Philippine Airlines delays aircraft deliveries

Aviation Updates Philippines - National flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, recently announced the deferral of its aircraft deliveries from Airbus. 38 Airbus A320 Family aircraft will be affected with the decision of the new management to defer aircraft deliveries by four more years.

Philippine Airlines Airbus A321-200 during push back
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According to Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer, Jaime Bautista, that it has deferred the delivery of the aircraft to 2024 instead of 2020. President Bautista said the airline is supposed to take the delivery of the remaining 38 Airbus A321 aircraft until 2020.

Philippine Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of 10 Airbus A321-200 aircraft this year, but decided to take delivery of only 5 aircraft this year. The remaining 5 orders will be delivered by 2016. Bautista also said that the deferral of order will not have any additional costs that might be imposed by Airbus.

Jaime Bautista, after buying the remaining shares of San Miguel Corporation in PAL, immediately reviewed the airline's fleet renewal program which was recently being under control by the former PAL President Ramon S. Ang.

Recently, Philippine Airlines reduced the order of Airbus A330-300 from 20 to 15. The remaining 5 Airbus A330-300 orders were converted to 8 Airbus A321neo which is scheduled to be delivered this year, according to Wikipedia.

“As of this month, we only have 38 remaining Airbus orders now out of the orders made in 2012. I think PAL group has ordered over 64 planes last 2012. Now, Airbus is taking delivery of five A321 this year, instead of 10, as we asked them defer it to 2020,” Bautista said.

Meanwhile, Bautista ended the gossips about new flights to Europe. He said that Philippine Airlines has no plans in expanding in the European market as competition is stiff in that market. The airline also resumed flights to London on November 2013 with positive demand.