Is Cebu Pacific's decision to purchase ATR's getting attention from LT?
Manila - Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines said Thursday that it would purchase nine turbo-propeller aircraft from Canada's Bombardier Aerospace to boost its domestic operations. Asia's oldest airline said the turbo-prop fleet would consist of three 50-seater Q300s and six 76-seater Q400s, which would cost a total of 150 million dollars.
The planes are set to be delivered within the next four to six months. The airline said the new fleet would enable it to provide better service to passengers commuting between the country's islands, which have smaller airports. "Most small-island airports in the country are able to accommodate only turbo-prop aircraft," the carrier said in a statement. It said it hopes that its improved local service would help boost tourism and trade in rural communities across the Philippines, an archipelago nation of more than 7,000 islands. The airline is also expecting delivery of five Airbus A320 jets this year and six Boeing 777-300ER planes starting in 2009 as part of an ongoing refleeting programme
I Saw this on the Earth Times of all places ..