Porter Airlines launching redesigned VIPorter loyalty program

Program offers new benefits and enables frequent travellers to quickly earn valuable perks

TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2023 /CNW/ – Aligned with the start of Porter Airlines’ new Embraer E195-E2 jet service on February 1, 2023, the airline is relaunching its VIPorter loyalty program. The program’s new structure expands membership levels, adds benefits and makes it easier for frequent economy travellers to earn the perks they value faster than with any other Canadian airline.

“As we expand our network across North America and introduce amenities for all our passengers that create an elevated economy travel experience, we are also offering our VIPorter members new benefits and bringing frequent travellers perks that other airlines typically only provide to their most elite passengers,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “VIPorter enables members to earn valuable benefits with fewer flights and less annual spend, further elevating the experience for economy travellers.”

VIPorter members earn a minimum of five VIPorter points for every dollar they spend with Porter, including on airfares, checked bags, flight changes and seat selection. Points can be redeemed for flights across the growing Porter network using either points-only or a combination of points and cash. VIPorter plans to introduce the ability to earn and redeem points on other services and airline partners as the airline grows.

Members may redeem as few as 5,000 VIPorter points for a one-way short-haul flight, and as few as 8,500 VIPorter points for a long-haul flight. A combination of points and cash enables passengers to discount their air fare. There are no capacity limits – if a seat is available for sale, points may be used to purchase the seat.

“Other airline programs make earning points and redeeming benefits overly complex, and typically don’t provide full earning power at lower fares. We value the loyalty of all of our passengers. That’s why our members earn 100% of their points on all Porter fares, including Basic economy. That’s just another way we respect economy travellers,” said Jackson.

Once members reach $2,000 in qualifying spend in a calendar year, they become an Avid Traveller. This provides more benefits, which increase as they move through the four Avid Traveller membership levels. Additional perks include faster points accumulation, dedicated airport services, complimentary seat assignments, complimentary PorterClassic Stretch seats with more legroom, complimentary checked baggage and travel flexibility. Members can access these perks sooner than with any other Canadian airline. 

With the the relaunch of the program, VIPorter is adding a number of new member benefits, including: 

  • Earning a minimum of 5 points per dollar on Basic economy fares, up from 2 points per dollar.
  • The expansion to five published membership levels from three, including the introduction of four Avid Traveller categories, with increasing benefits as members move through the levels based on their accumulated annual spend.
  • Introduction of Head Start, which enables Avid Travellers to carry over any qualifying spend above the minimum required to qualify for an Avid Traveller level into the next calendar year. This feature gives members a head start on maintaining or growing their valued Avid Traveller perks. Head Start ensures members are fully recognized for every dollar they spend with Porter.
  • Members with at least $3,000 in qualifying spend receive a PorterReserve certificate, giving them a confirmed PorterReserve all-inclusive travel experience. Unlike other airlines, the PorterReserve experience is fully confirmed at the time of booking a PorterClassic fare. Members earn more PorterReserve certificates for every additional $2,000 in qualifying spend within the year.
  • Extension of Avid Traveller benefits for up to 18 months due to parental leave.
  • VIPorter members enjoy Porter’s free, fast WiFi onboard its new E195-E2 fleet without advertising interruption. Members simply login to the onboard WiFi portal with their VIPorter number and password.

A complete overview is available on Porter’s website. Existing members will also receive an email by February 1, confirming the updated program level they qualify for.

Registration in VIPorter is free and new members earn a 500 VIPorter point bonus after their first flight.

Porter is elevating economy air travel for everyone, with its signature free beer and wine in glassware, free premium snacks for all passengers, plus free, high-speed WiFi and in-flight entertainment for every passenger on the E195-E2 fleet. Based on fare preference, passengers then select  their amenities or reserve them all, including freshly-crafted, healthy meals on longer flights, free check-in of an extra piece of luggage, and more.

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Porter Airlines unveils premium onboard catering and entertainment partners

Focus on quality and generosity for all passengers

TORONTO, Jan. 12, 2023 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is unveiling the details of its updated premium in-flight service offering, with an emphasis on partnering with high-quality Canadian brands.

Porter’s onboard experience transforms expectations for economy air travel. Each partner was carefully selected for its locality, quality ingredients, brand alignment, and focus on sustainability. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)
Porter’s onboard experience transforms expectations for economy air travel. Each partner was carefully selected for its locality, quality ingredients, brand alignment, and focus on sustainability. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Porter is elevating economy air travel for everyone in its greatly expanding network. Coinciding with the airline’s strategy to grow in markets throughout North America using new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft*, as well as its existing De Havilland Dash 8-400 fleet, travellers will enjoy a new level of generosity and thoughtful service that is non-existent in economy air travel today. The new aircraft and in-flight amenities come into service on February 1.

Porter’s onboard experience transforms expectations for economy air travel. Each partner was carefully selected for its locality, quality ingredients, brand alignment, and focus on sustainability.

“All of our food and beverage partners are Canadian, deeply passionate about their craft, and have strong relationships within their communities,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “Porter is aligning our brand with premium partners who emulate our values and the distinct service that we pride ourselves in delivering. With a focus on high-quality products, generous service and competitive prices, our passengers will experience economy air travel in a way that no other airline is offering.”

Porter’s existing signature in-flight service – PorterClassic – featuring complimentary beer and wine served in glassware, along with a selection of premium snacks, will continue to be part of the journey on both the De Havilland Dash 8-400 and Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. This includes:

  • A rotating selection of Beau’s Brewing Co. (Vankleek Hill, Ont.) craft beer, as well as Jackson-Triggs (Niagara Peninsula, Ont.) Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • The finest collection of tea from Sloane Fine Tea Merchants (Toronto) and freshly brewed arabica bean Balzac’s Coffee Roasters (Stratford, Ont.).
  • An assortment of premium snacks, including Hardbite (Surrey, B.C.) All Natural Kettle Cooked Chips, Good For You Desserts (Toronto) chocolate chip banana bread, naturSource (Saint-Laurent, Que.) Olio d’Oliva and our Tamari® Almonds, Three Farmers (Saskatoon, Sask.) zesty cheddar roasted fava beans, and Cookie It Up (Aurora, Ont.) milk chocolate shortbread.

On longer haul E195-E2 flights, the option of fresh food made with healthy ingredients is also available, along with additional premium beverages. These menu items are included with PorterReserve, a new, all-inclusive economy experience, and also available for purchase with PorterClassic. They include:

  • A delectable selection of Canadian cheese from the Cheese Boutique (Toronto).
  • Entrées and side dishes in partnership with local kitchens across Canada and delicious sandwiches prepared on gourmet croissants from Nadège (Toronto).
    • The menu selection varies by flight, including specific brands. Items include:
      • Chia smoothie bowl
      • Ham and brie croissant breakfast sandwich
      • Seven-layer dip
      • Korean cauliflower
      • Soba noodle bowl
      • Tropical salmon poke
      • Vegetarian buddha bowl
      • For smaller indulgences, seasonal fruits and freshly baked biscuits are available.
      • Additional beverage options include organic wellness shots from Greenhouse (Toronto) and premium pre-mixed cocktails, such as an Old Fashioned, Martini and Margarita from Tumbler & Rocks (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.).

Other packaged menu items include oatmeal, pasta, noodles, beef jerky and protein bars. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available on every flight.

Sustainability is 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.

In addition to the food and beverage offering, all E195-E2 passengers will have access to a free distinct digital passenger experience with partner Viasat Inc.’s high-speed, reliable WiFi providing full access to web surfing and streaming services. West Entertainment’s in-flight entertainment content features current and classic movies, trending TV series, children’s programming and documentaries that can be played on personal devices.

More information about the Porter experience is available at www.flyporter.com.

*E195-E2 flights subject to regulatory approval.

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Porter Airlines Takes Delivery of Their First Embraer E195-E2

SÃO JOSÉ DOS CAMPOS, Brazil and TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2022 /CNW/ – The first two of 50 Embraer E195-E2 ordered by Porter Airlines have been delivered in a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in Brazil. Porter’s new E195-E2 fleet will launch the airline’s new elevated economy experience that aims to challenge the economy offering of every North American airline, with a new level of generosity and thoughtful service not seen in contemporary economy air travel.

In the run up to the new year, Embraer will deliver a further three aircraft to Porter.

The first two of 50 Embraer E195-E2 ordered by Porter Airlines have been delivered in a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in Brazil. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Porter, the North American launch customer for Embraer’s E195-E2, is opening up operations throughout North America, including to the west coast, southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. The aircraft will initially be deployed from Toronto Pearson International Airport, with Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa also seeing new services with the E195-E2. Porter has chosen to configure the 146-seat aircraft in a comfortable 132-seat all-economy configuration, with a variety of seat pitches on offer for their guests: 36, 34, and 30 inches.

“The official delivery of these aircraft is the beginning of a new era for Porter,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The E195-E2 enables us to reach across the continent, beyond our Eastern Canada roots, while introducing a level of service for economy air travellers that no other North American airline provides. It’s an enhanced experience that builds on our reputation for providing an elevated level of service to every passenger at reasonable prices in a single class of service. The first planes are ready to fly to Canada later this month before going into regular service in February.”

Arjan Meijer, president and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “Porter is focused on delivering what we all want – making the air travel experience a pleasure rather than a pain. Along with their exciting levels of service and generosity, Porter’s entire fleet is also without the dreaded middle seat, and will also satisfy the sustainability needs of Porter’s guests. The E195-E2 is the most environmentally-friendly single-aisle aircraft, at 65% quieter and up to 25% cleaner than previous-generation aircraft. 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.”

In total, Porter has orders with Embraer for up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft; 50 firm commitments and 50 purchase rights. In 2021, Porter ordered 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further 50 aircraft, worth US$5.82 billion at list price, with all options exercised. A firm order for a further 20 aircraft followed in 2022, valued at US$1.56 billion.

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Porter Airlines announces Halifax as its latest destination between Toronto Pearson with the Embraer E195-E2

Total Halifax flights increasing by 50%

Non-stop routes from Halifax now include Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto City, Toronto Pearson and St. John’s, N.L. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is introducing the newest route with its Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ).

Porter has been serving the Halifax community since 2007. Passengers can now choose to travel with Porter using two Toronto airports on this popular route, including the downtown convenience of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Pearson service begins February 23, 2023, with multiple daily, non-stop roundtrip flights.

From Toronto
Pearson to:
Flights begin:Average daily, non-stop,
round-trips:
Round-trip introductory
fares, including all
taxes and fees, start
at:
Halifax (YHZ)Feb. 23, 20232 as of Feb. 28, 2023$262

“Halifax is a popular destination for business and leisure passengers. This new service from Pearson provides everyone with more choice,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “We are growing our total number of Halifax flights across multiple routes by nearly 50% compared to pre-pandemic levels, averaging over 20 departures and arrivals per day.”

Non-stop routes from Halifax now include Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto City, Toronto Pearson and St. John’s, N.L. A number of connecting flights are also available at various airports on Porter and its partner airlines.

“Porter Airlines has been serving our community for 15 years, and we couldn’t be more excited that they are choosing to grow their existing network here at Halifax Stanfield. Operating on the new Embraer E195-E2 jets, this route will be a wonderful addition, providing additional connectivity that benefits leisure and business travellers alike. We value our ongoing partnership with Porter and look forward to the inaugural flight in February 2023,” says Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority.

Flights on the Halifax-Toronto Pearson route will operate on 132-seat Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. Porter’s onboard service offers every passenger an elevated economy experience that includes no middle seats, complimentary beer and wine served in real glassware, a selection of premium snacks, and free, fast WiFi. This is all provided at highly competitive fares.

Passengers can also choose the new all-inclusive PorterReserve fare option that includes features such as dedicated check-in, extra legroom, and checked baggage, included in one bundled price. For travellers who want to choose which features matter most to them, PorterClassic offers perks available for purchase à la carte.

Porter has up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft on order, providing the ability to operate throughout North America, including destinations across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. The airline also serves a regional network of more than 20 destinations on its De Havilland Dash 8-400 fleet, operating from a base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

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

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Plan your winter getaway with Porter’s flights to Mont-Tremblant

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2022 /CNW/ – It’s time to start the winter season with Porter Airlines’ service to Mont-Tremblant, Que. Beginning today, through March 27, 2023, Porter offers convenient, non-stop flights between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Mont-Tremblant International Airport.

Porter delivers travellers from Toronto’s downtown to the popular winter destination in as little as 70 minutes. The winter schedule includes up to four weekly flights, with connections from various Porter locations also available.

Plan your winter getaway with Porter’s flights to Mont-Tremblant (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

Travellers can enjoy world-class amenities, with more than 100 ski trails in the region and a European-style pedestrian village featuring lodging, restaurants and boutiques.

Porter Escapes makes your planning even easier with complete flight, hotel and ski packages. Visit Porter Escapes or www.flyporter.com for more information.

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Embraer E195-E2 and E190-E2 Receives Type Certification in Canada

15 November 2022

Embraer’s E2 family of commercial jets, the E195-E2 and E190-E2, has received Type Certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), following certification from ANAC (Brazil), the FAA (USA), and EASA (Europe) in 2019 and 2018 respectively.

The delivery of the first of fifty E195-E2 ordered by Toronto based Porter Airlines, which will also be the first E195-E2 to operate in North America, will take place at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, in the coming days.

Porter Airlines has orders with Embraer for up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft; 50 firm commitments and 50 purchase rights. In 2021 Porter ordered 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further 50 aircraft, worth US$5.82 billion at list price, with all options exercised. A firm order for a further 20 aircraft followed in 2022, valued at US$1.56 billion.

The world’s most efficient family of single-aisle aircraft is shaping the regional market with its sustainable technologies, superior cabin comfort, excellent economics and optimal range. As operators look to the future, renewing ageing fleets and expanding networks, the E2 will be at the heart of this transformation.

The E195-E2 is the most environmentally friendly aircraft in its class, with a 25% lower fuel burn than the previous generation aircraft, with E190-E2 achieving 17% lower emissions. Both aircraft have the lowest levels of external noise, and the longest maintenance intervals in the single-aisle jet category – with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for typical E-Jet operations. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over a period of ten years compared to current generation E-Jets.

The E190-E2’s take-off performance is particularly notable, the aircraft’s range from airports with hot-and-high conditions, such as Denver and Mexico City, increases by 600nm compared to current-generation aircraft.

Porter Airlines adds Calgary to its list of new destinations

Porter is taking its award-winning service further into Alberta, as Calgary marks the airline’s second destination in the province. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines is adding Calgary to its growing network, with flights between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Calgary International Airport (YYC). The route will be served with its state-of-the-art Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.

Porter is taking its award-winning service further into Alberta, as Calgary marks the airline’s second destination in the province. Edmonton was previously announced this week. Travellers will enjoy an elevated economy travel experience at highly competitive fares. All passengers enjoy no middle seats, free, fast Wi-Fi, complimentary beer and wine served in real glassware, and premium snacks.

The initial flight schedule starts on February 22, 2023, with two daily round-trip flights:

From Toronto Pearson to:Flights begin:Average daily, non-stop,
round-trips:
Round-trip introductory
fares, including all taxes
and fees, start at:
Calgary (YYC)Feb. 22, 20232$262

“With Porter, Calgarians can now also enjoy a new level of generosity and thoughtful service that is non-existent today in economy air travel,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “We are offering a higher level of economy service at highly competitive fares and are changing the way people think about economy air travel. Porter provides more value for your money than with any other airline.”

“As the gateway for Western Canada, YYC is proud to facilitate yet another option that connects Calgary with more direct access to Toronto,” said Rob Palmer, Vice President, Commercial, Strategy & Chief Financial Officer. “With Porter being the third new airline to connect its fleet to YYC Calgary International Airport in under a year, the airline’s entrance into the Alberta region signals strength in the industry’s confidence in our airport and region. We look forward to working with Porter to deliver elevated experiences for our guests and bringing more economic benefits to our communities.”

Passengers can also choose the new all-inclusive PorterReserve fare option that includes features such as dedicated check-in, extra legroom, and checked baggage, included in one bundled price. For travellers who want to choose which features matter most to them, PorterClassic offers perks available for purchase à la carte.

Porter has up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft on order, providing the ability to operate throughout North America, including destinations across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. The airline also serves a regional network of more than 20 destinations on its De Havilland Dash 8-400 fleet, operating from a base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

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

About Porter

Since 2006, Porter Airlines has been elevating the experience of economy air travel for every passenger, providing genuine hospitality with style, care and charm. Porter’s fleet of Embraer E195-E2 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft serves a North American network from Eastern Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.