Porter Airlines has not yet taken delivery of its first Embraer E195-E2 jet, but the carrier already wants more. It announced an order for an additional 20 planes this week at the Farnborough International Airshow.
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.– Michael Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines
With this order Porter now holds firm delivery plans for 50 of the larger E2 jet, plus options for a further 50. It is noteworthy that this order did not convert any of the previously announced 50 options.
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. The company says announcements will be forthcoming on routes and in-flight product, including exactly what the cabin layout will be. One key feature already announced is that Porter’s E195-E2 jets will offer in-flight WiFi via Viasat’s Ka-band satellite services.
“Porter Airlines’ ambition for growth while delivering an upgraded passenger experience is set to shake up the industry in North America,” opined Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation. “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.”
Porter’s existing fleet consists of 29 turboprops, operating from the carrier’s home base at Billy Bishop International Airport in downtown Toronto. The new E2 fleet will operate from other airports around the country, as the downtown airport excludes jet operations.
The carrier also faces new competition at Billy Bishop from Connect Airlines. The upstart expects to launch service this Fall, slightly later than originally planned, but with a route network and operating plan very similar to that of Porter.
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