Porter Airlines has exercised purchase rights to place a firm order for 25 Embraer E195-E2 passenger jets, adding to its 50 existing firm orders.
The new aircraft will be used to extend Porter’s service to destinations throughout North America, according to a press release issued Wednesday (Nov. 29).
The deal, valued at US$2.1billion at list price, brings the airline’s orders with Embraer to 75 firm, with 25 purchase rights remaining. Deliveries from this additional order are set to commence in 2025.
Porter, the North American launch customer for Embraer’s E195-E2, has already taken delivery of 24 E195-E2s, and recently announced new destinations including Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Eestinations in Mexico and the Caribbean are also planned.
The aircraft are currently deployed from Eastern Canada across the country, with a focus on Toronto Pearson International Airport and Ottawa. Halifax and Montreal are also seeing new services with the E195-E2.
Porter has chosen to configure the 146-seat aircraft in a comfortable 132-seat all-economy configuration, with a variety of seat pitches on offer for their guests: 36, 34, and 30 inches.
“At Porter, we entered a new era when we began operating the E195-E2 earlier this year. The jet is exceeding our expectations, especially in terms of fuel use, and delivering an incredible level of customer satisfaction to our passengers with a quiet, comfortable ride. These additional 25 orders enable us to continue extending our reach throughout North America, with more exciting new destinations," said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines.
Porter has an order for up to 100 E195-E2s, and by the end of December, 29 of that aircraft will be in the airline’s possession (in addition to 29 Dash-8s), Jackson said.
By the end of next year, Porter will have its first 50 Embraer jets, and once that happens, the company will look at further expansion into Mexico and the Carribean.
Other potential additions to Porter’s network in the near future include Saskatoon, Regina, Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte and West Palm Beach.
The venture expands services between North, Central and South America, Europe, North Africa, Mexico and the Caribbean, integrating Porter and Air Transat’s complementary, non-overlapping networks at Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Montreal Trudeau (YUL) airports