Avation, an aircraft leasing company, has taken delivery of
its first Boeing airplane, a
777-300ER (Extended Range) that will be leased and operated by
The aircraft is PAL's 10th Boeing
"The Boeing aircraft
will serve our long-haul operations, a move designed to primarily
enhance the total passenger travel experience and in-flight
service delivery," said
Jaime Bautista, PAL president and Chief
Operating Officer. "While we already have eight 777s serving the
West Coast, the incoming units will also augment other
trans-pacific flights." Bautista added that "the Boeing 777 is our
flagship for long-haul operations. With its range and operational
capability, the flag carrier will be at par with other full
service carriers along the route."
Airlines also took delivery of its ninth 777-300ER earlier last week
and will use the new airplanes primarily on routes from Manila to
North America. The carrier will fly the 777-300ER directly from
Everett, Wash. to Vancouver, British Columbia where the airplanes
will enter revenue service to Manila.
Philippine Airlines have been strong partners for decades and it
is a special occasion today as we deliver their 10th 777-300ER,"
said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific & India
Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 777 continues to
outperform by all measures, providing exceptional value to our
airline and leasing customers. There is no better testament to
this than Philippine Airlines' confidence in its new 777-300 by
putting it directly into service with its flight from Vancouver to
The 777-300ER is powered by GE90-115B commercial jet engines, and can
seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration with a
maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).