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!
July 10, 2019 was the final curtain call of an era in Philippine Airlines, the era of the quad-jet engine aircraft in the airline's fleet. They flew their Airbus A340-300 with registry RP-C3441 to Orlando before being transferred to its new owner, Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas of Spain. The final departure at 1:15pm marks the end of an age when PAL had aircraft which utilizes 4 jet engines in its fleet. It is time to do a lookback on the era of the PAL "quad-jet"
Just imagine if Philippine Airlines were to fly the supersonic Concorde! Just imagine how fast it would fly from Manila to Sydney at speeds of mach 2.5 flying near the Stratosphere at 55,000ft! That was actually supposed to happen way back in 1971 when Aerospatiale and British Aircraft Company offered the supersonic jet to no less than Philippine Airlines! In fact, PAL had plans of purchasing 4 units of the Concorde until the oil crisis struck in 1973.
Before his retirement which was effected yesterday, June 30, the Centre for Aviation or CAPA had a one-on-one interview with long time PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista where he talked about the ANA strategic partnership, the Airbus A350 operations, the possibility of dropping the London route in exchange of a different one, the A321NEO long haul operations, and growth.