PAL grows fleet with one more Airbus A330

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PAL grows fleet with one more Airbus A330
The Airbus A330 will be deployed to Hawaii, Australia, and various points in Asia. Photo from PAL.
  • Philippine Airlines reacquired an Airbus A330 to add to its fleet in preparation for the summer travel season
  • The aircraft will be deployed to Hawaii, Australia and Asia
  • The A330 offers 18 business class, 24 premium economy and 267 economy seats

Philippine Airlines (PAL) grows its fleet with a reacquired Airbus A330 in time for the summer travel season.

The aircraft will be deployed to Hawaii, Australia, and various points in Asia.

With registration number RP-C8786, the A330 was flown to Manila on January 31 from Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes Airport in France via Dubai, PAL said in a statement. The flight consisted of a 13-person team led by Captains George Gilbert Gan and Francis Isidro.

The widebody aircraft offers 18 business class, 24 premium economy and 267 economy seats.

In 2021, Lucio Tan Sr.’s Buona Sorte Holdings, Inc. (BSHI) infused a total of US$505 million into PAL to support the airline’s reorganization plan. Of the total, $255 million was paid to PAL Holdings, Inc., PAL’s parent firm, which downstreamed the funds to the flag carrier. Another $250 million was loaned to PAL by BSHI.

With the pandemic receding and recovery of air travel, PAL said it plans to further expand the fleet in the coming months.

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