12-Apr-2013 8:32 AM

Porter Airlines to expand North American services with CS100 order

Porter Airlines announced (10-Apr-2013) an order of 30 Bombardier CS100s and six Q400s worth CAD2.31 billion (USD2.29 billion) as part of the carrier's North American expansion. Since launching services from Toronto Billy Bishop Airport in 2006, Porter’s network now serves 19 regional destinations in Canada and the US creating 1400 direct jobs. Porter president and CEO Robert Deluce said, “We have determined that the CS100 airliner with a 107 seat configuration is the ideal aircraft to operate from our home base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and will make it possible for Porter to open up new destinations, such as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Florida and the Caribbean. In order to proceed, we require the support of the signatories to the Tripartite Agreement that has governed Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport since 1983: the City of Toronto, Government of Canada, and Toronto Port Authority. Thirty years ago, when the Tripartite Agreement came into effect, jets were noisy and not particularly environmentally friendly. We chose the CSeries aircraft because they are the world’s quietest commercial jets in production. The CS100 jetliner is ideal for operation at downtown urban airports, is comparably quiet to our existing Q400 fleet, uses less fuel per seat than many modern compact cars, and creates up to 50 per cent lower emissions than similar aircraft.” [more - original PR]

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