Philippine Airlines Places Launch Order for Q400 Two-Class, 86-Seat Version

Philippine Airlines has firmed the letter of intent it signed on October 14 into a purchase agreement for five 86-seat Bombardier Q400s and has secured purchase rights for an additional seven.

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The contract firms up a memorandum of understanding PAL signed with Airbus for the A350-900s on February 17, during the Singapore Airshow.

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Philippine Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to order six A350-900s and take purchase options on six more.

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The Hon. Benito Bergzon, Jr., undersecretary of the Department of Tourism of the Philippines, says PAL’s new Manila-New York route is of particular importance in potentially increasing foreign-visitor arrivals to the Pacific Rim nation.

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The arrival of a Boeing 777-300ER at New York JFK early on March 16 heralded the return of Philippine Airlines service to New York City, 18 years after the carrier ended its brief and unsuccessful first attempt to serve America’s largest metropolitan area.

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ANA and Philippine Airlines plan to begin codesharing on flights between Japan and the Philippines on October 26. They also plan to begin offering reciprocal privileges in their frequent-flyer programs at the same time.

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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.

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Philippine Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus covering 34 A321s, 10 A321neo jets and 10 A330-300 widebodies. Philippine Airlines is purchasing the aircraft under a major fleet modernization program and deliveries of its new Airbus aircraft are due to start in 2013.

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Philippine Airlines has received a new Boeing 777-300ER, delivered to U.S.-based lessor GE Capital Aviation Services and leased to the airline.

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