MIAMI – Bombardier announced today that Philippine Airlines signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire up to 12 turboprop Q400 aircraft.

The flag carrier of the Philippines also becomes the launch customer of the extra capacity Q400 aircraft. Philippine Airlines will configure this aircraft with 86 seats featuring 10 premium seats.

“For close to a decade, the Bombardier Q Series family of aircraft has been instrumental in evolving our domestic network operations,” said Jaime J. Bautista, President and Chief Operating Officer at Philippine Airlines. “We are proud that our continued fleet growth now makes us the first airline to launch service with the two-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft. As we strive to become a 5-star-rated airline, the Q400 aircraft, featuring a modern and innovative configuration, will be instrumental in providing our travelers with a world-class, in-flight passenger experience.”

“Integrating the extra-capacity, two-class Q400 aircraft into its operations is the ideal solution for Philippine Airlines as it reshapes its domestic air travel strategy,” said Fred Cromer, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “With its perfect balance of passenger amenities and operational flexibility, the 86-seat Q400 aircraft will offer Philippine Airlines significant opportunities to differentiate itself in the region’s fiercely competitive environment.

The Manila-based air carrier currently operates five 76-seat Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s. As of today, Bombardier has recorded 565 orders for the Q400. In February 2016, at the Singapore Airshow, the Canadian manufacturer introduced a high-density version of its turboprop with 90 seats.