Philippine Airlines (PAL) has finalized a purchase agreement with Airbus covering a firm order for six A350-900s, plus options on six more.
The contract firms up a memorandum of understanding PAL signed with Airbus for the A350-900s on February 17, during the Singapore Airshow.
PAL will configure each of its A350-900s with a three-class cabin layout. The airline will operate the aircraft on non-stop flights to the U.S., as well as on services to new destinations in Europe.
“We are pleased to finalize this important order and are now defining the final layout for the aircraft,” says Jaime Bautista, president and chief operating officer of Philippine Airlines.
“With the A350 we will introduce a whole new level of comfort for long haul flights, with more personal space in all classes, a quieter cabin and the very latest on-board amenities,” adds Bautista.
“At the same time we will benefit from the A350’s enhanced efficiency and ability to fly non-stop on even our longest sector from New York to Manila, all year round,” Bautista says.
Together with a China Eastern Airlines firm order for 20 A350-900s which Airbus also announced on April 29, the manufacturer has now recorded firm orders for 803 A350 XWB widebodies, from 43 customers.
As with all other A350 XWB aircraft ordered to date, PAL’s A350-900s will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. The engine model powering the A350-900 is the Trent XWB-84.