Porter to Open New E195-E2 Crew Bases

The Canadian carrier plans on opening new E195-E2 crew bases in Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Porter Airlines is continuing its growth with the opening of three new pilot and cabin crew bases for its Embraer E195-E2 fleet. According to an internal memo, the Canadian airline will be adding these bases in Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Details: Porter’s Three New Crew Bases

After operating for a decade and a half out of Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport with a fleet of Dash 8 Q400 turboprops, Porter placed an order for 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets in 2021. As jet aircraft are not permitted at Toronto’s smaller airport, this move also meant that Porter was expanding to Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Porter’s 29 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft entered service in early 2023 and now serve over a dozen destinations across Canada and the United States. It’s no secret that the carrier has ambitious growth plans for its jet fleet, as it has an additional 46 jets on order.

The airline has kept its Dash 8 and E195-E2 crew bases separate. It currently has an E195-E2 base at Toronto Pearson and Dash 8 crew bases at Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport, Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Thunder Bay International Airport, and Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

The three new E195-E2 crew bases will be at Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, Montréal–Trudeau International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport. Porter has been expanding its E195-E2 operations beyond its Toronto Pearson hub and the introduction of these new crew bases signals the carrier’s intention to continue to do so.

Porter CEO Michael Deluce speaks at the gate prior to the airline’s inaugural flight from Vancouver to Toronto in February 2023. [Photo: AirlineGeeks | Andrew Chen]

Porter’s Growing Jet Operations

Porter already has multiple E195-E2 routes from these three airports, including Ottawa–Vancouver, Ottawa–Orlando, and Toronto Pearson–Vancouver, and the airline plans on starting E195-E2 operations in Montreal this spring with flights to Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

The carrier has also steadily been introducing jet routes to the United States, both from Toronto Pearson and Ottawa. There are also plans for Porter to start flying from a brand-new terminal at Montréal – Saint Hubert Airport.

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on AirlineGeeks.com.


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