Philippine Airlines will soon have the
capability of flying farther, while consuming less fuel, when the
Boeing 777-300ER joins the PAL fleet this November.
With the Boeing 777-300ER, PAL can fly
across the Pacific or to Australia with lesser fuel than
the four-engine B747-400 or Airbus A340-300 which PAL
currently deploys on these routes.
The aircraft uses two large General Electric GE90-115BL engines that can
provide as much as 115,000 pounds of thrust each.
as the largest long-range twin-engine jetliner, the Boeing 777-300ER
incorporates several performance enhancements that extend its
range and payload capabilities. It can carry 365 passengers to a
distance of 14,685 kilometers – that's equivalent to flying to Los
Angeles and back to Manila non-stop without refueling.
Randy J. Tinseth, Boeing vice
president for Marketing, said, "The jetliner's technologically advanced design
includes raked wingtips that extend the wing by 6.5 feet and
improve overall aerodynamic and fuel efficiency. The raked
wingtips help reduce takeoff field length, increase climb
performance and reduce fuel burn."
feature is a tail-strike protection software that helps prevent
inadvertent scraping of the tail on the runway at takeoff or
landing by commanding elevator movement if the airplane’s attitude
exceeds preset limits.
of PAL's Boeing 777-300ER is configured bi-class: 42 seats in Mabuhay
Class and 328 in Fiesta Class, for a total of 370 seats.
Business-class seats are 20 inches (50 cm) wide
- the same width as
the A340’s first-class seats. In economy class, 18.5-inch-wide (47
cm) seats are standard compared to
17.2-inch-wide (44 cm) seats on the A340.
features a unique overhead crew rest area (for pilots and cabin
crew during long-haul flights) located above the passenger cabin,
freeing up space for four to seven more seats in the cabin.
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