PAL gets 2nd Bombardier Q400 plane

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

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 Canada-based 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.