Porter Airlines have announced their first three long-haul routes to the west coast on their new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, departing out of Toronto Pearson (YYZ) to Vancouver (YVR), Calgary (YYC), and Edmonton (YEG). The aircraft will also be flown out of Pearson to Ottawa (YOW) and Montreal (YUL) for the first time, previously only serviced out of Billy Bishop (YTZ). Passengers can now choose to travel with Porter using two Toronto airports on these popular routes.

For the first time in its 16-year history, Porter is able to offer non-stop direct flights to Western Canada, giving travellers the ability to fly across the country with an airline that prioritizes enjoyable economy air travel for every passenger. Building on the distinct service it offers today in regional air travel, Porter is introducing a new economy experience with an even greater commitment to hospitality and sustainability, at highly competitive fares. This new approach to economy air travel challenges what every North American airline does today. 

Porter’s existing signature in-flight experience featuring complimentary beer and wine served in glassware, along with a selection of premium snacks, will continue to be part of the journey. The introduction of the E195-E2 also brings passengers free, fast WiFi. On longer flights, Porter is adding the option of fresh meals made with real food and healthy ingredients. 

A collection of six fares is available to support a broader product offering, including two new options specifically for the PorterReserve all-inclusive economy experience. These fares are currently available for purchase, with the associated in-flight amenities starting Feb. 1. This includes routes served by E195-E2 and Dash 8-400 aircraft.

Porter will offer a 132-seat, all-economy, two-by-two configuration. It is the only airline with no middle seats on every flight, including its existing De Havilland Dash 8-400 fleet. Porter’s order for up to 100 E195-E2s means additional routes will continue to be announced regularly. 

The E195-E2 is the most environmentally-friendly single-aisle aircraft, at 65% quieter and up to 25% cleaner than previous-generation technology. It has the lowest fuel consumption per seat and per trip among 120- to 150-seat aircraft, and is the quietest single-aisle jet flying today. Combined with its existing De Havilland Dash 8-400s, Porter will have one of the most environmentally sustainable aircraft fleets in the world.

Sustainability is also at the heart of the new menu design, with a priority on reducing and eventually eliminating single-use plastics onboard, providing biodegradable cups and cutlery, and eco-friendly packaging. Catering partners also feature high-quality Canadian brands that will be announced prior to the introduction of E195-E2 flights.

Flights are now available for booking at www.flyporter.com and with travel agents. Porter Escapes vacation packages will be available soon.

From Toronto Begins flying
Calgary February 21
Edmonton February 14
Vancouver February 7
Montreal February 1
Ottawa February 1

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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.