Porter Airlines becomes new Embraer E2 customer

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Canadian regional airline Porter Airlines announced plans to venture into the jet age with 30 new Embraer E195-E2. Its sister company, Porter Aircraft Leasing, ordered the aircraft back in April as an anonymous customer and also signed up for 50 additional options.

Porter Airlines currently operates around 30 De Havilland Dash 8-400 from its hub at Toronto City Airport to domestic cities and a few cross-border destinations in the United States. The airline suspended operations in March 2020 after the Covid-19 pandemic got hold of the aviation industry, but has since announced plans to restart operations on September 8th.

It had originally ordered 30 then-Bombardier CS100 (now Airbus A220-100) in 2013 on the condition of a runway extension at Toronto City Airport. However, this permission was never granted by the Canadian government and plans for jet operations were scrapped. Now, with the upcoming Embraer fleet, Porter plans to open new bases at Toronto Pearson, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax and launch new routes to Canada‘s Western parts, as well as to the United States where tentative plans indicate routes to California, Texas and Florida.