TORONTO, July 16 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines is exercising two existing
options for Bombardier Aerospace Q400 aircraft. This represents aircraft 13
and 14 in the Porter fleet from an original order of 10 firm and 10 options.
The two aircraft are valued at approximately $52 million U.S. based on
list prices. Six Q400s are delivered and currently in service. Within one
year, the fleet will double in size to 12 aircraft and the full order of 20 is
expected to be delivered in less than two years.
"Porter is continuing its steady, successful growth curve with the
confirmation of this order," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter
Airlines. "We've been able to maintain a full level of customer service while
adding aircraft, employees and destinations at a time when many carriers are
making difficult decisions about the future."
Porter was recently recognized by Bombardier for achieving 99.59 per cent
dispatch reliability, the highest in the world for all Q400 operators.
"The Q400 continues to serve Porter well as the ideal aircraft for our
regional routes," added Deluce. "The passenger comfort, fuel efficiency and
reliability help us deliver a unique passenger experience."
"Final assembly for the Q400 aircraft is done at Bombardier's Toronto
site, so Porter Airlines' operation is an ideal showcase for the airliner,"
said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The lower CO2
gas emissions and quiet operation of the airliner make it ideally suited to
the Toronto City Centre Airport and similar downtown airfields such as London
City Airport in the United Kingdom. The Q400 aircraft is truly a 21st century
Total firm orders for the Q400 aircraft now stand at 308, with 200
delivered as of April 30, 2008.
Porter operates a 70-seat version of the Q400, one of the most
fuel-efficient aircraft in its class, burning less fuel per seat than most
regional and narrow-body jets. With leather seating, extended legroom and a
667 km/h cruising speed, the Q400 sets new standards for comfort, fuel
efficiency and low emissions.
About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines Inc. is a regional passenger carrier based at Toronto
City Centre Airport. The airline serves Toronto, New York (Newark), Ottawa,
Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and Mt. Tremblant. Porter plans to fly to at
least 17 short-haul Canadian and U.S. destinations. Visit www.flyporter.com or
call (416) 619-8622 or (888) 619-8622 for more information.
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