Philippine-based carriers are set to receive around 84 more aircraft in the coming years as of this writing. This is both good news and bad news. Good news is that the Philippine commercial aviation industry is indeed growing. This means more tourism, more jobs, more investment, and more taxes. Bad news is, the government is currently pressured to really come up with a new airport that will serve Metro Manila.
Today, we see airlines operating Airbus A380s boast their first class suites which included beds, or huge seats that turn into beds, similar to like a sofa bed. To many of the present generation, this is a big innovation, but in reality, it is not really new. In fact, Philippine Airlines had them on their Boeing 747-200s during the 1980s, and they were called the "Cloud Nine Service Skybeds", which was available for first class passengers.
Philippine Airlines was an operator of Boeing 747 for 35 years. Despite that, why didn't they consider to operate the latest version of the jumbo jet, the 747-8 Intercontinental? The 747-8 is indeed a very beautiful aircraft, way more beautiful than the superjumbo Airbus A380-800. It has a range of 15,000km. It can fit 467 passengers in a 3-class configuration. Why didn't PAL even consider this?
Philippine Airlines came out with two versions of their Airbus A321-271NEO, basically the LR which stands for Longer Range, and the SR which stands for Shorter Range. Some have asked us what is the difference between both aside from range. Well honestly, they are still both A321NEOs, powered by PW1100G-JM engines. What Philippine Airlines did was to configure both for long flights and regional or short hop ones.
We all know it as the Airbus A321NEO ACF or the A321-271NX, where ACF means "Airbus Cabin Flex". To Philippine Airlines, they are dubbed as the A321NEO SR meaning Shorter Range as compared to the airlines's first 6 A321NEO LRs which have the capability to fly from Manila to Sydney non-stop. So let's call it the A321NEO ACF as the A321NEO SR, and here is why this is the perfect regional product for the passengers who want to fly in comfort.
We have been reading all about how Qantas and Jetstar works together. The latter created a low-cost subsidiary Jetstar as a response to the growing low-cost carrier market. Qantas still operated as a full-service airline whereas Jetstar was the airline's low cost side. Instead of having one brand operating two kinds of services, they adapted a 2-brand strategy to face Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia.
Two of Philippine Airline's Boeing 777-300ER are turning 10 this November, namely, RP-C7777 and then followed by RP-C7776. Both aircraft are on lease. One question remains if PAL will be returning both 777s to their lessors or will they renew the lease which should expire by 2021 or 2022. Should they return the ageing 777s, what aircraft will they replace them with?
If you will mention the name "Love Bus" to your tito and tita, three things will come to their head. The "Love Bus", a heart decked blue bus during the 1980s that would run from Quezon City to Makati to Manila, the "Love Boat", a TV series during the 1980s, and of course, Philippine Airlines's Airbus A300 during the late 70s and 80s with a "Love Bus" insignia on its livery.
From becoming a three-star airline, they received their fourth. From placing 99 to 44 in the World's Best Airline rankings from Skytrax, they jumped to number 30! Their cabin crew was named top 11 Best Cabin Crew in the world from nothing last year. Most of all, they were recognized by Skytrax as the World's Most Improved Airline of 2019! Indeed, there is no stopping Philippine Airlines in becoming a global contender for the world's best airlines.
Yesterday July 15 marked one year since Philippine Airlines received its very first Airbus A350-900. Plane spotters waited long hours to get a glimpse of the new aircraft, many avgeeks waited so long to see a next generation aircraft in PAL colors, and many or the PAL regular customers were very happy as finally, the old A340 will be replaced. She is indeed such a beautiful aircraft in metal! All were excited!