Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken delivery of
its first Airbus A350 XWB at a special event in Toulouse, France
Philippine Airlines has ordered six A350-900s, which will be
primarily operated on non-stop services to Europe and North
America. These will include the carrier’s longest route to New
York, which the A350-900 can operate non-stop in both directions,
all year round. Representing a distance of over 8,000
nautical miles, the 17 hour return journey from New York to Manila
previously involved a technical stop in Vancouver.
Airlines has configured its A350-900s with a premium three-class
layout seating 295 passengers with 30
seats that convert to fully flat beds in Business Class, 24
offering extra space in Premium Economy and 241 18-inch wide seats
in the main cabin.
The aircraft features the
Airspace by Airbus cabin, with more personal space and full
connectivity throughout. The cabin is the quietest of any twin
aisle aircraft and features the latest mood lighting and air
conditioning systems. Higher humidity levels and a lower cabin
altitude all contribute to added well-being on board, especially
for long range flights.
“The arrival of the A350 XWB will see
PAL offer new levels of comfort on our long haul flights,” said
Jaime J. Bautista, President & COO of Philippine Airlines. “At the
same time we will benefit from the A350 XWB’s new generation
efficiency, with a significant reduction in fuel consumption and
lower maintenance costs. We believe that the A350 XWB will be a
game changer for PAL as we compete with the best in the premium
long haul market.”
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