Philippine Airlines is looking to the future and expanding its fleet and staff. The airline announced a series of job fairs for additional flight attendants and ground staff shortly after the first of its 65 new Airbus planes arrived. PAL initially ordered 55 airplanes—45 single-aisle A321-200s and 10 wide body A330-300—valued at US$7 billion. The airline then ordered 10 additional A330-300s. The larger order is part of PAL’s efforts to comprehensive fleet renewal program. The A321-200 planes will eventually replace the airline’s current A320-200s and will service domestic and international flights. The A321 is configured into three sections with 12 seats in Business Class, 18 seats in Premium Economy, and 169 seats in Economy.
“The A321’s arrival heralds a new, exciting era for PAL,” said PAL president Ramon S. Ang. “It not only gives us size to fit our expansion plans but also the flexibility to match capacity to specific route requirements. This is a tremendous advantage for us. Our passengers will love this highly efficient aircraft, which features a tri-class cabin with unique amenities.”
The airline is also planning to add four A340s to its fleet later this year when it launches its European service. The European Union recently lifted its ban on the airline and PAL will return to Europe after a 15-year absence.
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