Embraer confirmed this Monday that Porter Airlines is the customer of an order for 30 E195-E2 jets that was mentioned by the manufacturer in May..
The Canadian airline has closed a deal worth $5.82 billion that includes 50 purchase options and the right to convert them to the E190-E2 variant.
Porter had already been linked to the order in May when Leehman News first revealed that the airline was the unidentified customer – at the time, the company denied it.
Operator of Dash 8 turboprops, Porter had signed a letter of intent for 30 Airbus A220-100s in 2013 when the aircraft was still called the CS 100.
The Canadian carrier’s E195-E2 will be the first of the E2 family to fly in North America. The first delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2022, said Embraer.
“Today we lay the foundation for a new and further achieving service for our customers, delivered in true Porter style and comfort. Embraer’s E2, with its spacious cabin, quiet operations, and middle seats, provides the refined experience upon which Porter has built its reputation for service and quality,” said Michael Delucci, CEO of Porter Airlines.
“With this order for up to 80 of our largest aircraft, the E2 is making a stunning North American debut. As the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft in the segment, the E195-E2 also delivers excellent economic performance that shines through,” said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The new order should raise the backlog of firm orders for the E195-E2 to 183 aircraft, the highest level of the model, which has attracted a greater number of interested parties in the E2 family.