PAL Grows To 100 Aircraft By 2019

12 June 2018


15 new aircraft in 2018
6 new aircraft by 2019


Philippine Airlines (PAL) disclosed that it will receive 15 aircraft in 2018, comprising six Airbus A321LRneos, four A350-900s, and five Bombardier Q400s.

The flag carrier says it will also take delivery of additional six aircraft, comprising two A321neos, two A350-900s, and two Q400s that will arrive in 2019.

PAL added that it will receive three A321neos every year from 2020 up to 2024, all with inflight entertainment (IFE) system and wifi internet technology from Airbus orders made in 2012.

The A350s will fly Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto and London. It will replace all A340-300 services to the United States. Meanwhile,the A321neos are earmarked to fly Brisbane, and Sydney in Australia, with Manila-Delhi, Manila-Mumbai, and Manila-Sapporo services to start in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Flight services to Chicago and Seattle are scheduled to be restarted this year subject to US DOT approvals. They will be flown by B777-300ER aircraft. International flight services from Davao to Bangkok and Tokyo are being finalize.

PAL president Jaime J. Bautista said they will soon have 100 aircraft by next year, three years later than earlier projected.

The airline said additional aircraft orders are forthcoming for delivery starting 2020 up to 2024 but did not disclosed aircraft type. PAL has existing option for another six Airbus A350s which it has yet to exercise.

Chairman and Chief Executive Lucio Tan and PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista will be in Toulouse, France On July 13 for delivery ceremony of the A350-900s which has not happen before for delivery flights.

PAL did not leave comment when asked whether Dr. Tan was there to sign option contract with Airbus but said his presence is merely coincidence as he will be coming with his family from Catholic pilgrimage in Lourdes, France.

14 comments:

  1. What happened to the text its bearly readable!

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  2. A350 to JFK, YYZ and LHR makes sense but I'd think B777 to LAX and SFO should continue.

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    1. PAL 777-300ER are relatively new so I don't think they will find a replacement anytime soon. But there 2 oldest B77W 7777/7776 are alomst 10 years old and on long-term leased so either PAL will update there cabin interior or maybe returned them back to there lessor likely next year.

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    2. Existing A340s fly SFO and LAX. A350s will be replacing those.

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  3. Ditto, is this some else editing the articles? There's a severe lack of grammar, and this blog used to be excellent.

    Bummer about the A350s all going to North America. No European routes (London doesn't count). Le Sigh.

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  4. With the introduction of the new products on the A330 and A350, the current 77W business class will be considered "old"; and no premium economy to speak of. I wonder what is PAL's plans for the 77W

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  5. A350 would be great for JFK and ORD as they have the range without any payload reduction. Open new routes to FRA, AMS, CDG maybe. Leave the 77W for the US West Coast (big market) and LHR.

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    1. IMHO LHR will be changed to A359 due to the B77W being deem to big for the market. Also I think its High time PAL considers Refurbishing there Boeing 777-300ER especially the six older ones since the still feature angle-lie flat seats which are considired no longer competative and are starting to not function properly due to the seat being lack of parts as the seat is no longer produced by the manufactured. Also while the four newer B77W feature Fully lie-flat seats they still feature a 2-3-2 configuration which is know considired dated as direct-asle access is know the standard for long-haul J class seats, eiter 2-2-2 useing the Apex Suite or 1-2-1 either Staggered or Reversed harrigbone seats would be ideal candidite for new J class seat for the B77W. And I think PAL should consider adding Premium Economy Class on the B77W since economy class in the B77W is in a tight 3-4-3 configuration which is becomeing the standard for Y class on the B777s, so I think PAL could benefit from adding W class as there are some pax willing to pay more for larger and more comfortable seats but could not afford J Class.

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    2. I think doing so will reduce the seating capacity from 370 to 325-340 seats (let's say in tri-class layout). Which is good because it will allow the aircraft to add a bit more range.

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    3. Old 777 business class. Two flight ago. Power did not work in seat. Had to sit middle seat.

      There is a lot of wasted spaces between the seat in business class when seat is lie flat. You can see with the new A350 how the lie flat goes under the seat in front. If they refurbished. That might allow another row in the front. Thus removing the two row behind the flight attendent area for business class. You could use those two rows plus a few other rows economy rows for premium economy.

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    4. PR B777-300 could copy AC configuration on some of its B777 aircraft: 28J 24O 398Y for total 450 seats.

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  6. When will PAL start using the A350 on long haul routes to the US? New York? Chicago?

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  7. more interesting for me, when will PAL start flying directly to Chicago?

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  8. PR New Domestic Routes Effective OCT28
    PR2612 CRK - CYZ Cuayan
    PR2610 CRK - San Jose
    PR2662 CRK - San Vincente

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