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Outfitted with just 195 seats in a two-class layout (12 seats in business class and 183 seats in economy), the A321neo SR offers a roomier cabin than the existing 199-seater A321 Classic. Photo from Philippine Airlines.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has introduced a new Airbus A321neo SR aircraft to serve as the primary single-aisle jetliner for Asian regional flights.

The brand-new PAL A321neo SR joined the fleet last July after completing flight tests at the Airbus A320/A321 assembly plant in Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport in Germany.

The aircraft is the first of a batch of 15 to be progressively introduced into the PAL fleet over the next few years, the airline said in a statement.

PAL’s A321neo SR is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines and features the Airbus “cabin flex” configuration designed for short-range regional flights between the Philippines and East Asian destinations, including airports in greater China, central Japan, Korea, Guam and the rest of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

PAL said passengers will enjoy enhanced seat comfort and entertainment options on board the A321neo SR, a more advanced update of the A321 Classic that PAL currently operates on domestic and certain regional routes.

Outfitted with just 195 seats in a two-class layout (12 seats in business class and 183 seats in economy), the A321neo SR offers a roomier cabin than the existing 199-seater A321 Classic, with more generous legroom and personal space than the 236-seat configuration offered by some competitor airlines on their similar-sized A321neos, said PAL.

“Our passengers will appreciate the more comfortable layout of the aircraft,” said PAL president Gilbert F. Santa Maria.

“The A321neo’s new engines, ‘sharklet’ wingtips and other innovations also make the airplane quieter, more efficient and kinder to the environment, which is good news for the planet,” he added.

Santa Maria said the new aircraft will “become the single-aisle mainstay for regional routes, helping PAL in our mission to boost tourism from the high-producing tourist countries in the region such as China, Japan, Korea and our ASEAN neighbors.”

Prior to the new batch of A321neo SRs, PAL completed the delivery of six longer-range versions of the A321neo with the arrival of the sixth aircraft last January. The longer-range A321neo has been deployed on nonstop routes to Brisbane, Papua New Guinea, Sydney, and Sapporo.

Visible modifications on the A321neo include an additional lavatory, a new rear section and new over-wing emergency exits in the center section to replace the traditional secondary door located forward of the wing in classic A321s.

PAL’s current fleet of 98 aircraft includes six Airbus A350-900 and 10 Boeing 777-300ER wide-body jetliners for long-haul routes, 15 Airbus A330s for high-density Asia-Pacific, Australian and Middle Eastern routes, six A321neo longer-range versions, 24 A321 Classics, 19 A320s and 10 De Havilland Dash-8-400s, in addition to classic versions of the Q300/400.

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