A Look at Philippine Airlines’ First Airbus A350

The carrier’s new aircraft is expected to serve mainly nonstop services to Europe and North America.

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Philippine Airlines has welcomed the first of the six Airbus A350-900 aircraft it has on order.

The A350 will debut on the airline’s route between Manila and London Heathrow starting October 28.

The carrier’s new aircraft is expected to serve primarily nonstop flights to Europe and North America, starting with its services to London Heathrow and New York at the end of 2018.

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Come November 4, the A350 will serve the carrier’s new nonstop route to New York. The 17-hour flights are set to be the longest route in the Philippine flag carrier’s network after the current stopover in Vancouver is dropped.

Airline president and COO Jaime J. Bautista said, “The arrival of the A350 XWB will see Philippine Airlines offer new levels of comfort on our long-haul flights.”

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Featuring three classes and 295 seats in total, the new fleet of A350 aircraft comes with “Airspace by Airbus” cabins, which offer improved space, improved humidity control, as well as mood lighting.

Photo: LIFT Strategic Design

Business-class passengers can expect fully flat beds and direct aisle access, as the cabin’s 30 seats are laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seats are also staggered, and passengers can pick from window seats that are closer to either the window or the aisle.

The premium economy seats feature a 2-4-2 format and the remaining 241 seats in economy-class are configured nine-across.

More information here.

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