LONDON – Canada’s Porter Airlines is celebrating the first flights with its new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft to Ottowa and Montreal.
Whilst these routes are currently being served by the airlines Dash 8-400 fleet, the introduction of new E195-E2 service on these routes means passengers have more choice when travelling to and from the Greater Toronto area. The Dash 8’s currently operate out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ).
As it expands from Pearson Airport, Porter will effectively become the only airline with comprehensive networks at both of Toronto’s main airports, focusing on regional flights via Billy Bishop and other top North American destinations at Pearson.
Additional flights at Pearson begin this month, starting with Vancouver (Feb. 7), Edmonton (Feb. 14), Calgary (Feb. 22) and Halifax (Feb. 23).
More announcements are forthcoming, as Porter establishes its E195-E2 network. The airline intends to build a presence in key Eastern Canada cities.
These will include Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax, and will connect across the continent to the west coast, southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.
PorterReserve builds on the perks of the airline’s existing signature in-flight service – referred to as PorterClassic – featuring complimentary beer and wine served in glassware, along with a selection of premium snacks.
PorterReserve also includes dedicated airport check-in, early boarding, enhanced legroom, two checked bags and the ability to change flights without a fee. On longer flights, there is an enhanced catering menu featuring fresh, healthy meals, pre-mixed cocktails and additional snack options.
The Embraer E195-E2
Porter is debuting the E195-E2 for North American travellers, featuring a 132-seat, all-economy, two-by-two configuration, and free, fast WiFi for every passenger.
The airline has ordered up to 100 E195-E2s, including 50 firm deliveries scheduled to arrive over the next two years. Porter is the only airline with no middle seats on every flight, including its existing De Havilland Dash 8-400 fleet.
Service on the Toronto Pearson-Ottawa route begins with four daily, non-stop return flights. Service on the Montreal route begins with three daily, non-stop return flights and increases to four on February 7.
Porter Airlines CEO statement
Speaking on the bolstering of services with the new Embraer aircraft, Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines said:
“A tremendous amount of innovation and dedication was invested to get us to this point and today our team members get to see the results of their efforts.”
“Now passengers can fly with us using either Toronto airport and experience the style, care and charm that only Porter provides.”
“Our emphasis on service and treating economy passengers with dignity challenges expectations for what flying should be like.”
“It’s a momentous occasion and it makes sense that these first flights connect with our two longest-standing partners, Montreal and Ottawa, where we have been serving these communities from Billy Bishop since 2006,” he concluded.