Airlines Philippine Airlines takes delivery of its first A321neo
Philippine Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo. The aircraft was delivered from the Airbus´ facility at Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany.
Over the course of its fleet renewal programme, the flag carrier received its first Airbus a321neo. The aircraft, registered as RP-C9930, was ferried from Airbus´ facility at Hamburg via Abu Dhabi and U-Tapao to its home-base at Manila.
The aircraft is being powered by Pratt and Whitney Pure Power engines and can accommodate 166 passengers in a two-class configuration. 12 business class seats and 154 economy seats are installed.
Philippine Airlines will receive 21 Airbus A321neo overall. The aircraft will join an existing Airbus fleet of 25 A320ceo Family aircraft, 15 A330s and five A340 wide body aircraft. Furthermore, Philippine Airlines expects to take delivery of its first A350-900 aircraft later this year. Five more A350 will follow in the next years.
The carrier announced, that it will deploy its A321neo fleet across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and India. Airbus´ A320neo Family is known for having a good operational efficiency, comfort and range.
New generation engines and Sharklets deliver at least 15 percent of fuel savings at delivery. After two years of service, 20 percent of fuel savings will be reached.
Philippine Airways is the flag carrier of the Philippines. The airline was founded in 1941 and operates hubs in Manila, Clark, Mactan-Cebu and Francisco Bangoy. Subsidiaries are PAL Express, a regional carrier. Philippine Airways operates with a fleet of 56 aircraft, including seven A320ceos, one A321neo, 18 A321ceos, 15 A330s, five A340s and 10 Boeing 777-300s. 73 destinations are being served in 22 countries.
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