By: AirTravellerPH Staff
The Philippine Airlines (PAL) Group took delivery of its latest de Havilland DHC-8-402 Dash-8 (formerly known as Bombardier Q400) last Thursday, January 16. The aircraft flew all the way from the De Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada in Toronta, Canada, and made 8 stopover in different airports before arriving in Manila. The ferry flight took around six days.
After departing Toronto, Canada, the aircraft made stopovers at Gander, Canada; Reflavik, Iceland; Paris, France; Luqa, Malta; Luxor, Egypt; Sharjah, UAE; Dakka, Bangladesh; and Bangkok before landing in Manila.
The PAL Group's PAL Express utilizes the Dash-8 turboprop aircraft from its hubs in Cebu, Clark, and Davao, to serve domestic interisland routes like Camiguin, Tawi-Tawi, and Siargao to name a few.
The Dash-8 is optimized for short-haul operations and seating up to 86 passengers, the aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop that provides the perfect balance of passenger comfort, performance and operational flexibility with the lowest seat-mile costs in the short-haul regional market.
In 2018, Longview Aviation Capital Corporation acquired the entire Dash-8 program and the de Havilland brand from Bombardier. In 2019, the De Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada was revived, and the newly formed De Havilland Canada took over the production of the Dash-8 aircraft.
The airline's 11th Dash-8 with registry RP-C5915 now joins the PAL Group's domestic fleet of 10 De Havilland DHC-8-400 NextGen turboprops, 6 Airbus A321-200, and 7 Airbus A320-200 aircraft.