Brazilian aerospace and defence group Embraer has announced that it has received a $5.82-billion order from Canada’s Porter Airlines for 30 E195-E2 jet airliners, with options for another 50. The announced value of the contract assumes all the options will be exercised and that the aircraft will be purchased at their list price.
Embraer reported in May that it had won a major contract from an undisclosed customer for the largest version of its new-generation airliner family. This announcement revealed the identity of the customer and added the news of the options that have been taken out. Porter is the first North American carrier to order one of Embraer’s E2-family types.
“This is a defining moment in Porter’s history,” affirmed the airline’s president and CEO Michael Deluce. “Today we lay the foundation for a new and further reaching service for our customers, delivered in true Porter style and comfort. Embraer’s E2, with its spacious cabin, quiet operations, and no middle seats, provides the refined comfortable experience upon which Porter has built its reputation for service and quality. Our customers are going to love the experience on this jet as much as we already do at Porter.”
“With this order for up to 80 of our largest aircraft, the E2 is making a stunning North American debut,” highlighted Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO Arjan Meijer. “As the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the segment, the E195-E2 also delivers excellent economic performance that shines through.”
Porter Airlines intends to use its E195-E2s to serve popular business and also leisure markets across Canada and in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. The new airliners will be operated from the Canadian cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
The E195-E2 can accommodate from 120 and 146 passengers – Porter has not yet announced the cabin configuration it will adopt for its aircraft. First deliveries of the new type, and its entry into service, are scheduled for the second half of next year.