PAL gets 2nd Bom­bardier Q400 plane

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PHILIP­PINE Air­lines said it re­cently took de­liv­ery of its sec­ond Bom­bardier Q400 air­craft, bring­ing to 83 its to­tal num­ber of planes.

In a state­ment, the flag car­rier said the bi-class next gen­er­a­tion Bom­bardier Q400 ar­rived in Manila on Tues­day af­ter fly­ing ap­prox­i­mately 11,400 nau­ti­cal miles from Toronto. It had nine tech­ni­cal stops in New­found­land in Canada, Le Bour­get in France, Malta, Egypt, the United Arab Emi­rates, Pak­istan, In­dia, Bangladesh and Thai­land.

PAL said it will use the 86-seater plane for select in­tra-do­mes­tic routes.

In June, PAL signed a deal with the Canad­abased plane man­u­fac­turer for the ex­er­cise of its seven Q400 air­craft pur­chase rights.

The agree­ment brought PAL’s to­tal firm or­der to 12 Q400 air­craft, val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $235 mil­lion.

PAL said the re­main­ing 10 Q400 units will be de­liv­ered through 2019.

The flag car­rier is tar­get­ing to in­crease its pas­sen­ger vol­ume to over 20 mil­lion by 2021, as it adds more flights.

“From 15 mil­lion pas­sen­gers ( pro­jected) in 2017, we project to carry more than 20 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2021 — from for­eign visi­tors to our OFW [over­seas Filipino work­ers] he­roes, fam­i­lies, and the men and women who run busi­nesses,” PAL Pres­i­dent Jaime J. Bautista said in a re­cent fo­rum.

PHILIP­PINE Air­lines’ Bom­bardier Q400 landed in Manila on Sept. 12.

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