Toronto-based Porter Airlines has joined the Regional Airline Association (RAA), the Washington, D.C. lobbying and industry advocacy group announced last month. With Porter’s enrollment, the RAA now counts 29 airline members.
Operating 26 Bombardier Q400 turboprops, Porter flies year-round to 16 regional destinations in Canada and the U.S. and serves another three on a seasonal basis. The airline agreed to become the Canadian launch customer for the Bombardier CS100 when it signed a conditional order for 12 of the narrowbody airliners in April. It continues to lobby for permission to operate the airplanes at Toronto City Center Airport, where local ordinances prohibit the operation of jets.
“Porter is recognized as one of North America’s leading service-oriented airlines and now is an appropriate time for us to join RAA to learn from and share best practices with other regional airline carriers,” said Porter Airlines CEO Robert Deluce. “Our objective is to grow and operate transcontinental flights beginning in 2016.”