Philippine Airlines (PAL) has ordered ten 240 tonne high gross weight Airbus A330s, an order that the carrier says will "complete" its medium-to-long range fleet modernisation.
The order follows swiftly on the heels of an order from the airline in August for 44 single aisle A321s and 10 A330s.
PAL says the extra range capability will enable the airline to operate the aircraft non-stop from Manila to any destination in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to the Middle East and as far as Honolulu in the US.
“This additional order will complete our current medium-to-long range requirements under our fleet modernisation programme,” said PAL chairman Lucio Tan and PAL president Ramon S. Ang. “With the latest enhanced versions of the A330 we will be providing our passengers the highest levels of in-flight comfort, while benefitting from the low operating costs offered by these super-efficient aircraft.”
“We are extremely pleased that the A330 has been selected by Philippine Airlines to play a key role in its future fleet,” said John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers, Airbus. “This order once again highlights the success of the A330 as the most popular aircraft in its class, offering the lowest operating costs, proven reliability and a great in-flight experience.”