Philippine Airlines Acquires 2 Addt’l B777-300ER

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Philippine Airlines is set to accept the deliveries of two Boeing 777-300ER this December, 2017. The acquisition of the airlines’ two B777 is based on a long term agreement with Intrepid Aviation.

These planes are capable of flying longhaul and will have 370 seats in two classes, 42 BCL seats and 328 ECY.

“The Boeing aircraft will serve the Manila-London route, a move designed to primarily enhance the total passenger travel experience and inflight service delivery. While we already have eight B777 serving the West Coast, the incoming units will also augment other trans-Pacific flights,” according to PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista.

On top of the two B777-300ER, PAL is expected to receive Bombardier Q400 turboprops for domestic operations and  two Airbus 320NEO.


The 5 star dream of Philippine Airlines

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) President and COO Jaime Bautista said that a “nose to tail reinvention” of PAL is on-going with the intention of becoming a five star ranked, full service airline by 2020. He said this during an interview at the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines’ 60th Assembly of Presidents.

Skytrax ranks PAL three stars. In preparation to achieve this goal, PAL is now deviating from the low cost carrier image that was mapped out by the previous airline owner San Miguel Corporation. It has started re-configuring the mono-class aircraft ordered by the previous administration with three class lay-out: Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Regular Economy Class equipped with personalized inflight entertainment system per seat.

Fleet expansion saw the delivery of a brand new Boeing 777 this month and another one is expected by December. Five Airbus 321 have been delivered in 2016. By 2017, all Airbus 330 planes will be reconfigured with three classes ensuring uniformity in all PAL’s fleet.

After launching the Cebu-Los Angeles service this year, the airline also plans to increase frequencies to LAX and SFO and open routes to Chicago and Texas when it takes delivery of A350 in 2018.

Expansion to Europe is on hold, said Bautista.

Philippine Airlines Next Order: B777X vs. A351


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.