Philippine Airlines (PAL) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to order six A350-900s and take purchase options on six more.
Airbus and PAL announced the deal on February 17 at the Singapore Airshow 2016.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by Jaime Bautista, president and COO of Philippine Airlines; and Fabrice Brégier, president and CEO of Airbus.
Philippine Airlines will configure its A350-900s with a three-class cabin layout and will operate the aircraft on non-stop flights from Manila to the U.S. West Coast and New York, as well as on services to new destinations in Europe.
The A350-900 will enable Philippine Airlines to operate non-stop flights on the 8,000-nautical mile New York-Manila route all year round with a full passenger load, according to Airbus.
“After a thorough commercial and technical evaluation, the A350 came out on top in meeting our demanding requirements,” said Jaime Bautista, President and COO of Philippine Airlines.
“With the A350 we will be flying the world‘s most modern airliner, bringing greatly enhanced efficiency and superior passenger comfort,” added Batista. “The A350’s range capability has been an important factor in our decision, enabling us to offer non-stop service on all our premium long-haul routes.”
One feature of the A350 XWB family Airbus believes is attractive to economy-class passengers is that the aircraft’s wide cabin diameter allows a standard economy-seat width of 18 inches, up to one inch more than in several comparable long-haul widebody aircraft types.
To date, Airbus has recorded firm orders for 777 A350 XWBs from 41 customers.