Toronto-based Porter Airlines expands into the U.S. today with its first international flight, traveling between Newark and Toronto seven times daily. The airline, which launched in 2006 and in just eight months became one of the fastest airlines in history to get to profitability, prides itself on offering "affordable and stylish service that brings boutique hospitality to the skies," said Robert Deluce, the company's president and CEO.
To that end, passengers on the 70-seat aircrafts enjoy complimentary snacks, wine, and beer, along with leather seats featuring more legroom than other planes of the same size.
Porter decided to move into the U.S. market after recognizing a need for time-sensitive urban travelers to move quickly between Toronto and major U.S. cities. With its New York service booking better than any other route when first announced, Porter is hoping to expand to Chicago and Boston by the fall, with service to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. also on the horizon. These routes will come on line as the airline doubles its fleet to 12 Q400 planes within the next year. The airline's current aircraft will receive new seats within the next three to four months.
Porter's hub is located at the Toronto City Centre Airport, conveniently located near downtown's financial and tourism core. According to the airline, passengers flying in and out of TCCA can save as much as two hours on a round-trip flight compared to using the city's Pearson International Airport. Along with its new U.S. service, Porter also operates flights to four short-haul destinations in Canada.