Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended
Range) to U.S.-based leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services
and its customer, Philippine Airlines (PAL).
The new airplane is the first 777 to
join PAL's fleet and is one of two leased 777-300ERs the
airline will deploy on its international routes. In
addition the airline has four more 777-300ERs on order
directly from Boeing from 2007.
Boeing, PAL and three non-profits
leveraged this delivery to bring relief to residents who
were recently devastated by the massive floods from
Typhoon Ketsana. With the help of AmeriCares,
Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG) and
Kids Against Hunger, Boeing and PAL loaded nearly 18,000
pounds of medical supplies and packaged meals into the
cargo hold of the 777-300ER.
"It is our great
hope that this collaborative effort will bring some
comfort to the flood victims during this very
challenging time," said Fred Kiga, vice president, State
and Local Government Relations and Global Corporate
Citizenship for the Northwest Region.
Bautista, PAL president, who led a small PAL delegation
that joined the delivery flight to Manila, said he was
glad to be able to personally deliver the relief
donations to the Philippines. "The airlift of relief
goods is inherent to our mandate as the Philippines flag
carrier. Earlier, we conducted a similar airlift of
relief from local donors. I am sure these donations will
go a long way in alleviating the plight of the victims
and help in rebuilding their lives," Bautista said.
To celebrate the arrival of its newest and most
technologically-advanced aircraft, the airline is offering a new
promotion on selected domestic destinations. These domestic routes
will be flown using PAL’s current fleet of Boeing 747s, Airbus
A340s, A330s, A320s and A319s.
Fares as low as P777 are
available for a limited period between Manila and 11 domestic
destinations – Laoag, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Bacolod,
Iloilo, Kalibo, Tagbilaran, Tacloban, Dumaguete and Roxas.
Eight Mindanao destinations, meanwhile, have
fares as low as P1,777 – Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Dipolog,
General Santos, Zamboanga, Ozamiz and Butuan.
The all-in (inclusive of VAT), one-way fares are
on sale now until 25 November 2009 for travel between 1 - 25
December 2009 and 1 February to 25 March 2010.
The addition of the 777-300ER to the PAL fleet
brings new twin-engine efficiency to the airline's
long-haul fleet. The airplanes are powered by GE90-115BLs,
one of the world's largest and most
powerful commercial jet engines. The 777-300ER has a cargo capacity
of up to 7,120 cubic feet
(201.6 cubic meters).
777-300ER can seat up to 365 passengers in a three-class
configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles
Philippine Airlines, the national
flag carrier, conducted its first flight on 15 March
1941. It has been operating longer than any other airline in Asia.
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