Bombardier on Wednesday announced short-haul carrier Porter Airlines as the Canadian launch customer for its CSeries aircraft. In December 2012, Porter signed a purchase agreement for a dozen CS100 airliners, with options for up to 18 additional CS100s and purchase rights on six Q400 NextGen aircraft. The $870-million order could increase to $2.29 billion if all options and purchase rights are exercised.
(Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (left) congratulates Robert Deluce, President and Chief Executive Officer, Porter Airlines. Photo, courtesy of Bombardier.)
The announcement was made at Porter's home base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, where the CSeries flight deck and cabin demonstrator was also unveiled. Porter selected Pratt & Whitney's PurePower family of engines to power its new aircraft.
The acquisition of the new aircraft will more than double the airline's current all-Bombardier fleet, and allow it to expand its network to new destinations including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Florida and the Caribbean.
Deliveries of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2016.
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