Thursday, October 9, 2014

JetBlue and Porter announce interline agreement

I love Porter Airlines. They have a fleet of Q400 planes that fly out of a tiny airport (YTZ - Billy Bishop) on a tiny island in the harbo(u)r right in front of downtown Toronto. The whole terminal is theirs and it feels like a giant Business Class lounge. And until the tunnel is finished, you get to take the world's shortest ferry ride to get there.

Riding the 121m ferry to YTZ airport
The route map is fairly regional (but they have big expansion plans) and all flights start or end in Toronto. If you live in one of their larger markets (Chicago, NYC, Montreal) you wouldn't take a connecting flight with them, but if you're in a smaller market and have to connect anyway, you could potentially do a one-stop itinerary with them.

you live in one of the larger cities they serve, you can probably just get a direct flight to your destination if you're going someplace else within their network. 

porter route map

They just announced an interline agreement with JetBlue to allow combined JetBlue + Porter itineraries through Boston. I've done this in the past with Cape Air and it worked out perfectly. Porter currently flies into a different terminal than JetBlue at Logan, so I wouldn't book a tight connection at this point. (One of the nice things about our CapeAir flight was that we deplaned right next to my connecting JetBlue flight to PDX...).

Sadly, I can't find any of my pictures from our flight, but the seats are all leather with 34" of pitch, which helps make the small Q400 feel a lot less cramped. That and the lounge-like airport and the real glassware on board make this probably the nicest puddle jumping experience I've ever had. 



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