On July 20, 2017, the Canadian plane producer presented the 1st 86-seat Q400 in two lessons in the planet to the Philippine national airline, based mostly at Manila-Ninoy Aquino Airport . It should go into commercial assistance in two weeks. The new Q400, designed for the subsidiary PAL Categorical has ten seats in the High quality course (with a area between 33-inch rows) and 76 in Economic system (29-inch area). This “ historic plane ” according to Bombardier will come from the buy placed in December 2016 for five organization copies and twelve choices The latter had been confirmed at the Paris Air Exhibit previous June, for a whole agreement of $ 401 million at the record selling price.
“” With its high-general performance capabilities, unmatched profitability and remarkable flight encounter, the new Q400 plane will make it possible for Philippine Airlines to offer you a extra competitive assistance To set new benchmarks in the location of turboprop procedure in the region “stated Philippine Airlines CEO Jaime J. Bautista in a statement. He is persuaded that the Q400 “ will continue to be an crucial asset that will make Philippine Airlines a 5-star carrier and will help it regain its dominant placement in the domestic sector .”
Fred Cromer, President of Bombardier Professional Plane, reminds of himself remaining happy to propose “ the only commercial turboprop of a greatest capacity of 90 seats which is presently offered on the sector “. He is self-assured that Philippine Airlines “ will continue to get gain of the extraordinary general performance of Bombardier turboprop plane “, yesterday's supply demonstrating that the Q400 “ is an ideal resolution for airlines that Call for larger sized and far better turboprop engines to acquire extra regional links to in the long run fulfill the rising desire of passengers “. Philippine Airlines will use the new plane to extend its domestic operations from secondary hubs, and increase intra-island connectivity. From its bases in Manila and Mactan-Cebu it serves 30 destinations in the Philippines as very well as extra than 45 destinations somewhere else in the planet. A330-300 three A340-300 8 A321 fifteen Boeing 777-300ER (it expects two extra Triple Seven as very well as 30 A321neo and six A350-900). PAL Categorical operates 9 A320, six A321, 4 Bombardier Q300 and five Q400s with 76 seats.
Bombardier introduced in November 2013 three new capacity choices for the Q400: eighty two seats (76.two cm pitch), or eighty four and 86 seats with rows spaced at 73.seven cm. Densification allowed by the use of finer seats, and the sacrifice of component of the freight carrying capacity: the two.5 m3 of the front vanish, leaving only eleven m3 at the rear ( Cargo doorway remaining converted into a passenger doorway).