For the Manila-based carrier, this means pairing its order for nine Airbus A350-1000s with a fresh take on business class.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to invest in new aircraft, improved cabins, and enhanced travel experience for our valued customers,” asserts Philippine Airlines (PAL) President Capt. Stanley K. Ng, while confirming the airline is on a growth trajectory following recent positive financial results.
However, a spokesperson for Philippine Airlines tells Executive Traveller “we will consider new designs for all cabins.”
A few months ago Philippines Airlines stated it had “not yet finalised” the business, premium economy and economy cabin seats and configuration, adding decisions would be made following an extensive evaluation process over the coming months.
Given the first of its new A350-1000s is set to land in 2025, it’s likely the news won’t be too far off.
Philippine Airlines has inked an order for nine Airbus A350-1000s at a cost of $3.2 billion, with the aircraft due to arrive across the back end of 2025 through to 2027.
Under the Philippine flag carrier’s Ultra Long Haul Fleet project, those jets “will be operated on non-stop services from Manila to North America, including to the East Coast of the US and Canada.”
Flights to East Coast cities such as New York and Toronto would rate as some of the world’s longest flights. LINK
Options on three more A350-1000s will “allow future expansion to new long haul destinations” including “a direct link from the Philippines to Europe,” says Philippine Airlines President Captain Stanley K. Ng.
“The A350-1000 combines greater range capability with the higher capacity we need to serve future demand.”
“It’s the perfect aircraft to enable PAL to meet its expansion plans in a sustainable way, while offering passengers the highest levels of onboard comfort.”