TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Porter Airlines is exercising existing options
for two Bombardier Aerospace Q400 aircraft. The order represents aircraft 15
and 16 in the Porter fleet, scheduled for delivery in 2009.
Porter's initial 10 firm, 10 option Q400 order is valued at over $500
million US. Six aircraft are delivered and currently in service. The fleet
will double to 12 aircraft by next summer.
"Operating an all-Q400 fleet is an important part of Porter's efficiency
and profitability," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.
"The ability to save 30 to 40 per cent in fuel costs versus comparable jet
aircraft is crucial given today's oil prices."
"The Q400 airliner is one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its
class," said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "With a
360-knot (667 km/h) cruise speed and other features, the Q400 aircraft has
established itself as the benchmark for comfort, efficiency and low
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 currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
Quebec City, Halifax, New York (Newark) and has seasonal flights to Mt.
Tremblant, Que. 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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