Mon, Apr 04, 2011
Airline Increases Q400 Fleet To 26 Airplanes
Porter Airlines of Toronto has placed a firm order for two
Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. The transaction
involves the conversion of two of the six options announced by
Bombardier along with Porter's firm order for four Q400 NextGen
aircraft on August 6, 2010.
Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the order
announced today is valued at approximately $61 million. The two
aircraft will increase the total number of Q400 and Q400 NextGen
aircraft ordered by Porter to 26; 20 of these are already in
Porter Airlines began operations from Billy Bishop Toronto City
Airport in October 2006, with two aircraft and two destinations.
The airline, which currently serves 16 destinations in Canada and
the United States, celebrated its 100,000th flight on March 11,
2011 with special guests and passengers at St. John's International
Airport prior to the flight's departure.
"Bombardier's Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have been perfect
for our operations based at Toronto's downtown airport," said
Robert Deluce, President and Chief Executive Officer, Porter
Airlines. "Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have a reduced
environmental impact, and they are also fast and comfortable for
"In just four and a half years, Porter Airlines has become
Canada's third-largest scheduled airline with a combination of the
right aircraft and a devotion to passenger care and comfort," said
Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "We are
very proud that Bombardier's Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have
played a pivotal role in Porter's success story."
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