The first two of 50 Embraer E195-E2 ordered by Porter Airlines were delivered at a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in Brazil, the airline announced Wednesday (Dec. 21).
Porter’s new E195-E2 fleet will launch the airline’s new elevated economy experience that aims to challenge the economy offering of every North American airline, "with a new level of generosity and thoughtful service not seen in contemporary economy air travel," the airline said.
The introduction of the aircraft promises to bring all passengers free Wi-Fi, fresh meals, more legroom and two-by-two cabin seating (no middle seats) on every flight.
There will also be a new all-inclusive economy fare called “PorterReserve.”
This fare includes dedicated airport check-in, early boarding, enhanced legroom, fresh meals on longer flights, Porter's signature beer, wine and premium snacks, cocktails, two checked bags and the ability to change flights without a fee.
Porter's traditional economy experience is now referred to as “PorterClassic.”
In the run up to the new year, Embraer will deliver a further three aircraft to Porter.
Porter is the North American launch customer for Embraer’s E195-E2.
The airline is ambitiously expanding operations throughout North America, including to the west coast, southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.
The aircraft will initially be deployed from Toronto Pearson International Airport, with Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa 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 guests: 36, 34, and 30 inches.
“The official delivery of these aircraft is the beginning of a new era for Porter,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The E195-E2 enables us to reach across the continent, beyond our Eastern Canada roots, while introducing a level of service for economy air travellers that no other North American airline provides. It’s an enhanced experience that builds on our reputation for providing an elevated level of service to every passenger at reasonable prices in a single class of service. The first planes are ready to fly to Canada later this month before going into regular service in February.”
Arjan Meijer, president and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said that Porter is "focused on delivering what we all want – making the air travel experience a pleasure rather than a pain."
"Along with their exciting levels of service and generosity, Porter’s entire fleet is also without the dreaded middle seat, and will also satisfy the sustainability needs of Porter’s guests," Meijer said.
"The E195-E2 is the most environmentally-friendly single-aisle aircraft, at 65 per cent quieter and up to 25 per cent cleaner than previous-generation aircraft. It has the lowest fuel consumption per seat and per trip among 120- to 150-seat aircraft, and is the quietest single-aisle jet flying today.”
In total, Porter has orders with Embraer for up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft; 50 firm commitments and 50 purchase rights.
In 2021, Porter ordered 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further 50 aircraft, worth US$5.82 billion at list price, with all options exercised.
A firm order for a further 20 aircraft followed in 2022, valued at US$1.56 billion.