Toronto-based Porter Airlines has announced its plans to purchase Bombardier CS100 aircraft for use on flights to new destinations originating out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The purchase is conditional on Porter receiving permission to fly jets into the city airport and expand its main runway to accommodate the jets.
At a press conference held today Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines, revealed that the airline has signed a conditional purchase order for 12 Bombardier CS100 aircraft, with options for an additional 18 CS100 aircraft. The agreement also includes purchase rights for six Q400 NextGen aircraft. Delivery of Porter’s first CS100 aircraft would be in 2016. The total purchase value could reach $2.29 billion US, if all options and purchase rights are exercised.
“We have determined that the CS100 airliner with a 107-seat configuration is the ideal aircraft to operate from our home base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and will make it possible for Porter to open up new destinations, such as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Florida and the Caribbean,” said Deluce. “Bombardier has developed an environmentally-friendly, state-of-the-art aircraft that will have comparable sound level to our existing quiet Q400 turboprops, and offer passengers wider seats, larger windows and more baggage space.”
However, before Porter can proceed with the purchase it must secure the support of the signatories to the Tripartite Agreement that has governed Billy Bishop Toronto City airport since 1983: the City of Toronto, Government of Canada, and Toronto Port Authority.
Porter is seeking two amendments to the agreement:
- Permission to use the CS100 aircraft at the airport
- Permission to extend each end of the existing main runway 168 meters
“We’re looking forward to open, transparent and productive discussions with all three parties on this exciting opportunity,” said Deluce. “This is an important step for Porter and good news for Toronto and the travelling public.”
Complete information on Porter’s expansion plans and the CS100 is available at www.porterplans.com.