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Airline that wants to land in downtown T.O. quietly confident

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TORONTO -- Porter Airlines is confident the CS100 aircraft on which the airline has built its expansion plan will prove to be as quiet as Bombardier has promised.

But if it isn't, Porter isn't locked into the agreement, CEO Robert Deluce said Friday.

"If the aircraft doesn't meet the specs that we have been given by Bombardier, very simple -- we don't want their airplane," Deluce said during a speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

"My guess is they're going to bring an airplane that performs better than they've guaranteed, because we have some performance penalties and guarantees in our contract."

Porter Airlines has asked the city, Transport Canada and the Toronto Port Authority to amend a tripartite agreement that prevents jets from using Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport except under special circumstances.

The expansion plans will also require Porter to extend the island airport's runway by 168 metres at both ends, a process that will involve filling in part of the lake.

Porter has already placed a conditional order for 12 CS100 aircraft, with 18 options, worth about US$2.08 billion. The greater range of the CS100 will allow the airline to fly to destinations like Los Angeles, Florida, Calgary and the Caribbean from Toronto.

Deluce says Bombardier's C series is expected to come in at 85.7 decibels. That's within one decibel of the Q400 turboprop Porter currently operates, which comes in at 85 decibels.

--The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 22, 2013 B11

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