Manila - Boeing and leasing company Avation PLC celebrated the delivery of Singapore-based leasing firm's first Boeing aircraft, a 777-300ER (Extended Range), leased by Philippine Airlines, which is also the 10th 777-300ER for the national carrier of Philippine.
Philippine Airlines took delivery of its 10th 777-300ER earlier last week and will use the new aircraft primarily on routes from Manila to North America.
The Boeing 777-300ER will be used for our long-haul operations, a measure aimed primarily at improving the travel experience for passengers and delivery on board,said Jaime Bautista, the CEO of Philippine Airlines in a press release issued by Boeing.
The 777 continues to outperform at all levels, offering exceptional value to our airline. Philippine Airlines has no better testament than its new 777-300 by putting it directly into service with its flight from Vancouver to Manila,he added.
With already eight 777s in service to the West Coast of the United States, the new device will also complement other trans-Pacific flights.
Boeing and Philippine Airlines have been strong partners for decades and it's a special opportunity today to deliver their 10th 777-300ER,said Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President of Asia-Pacific Sales at Boeing.
The 777-300ER is configured to accommodate 370 passengers, 42 in Business class and 328 in Economy. The long-haul fleet of the company already 15 A330-300s and 6 A340-300s, the latter to be replaced by A350-900s in 2018 (6 on order + 6 optional). It should be noted that PAL still has 21 A321neo and 6 A321neoLR orders that are deliverable in 2018.