Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is eying the purchase of 10 of the latest Boeing aircraft model and an option to buy 10 more of the still untested Boeing 777X should the latest version of the jetliner live up to its reputation, PAL president and chief operating officer said on yesterday.
PAL president and COO Ramon Ang said the planned purchase of 20 more Boeing aircraft is on top of similar purchases from rival manufacturer Airbus Industries where the airline has ordered four more A330 jets.
The set of four A330 aircraft is on top of a total 65 the Toulouse, France-based plane maker committed for delivery to the flag carrier.
He said with aircraft such as the Boeing 777X, 17-hour flights such as those from Manila to New York would be possible without compromising safety and comfort for passengers and still allow the airline to post gains from their sustained operation.
San Miguel Corp. acquired management control over PAL only last year and has since pursued an aggressive aircraft acquisition program and looks to hire more hands to run the airline more efficiently and profitably.
The airline anticipates the delivery of 24 Airbus aircraft this year as PAL retires its old inventory of planes with brand new ones.* PNA