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Computer generated image of the Philippines Airlines' A350-900
Computer generated image of the Philippines Airlines' A350-900

Philippines Airlines orders six Airbus A350-900s. Options for six more

Jaime J. Bautista, President & COO of national carrier Philippine Airlines and Fabrice Brégier, President & CEO of European airframer Airbus announced that the two companies have signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) for the order of six A350-900s, with options to purchase up to an additional six planes.

The aircraft which will be used primarily on long distance North American and European routes will be configured in a three class cabin layout. Of particular attraction to Philippine Airlines is the A350’s ability to operate the 8,000 nm (8,800 miles, 14,080 km) long Manila New York JFK route non-stop, with no load penalties all year round.

The A350 XWB is the newest airliner from Airbus and is internally called the ‘Black’ aircraft due to the extensive use of carbon-fibre and other composite materials in its construction.

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