PAL to deploy Boeing 777-300 ER for London, US flights


By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - PAL is set to deploy two Boeing 777-300 ER units slated for delivery in December on flights to London in the United Kingdom and to the US.

“The Boeing aircraft will serve the Manila – London route, a move designed to primarily enhance the total passenger travel experience and inflight service delivery. While we already have eight B777 serving the West Coast, the incoming units will also augment other Trans-Pacific flights,” Philippine Airlines (PAL) president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista said in a statement yesterday.

Boeing 777 is PAL’s flagship aircraft for long-haul operations. Bautista said the use of Boeing 777 for flights to London and the US would make the carrier at par with other airlines serving those destinations.

“We will also increase capacity as the aircraft will have a 370-seating capacity on a two – class configuration (42 in business and 328 in economy) as compared to the 254-seating capacity of the A340,” he added.

PAL’s ninth and 10th B777s were acquired based on a long-term lease agreement with Intrepid Aviation.

“Intrepid and Philippine Airlines have enjoyed a strong partnership dating back to 2013. The Philippines is currently one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia and the airline has been enjoying a strong, profitable growth trajectory over the past few years,” Intrepid president and chief commercial officer Doug Winter said earlier.

PAL is aiming to be a five-star airline.

To achieve the five-star rating, PAL is modernizing its fleet.

Part of the modernization of its fleet is the acquisition of six brand new Airbus A350s expected to be delivered starting the middle of next year, as well as the reconfiguration of eight monoclass Airbus A330s to tri-class lay-out by mid-July.