Sunday, 18 February 2018

Philippine Airlines view the A350-1000

The national airline of The Philippines is looking to add the largest version of the Airbus A350 family to its fleet the carrier’s president said on Thursday.

Philippine Airlines is currently undergoing a massive $2 billion that's approximately £1.4 billion expansion and fleet renewal programme to give it one of the youngest fleets in Asia.

“It is one airplane we can consider. It is a bigger version of the A350-900,” Jaime Bautista, president of the airline’s operator, PAL Holdings Inc, told reporters before an A350-1000 test flight in the capital Manila.

There is a commonality in spare parts between the A350-900 and the A350-1000 and Philippine Airlines’ pilots can fly both aircraft, Bautista added.

Philippine Airlines ordered six wide-body A350-900 jets in 2016 worth around $1.8 billion at list prices to help the airline expand its lucrative international network. They are due to take delivery of four of the A350's this year along with 15 other aircraft as the expansion programme ramps up. 

The A350-1000 is the largest version of the A350 series of aircraft which are already provng popular with passengers and crew alike. Airbus are scheduled to deliver the first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways soon

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