Philippine Airlines Flight PR-105, a Boeing 747, is welcomed by a water cannon salute as it taxis on the tarmac of NAIA Terminal 1 early Monday, September 1. The Boeing 747-400, with 285 passengers on board, was on its retirement flight from San Francisco after almost 35 years in service. PAL began retiring the last remaining 747 aircraft in the fleet shortly after the US Federal Aviation Administration restored Category 1 status to the Philippines, enabling PAL to begin deploying their new modern and fuel-efficient Boeing 777 fleet to the US.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Its variants seat 210 to 330 passengers. Boeing states that it is the company’s most fuel-efficient airliner and the world’s first major airliner to use composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe.
SAS, excitingly, have announced a brand new cabin concept for their long haul aircraft. Featuring business class, premium economy and economy classes, the new cabin and seat designs leap the airline into 2014 with a loud bang. Competing against carriers such as Finnair who have already pushed their airline forward with new designed cabins, SAS haven’t fallen behind, showcasing they know exactly what customers want.
Being launched in early 2015, the retrofitted A330 and A340 fleet will offer state of the art business class seats and renovated premium economy (SAS Plus) and economy (SAS go) cabins. We are great fans of the new cabin designs. The designers have gone for a mix of business elegance with contemporary cool, the results are sophisticated, warm and welcoming, and there is a hint of Winkreative’s Swiss interior designs which we are also huge fans of.
The business class cabin, featuring Thomson Vantage XL seats…
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) is looking to bring in “new generation” Boeing and Airbus aircraft to complete its fleet renewal program, doubling its fleet to 100 planes.
According to PAL president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang, the airline is evaluating its next batch of orders after completing an order for over 70 planes.
Ang noted in a press conference that PAL is “in the process of evaluating the next batch of orders.”
“At the end of the day,” he said, “our aspiration is for PAL to operate at least 100 aircraft so there will be economies of scale.”
Ang said PAL already placed the order for over 70 aircraft, mostly from Airbus. The Airbus order, comprised of 35 units including 15 A330s, 14 A321s, and 6 A340 units, has been delivered.
He also said the next batch of orders would likely include some newer plane types, such as the Boeing 777-X and the Airbus A351. The Boeing 777-X has a flying range of around 17 hours and the A351 can fly for around 14 hours.