Philippine Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for an additional 10 A330-300 widebody aircraft.
The latest purchase agreement follows a firm order from Philippine Airlines in August for 44 single aisle A321s and 10 A330-300s under the carrier’s fleet modernization program.
For its latest order the carrier has selected the 240-tonne high-gross weight version of the Airbus A330-300, offering extra range capability. This will enable the airline to operate the aircraft non-stop from Manila to any destination in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to the Middle East and as far as Honolulu in the U.S.
“This additional order will complete our current medium-to-long range requirements under our fleet modernization program,” say PAL Chairman Lucio Tan and PAL President Ramon Ang. “With the latest enhanced versions of the A330 we will be providing our passengers the highest levels of in-flight comfort, while benefiting from the low operating costs offered by these super-efficient aircraft.”
Airbus has recorded orders for more than 1,200 A330s of all versions, with more than 900 now delivered to 120 customers and operators worldwide.
In addition to passenger and freighter aircraft, the Airbus A330 family also offers VIP and military transport/tanker variants.