Philippine Airlines' second bi-class next generation Bombardier Q400 touched down in Manila recently after traveling approximately 11,400 nautical miles from Toronto to Manila with nine stop-overs.
The newest member of the PAL family brings to 83 the total number of planes on the airline's fleet.
The 86-seater plane, to be utilized for select intra-domestic routes, departed from Toronto and made technical stops in Newfoundland (Canada), Lebourget (France), Malta, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Thailand before landing in Manila.
In command of the aircraft were Captain Ryan Buhawe and Captain Melvin Olazo. Completing the flight deck roster were Crew Chief Moises Menor, First Officer Jeffrey Royce Panit, aircraft mechanics Jayson Gregorio and Willy Caducio,
An aircraft blessing was likewise held with PALex President Bonifacio Sam in attendance, together with PAL VP for Security Gen. Ronnie Ordoyo, PALex VP for Flight Crew Operations Edgardo Diaz, PALex AVP for Commercial Group Rabbi Vincent Ang, Bombardier Area Field Service Representative Rajeev Sharma, PALex AVP for Maintenance & Engineering Johnny Contreras, PALex Material Planning Manager Jesus Ceasar Filomeno and Bombardier Area Field Service Representative Willy Furqa.
PAL and Bombardier have earlier signed an agreement in the Paris Air Show for the purchase of 12 Next Gen Q4s; the remaining 10 units of which will be delivered within 2017 - 2019.
Fleet modernization, together with flight route network expansion and service innovation, is a priority area of the PAL Group as the airline aims to achieve five star ratings and be the airline of choice in all markets it serves.
Source: Philippine Airlines News