Porter Airlines has selected Viasat Inc. to provide in-flight connectivity for its 30 new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft which are expected to enter service in the second half of 2022.
Toronto-based Porter is preparing to grow beyond its current regional eastern Canada- and US-focused network to include routes to the west coast, southern US, Mexico and the Caribbean.
With Viasat’s network of geosynchronous satellites, the global communications company’s in-flight connectivity service offers a high-speed internet experience in the sky.
“Introducing the E2 into Porter’s fleet gives us the ability to serve customers across North America,” said Kevin Jackson, Porter’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Using Viasat’s technology allows us to create a distinct digital passenger experience for longer routes that builds on our award-winning approach to hospitality.”
The Viasat IFC system enables passengers to benefit from the speeds, capacity and coverage offered by the company’s current ViaSat-2 satellite system, according to Don Buchman, Viasat’s vice president and general manager, commercial aviation, “as well as our next-generation satellite constellation, ViaSat-3, in the future.”
Porter Airlines currently offers regular services to 14 Canadian cities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, plus flights to New York Newark, Chicago Midway, Boston and Washington Dulles.