Philippine Airlines has signed a letter of intent to purchase up to 12 Bombardier Q400 turboprops.

The carrier will become the first operator to configure the aircraft in an 86-seat dual-class layout, featuring 10 premium seats, the manufacturer says.

“We look forward to working with Philippine Airlines to reach a firm purchase agreement for Q400 aircraft,” said Bombardier president Fred Comer.

No indication of the likely breakdown of firm orders and options were disclosed by the airframer, however PAL’s president and chief operating officer Jamie Bautista told FlightGlobal in August that it would sign for five turboprops, with seven options.

The new Q400s will most likely be operated by its PAL Express unit, which already operates four Q300s and four Q400s, along with nine Airbus A320s and two A321s.

Source: Cirium Dashboard