Porter Airlines has committed to an aircraft aftermarket support program with Embraer in anticipation for major North American growth.
This comes after the airline announced last month that it has bought up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, with 30 solid commitments and buy rights for another 50.
Deliveries will begin in the second half of 2022, as Porter prepares to expand beyond its present regional eastern Canada and United States-focused route network to include flights to the west coast, the southern United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
The agreement is valid for up to 20 years and covers airframe heavy maintenance checks, technological solutions, and access to Porter’s E2 fleet’s Pool Program, which includes component replacements and repair services for hundreds of items. Currently, the Pool Program serves more than 50 airlines throughout the world.
“This service agreement with Embraer is critical to Porter’s operational performance,” stated Michael Deluce, Porter Airlines’ President and CEO. “Because no one knows these planes better than the manufacturer, Embraer’s experience and support are critical as we begin E195-E2 operations. For a long time, we also have cost certainty on critical maintenance items.”
Embraer Aircraft Customer Services in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, provides Pool Program services, while Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services in Nashville, Tennessee, the only certified E2 facility in North America, provides heavy maintenance services. Embraer will collaborate with Porter in the next months to deliver services in advance of the aircraft’s entry-in-service process, including as technical training, spare parts suggestions, and provisioning services.
“We will widen and deepen our engagement with Porter as a result of this agreement. Embraer will give all essential assistance long before the airline begins operations using the world’s most efficient single-aisle aircraft, the E195-E2. We are very proud of Porter’s trust and confidence in Embraer’s services, and we are excited to begin our collaboration “Johann Bordais, President & CEO of Embraer Services & Support, stated
Porter is the first North American customer for Embraer’s E-Jets E2 commercial aircraft line. The airline plans to fly the E195-E2s from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, and Toronto Pearson International Airport to popular North American business and leisure destinations.