PAL seen to get 5th A350-900 next month

Credit to Author: LISBET K. ESMAEL| Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 16:25:05 +0000

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) expects to receive in February the fifth of the six A350-900 jets it ordered from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

In a release on Friday, the listed airliner indicated the aircraft would be used for “long-haul operations to New York, London and soon, Toronto.”

The plane would carry its “Love Bus” logo, which was first displayed in 1979, signaling its four-decade partnership with Airbus.

PAL ordered six A350-900s from Airbus targeted for long haul flights from Manila to destinations in North America and Europe.

Asked when the sixth and last A350-900 would be delivered, PAL spokesman Maria Cielo Villaluna replied in a text message that it might arrive in March.

The new A350-900s would be added to PAL’s 26 A320 Family aircraft, 15 A330s and five A340s.

Earlier this month, PAL said it would continue to expand its global network, launching flights from Manila to Hanoi in Vietnam, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and New Delhi in India within the first six months of this year.

PAL President Jaime Bautista has said the carrier expects to register 19 million passengers this year, compared with 17 million in 2018.

Shares of PAL shed P2.02 or 12.66 percent to close at P13.94 apiece on Friday.

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