Ambitious plans on the horizon
TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines, one of North America's
airline success stories, turns seven today.
After beginning service in 2006 with two Bombardier Q400 aircraft and
one route between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Ottawa, Porter
is now clearly recognized around the world for providing a leading
airline experience. Today, this includes an all-Canadian Q400 fleet of
26 aircraft and 19 destinations in Canada and the U.S.
"Aviation is not an easy business to succeed in," said Robert Deluce,
president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "We've been able to grow and
prosper over the years by focusing on a distinct approach to customer
service that sets us apart from competitors. This is largely the result
of a team that cares about what they do and wants to make travel better
for our passengers."
Porter established its reputation by returning amenities to travelers
that had largely disappeared over the years, particularly for shorter
flights. This includes access to airport lounges for all passengers,
beer and wine onboard, and food service - all complimentary.
The airline has now set its sights on destinations that would attract
passengers from across North America using its base at Toronto City
Airport and new Bombardier CS100 aircraft. Destinations such as Western
Canada, California, Florida and the Caribbean are all within reach
using this revolutionary technology that is tailor-made for urban
"The CS100 opens up a new world of possibility for our passengers,
allowing Porter to start new routes and help lower the cost of travel
by introducing competition," said Deluce. "This is the quietest
commercial jet in production with 20 per cent lower fuel burn than
similar aircraft, making it possible for us to consider these growth
plans in a responsible manner."
Porter is pursuing government and regulatory approval to begin operating
the CS100 in 2016. More details and information on how passengers can
show support is available at www.porterplans.com.
Seventh birthday celebrations include an ongoing travel sale with
one-way fares starting at $117, and social media activities on the
airline's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and
effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to
air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline
Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated Best Small Airline in the world by
Condé Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards.
The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste.
Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway),
Boston, Washington (Dulles) and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant,
Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt. Vacation packages are
available from Porter Escapes at www.porterescapes.com.
Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.
SOURCE: Porter Airlines Inc.
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