This entails a firm deal for 20 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft with a list price value of US$1.56bn.
Consequently, when including this latest development, Porter’s orderbook with the Brazilian-based manufacturer is boosted to 100 E195-E2s, made up of 50 firm commitments, and the same number as purchase rights.
Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, commented: “Embraer has a proven aircraft, representing the best of environmental efficiency, operating performance and passenger comfort. We are in final preparations to introduce the E195-E2 to North America, joining other global airlines already benefiting from its use. The aircraft will become core to our fleet, as Porter reshapes passenger expectations for air travel in [the] same way we did over 15 years ago. Announcements are forthcoming that will detail our initial routes, in-flight product and other details.”
Prior to today’s (July 19) announcement for 20 more firmed up E2s, Porter previously placed an initial 30-strong firm order for the E195-E2 back in 2021, which included purchase rights for an additional 50 jets, worth US$5.82bn at list prices, with all options exercised.
Arjan Meijer, president and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation, added: “Porter Airlines’ ambition for growth while delivering an upgraded passenger experience is set to shake up the industry in North America. With 50 E2s now on firm order, Porter is set to make a stunning debut as North American launch customer for the E195-E2. Their commitment today to a further 20 jets, so soon after their first order, demonstrates the unbeatable performance and economics of the E2 family: the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the segment. The E195-E2 also delivers 25% lower carbon emissions than previous generation aircraft.”
According to the airline – North America’s launch customer for the E2 – it moots deployment of the next-generation type to a swathe of destinations on both popular business and leisure routes. These would be served from Toronto/Pearson, Halifax, Ottawa and Montréal to locations “throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean”.
Porter, currently an all-turboprop operator fielding a 29-strong inventory of De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s, is due to receive its first E195-E2 example – understood to be PR-EDO (c/n 19020069), which is yet to be put onto the Canadian register – in the second half of 2022, followed shortly by its entry-into-service.