Alaska Airlines has welcomed the addition of a new global airline partner, claiming Porter Airlines.
Porter Airlines is a growing Canadian carrier that recently, utilising its Embraer E195-E2 fleet has made significant strides in expanding its network.
Through a partnership between the two companies, Porter Airlines will act as Alaska’s 30th global airline partner. The pair have arguably both been in expansion mode with acquisitions, and route expansion, among other signed partnerships.
Breaking Down The Announcement
Porter Airlines’ upcoming Toronto to Los Angeles and San Fransico flights are set to launch in January. Alaska Airlines says customers can book these flights on their website as part of this service launch. Additionally, this extends towards booking flights connecting on Alaska across the West Coast network.
Further, those booking Porter flights on the Alaska Airlines website and are Mileage Plan members will earn 100% of the miles flown and 100% elite-qualifying miles.
Alaska Airlines mentions the usage of Embraer at Porter Airlines as another reason why a deal was appealing. Porter’s EJet operations share similarities with Alaska’s regional carrier, Horizon Air, and another critical partner, SkyWest.
The lack of a middle seat in a two-by-two configuration has made flying Embraer increasingly popular today. Through the newest generation of aircraft being made available, they’ve become very popular for some airlines.
For those Mileage plan members onboard Porter Airlines flights, Alaska Airlines says they’ll experience very similar service levels. This will include, but not be limited to, onboard entertainment, legroom and options for food.
Alaska also cites the implementation of PorterReserve, which allows travellers to book an all-inclusive economy experience. As part of this additional fee, customers can check two bags in, visit their dedicated check-in line, get priority boarding, extra legroom and other benefits.
Comments From Executives
Porter has been redefining economy air travel for more than 17 years. As our network expands across North America, this partnership with Alaska Airlines will enable travelers in the western U.S. to enjoy our elevated onboard experience when flying to Toronto and throughout Eastern Canada. Alaska and Porter emphasize service excellence on each and every flight, so this partnership is a natural fit for our passengers.Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines.
Porter Airlines opens new opportunities for our guests to travel to Canada in style. We’re thrilled to partner with a vibrant and growing airline that offers a refined experience including top-notch inflight service and terrific onboard amenities.Brett Catlin, vice president of loyalty, alliances and sales at Alaska Airlines.
Alaska Recently Purchased Hawaiian Airlines
A deal with Porter Airlines has seen Alaska Airlines not slow down in any manner, with last week’s shock purchase of Hawaiian Airlines being revealed.
The planned acquisition was to expand the solid and high-quality brands further within the United States.
Through this very deal, Alaska Airlines is set to become the fifth-largest airline in the United States. Additionally, their narrowbody and widebody fleet will extend to almost 400 aircraft.