Alaska Airlines has announced the addition of a new global airline partner, Porter Airlines, a Canadian carrier expanding its services. Starting January, Porter Airlines will commence its inaugural nonstop flights connecting Toronto with Los Angeles and San Francisco. These flights, alongside Alaska Airlines’ existing West Coast network, will be available for booking on the Alaska Airlines website.
Mileage Plan Members to Earn Full Credits on Porter Flights Booked Through Alaska Airlines
Members of Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan who purchase Porter flights through the airline’s website will be eligible to earn full mileage credits, including 100% elite-qualifying miles. This partnership aims to provide enhanced connectivity between Canada and the United States, particularly linking major cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco to Toronto and further to key destinations in Eastern Canada such as Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax.
Porter Airlines plans to operate these routes using the Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, noted for its quieter operation and improved fuel efficiency compared to older models. This aircraft, similar to the E175 used by Alaska’s regional carriers Horizon Air and SkyWest, accommodates 132 passengers without middle seats, offering a more spacious and comfortable experience.
Porter Flyers Will Get Alaska level Ameneties
Passengers on Porter’s flights can expect amenities similar to those offered on Alaska Airlines, including fresh food options, onboard entertainment, and generous legroom. Additionally, Porter offers an exclusive economy class service, PorterReserve, which includes benefits like two checked bags, dedicated check-in, early boarding, premium seating with extra legroom, and upgraded snacks and beverages.
This partnership marks Porter as Alaska Airlines’ 30th global airline partner. The daily nonstop service from Los Angeles to Toronto will begin on January 16, with operations located at Terminal 6 at LAX, alongside Alaska’s gates. The San Francisco to Toronto service is scheduled to start a week later, on January 25. Porter Airlines has also begun selling flights with Alaska connections on its website.
“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,” said Kevin Jackson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Porter Airlines. “Alaska and Porter emphasize service excellence on each and every flight, so this partnership is a natural fit for our passengers.”