Philippine Airlines Orders Six Airbus
Philippine Airlines has signed an purchase
agreement with Airbus for six A350-900 aircraft, with options for
another six, with the signing of a purchase agreement with
aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
The A350-900, which will have a three-class
configuration (Business Class, Premium Economy and Regular
Economy), is capable of flying non-stop from Manila to New York on
a full load.
PAL plans to deploy the A350 XWB (extra wide
body), which seats more than 300, on new routes to North America
“After a thorough commercial and
technical evaluation, we decided the A350 will best meet the
requirements of our expanding operations,” said PAL President &
Chief Operating Officer, Jaime J. Bautista. “With the A350, we
will be able to offer superior passenger comfort with spacious
cabin while flying non-stop on long-haul routes.”
PAL has also signed a
$600-million order with Rolls-Royce for Trent XWB engines to power
the six A350.
The airline currently uses Trent 700 engines for its fleet of 15
The first A350 is scheduled to be
delivered in 2018.
Interview with President & COO - HD (Jan 2016)