My Porter E195-E2 flight in “PorterReserve” class from Los Angeles (LAX) to Toronto (YYZ) was truly a great experience, reminding me of what a difference a kind and engaging crew and a high quality menu can make on a flight.
PorterReserve: Excellent Onboard Experience (LAX-YYZ)
PorterReserve is not business class, but is located in the front of the aircraft and features more legroom than a standard economy class seat, plus extra amenities like free meals and premiums drink onboard.
It’s pricer, of course. A standard (PorterClassic) seat costs $143 and a premium (PorterResreve) seat costs $409 if buying a one-way ticket in advance from LAX-YYZ. I almost feel like Porter is so great in regular economy class that the upgrade becomes nice but unnecessary.
The entire plane has power outlets at each seat, complimentary wi-fi from ViaSat, complimentary snacks and drinks (served in glassware)…everyone gets a premium experience onboard. And the meals and drinks served in PorterReserve can be purchased in economy class as well.
Seats are 18.3 inches wide with 36 inches of pitch in PorterReserve and 30 inches in PorterClassic. That’s the big difference. All seats recline.
Flight attendants were extremely pleasant, particularly Alexandra, pictured below, who worked the PorterReserve cabin. She was friendly and very attentive…it was a lovely combination that reminded me of how much great service can improve a flight.
Lunch was served, with choices offered on a printed menu. The cauliflower appetizer and the mango chicken dish were cold, but fresh and delicious.
Augustine had ham and croissant sandwiches, which he liked (after I pulled the brie off).
Excellent coffee too from Balzac’s:
I will offer many more details about the flight in my full review, but for now I just want to celebrate Porter for bringing dignity back to the economy class experience. Drinking out of a glass in economy class is practically unheard of these days…offering premium snacks and drinks from Canadian companies on a complimentary basis plus gourmet meals for purchase is a nice change of pace from the status quo.
My first flight on Porter was a great one and I look forward to flying this carrier again.