Porter Airlines Makes Coach a Lot Classier

Porter Airlines brings luxury to the back row
The Bombardier Q400 aircraft ("q" for "quiet") features a noise- and vibration-suppression system Photograph by Mark Blinch/Landov

With a philosophy centered on convenience, impeccable service, and luxury amenities, Canada’s Porter Airlines has become the carrier for fliers seeking a business-class experience at a coach-class price—if you’re traveling in the northern part of the continent. The six-year-old company flies to many Canadian and a handful of American destinations, including New York, Chicago, and Burlington, Vt. Porter’s headquarters are at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on a small island directly across from the bustle of downtown. To check in, customers take a short ferry ride.

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