FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines said it was expecting its first 86-seat Bombardier Q400 to arrive in Manila on Wednesday after a five-day journey from Canada where the plane was manufactured.
“We are excited to bring this new aircraft back to the Philippines and are confident that the Q400 aircraft will continue to play a significant role in positioning Philippine Airlines as a five-star airline and in regaining its dominance in the domestic market,” PAL President and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Bautista said during the formal turnover in Toronto on July 20.
PAL ordered the aircraft in December. The airline has firm orders for 12 Q400 aircraft and five are expected to be delivered this year, including the Q400.
“This delivery is an example of how Bombardier’s Q400 is an ideal solution for airlines that require higher-performance and larger turboprops as they develop regional routes to meet increasing passenger demand.
Bombardier is proud to have the only commercial turboprop available today to offer up to 90 seats,” Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Fred Cromer said in a statement.
“We congratulate Philippine Airlines for taking delivery of the world’s first dual-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft, and are confident that the airline will continue to benefit from the outstanding performance of Bombardier turboprops,” Cromer added.
From Canada the plane flew to Iceland, France, Malta, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, India, and Thailand before arriving in Manila.
The aircraft is configured with 86 seats in economy and premium economy classes with 29-inch and 33-inch seat pitch respectively.