President Rodrigo Duterte today graced the roll-out of Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) new Airbus A350-900 XWB (Extra Wide Body) and A321 Neo aircraft at the Lufthansa Technik Philippines located in the Macro Asia Special Economic Zone of Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. The event also coincided with 83rd birthday celebration of PAL’s Lucio Tan.
On July 16, PAL’s first of six ordered A350-900 from Airbus.
The A350-900 will be utilized by PAL for its non-stop flights to New York and London starting October 2018.
“PAL’s A350 will set a new standard by allowing the flag carrier to fly nonstop almost halfway around the world on the longest routes ever to be served by a Philippine carrier,” PAL said.
According to PAL, the Business Class has 30 seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration, the Premium Economy class has 24 seats on a 2-4-2 configuration, and the Regular Economy class has 241 seats in 3-3-3 configuration – all with personal TV screens with dual screen functionality.
Meanwhile, the narrow-bodied A321 Neo aircraft is being utilized by PAL for its non-stop flights to Australia and other countries in the Asia-Pacific.
PAL’s A321 Neo had its maiden voyage to Brisbane, Australia on July 2.
PAL’s first two units of A321 Neo were delivered in May and June 2018.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/pcoogov/videos/499157913877021/; https://www.facebook.com/notes/philippine-airlines/philippine-airlines-makes-history-accepts-delivery-of-its-1st-a350/10157501182228306/; https://www.facebook.com/notes/philippine-airlines/maiden-journey-of-pals-a321-neo-brisbane/10157466190143306/