PAL confirms looking to buy 12 B787s or A350s

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has confirmed it is in talks with Airbus and Boeing to buy as many as 12 wide-body aircraft and will decide on the purchase before the end of the year, the flag carrier’s president Jaime Bautista told Reuters, recently.


Philippine Airlines (PAL) has confirmed it is in talks with Airbus and Boeing to buy as many as 12 wide-body aircraft and will decide on the purchase before the end of the year, the flag carrier’s president Jaime Bautista told Reuters, recently. PAL in August had said it was planning to buy eight planes, but Bautista said the amount had increased to cater to growing demand for longhaul flights to the US and Europe.

PAL will put firm orders for six aircraft worth around US$1 billion for delivery in 2017 and 2018, with the option to buy six more aircraft for 2019 and 2020 delivery depending on the growth of the long-haul market, Bautista added. “It’s either the Boeing 787 or the Airbus 350. Th at is what we are studying now,” he said.

Earlier, CAPA Centre for Aviation had reported that Philippine Airlines had chosen the A350-900 as a replacement for its ageing fleet ofA340-300s, without citing a source. Of the order, CAPA reported that an undisclosed number will be High Gross Weight variants which will enable PAL to start non-stop flights to the eastern US – New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare in particular.

Philippine Airlines’ widebody fleet currently consists of fifteen A330-300s, six A340-300s, and six B777-300ERs.