Several additional frequencies now available for booking on both routes. Flights out of Ottawa, for example, are every hour for the start of the day, and then again in the afternoon from 2:30 until about 5:30. Similar out of Toronto.
14 YOW-YTZ flights on the 30th for example (the first day, it seems).
Looking at the schedule, there must be two planes in both cities overnight for this route - and the schedules imply that the last two arrivals into YOW are the overnight aircraft.
This looks a lot more permanent than the last time there was increased service on the YOW route - for one thing all the flight numbers have changed, whereas last time they just added a few 9xx numbered routes (which haven't reappeared since).
Pacifica From Canada, joined May 2006, 149 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (4 years 12 months 7 hours ago) and read 9371 times:
Great news for Porter right there! They must be exercising a couple more options that they have on the Q400, in order to have the capacity to offer these additional routes.
It will also be interesting to see what happens on their front over the next 6 months or so, as I believe their CEO (sp. Robert Delucce?) was quoted as saying that soon to come are flights to a few other destinations (off the top of my head I believe Sarnia was one of their more immediate targets).
In terms of just the Toronto to Ottawa route specifically, hopefully this means Porter is holding their own with the business traffic market. The increased number of flights surely won't hurt on that regard, as they now match Air Canada's frequencies on that route of the Rapidair triangle during the hours that arguably matter most to businessmen (7am to 11am, 3pm to 7pm).
AAmd11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1054 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (4 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 9306 times:
Quoting Pacifica (Reply 1): Great news for Porter right there! They must be exercising a couple more options that they have on the Q400, in order to have the capacity to offer these additional routes.
They exercised almost all options now for their Q400s. The initial order of 10 firm + 10 options now stands at 18 firm and 2 options. They exercised options 7 & 8 (aircraft 17 & 18) back in October.
There's 8 currently in service - C-GLQB/C/D/E/F/G/H/J. The next batch should arrive early in the new year. In fact, the entire fleet of 18 current orders is supposed to be in place for the end of 2009!
The newer frames (LQH and LQJ) have updated seating - the seats appear much deeper than the original ones, which I hear were only ever meant as a temporary solution as the 'real' ones weren't delivered to the right specification first time around. Allegedly.
LQE recently got fitted with the newer seats as well, during a spell in the shop. I'm told it was in for some major maintenance and it was decided they might as well install the new seats while she was in for work. I think the seats on the Q400 website are the 'new' seats Porter is installing - here compared to the old ones here. The cabin is otherwise unchanged (none of that Q400 NG stuff, unfortunately...)
As far as routes go, Boston is the next intended destination, all being well. That was a quote from Bob Deluce a good few months ago - before MDW started (he listed MDW and BOS as his priorities).