Porter Airlines says it has completed the modernization of its De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft fleet with a series of updates ahead of its return to flying on Sept. 8.
All 29 aircraft now feature the new TiSeat E2 from Expliseat, the world’s lightest aircraft seat, along with a number of other cabin enhancements, Porter said in a release on Aug. 31.
The seats use a combination of composite and titanium materials, making them approximately 50 per cent lighter than the previous seats and reducing aircraft weight by approximately 1,000 lbs.
This reduces approximate annual fuel consumption by 500,000 litres and corresponding CO2 emissions by 1,200 metric tons.
Other aircraft upgrades include new carpeting, lavatory enhancements, new sideboards and updated LED lighting on all aircraft.
The majority of the fleet will also have received fresh exterior paint by October.
“The TiSeat E2 combines comfort and performance with an enhanced cabin environment,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “Passengers have come to expect a refined travel experience when they fly with us and our refreshed, clean, modern cabin will enhance their journey when we return to the skies on Sept. 8.”
Porter uses a 78-seat configuration with a standard 30” seat pitch on its Dash 8-400s.
The slim design of the new seats enhances overall legroom.
“Expliseat is delighted to expand its leading-edge technology solution into North America with Canada’s top-rated regional airline by Skytrax. These are very exciting times for us!,” said Benjamin Saada, CEO Expliseat.
Porter returning service
The update compliments Porter’s restart of service on September 8, 2021.
The initial flight schedule features Canadian destinations Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, St. John’s, NL, Thunder Bay and Toronto.
Flights to U.S. destinations (Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington) will follow on Sept. 17.
Service to other year-round destinations normally operated by Porter are currently available for booking and set to resume as of Oct. 6.
Last month, Porter announced a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, which dictates that team members must be fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the start of their shift.
Porter, next year, will extend its service to destinations throughout North America with the introduction of up to 80 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft into its fleet.
The planes have transcontinental range and will enter into service with Porter starting in the second half of 2022.