PAL uses Boeing 777 fleet for Manila-New York flights

Philippine Airlines said Friday it will use Boeing 777 fleet for its Manila-to-New York flights in order to increase seat capacity on the route.

The country’s flag carrier will shift to the 370 seater state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient B777-300s from the 254-seater Airbus A340s as operating fleet for long-haul operations between the two cities, with a Vancouver stop-over by October.

“Using the B777 to the US Mainland enables us to achieve our goal of operating our long haul flights efficiently and economically. With this shift, passengers on the route will experience PAL’s trademark Filipino service in the comfort of the modern B777,” PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista said.

PAL currently utilizes B777s for its San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto operations as well as select regional and international routes.

The flag carrier is taking delivery of two additional units, slated to arrive in October and December 2016, respectively.

Bautista earlier said the company was looking at acquiring eight wide-bodied aircraft over the next two to three years to replace A340 aircraft.

“Its still under evaluation whether we will acquire A350s or Boeing 787 Dreamliner, hopefully we can make a recommendation to the board before the end of the year,” he said.

PAL Holdings Inc. in the first half of 2015 recorded a consolidated total comprehensive income of P5.94 billion, up 1,500 percent from just P362.4 million year-on-year.

Total revenues in the first half rose 14 percent to P55.95 billion from P48.95 billion a year earlier. Revenues in the second quarter reached P28.09 billion, up 2.9 percent from P27.23 billion.

The company aims to book 12 million passengers this year, higher from about 10 million passengers in 2014.

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