Philippine Airlines looking to replace A340s

Philippine Airlines (PAL) president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista has said the airline is looking at the B787 Dreamliner and new A350 to replace its fl eet of six A340-300s.


Philippine Airlines looking to replace A340s


Philippine Airlines (PAL) president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista has said the airline is looking at the B787 Dreamliner and new A350 to replace its fl eet of six A340-300s. Th e carrier, aside from a narrowbody fl eet of mostly A319/320s, also operates six B777-300ERs.

PAL celebrated its 74th anniversary by returning to New York on 15 March, almost a year after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) upgraded the aviation safety rating of the Philippines back to Category 1 from Category 2.

The Lucio Tan Group that owns PAL earlier decided to push back by four years the complete delivery of a remaining 38 aircraft it has on order from Airbus, to 2024 instead of 2020. It has also agreed to acquire two more Airbus A321 Neo.

After buying back the shares of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. in PAL last September, the Tan Group evaluated the fleet renewal program undertaken by the diversified conglomerate headed by president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang.

PAL is also finalising a business plan that would pave the way for the entry of a foreign strategic partner that could take up a 40 per cent stake in PAL.