Philippine Airlines is acquiring up to nine turbo-propeller aircraft to serve its revived inter-island operations, a major move by the flag carrier aimed at boosting trade, tourism and local economies in rural island communities.
PAL’s turbo-prop fleet will consist of three Bombardier Q300 and six Q400 aircraft valued at $150 million based on list prices. Deliveries of all nine turbo-props are expected within the next four to six months. The aircraft will enable PAL to provide better service to passengers commuting between island points across the archipelago. The aircraft are equipped with two Pratt & Whitney turbo-prop engines with maximum ranges of 1,819 kilometers for the Q300 and 2,826 kilometers for the Q400.