Philippine Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for six A350-900s. The deal, which also includes six purchase options, was announced at the Singapore Airshow on February 17.
Jaime J Bautista, President & COO of Philippine Airlines said: “After a thorough commercial and technical evaluation, the A350 came out on top in meeting our demanding requirements. With [this aircraft] 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.”
The Manila-based carrier said it will configure its A350s in a “premium” three-class layout and will employ the type on routes to the US and Europe.
Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier added: “We are pleased to welcome Philippine Airlines as the latest airline to select the all-new A350 XWB. It has set new standards, combining extra-long range capability with the lowest operating costs of any aircraft in the larger twin aisle category. Passengers flying with Philippine Airlines can look forward to the new levels of comfort offered by the aircraft, with a wider and quieter cabin, and more personal space for all.”