Philippine Airlines Orders Seven More Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

Gladys Abbott
June 20, 2017

Indian low-priced carrier (LCC) SpiceJet has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the purchase of up to 50 Bombardier Q400 turboprops, the Canadian manufacturer announced at the Paris Air Show June 20.

He added that the aircraft would be used for regional connectivity as well providing connectivity in the neighboring worldwide destinations.

SpiceJet, which has drawn up ambitious expansion plans, has signed a letter of intent with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft to buy up to 50 Q400 turboprop aircraft.

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SpiceJet also announced on Monday that it would buy 20 737-10 MAX from aircraft manufacturer Boeing for a consideration of $4.7 billion. The original order for five firm Q400 with purchase rights for an additional seven was previously announced on December 8, 2016. "Based on the Q400 turboprop list price, an order could be valued at up to United States $ 1.7 billion", the company said.

The company claimed that it operated a fleet of 35 Next-Generation 737s and 20 Bombardier Q400s. "The deliveries start during early 2018 and we will induct one aircraft per month till 2020", SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh told ET on the sidelines of Paris Air show. Beginning July 10, the airline will operate flights from Mumbai to Khandala and Porbandar.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Fred Cromer said that once finalised, the repeat order will increase the Q400 aircraft fleet in the fast-growing market in the Asia-Pacific region and launch the high-density 86-passenger model of the Q400 aircraft in India. SpiceJet already operates from its existing fleet of Q400s flights from Kochi to Male, and Kolkata to Dhaka.

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