Already a customer of the Airbus A350-900, Philippine Airlines might add to its fleet the elongated version of the type. On February 15, the Asian carrier announced its interest to the A350-1000.
A350-1000 is an airplane we can consider,said Jaime Bautista to Reuters, the president of PAL Holdings (the parent company of Philippine Airlines), while an A350-1000 arrived in Manila as part of a demonstration tour in Asia-Pacific. Airbus had invited the airline to participate in a test flight.
Philippine Airlines has ordered six A350-900s in 2016 to develop its long-haul network. The first aircraft is expected to arrive in June 2018. Jaime Bautista pointed out the commonalities between the spare parts of the A350-900 and the A350-1000, but also the possibility for the crews to fly the two planes.
The company already operates several types of Airbus, A340-300 (five units, which will be replaced by the A350-900), A330-300 (fifteen units) and A320 / A321 (34 units).
The carrier's current orders also include 21 A321neo, deliverable from this year. However, the fleet also includes ten Boeing 777-300ERs, a long-haul competitor to the A350-1000.
In total, Philippine Airlines expects to receive 15 new aircraft this year, including four A350-900s.
Faced with fierce competition in Asia, the company has chosen to move upmarket and modernize its fleet. A $2 billion expansion program has been launched.
Headquartered at Manila-Ninoy Aquino Airport, Philippine Airlines flies to 58 international destinations in 33 countries, including Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver in North America as well as London-Heathrow in Europe.