Embraer E195-E2 now faces 737 MAX on coast-to-coast route in Canada

Porter Airlines started a 5-hour flight between Ottawa and Vancouver, covering almost 2,000 nautical miles

Porter Airlines has become a trailblazer for Embraer’s E2 family of commercial jets. Owner of an order for 50 E195-E2s, the Canadian airline began receiving its planes at the end of 2022 and today has 14 units in its fleet.

Thanks to Embraer’s largest commercial aircraft, Porter was able to expand its network exponentially since it only operated with Dash 8 turboprops.

In addition to establishing routes within the country, Porter also flies to the United States with the E195-E2, marking the debut of the model in that country.

On July 26, however, the Embraer aircraft reached another milestone when it debuted on the first Porter Airlines route on the west coast of Canada.

The flight between Ottawa and Vancouver put Porter in direct competition with Air Canada, WestJet and Flair Airlines, which use Boeing 737 jets on the route, including the MAX model, which has a great autonomy.

Porter Airlines E195-E2 cabin (Embraer)

In fact, the new route shows that the E195-E2 is also a jet capable of covering long distances. Ottawa and Vancouver are about 2,000 nm (3,600 km) apart, covered in a five-hour flight.

“The Ottawa-Vancouver route is an important part of our expansion as we build a coast-to-coast network that offers travelers our unique approach to economy air travel,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Travellers can connect through our well-established Eastern Canada network and enjoy Porter’s elevated economy experience each step of the way.”

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Porter Airlines’ E195-E2s are configured with 132 seats and feature free WiFi, among other amenities.

In September, the Canadian carrier will inaugurate another destination with the Embraer jet from Ottawa, the city of Edmonton, also in the western part of the country.


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