Philippines Airlines (PAL) is currently evaluating which aircraft it will integrate over the next few years as the carrier now embarks into the renewal of its long haul fleet. Philippines national carrier is evaluating proposals from both Airbus and Boeing to replace its ageing Airbus A340 with either the Airbus A350 or the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
A decision is likely to be announced before the end of the year. PAL CEO Jaime Batista indicated recently to look at ordering eight aircraft. The carrier hopes to offer services from Manila to new destinations in Europe as well as launching non-stop flights such as Manila-New York.
The delivery of new aircraft will help PAL management to reposition the carrier into a more premium positioning. Talking to the magazine Aviation Week, Jaime Bautista indicated that regardless which aircraft is ordered, the future plane will carry less than 300 seats and will feature traditional economy and business classes but also for the first time a premium economy cabin.
PAL CEO seems more than ever determined to revamp Philippine Airlines and increase standards of services. Already, the high density version of the Airbus A330 with over 400 seats will be retrofitted with less seats on offer to match the standards of other A330 equipped with only 368 seats. New more comfortable seats are also due to be installed as well from 2017.