Philippine Airlines recently received their first Airbus A350 and announced non-stop flights to New York as well as London. The A350 will have PAL’s new business class, with fully-flat business class seats with all-aisle access, new Premium Economy cabin and a spacious Economy cabin. It’s another great improvement for the 4-star airline on their march towards 5-star status!
The new Airbus A350 will have a similar cabin to the already introduced A330 (read here). The Business Class cabin will feature Thomson Advantage XL seats in a 1-2-1 layout, allowing sleep in fully flat seats and with direct aisle access.
The Premium Economy cabin will feature seats with more pitch, recline and width in a 2-4-2 layout and even Economy will have more generous legroom than most airlines.
The new non-stop flights to New York will replace existing flights on Boeing B777 via Vancouver and for the first time introduce all-aisle access Business Class and Premium Economy to the US market. Flights will start in October and are available for sale now!
Flights to London will replace the current non-stop on the same Boeing B777, which will also improve the experience in all cabins.
Ever since the announcement of the Airbus A350 purchase, routes have been rumored. It’s a little sad to see existing destinations to receive the new planes, rather than opening up new destinations. Cities in Europe that have been under consideration are Rome, Paris, Hamburg and Amsterdam. Selfishly, I’ve been cheering for Hamburg, alas no luck so far!
You can see a video of the new plane courtesy of PAL below:
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