In the past month I’ve flown both Porter Airlines and Air Canada. On my five-hour flight to Vancouver on Air Canada, I wasn’t offered any kind of snack and us lowly Economy passengers were left to peruse the On-Board Café menu. I consider it a special kind of hell when grown adults are drooling over pictures of mini Pringles tubes and carrots with ranch dip costing $3 each (credit card payments only, of course!). The only substantial items are two uninspired sandwiches and a soggy Quizno’s Pepperoni Pizza for $7. Plus, if you’re trying to drown your food-related sorrows with alcohol, get ready to swipe away $6 for each hit.
Let’s compare this for a second with the complimentary snack box I received on my one-hour flight from Toronto to Newark, NJ on Porter Airlines.
The box opened up to reveal a turkey sandwich with brie cheese on cranberry brown bread, two oatmeal raisin cookies and a mini Lindt milk chocolate. The sandwich is only snack-sized but for a short-haul flight, it’s a civilized offering. And yes, that’s a tall glass of white wine that’s complimentary as well. This small gesture is the only reason I need to choose Porter Airlines over the competition whenever it’s an option. The convenient downtown Toronto location and awesome airport lounges (located in Toronto and Ottawa) are just added bonuses.