PAL eyes more international flights
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is looking to add more international flights next year with the expected delivery of new aircraft.
PAL president and COO Jaime Bautista said the newly acquired Airbus A321 NEO allows the airline to launch non-stop services to Brisbane, Delhi, Perth, Mumbai and Sapporo, as well as increase flights to Melbourne and other Asia/Pacific destinations.
“Also in 2018, we are excited to introduce the Airbus A350 as our new ultra-long-range flagship, a 295-seater widebody airplane that will help us link the Philippines nonstop to New York, Chicago, Seattle and far-flung points in Europe and North America,” he said.
Bautista said PAL is taking delivery of two brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft later this year to complete its fleet of 10 B777s for deployment to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver and now also to London Heathrow.
PAL has forecast passenger volume to reach 15 million this year and more than 20 million by 2021.
“To achieve this, we will grow our fleet from 87 aircraft today to at least 96 by 2021. In doing so, we will phase out 18 older aircraft and take delivery of 27 brand new airplanes,” Bautista said.