Ontario-based Porter Airlines has placed a firm order for 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further 50, to help meet its plan to extend services throughout North America. The aircraft order will be included in Embraer’s second quarter backlog, and would be worth US$5.82 billion at list price with all options exercised. First delivery and entry into service is scheduled from Q3 2022.
Porter Airlines will be the North American launch customer for the E195-E2, which can accommodate between 120 and 146 passengers (Porter’s configuration plans will be revealed in due course). The E2s will give Porter greater flexibility to introduce non-stop service in markets with relatively low passenger numbers, and to add frequencies on higher demand routes. The airline intends to deploy the aircraft to business and leisure destinations throughout Canada, the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean, from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Porter says the investment and routes could create as many as 6,000 new jobs.
Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines stated, “This is a defining moment in Porter’s history. Today we lay the foundation for a new and further reaching service for our customers, delivered in true Porter style and comfort. Embraer’s E2, with its spacious cabin, quiet operations, and no middle seats, provides the refined comfortable experience upon which Porter has built its reputation for service and quality. Our customers are going to love the experience on this jet as much as we already do at Porter.”
Arjan Meijer, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation added, “With this order for up to 80 of our largest aircraft, the E2 is making a stunning North American debut. As the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the segment, the E195-E2 also delivers excellent economic performance that shines through.”