In 2010 I interviewed Porter Airlines’ CEO Robert Deluce about the airline's business strategy. I spotted a CSeries model in Porter livery in Deluce’s office and asked him about it. Deluce's response: "It's obviously just a model, but it's something to look at from time to time."
"You always have to be planning down the road, though I'm not saying that is where we're heading."
Now over two years down the road, we know exactly where Deluce is heading. Porter Airlines wants the runway at Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport to be extended by 336 meters to accommodate the 12 Bombardier CS100s it has on order, but the airline appears to have no Plan B if the 1983 tripartite agreement banning jets at the airport is not lifted.
In the April 15 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology, Graham Warwick takes a look at Porter’s ambitious plans, and what changes will need to be put in place before delivery of the first CSeries in 2016.
Click here to read my original interview with Deluce from the Oct. 11, 2010 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology.