Embraer’s most recent customer, the regional airline Porter Airlines, from Canada, completed on February 1st the first domestic commercial flights with the E195-E2 jet. The initial destinations served by the aircraft were Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
Porter Airlines, which has 50 firm orders and 50 options, took delivery of its first six E195-E2s between December and January and had a seventh plane en route to Canada this week. The Embraer planes acquired by the Canadian company have cabins configured with 132 seats.
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“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 challenging dignity expectations for what flying should be like”, celebrated Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.
Porter Airlines is the first carrier in North America to operate a next-generation E2 family jet. The E195-E2 also marks a new stage in the history of the Canadian company, which had never before operated commercial jets. Until then, the carrier flew with Dash 8 turboprops.
In addition to serving domestic flights, Porter also plans to use the new E195-E2 on routes to the west and south coast of the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Later this month, the company informed that it will launch additional flights across Canada with the Embraer jet to Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Halifax.
Porter’s expansion plans, however, are more ambitious. The company has just filed with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting an operating license for the airline “Porter Airlines Canada” to fly from the summer of 2023 within the country.