PAL poised for takeoff with new aircraft deliveries, explores new horizons
Philippine Airlines said 21 new aircraft are expected to join its fleet by 2019 in line with its goal to be a five-star airline by 2020.
It will introduce new routes and increase flight frequencies with the expected delivery of five next-generation Bombardier Q400s and six new Airbus A321neos starting May, along with four Airbus A350-900 trans-oceanic aircraft beginning June.
Two more next-generation Q400s, A350s and A321neos are also expected to arrive.
?Our current fleet of 85 aircraft is already the largest in the Philippines,? PAL President Jaime J. Bautista said.
?We are aiming for 100 aircraft by 2020, which places us in the category of a major carrier. But we are not merely adding more planes, we are constantly upgrading the cabins, seats, amenities, inflight entertainment and technology. We aspire to ultimately become a 5-Star Global Airline, to be a source of pride for all Filipinos,? he added.
The PAL fleet buildup will continue until year 2024.
?Our new aircraft and our new hubs are a winning combination that will help expand our market reach both domestically and worldwide. This is imperative for a global airline, and we must sustain and build on our hard-won 4-Star rating? Bautista said.
Bautista said PAL would launch direct flights to New York beginning Oct. 28, and New Delhi and Mumbai in India by the fourth quarter. It will also launch flights between Manila and Sapporo in Japan by the last quarter of 2018.