We could tell from the packed house of media and the growing buzz that there was some big news in store for Porter Airlines.
The beloved airline of frequent young professional business travellers announced that they had signed a purchase agreement for up to 30 Bombardier CS100 Aircrafts and revealed that Porter is the unidentified “Americas-based” CSeries Aircrafts customer that Bombardier hinted at in December. The C-Series flight deck and cabin demonstration are now on display (and will be all month) at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The delivery of the first CS100 would be in 2016.
“Following an in-depth analysis of existing and re-engined aircraft, we have selected the all-new CS100 airliner for its flexibility and suitability for urban operations, including outstanding fuel efficiency and short airfield performance, as well as reduced sound and emissions,” said Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The aircraft fits perfectly into our business plan and growth strategy and we are proud to be the Canadian launch customer for Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft. We look forward to expanding our network with an all-Bombardier fleet of CS100 jetliners and Q400 turboprops- promoting greener, quieter flying.”
This revelation could very well change the way that us young professionals travel and the frequency in which we turn to the ever-so-convenient Porter Airlines.
The purchase means the opening of new Porter destinations, like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Florida and the Caribbean! This is, however, still a conditional deal between Porter and Bombardier and is ultimately dependent on city approval. Nonetheless, we must say- we’re excited!