Toulouse - Airbus has finished assembling and painting the first of Philippine Airlines' six A350-900s for an upcoming delivery.
On March 27, the European aircraft manufacturer published on its Twitter account two photos of the MSN221 (F-WZNA) rolling out of the paint shop.
This first A350-900 destined for the Philippine national carrier is yet to receive its Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Last month Philippine Airlines said that it would take delivery of the plane in June 2018.
In February 2016, the company based at Manila-Ninoy Aquino airport signed a firm order with Airbus covering six A350-900, plus six options. Four copies will be available this year. The device will be configured with three classes, Business, Premium Economy, and Economy.
Philippine Airlines intends to launch Trans-Pacific non-stop flights with the A350 to the east coast of United States, as well as new destinations in Europe. For this year, the airline confirmed a non-stop service from Manila to New York-JFK by October. The operator also plans to open Seattle, Chicago routes and a destination in Western Europe later.
Currently, London-Heathrow is Philippine Airlines' only European destination, but in the past, the network has covered Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome and Athens.
On the American continent, the carrier serves New York-JFK via
Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu.
In the face of fierce competition in Southeast Asia, Philippine Airlines has launched a broad-based improvement of its services. The introduction of new long-haul is one of the components of it.