Boeing delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to Philippine Airlines (PAL) via leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). Aircraft registration RP-C7777.
The new airplane is the first 777 to join PAL’s fleet and is one of two leased 777-300ERs the airline will deploy on its international routes. In addition the airline has four more 777-300ERs on order directly from Boeing from 2007.
Philippine Airlines has been operating longer than any other airline in Asia having conducted its first flight March 15, 1941. The airline currently operates five Boeing 747-400s.
The delivery flight was also used as a humanitarian flight to bring relief to residents who were recently devastated by the massive floods from Typhoon Ketsana. With the help of AmeriCares, Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG) and Kids Against Hunger, Boeing and PAL loaded nearly 18,000 pounds of medical supplies and packaged meals into the cargo hold of the 777-300ER.
The airplanes are powered by General Electric GE90-115BLs, the world’s largest and most powerful commercial jet engine. The 777-300ER is well known for its cargo capacity — up to 7,120 cubic feet (201.6 cubic meters).