Canadian regional carrier Porter Airlines orders up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 jets

Canadian carrier Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 E195-E2 jets ©Embraer

In a bid to disrupt the Canadian aviation landscape, Canadian carrier Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 E195-E2 jets from Brazilian planemaker Embraer. In addition, the carrier has taken an option for a further 50 aircraft. With all options exercised, the deal is valued at US$5.82 billion at list price and Porter Airlines will be the North America launch customer for the new E195-E2 jet.

Currently, Porter Airlines operates an all-turboprop fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400s (also known as the De Havilland Canada DHC-8 or Dash 8), headquartered in Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and commenced operations in 2006. The regional carrier serves 23 destinations through regularly scheduled flights between Toronto and locations in Canada and the United States, though this will change dramatically with the acquisition of the E195-E2 jets.

With delivery due to commence in the latter half of 2022, Porter Airlines intends to deploy the E195-E2s configured for between 120 and 146 passengers to popular business and leisure destinations throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Michael Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines said, “This is a defining moment in Porter’s history. Today we lay the foundation for a new and further reaching service for our customers, delivered in true Porter style and comfort.”

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