Category: Porter Airlines

ALS Canada Brings the Eighth Annual Plane Pull to End ALS to Billy Bishop Airport

The October 20, 2018, event is an opportunity for corporate teams to pull a 37,000-lb plane 100 meters and raise funds to support a future without ALS.

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, ALS Canada is excited to announce that the eighth annual Plane Pull to End ALS will take place at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on Saturday, October 20. Hosted by comedian Justin Landry, this signature fundraising event challenges teams of 10-12 people to work together to pull a 37,000-lb Porter Airlines plane — by hand — 100 meters to raise funds for ALS Canada.

Last year’s winning team pulled the plane in just 44 seconds. This year’s fundraising goal is $90,000 and net proceeds from the event will be invested in community-based support, advocacy and research for a future without ALS.

“The Plane Pull for ALS is an incredibly unique, team-building experience and an opportunity for the corporate community to rally behind a cause that is so in need of support — ALS is a terminal disease of progressive paralysis with no cure, it steals lives within two to five years of diagnosis,” said Tammy Moore, CEO, ALS Canada. “This new partnership with Porter Airlines and PortsToronto will give our highly-motivated teams a first-class experience like no other and at the same time they will be making a difference.”

For the first time ever, the Plane Pull will offer participants a rare opportunity to experience Billy Bishop Airport as they never have before. Starting at 8:00 am Saturday morning, teams will be given their security and safety briefing as they are shuttled across the runway to the event area. Once airside, the 10-person teams will be assembled, rope in hand to pull a Porter Airlines plane as fast as they can. As they return to the terminal, the event will continue until 1:30 pm with awards, prizes, food and music with DJ Docta.

“Every plane pull needs a plane, and we’re able to contribute this, along with the support of our team members,” said Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines. “This is an ideal event for Porter to get involved with at our home airport.”

“We are thrilled to partner with ALS Canada and host the organization’s eighth annual Plane Pull to End ALS at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport,” said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto. “PortsToronto is looking forward to participating in the Plane Pull and cheering on all the teams who will be pulling together to raise funds to end ALS.”

Media are invited to cover this worthy event and have the chance to be on-site at Billy Bishop Airport. Interviews are also available in advance with spokespeople Tammy Moore, CEO ALS Canada; Dr. David Taylor, VP of Research, ALS Canada; returning team captain Lolo Lam of Equitable Bank, a sponsor of the event; and host Justin Landry.

Limited media opportunities are available on-site to cover/photograph the event.

Registration for the Plane Pull is almost full and only a few spots remain for teams of 10-12 people each. Visit als.ca/planepull to sign up your team and begin fundraising. You can also support an existing team or make a one-time donation. Attendance at this exclusive event is limited only to those who have entered teams.

The Plane Pull to End ALS is sponsored by Equitable Bank, Porter Airlines and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

For more information and updates leading up to the Plane Pull, visit als.ca and find the Plane Pull on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @ALSCanada using #ALSPlanePull

 

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Air Canada, WestJet raising checked baggage fees for lowest-fare passengers

MONTREAL – THE CANADIAN PRESS – 28 August 2018

Many Canadians will be forced to spend a little more to travel after Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. said they are increasing fees for passengers to check their bags.

The country’s two largest airlines are raising the fee for the first checked bag to $30 from $25, and for the second bag to $50 from $30.

The moves were made swiftly after major U.S. airline JetBlue Airways Corp. hiked its fees for checked bags and to change a ticket.

“This is the first change since 2014 and will help offset overall increasing costs and keep overall ticket prices competitive,” Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur wrote in an email.

The new baggage fees apply on flights across Canada, to and from the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico, departing on or after Oct. 5.

WestJet’s changes apply on flights starting Oct. 1 for domestic bookings made as of last Friday, and as of Tuesday on flights to the U.S. and international destinations.

“By raising fees for optional services, such as checked bags, we can continue to maintain the lower fares our guests expect,” added WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart.

She said its fares and fees allow passengers to pay for services that matter most to them.

The fees apply to the lowest fare classes at both airlines.

Air Canada economy flex and economy comfort fares will continue to receive a first checked bag free of charge as will elite members and those who booked Air Canada Vacations packages. Military personnel with identification have up to three free checked bags, regardless of destination.

Fees are waived for WestJet Plus passengers, gold and silver rewards members or those booking with RBC World Elite Mastercards.

Porter Airlines says its fees aren’t changing.  Air Transat and Sunwing couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Airlines have been adding fees for a decade and now charge for seats with more legroom, early boarding, upgrades, food and beverages, entertainment and wireless access. Air Canada earned more than $1 billion from these payments last year while WestJet collected about $440 million.

The world’s top 10 airlines collected US$29.7 billion in revenues from ancillary fees last year, up from US$2.1 billion a decade ago, according to IdeaWorksCompany, a U.S. research company that tracks airline revenue.

Porter Airlines and Aeroplan Announce New Comprehensive Partnership

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ORONTO, Aug. 3, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Porter Airlines and Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM) are announcing a comprehensive partnership designating Porter as a preferred Canadian airline to issue Aeroplan Miles on Porter routes effective July 2020. Porter will also become a redemption partner, as of the effective time of the agreement, offering up to 60% of seat inventory for the purchase of flights with Aeroplan Miles at fixed-rate prices. The arrangement includes an extensive cooperative marketing program targeting existing Aeroplan members, with an emphasis on members who travel on Porter routes.

“This is a unique opportunity for Porter to join a well-established travel loyalty program and, in the future, reach its vast member base to aggressively promote our airline,” said Michael Deluce, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Porter Airlines. “Our current VIPorter members will benefit from Aeroplan’s enhanced range of loyalty services, with an ability to earn and redeem points with a growing network of airlines and other brands.”

Points from Porter’s existing VIPorter loyalty program will be converted into Aeroplan Miles when the agreement becomes effective in 2020. Porter passengers will then be able to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles on all Porter flights, plus across the growing Aeroplan collection of more than 75 travel and retail partners. This includes international airlines covering much of the globe.

“Today’s announcement with Porter is consistent with our strategy to further differentiate and strengthen our air offering come July 2020,” said Jeremy Rabe, Chief Executive Officer, Aimia. “We’ve committed to our five million members that they will be able to choose any seat on any airline, anywhere, any time with the new Aeroplan program. By adding Porter, Canada’s top-rated airline, as a preferred airline partner as of July 2020, we will deliver our members industry-leading value on many popular routes.”

The VIPorter loyalty status program will be maintained beyond June 2020 to deliver benefits for frequent flyers, such as priority boarding, complimentary seat selection and checked baggage allowances. Other details will be communicated to members before that time.

Porter Airlines Introducing Basic Fare

Basic fare class intended for price-conscious traveller

TORONTO, July 11, 2018 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is introducing a new entry-level fare class to meet increasing demand from travellers wanting to choose from a range of prices and service options they most value.

porter.jpgThe new Basic fare is an entry-level product designed to provide essential services for passengers with definite travel plans. It delivers the lowest available price on select flights booked at least 21 days prior to departure.

Key features of the Basic fare are:

  • Lowest price
  • Itinerary changes and cancellations are not permitted; no refunds or credits are issued
  • Online check-in is permitted; boarding passes must be retrieved at the airport check-in counter
  • One personal item, such as a small purse or briefcase, is permitted onboard; all other bags must be checked for a fee
  • All service options, such as checked luggage and advance seat selection, are available for additional fees

“This product appeals to the most price-conscious traveller,” said Michael Deluce, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Porter Airlines. “The Basic fare will attract new customers who are looking for the lowest price. Like all Porter fares, it includes our award winning Flying Refined service.”

Basic fares are now available on select routes: Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and Windsor. The intention is to make them available on additional routes over a period of time.

Porter now has four fares classes, providing travellers with choices to meet individual needs:

  • Freedom – All optional services included: refundable, changeable, and cancelable
  • Flexible – Offers affordable flexibility with some optional services included
  • Standard (formerly Firm) – Discounted fare with all optional services available for a fee
  • Basic – Lowest fare for definite travel plans with some optional services available for a fee

To ensure that passengers choose the product that meets their needs, clear indications of key Basic fare class features are noted throughout the booking process on Porter’s website. Complete fare class details are available online.

All passengers, regardless of fare class, benefit from Porter’s complimentary premium services, including beer, wine and snacks onboard, and lounge access in select airports. VIPorter members in the First, Priority and Passport categories also enjoy the benefits of their loyalty status when booking any fare class.