Manila, Philippines - Philippine Airlines is in talks with Boeing for the acquisition of new jets. The airline is studying the manufacturer's newly developed 777X for its future wide-body fleet.
“We don’t have a plan yet, but we are in discussions with Boeing. Of course, Boeing wants to sell the airplanes so they are in discussions with us, informing us of the features of the airplane, just in case we become interested to replace the old triple sevens,” PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista said.
Philippine Airlines currently has six recently acquired Airbus A350-900, 15 Airbus A330-300 and, ten Boeing 777-300ER in its wide-body fleet.
Apart from the two Boeing 777-300ER that are 12 years old, Philippine Airlines has no plans to replace any of its Boeing 777-300ERs anytime soon, the manager said.
In the future, PAL will likely be evaluating two choices for the replacement of its 777-300ERs. One is to continue to modernize its wide-body fleet with A350XWB (both-900 and -1000 variants) or to order Boeing 777X. The additional A350XWBs would allow the carrier to be an all-Airbus operator, but the 777X offers more seating capacity compared to the Airbus's A350-1000, the larger variant of the XWB family.
For 2019, the Philippino flag carrier is set to take delivery of two Airbus A350-900, two Airbus A321neo, and two Bombardier Q400.
PAL still has 13 A321neo in its order book waiting to be delivered until 2022.
PAL flies more than 30 domestic and 40 international destinations with a young fleet that consists of 98 aircraft.