10 May, 2023

Philippine Airlines looks to Airbus and the A350-1000 for future long-haul fleet.

Philippine Airlines selects A350-1000 for future long-haul fleet

Philippine Airlines has signed an MoU - Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of nine A350-1000s. 

Under the Philippine carrier’s Ultra Long Haul Fleet project, the A350-1000 will be operated on non-stop services from Manila to North America, including to the East Coast of the US and Canada.

The new aircraft will join two A350-900s already in service at the airline and currently flying to destinations in North America, Asia and Australia. As with the A350-900, the PAL A350-1000s will be configured in a premium layout with separate Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins.

Captain Stanley K. Ng, President and Chief Operating Officer of Philippine Airlines, said that the range of the A350-1000 would enable the airline to fly non-stop transpacific and transpolar routes in both directions all year. These will include some of the longest commercial flights in the world, such as those linking the Philippines with New York and Toronto. With an expanded A350 fleet, PAL will have the ability to once again provide a direct link from the Philippines to Europe.

“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. We are committed to offering our passengers the best possible travel experience, and these state-of-the-art aircraft will enable us to do just that as we carry out our mission to connect the world, and grow trade and tourism.”

Christian Scherer, Airbus' Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Flying passengers farther and in greater comfort, the A350 brings a step-change in fuel efficiency and an immediate significant contribution to reduced emissions. These are the attributes that have made the A350 the choice of leading airlines worldwide. We look forward to working closely with our long-standing customer Philippine Airlines as it moves forward with its long-haul fleet modernisation programme.” 

The A350 is the world’s most modern and efficient widebody aircraft and has set new standards for intercontinental travel. It offers the longest range capability of any commercial airliner in production today and is capable of flying 8,700 nautical miles or 16,100 kilometres non-stop.

At the end of April 2023, the A350 Family had won 928 firm orders from 54 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever. Some 530 aircraft are currently in the fleets of 40 airlines, flying primarily on long-haul routes.

Philippine Airlines operates various Airbus types on its full-service network. In addition to the A350 on long-haul intercontinental routes, PAL flies A330-300s on services to the Middle East, Australia and various points in Asia. The Philippine flag carrier also operates a fleet of A320 and A321 single-aisle aircraft on its extensive domestic and regional network out of hubs in Manila and Cebu.

The longest-fuselage A350 Family member

With a fuselage that is seven metres longer than Airbus’ A350-900 version, the A350-1000 features modified wing trailing edges and larger six-wheel main landing gear, while retaining the A350 Family’s advanced airframe design. The A350-1000 is powered by the world’s most efficient large aero-engine, the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 turbofans.

Nowhere is Airbus innovation more apparent than in the A350’s airframe, which is built with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic and other advanced materials. The combination of technological advances that comes together in the A350-1000 results in this jetliner that burns 25% less fuel than its nearest competitor, saving money and reducing harmful effects to the environment.

Airbus’ new-generation interior with the Airspace™ cabin

The A350 Family cabin design proved so successful that it redefined Airbus’ approach to cabin interiors – leading to the creation of Airspace™: the next-generation cabin concept inspired by four key attributes: comfort, service, ambience, and design.

As a result, the A350-1000 has the quietest twin-aisle cabin in the skies, wider seats and elegant LED ambient lighting that contributes to a beautiful interior while minimising the effects of jet lag, as well. 

Passengers also benefit from the most modern in-flight experience. With on-demand movies included in a range of features, passengers can stay entertained throughout their flight, while the availability of Wi-Fi connectivity ensures they stay in touch with the world below.