Philippine Airlines will be the launch customer for the two-class 86-seat variant of Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop.
A firm order for five aircraft and purchase rights for an additional seven was finalised on December 8. The deal follows a letter of intent signed in October and is valued at $165m, rising to $401m if all purchase rights are exercised.
“As we strive to become a top-rated airline, the Q Series family of aircraft has enabled us to develop our business model into one which efficiently meets our domestic route requirements while providing our passengers with a full service on board experience”, said Jaime J Bautista, President and Chief Operating Officer, Philippine Airlines. “We are proud of our collaboration with Bombardier and welcome the first modern and innovatively configured two-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft to our growing fleet.”
Deliveries of the five aircraft will take place throughout 2017.
Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, added: “With the lowest seat-mile costs in the regional aircraft market, the extra-capacity, two-class Q400 aircraft will offer Philippine Airlines significant opportunities to differentiate itself competitively. The Q400 aircraft is the ideal solution for the airline as it develops its domestic operations network from secondary hubs and increases intra-island connectivity.”