streams, Mont Tremblant offers an abundance of outdoor scenery. Travellers can enjoy a variety of outdoor adventures, including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, golfing and water activities. There’s also a range of entertainment and events, including the Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival (July 5-14), Wanderlust (Aug. 22-25), and Iron Man (Aug. 18).

There is plenty on offer, from peaceful mountain retreats, family-friendly getaways to outdoor adventures that get your adrenaline pumping.

Saturday 13 April 2019

Robert Deluce appointed executive chairman at Porter Airlines as part of leadership reorganization

Big moves at the top of the Canadian regional airline that operates out of Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto. Porter Airlines has confirmed this week that it is reorganizing its top management to ensure continuity for its immediate and future development.

Effective immediately, Robert Deluce, Porter’s founding president and CEO, assumes the new role of executive chairman, enhancing his existing responsibilities as a member of the board of directors, while staying engaged in Porter’s core business strategies. He also remains as the company’s accountable executive for Transport Canada.

This change is supported by a series of realigned executive responsibilities. Michael Deluce now takes on president and CEO duties. As a founding team member at Porter, Michael was instrumental in defining Porter’s successful business plan, commercial and brand strategies, and has been a key part of realising that vision in the role of executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

Friday 29 March 2019

Porter to start Muskoka service in June


RMS Segwun, Muskoka            Photo Explorers' Edge
The Canadian regional airline based at the small but perfectly formed Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto, Porter Airlines recently confirmed it would be introducing a service to Muskoka Airport this summer.

Muskoka has established itself among the world’s iconic summer retreats and the new Porter flight will operate twice a week - every Thursday and Monday from 27th June until 3rd September. The flying time between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Muskoka Airport is just twenty minutes and will be timed to connect with Porters growing route network from its Toronto base.

“Muskoka is an inspiring destination that attracts travellers from near and far,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “This new route serves as a great opportunity to link Muskoka to our North American network.”

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Porter's Newfoundland 2019 schedule


The Canadian regional air carrier, Porter Airlines recently released its 2019 schedule for Stephenville, Newfoundland which will feature 48 round-trip flights operating between Halifax, starting May 4th this year and run through until January 8th, 2020. 

We are ready to begin our sixth year of service in Stephenville,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It is an important route for locals and an opportunity for visitors to access a unique area of the province.”