Philippine Airlines expects to receive its first Airbus A350-900 jet in June to be deployed on the non-stop Manila-New York flights using the Polar route.
The airline said the A350-900 is equipped with a luxurious, tri-class cabin, featuring the most modern inflight entertainment system.
“The A350 XWB [extra wide body] will be deployed on the non-stop Manila-New York flights, using the Polar route,” the four-star airline said.
PAL is expecting the delivery of three more A350s this year and another two next year.
PAL is also acquiring six A321neos and five Next-Generation Q400s aircraft this year.
The A321neos will be utilized on the non-stop flights to Brisbane, Sapporo, New Delhi and Mumbai.
PAL will continue to beef up its flight networks originating from Clark, Cebu and Davao, as part of its “multi-hub” network strategy.
A new Davao-Siargao route was opened in March 2018, after PAL increased its Cebu-Bangkok frequency from thrice weekly to daily for the April to October summer schedule.
PAL earlier tapped Amadeus to upgrade its core technology systems in line with its goal to achieve a 5-Star rating by 2020.
The airline is adopting the full Amadeus Altéa Suite, a complete passenger service system that aims to streamline and improve all core passenger processes, including reservation, inventory, departure control and flight management.
The transformation means its customers will enjoy a smoother experience from booking to boarding.