CAPA: Philippine Airlines To Order A350-900 HGW

Although no formal announcements have been made, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation has revealed that Philippine Airlines is most likely to commit to a purchase of at least six A350-900 HGW aircraft as part of its future expansion and fleet renewal plans.

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In a report released on its website, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation indicated that Philippine Airlines is expected to announce an order by the end of 2015 with deliveries of the new generation Airbus wide-body aircraft beginning in 2017.

The acquisition of the new aircraft will enable Philippine Airlines to permanently retire its Airbus A340-300 fleet, which consume more fuel than modern aircraft and incur higher maintenance costs. PAL has selected the high gross weight version of the A350-900 as it will enable the carrier to operate non-stop flights from Manila to New York in both directions without any payload restrictions.

According to Airbus, Philippine Airlines does not require the A350-900ULR, which Singapore Airlines has ordered to operate non-stop flights to the United States. Flight across the Pacific from the Philippines are generally three hours shorter than flights originating in Singapore. However, despite the shorter distance from Manila, destinations on the east coast of North America are still out of range for PAL's existing Boeing 777-300ER fleet and the Airbus A350-900.

Once Philippine Airlines is able to launch non-stop flights to New York, it is believed that it may also begin operating its Toronto flights non-stop. In addition, a new destination in the United States may also be added with the arrival of the new aircraft such as Chicago. Currently, PAL flights to New York and Toronto are routed via Vancouver. If both routes eventually transitioned to non-stop flights, it remains unclear what kind of weekly frequency Philippine Airlines would maintain in Vancouver.

According to CAPA, if Philippine Airlines was to acquire six A350-900 HGW aircraft, it would enable the carrier to pursue modest growth of its long-haul network, which will remain primarily focused on North America. European expansion is currently on-hold until PAL can improve its performance on its London route. Meanwhile, if PAL opted to obtain additional A350 aircraft beyond the six it intends to order, growth should be manageable without compromising the utilisation rate of its long-haul fleet.

Source: CAPA

29 comments:

  1. PAL modernization is more exciting than our AFP modernization.

    Joking aside, this is the right move. PAL can get a fleet of A350-900 now. Then later on, when things are more stable, they can order the new 777X to complement the existing 777 fleet.

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    1. You're absolutely right!

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    2. Why would PAL purchase more HGW aircraft when they no from experience one class doesn't work well from experience. A350 will be at least 2 class. 777X is already old technology before it even flies.

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    3. I believe A350 will be 2 class as well. I don't think the HGW variant will have any bearing to it.

      I recommend the 777X because it can travel farther. At least, acdg to it's wiki article, the 777-8X can travel significantly farther. Far enough to reach the East Coast maybe?

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    4. They cant get the 350 NOW, it wont be until at least 2018 and then maybe 2 a year.

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    5. I don't think PAL is ordering the 777x. They still haven't decided to that. Plus the 777-300ER is already big enough for markets like in the US. If PAL wanted to expand it's Network to the East Coast of North America then they either have to order the 777-200LR which is flying now or wait for the 777-8x. Both this aircraft have the range which Pal is looking for.

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  2. what A350-900HGW are they talking about? Airbus only selling A350-900 and A350-900 ULR. Non-stop to JFK will be cutting it really close and there will be payload restrictions. Get the ULR version!

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    1. The ULR version is significantly lower passengers and we know the PAL customer does not like paying a premium...

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  3. 6 for replacement...8-10 for expansion.

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  4. PAL can improve their London services using Airbus A350 with new generation in-flight entertainment and in-demand business and premium economy class with fair fare.

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  5. How can they expand when Manila airports are dangerously over capacity?

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    1. ...by reducing old aircraft...

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  6. If that's true then I bet it's from one of those cancelled orders of TAP Portugal who they recently convert them to A330-900NEOs instead.

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  7. Good thing Pal choose A350 rather than 787 with safety issues

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  8. Airbus much Better than Boeing.

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    1. You really put a lot of thinking into that statement... Why would the majority of Airlines fly Boeing airplanes if that were true. Perhaps you mean for the low cost carrier as their goal is pack it full of seats...but then you lose range...

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  9. 777X is not old technology the a350 is old technology... The 350 wont make New York unless they reduce the passengers down to the 280 range an then it si questionable...

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    1. Just face it Boeing is a company in the brink of bankruptcy.They cant convince airlines to buy their planes,because its proven that most of their planes are all empty promise no full proof of profitabilty.

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    2. Just face-it the B777X is a fantasy its a drawing its just in the drawing board still.Unlike the A350 that its a reality.Its a real flying plane out of the drawing board.

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    3. the 350 is airbus' response to boeings 787, not 777.

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  10. How does CAPA know what PAL is going to choose? Seems strange to me when Emirates CEO is saying he wont consider 350's over 787's until their proven... Also with so few inservice how does anybody know if it is going to work out as advertised....

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  11. What are the safety issues you are talking about? Any info on the A350?

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  12. This year is about to end. But as of now, Philippine Airlines doesn't confirmed an order yet for Airbus A350-900HGW.

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  13. Ok, 2015 is over. But still no order placement of Philippine Airlines for Airbus A350. In other words, Philippine Airlines looks ambitious. This airline wants to be a 5-star airline, but doesn't do anything to improve their services, but to make it worst. So shameful for them to compare with other airlines such as Singa.... I mean, not to mention any airlines.

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  14. It says "According to Airbus, Philippine Airlines does not require the A350-900ULR, which Singapore Airlines has ordered to operate non-stop flights to the United States."

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    "However, despite the shorter distance from Manila, destinations on the east coast of North America are still out of range for PAL's existing Boeing 777-300ER fleet and the Airbus A350-900."

    If the East Coast in North America are out of range for PAL's existing A350s, then they do need the A350ULR to reach there.

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  15. 에볼플레이 먹튀검증 안전노리터

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