PAL enters into leasing agreement with Wamos Air

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Wamos Air A330-200. Photo from Wamos Air (C) Toni Marimon
  • Philippine Airlines entered into a temporary wet-lease agreement with Spanish charter and wet lease carrier Wamos Air
  • The agreement, which will take effect on June 1, aims to ensure the flag carrier’s effective fleet and operational resilience during the upcoming peak travel period
  • PAL saw the need to temporarily add aircraft to ensure sufficient capacity as they face additional maintenance requirements for their own aircraft due to global supply chain issues

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has entered into a temporary wet-lease agreement with Spanish charter and wet lease carrier Wamos Air.

The agreement, which will take effect on June 1, aims to ensure the flag carrier’s effective fleet and operational resilience during the upcoming peak travel period, PAL said in a statement.

PAL is leasing two Airbus A330-200s with a dual-class configuration, to operate its Manila-Sydney-Manila and Manila-Melbourne-Manila flights for a five-month period.

The airline assured passengers will receive comparable amenities to its A330 and will receive the same on-ground and inflight services available on a PAL flight.

Moreover, PAL cabin crew members will be on board to ensure the delivery of PAL’s brand of service.

PAL president and chief operating officer Stanley Ng said they “have additional maintenance requirements during this period due to global supply chain issues that continue to impact the industry.”

“We see the need to temporarily add these aircraft to ensure that we have sufficient capacity to meet the demand that we are anticipating across our network,” Ng added.

In a wet lease arrangement, the lessor provides aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance to another airline for a specified period.

“We chose Wamos Air because of their track record as one of Europe’s leading charter carriers. We are working closely with the carrier to ensure that our passengers will continue to receive the service quality they can expect from Philippine Airlines,” Ng said.

Wamos Air is certified by the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit, and has successfully completed wet-lease operations for over 50 airlines globally.

Philippine Airlines operates daily flights to Sydney and five times weekly services to Melbourne.