Porter Q400 turboprop to fly first leg of series of biofuel flights from Montréal
MONTRÉAL, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), Bombardier
Aerospace and Porter Airlines today joined forces to launch the
inaugural flight of a series of biofuel flights which will deliver
Raymond Benjamin, the Secretary General of the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) to Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations
Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Prior to departing from
Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to Billy Bishop
Toronto City Airport, executives from each organization emphasized the
importance of investing in sustainable aviation and their commitment to
working with the industry to reduce the environmental impact of
"As signatories of the Aviation Industry Commitment to Action on Climate
Change, we fully share these objectives," said Mr. James C. Cherry,
President & CEO, Aéroports de Montréal. "I would like to take this
opportunity to point out that Montréal-Trudeau airport was the first in
North America to sell carbon credits and that we already have made
several innovative achievements in the area of greenhouse gas
reduction," added Mr. Cherry
This marks the second biofuel flight for Bombardier and Porter this
year. In April, Porter successfully conducted the first biofuel-powered
revenue flight in Canada. In the conclusion to a test program that was
launched in 2010, the airline flew one of its Q400 turboprops from its base at Toronto City Airport to Ottawa using a
50/50 blend of biofuel and Jet A1 fuel in one of its engines. Today's flight is using the same fuel in one engine - certified to the
new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D7566/D1655 standard
and derived from the oilseed crop, Camelina sativa* (49 per cent) and Brassica carinata* (one per cent). The aircraft's other engine is powered by Jet A1 fuel.
The biofuel research is only one of many initiatives Bombardier has
embarked on in recent years in the area of sustainable aviation as a
pillar of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility program.
Bombardier is also involved in numerous projects to reduce the
environmental footprint of its sites and its products by using a
lifecycle approach including Design for Environment and the
implementation of LEED building standards at its manufacturing sites.
"Bombardier is proud to be involved in this symbolic journey for the
industry," said Hélène V. Gagnon, Vice-President, Public Affairs,
Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Bombardier
Aerospace. "As a leading aircraft manufacturer we must act as a role
model for the industry where the environment is concerned, not only by
designing and building innovative and responsible products, but by
working in partnership with the entire industry to find solutions that
can benefit us all in the long term."
Porter operates a single-type fleet of 26 Q400 aircraft throughout its regional network.
"One reason that Porter initially chose the Q400 aircraft is because of its efficiency characteristics, including
substantially reduced fuel usage and emissions compared to comparable
jet aircraft," said Robert Cordes, Executive Vice President and COO,
Porter Airlines. "Biofuel used on a regular basis has the potential to
make even greater improvements in the future. We're proud to contribute
to this goal as part of overall industry efforts."
About Q400 aircraft
The Q400 turboprop airliner, which is built at Bombardier's Toronto, Ontario
facility, is the advanced successor to Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-Series family of aircraft. Optimized for short-haul operations, the
"comfortably greener," 70- to 80-seat Q400 aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. It
provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating economics
with a reduced environmental footprint.
Setting new environmental standards, the Q400 aircraft uses 30 to 40 per cent less fuel and produces 30 to 40 per cent
fewer emissions on routes where it has replaced similar-capacity, older
jets. Overall, the Q400 aircraft is 15 decibels quieter than ICAO Chapter 4 noise standards;
raising the bar for the entire industry.
More than 380 Q400 aircraft are in service with approximately 40 operators in 30
countries, on six continents. These aircraft have transported more than
177 million passengers.
ADM is the local airport authority responsible for the management,
operation and development of Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau and
Montréal-Mirabel international airports since 1992. The Corporation
employs 600 people at both airports and at head office. ADM has been
ISO 14001 certified since 2000.
About Porter Airlines
Founded in 2006, Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying
with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality and restoring
glamour and refinement to air travel. An Official 4 Star Airline® in
the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated second in the
world in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards Top Small Airlines
category, Porter is committed to providing a premium travel experience.
Complimentary amenities include luxurious airport lounges, Starbucks
coffee, premium snacks, and wine or beer onboard.
The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal,
Québec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste.
Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway),
Boston (Logan), Washington, D.C., and has seasonal flights to Mt.
Tremblant, Que., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Burlington, Vt. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.
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mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient,
sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles,
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leader in transportation.
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*Camelina sativa and Brassica carinata are members of the family of flowering plants known as the Brassicaceae. The
Brassicaceae also include well-known plants such as broccoli, cabbage,
cauliflower and turnips.
Bombardier, Dash 8, NextGen, Q400 and Q-Series are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
SOURCE Porter Airlines Inc.
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