Wednesday, 4 July 2018

New Airbus operations for Philippine Airlines

On Monday, Philippine Airlines' Airbus A321neo took its maiden flight to Brisbane, Australia from the airlines home base of Manila.

There were special ceremonies at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Manila at the start of the inaugural flight of the A321neo operations.  President and COO Jaime J. Bautista was on hand to join in the celebrations of the first revenue flight of the type for the airlines.

The 168-seater modern aircraft has 12 full-flat seats in business and 156 seats in economy, all have TV monitors on all seats, free WiFI connection and myPAL eSuite to access more in-flight entertainment choices.  

The airline has also announced that it will use a new Airbus A350 on the Manila – New York JFK nonstop service, replacing 1-stop flight via Vancouver. The A350-900xwb will be on the route from 28th October this year instead of the Boeing 777-300 that currently operates the route. From 4th November, the airline will operate flight PR126 with the A350 departing Manila at 2100 arriving New York's JFK at 2315 local time. On the return, flight PR127 leaves at 0145 landing back in the Philippines 0715. 

Before that, the airline will introduce the A350-900 XWB on a regional rotation on the Manila to Hong Kong route between 20th July and 31st August this year.