Porter firms up last two Q400 options, signs GDS deal with Travelport
Porter Airlines has confirmed the last two options for Bombardier Q400s from the 10 it took when it placed its original order of 10 firm and 10 options. The airline has also signed a multi-year agreement with Travelport for full content distribution through Galileo and Worldspan.
Porter has received 12 aircraft so far and when the aircraft from the new order are delivered in spring 2010 it will have a fleet of 20 Q400s.
“We felt from day one that the Bombardier Q400 was the ideal aircraft for the kind of service we envisaged from our Toronto City Centre Airport base of operations,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “This order for two Q400 NextGen aircraft represents our continuing commitment to the aircraft.”
The distribution deal with Travelport GDS is a new multi-year full content agreement which will give all Galileo- and Worldspan-connected travel agents access to the airline’s full published fares and inventory, including access to the airline’s lowest web fares.
Porter Airlines will also be available through the IT company's Travelport Agencia travel booking solution. Access to Porter Airlines will be implemented in a phased approach with Apollo customers gaining access from 30 June followed by Worldspan and Galileo in August.
“We are pleased to provide our key travel agent partners, who are also Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan subscribers, with access to our full content,” Deluce commented. “This agreement allows Porter Airlines to achieve our key business objectives to grow revenue and effectively manage distribution costs. As Porter continues growing, it’s increasingly important to make our flights available to the widest audience in the most efficient manner.”