Tue, Sep 02, 2008
Toronto-Based Airline Adds To Fleet
With today's soaring fuel prices, smaller airlines flying
economical turboprop planes seem to have a leg up on their much
larger competitors. Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that
Toronto-based Porter Airlines has signed a contract to acquire two
more 70-seat Q400 airliners, by converting existing options.
They will be the 15th and 16th Q400 aircraft in the Porter fleet
from an original order for 10 firm and 10 options placed in 2006.
The contract is valued at $52 million list.
"The Q400 airliner continues to serve Porter well. It is the
best aircraft for our current and future route structure," said
Robert Deluce, President and Chief Executive Officer, Porter
Airlines. "The passenger comfort, fuel efficiency and reliability
help us to provide a unique passenger experience."
Porter Airlines currently serves seven destinations in Eastern
Canada and the US, and hopes to increase the number of markets to
at least 17.
"The Q400 airliner is one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft in
its class," said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft. "With a 360-knot (667 km/h) cruise speed and other
features, the Q400 aircraft has established itself as the benchmark
for comfort, efficiency and low emissions."
Bombardier adds Porter was among Q400 aircraft operators
recognized by the planemaker in June 2008 for achieving dispatch
reliability rates exceeding 99 percent in 2007.
With this order, Bombardier has now recorded firm orders for a
total of 312 Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners, with 200 delivered as
of April 30, 2008.
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