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Philippine Airlines takes delivery of first Airbus A321

by BA Staff

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321. It is the first of 64 new Airbus aircraft ordered by the airline in 2012 under a major fleet modernisation programme. These include 44 single aisle A321s and 20 widebody A330s.

Philippine Airlines will operate the A321 primarily on international routes across the Asian region, and a few domestic flights, in a two class cabin. 12 seats in business and 187 in economy class.

Ramon Ang, President and CEO, Philippine Airlines said

“We are excited about the A321 not only because its size fit our expansion plans, but the flexibility it gives us in matching the aircraft to specific route requirements is tremendous,” “With the A321 we will be able to add capacity without compromising comfort, offering our passengers a choice between full premium class and a great range of value fares.”

Philippine Airlines operates 22 A320 Family aircraft, eight A330s, and and seven A340-300s in its fleet.

Philippine Airlines will take delivery of the first of its 20 new A330s in the third quarter of the year. The carrier is also currently adding four A340-300s to its fleet for deployment on new non-stop services from the Philippines to Europe, scheduled to begin next month.

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