Canada’s Porter Airlines has signed a firm order to purchase four Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has taken options on an additional six Q400 NextGen aircraft.
Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, Bombardier values Porter Airlines‘ firm order at approximately US$120 million, which could increase to US$308 million should the airline convert all six options to firm orders.
The four aircraft will increase Porter’s fleet of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft to 24. Porter took delivery of its 20th aircraft, and the 300th Q400 aircraft to be delivered, in April 2010.
Based to Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport on Toronto Island, about 100 yeards offshore from downtown Toronto, Porter began operations in October 2006 with flights to Ottawa and now serves 14 destinations in Canada and the U.S.
“Bombardier’s Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft’s quiet comfort, fuel-efficiency and lower environmental footprint help us to deliver on our ‘flying refined’ brand promise, and they continue to be the ideal aircraft for our operations based at the urban Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport,” says Robert Deluce, president and chief executive officer of Porter Airlines.
“Porter Airlines is one of Canada’s airline success stories, and more importantly, Porter has succeeded in the face of challenging economic conditions, proving that with the right aircraft and a devotion to quality passenger care, adverse economic conditions can be overcome,” says Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners are also a global success story, and this additional order is a testament to their reliability and operational flexibility.”
Optimized for short-haul operations, the 70- to 80-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. Bombardier designed it to balance passenger comfort and operating economics and offer a reduced environmental footprint. Including Porter’s new order, Bombardier has booked firm orders for a total of 389 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft.
As of April 30, 2010, 300 had been delivered. The aircraft are in service with 30 operators worldwide.