Philippine Airlines sees significant cost savings on its long-haul routes, especially on the future nonstop Manila-New York flights — with the use of the new Airbus A350-900 airplanes.
PAL President Jaime J. Bautista said the A350 will be at least 20 percent cheaper to operate than the Boeing 777-300ER, due mainly to A350’s more efficient engines and lightweight construction using advanced materials.
“With the A350, we will be able to fly non-stop from Manila to New York without having to make a technical (refuelling) stop in Vancouver,” he said.
With a list price of $371.4 million for one A350-900, PAL’s order for six will cost $1.9 billion before the discounts are computed. PAL also options to order six additional A350.
The A350 will be delivered in August, September and October, and two more in 2019.
The new jets will also be used on regional flights and on the Manila-London route. Flights between Manila and the US west coast will, however, remain the exclusive domain of the Boeing 777 due to its higher passenger capacity.
In addition to a 14,800-kilometer range, Airbus claims the A350 has the quietest cabin among commercial airliners currently in service.