By: AirTravellerPH Staff / Photo credits: Wikimedia
Way before the Philippines became an Airbus country, Boeing ruled the skies. The most common among them was the Boeing 737, operated by Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Grand Air, PhilAir, and South East Asian Airlines. The ever beautiful Boeing 747 in Philippine Airlines colors was a common sight, and until its last day in service, everyone was simply mesmerized by its size and beauty.
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.