Philippine Airlines (PAL) has received a new Boeing 777-300ER, delivered to U.S.-based lessor GE Capital Aviation Services and leased to the airline.
The new aircraft is the first 777 to join PAL’s fleet and is one of two leased 777-300ERs the airline will deploy on its international routes, according to Boeing. In addition the airline has four more 777-300ERs on order directly from Boeing from 2007.
Boeing, PAL and three non-profit organizations used the delivery to bring relief to residents of the Philippines who were recently devastated by the massive floods from Typhoon Ketsana. With the help of AmeriCares, Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG) and Kids Against Hunger, Boeing and PAL loaded nearly 18,000 pounds of medical supplies and packaged meals into the cargo hold of the 777-300ER.
“It is our great hope that this collaborative effort will bring some comfort to the flood victims during this very challenging time,” says Fred Kiga, Boeing’s vice president, state and local government relations and global corporate citizenship for the Northwest region.
Jaime J. Bautista, PAL president, who led a small PAL delegation that joined the delivery flight to Manila, says he was glad to be able to deliver the relief donations to the Philippines. “The airlift of relief goods is inherent to our mandate as the Philippines flag carrier. Earlier, we conducted a similar airlift of relief from local donors. I am sure these donations will go a long way in alleviating the plight of the victims and help in rebuilding their lives,” says Bautista.
All 777-300ERs are powered by the General Electric GE90-115BL, the world’s largest and most powerful commercial jet engine. The 777-300ER is well known for its cargo capacity, up to 7,120 cubic feet (201.6 cubic meters).
Philippine Airlines, the national flag carrier, conducted its first flight on March 15, 1941 and has been operating longer than any other airline in Asia. PAL is a long-time Boeing customer and currently operates five Boeing 747-400s.
The Boeing 777-300ER is 19 per cent lighter than its closest competitor, the Airbus A340-600. Boeing says it produces 22 per cent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 per cent less to operate per seat. The aircraft can seat up to 365 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).
Boeing claims the 777 family is the world’s most successful twin-engine, twin-aisle airplane. To date, 57 customers around the world have ordered more than 1,100 777s.
For more information concerning AmeriCares, log onto www.AmeriCares.org.
For more information about HISG, go to hisg.org.
To learn more about Kids Against Hunger, go to www.kidsagainsthunger.org.