Philippine Airlines outlines new routes with delivery of 15 aircraft this year

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Philippine Airlines President Jaime J. Bautista said in a press conference that the airline is expecting the delivery of four Airbus A350s, six A321neos, and five Bombardier Q400s this year.

The A321neos will be used for Manila-Brisbane flights, as well as routes to New Delhi and Mumbai in India, and Sapporo in Japan.

The A321neos are for Asia-Pacific destinations, which have increased in demand.

The A350-900/ will be used for the polar route of the Manila-New York flights, and Q400s for domestic destinations.

“Coming next month, a new Davao-Siargao route, the Airbus 321neo will allow us to fly Manila-Australia nonstop and will open routes to New Delhi, Bombai and Saporro. The Airbus 350 will give us the range and power to fly the longest and commercial route ever operated by a Philippine carrier from Manila to New York City over the Arctic Ocean,” Mr. Bautista said in a press conference.

“We will have 259 seats from Manila to New York. We are taking delivery of airplane in June. We are expected to take the delivery of the Airbus 350 in August, the third one in September, the fourth one in December.” — Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo