Amidst reports from the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation surfacing that Philippine Airlines decided to go with six Airbus A350-900s, the company's President Jaime Bautista said to Reuters that they have yet to do so, instead maintaining that their decision is expected to come out before the year ends.
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Moreover, instead of the eight long-haul aircraft they originally asked for, Bautista also indicated that they are increasing the number they need to up to 12. Six of these orders are slated for delivery by 2018 and with an option for another six for delivery by 2020.
Bautista said that the increased orders is fuelled by increasing demand for long-haul flights to the United States and Europe. According to the flag carrier's president, they will either go with the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787. In addition to one of these types of aircrafts, Philippine Airlines will also receive two Boeing 777-300ERs starting late 2016.
The flag carrier currently has 6 Boeing 777-300ERs, 6 Airbus A340-300s, and 15 Airbus A330-300s capable of serving medium and long-haul destinations. The 777s usually serve key destinations in North America, the Airbus A340-300s also serve North America as well as London, whilst the Airbus A330s serve Australia and the Middle East.
Since the United States' Federal Aviation Administration restored a Category 1 status, Philippine Airlines wasted no time in expanding and upgrading its service offerings on its US flights. In addition to reallocating its 777s to US destinations, Asia's first airline also reopened service to New York. As new aircrafts will enter the fleet in the coming years, it also hinted out that non-stop flights to the east coast of North America may be possible subject to market conditions and negotiation for air traffic rights over the north pole.
Source: ABS-CBN News