Philippine Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the order of six A350-900s, with another six purchase options. The news was announced at the Singapore Airshow on February 17.
Philippine Airlines will configure its A350-900s with a premium three class layout and will operate the aircraft on non-stop flights from Manila to the US west coast and New York, as well as on services to new destinations in Europe. The aircraft will enable the carrier to operate non-stop service on the 8,000 nautical mile New York – Manila route all year round with a full passenger load.
Jaime J Bautista, President and COO of Philippine Airlines commented: “After a thorough commercial and technical evaluation, the A350 came out on top in meeting our demanding requirements. With the A350 we will be flying the world’s most modern airliner, bringing greatly enhanced efficiency and superior passenger comfort. The A350’s range capability has been an important factor in our decision, enabling us to offer non-stop service on all our premium long haul routes.”
To date, Airbus has recorded 777 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 41 customers.