Corporate Bits | Philippine Airlines To Launch Q400 Aircrafts

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that Philippine Airlines, Inc., flag carrier of the Philippines, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire up to 12 Q400 aircraft.
“For close to a decade, the Bombardier Q Series family of aircraft has been instrumental in evolving our domestic network operations,” said Jaime J Bautista, president and chief operating officer, Philippine Airlines.

“We are proud that our continued fleet growth now makes us the first airline to launch service with the two-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft,” he added.

Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said that integrating the extra-capacity, two-class Q400 aircraft into its operations is the ideal solution for Philippine Airlines as it reshapes its domestic air travel strategy.

“As Philippine Airlines looks to develop its domestic operations from secondary hubs and increase intra-island connectivity, the 86-seat Q400 […] will increase the carrier’s competitiveness by offering the lowest seat-mile and operating costs in the regional aircraft market,” said François Cognard, vice president, Sales, South-East Asia and Australasia.