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Porter Opinions

Post by SteveWhite » Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:13 pm

Hey Everyone,

I try to keep up with the news in this business, and know this has been posted before for many different airlines, but...

With all that's been going on at city hall with talks of expansion of the island etc. if you were to make an educated guess (without the crystal ball) do you think Porter will be around for a while and will pursue expansion...or do you see the company being sold off in the next few years.

I am from downtown Toronto and want to get home (I have been thinking of applying) but want to avoid jumping from one company to another if that's even possible.

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Post by sstaurus » Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:57 am

I myself wonder... and have held off applying for the same reason. If they don't expand, can they remain a niche player on the island (their only competitive advantage), charging peanuts for flights to Tbay or Ottawa? Where is the room for growth? Sure they have great service, but how long can that last? You have to take RD's word that they are making money...

And if they do expand, now there are 3 airlines in Canada, which everyone knows is too much. Hmmm... Which one is going to fall.

That being said, I've heard nothing but good about them as a place to work, and wish them the best. And if you do go there, maybe just don't plan on being able to retire there. All I'm saying is that they are in a tough position...
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Post by loopa » Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:31 pm

With Canada Jetlines potentially starting up, the competition scale could be far worse.
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Post by BKerns » Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:43 pm

I wonder if Porter will be sold once runway expansion goes through. Maybe jazz will put in a bid.
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Post by ettw » Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:53 pm

Love their F/As!!

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Post by checkremarks » Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:56 pm

ettw wrote:Love their F/As!!

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Post by Jack Klumpus » Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:31 pm

I asked myself that question in 2008, and finally applied in 2009. I started two months later, upgraded to captain a little over 10 months later, and spent the next 4 years there and loved every minute of it. I chose to go overseas, hence the reason I left.

Take the info you have at hand currently, make a decision, and don't look back.
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Post by ptc » Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:42 pm

I am currently flying as an FO with Porter, having joined in 2012. Great place to work, good group of people.

WRT City Hall, etc I think many people from within have all asked themselves what the future will hold. At this stage it really is a guessing game but I personally believe we will remain on our own. There are still options for more Q's so hopefully after the tunnel is completed and more slots open up we may see those options exercised.
The C Series will be certified and I have no trouble believing that it will meet/beat required noise levels for the Island. I guess it will the be up to the city to make the final decision on whether the extension of the runway and jets occur
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Post by Krimson » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:38 pm

I didn't think Porter would still be around much longer after 2010, but they're still alive and doing great.

Who knows what the future holds for them.
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Post by tiscali » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:41 pm

Love it.very cozy place.seniority goes up fairly quckly.after couple of years you know everyone.jets? Possibly...just be positive
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Post by sstaurus » Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:55 am

Krimson wrote:I didn't think Porter would still be around much longer after 2010, but they're still alive and doing great.

Who knows what the future holds for them.
Just curious, how do you define 'doing great'? As they are still privately held, no one sees any financial numbers.
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Re: Porter Opinions

Post by Krimson » Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:20 pm

Based on what we do see. Haven't been there in a while, but last time I was there their lounge was full, people are happy, loads seemed pretty full.
The fact that they are still around and have a lot of the same employees working for them must mean they're doing alright.
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Post by Changes in Latitudes » Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:22 pm

ettw wrote:Love their F/As!!

ETTW
You should hear what they said about you. :smt054
"Always keeps his tray table in the upright and locked position" comes to mind.

Personally, I love the service they offer. It's the most civilized domestic air travel around and a very polished product. The pilots that I know there seem to really like the work and are top notch drivers.
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Re: Porter Opinions

Post by KK7 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:47 pm

Is it true they paid out profit sharing for the last couple of years? If so, that's a pretty good indication that things aren't bad...
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Re: Porter Opinions

Post by MartinB » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:05 am

checkremarks wrote:
ettw wrote:Love their F/As!!

ETTW

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Re: Porter Opinions

Post by STH » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:02 am

KK7 wrote:Is it true they paid out profit sharing for the last couple of years? If so, that's a pretty good indication that things aren't bad...
Yup, they have.
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