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Philippine Airlines Finalizes Airbus A350 XWB Order

Aviation Updates Philippines - National flag carrier, Philippine Airlines already finalized its order for six Airbus A350-900 aircraft with six more options. The finalization of orders further strengthens the already signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the Singapore Airshow earlier this year.
A350 XWB. The future flagship aircraft to support the airline's US and European destinations. Photo by Airbus.
The A350-900 will replace the ageing fleet of Iberia-leased Airbus A340-300 aircraft and will support the current Boeing 777-300ER fleet in terms of international expansion. The aircraft will be configured with three-class layout throughout the cabin and will hopefully fly direct to the United States and European destinations.

“We are pleased to finalise this important order and are now defining the final layout for the aircraft,” said Jaime J. Bautista, President & COO of Philippine Airlines. “With the A350 we will introduce a whole new level of comfort for long haul flights, with more personal space in all classes, a quieter cabin and the very latest on-board amenities. At the same time we will benefit from the A350’s enhanced efficiency and ability to fly non-stop on even our longest sector from New York to Manila, all year round.”

“The order from Philippine Airlines underscores A350 XWB’s position as the aircraft of choice in the larger twin aisle category,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A350 XWB has set new standards, combining extra-long range capability with the lowest operating costs of any aircraft in its class. It will be the perfect aircraft for Philippine Airlines to reinforce its position as one of Asia’s leading premium carriers, especially on its longest intercontinental routes.”

The A350 aircraft is the newest member of the Airbus widebody family, the press release stated. The aircraft features "most modern aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the A350 XWB brings a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs."

"To date, Airbus has recorded 783 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 42 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever."
Source: Airbus Press Release - Media Center

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