Posted on: 10 April 2013 by Mark Howells
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Porter Airlines has signed a conditional purchase agreement for 12 CS100s, with options for an additional 18 of the model, plus purchase rights on six Q400 NextGen aircraft.
It was also disclosed that Porter is the unidentified, Americas-based customer that signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for CS100 aircraft as announced by Bombardier in December 2012.
"Following an in-depth analysis of existing and re-engined aircraft, we have selected the all-new CS100 for its flexibility and suitability for urban operations, including outstanding fuel efficiency and short airfield performance, as well as reduced sound and emissions," explained Robert Deluce, president and chief executive officer, Porter Airlines. "The aircraft fits perfectly into our business plans and growth strategy and we are also proud to be the Canadian launch customer for Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft.”
At present, Porter’s base at Toronto City Centre Airport requires extension of the runway to enable to operation there of the CS100. The airline says it has begun procedures to bring about such a change but it faces opposiiton from some parts of the local community.