Philippine Airlines Considering Airbus A350-1000

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Philippine Airlines would consider the A350-1000 as a potential acquisition, airline president Jaime Bautista has announced.

“It is one airplane we can consider. It is a bigger version of the A350-900,” he was quoted by Reuters in Manila last week.

PAL currently has six A350-900s due from Airbus of which the first is expected to arrive in August of this year. The remaining five will arrive in September, October, and November of this year followed by two more in March and June 2019.

For its part, the first commercially ready A350-1000 is due to be handed over to launch operator, Qatar Airways, on February 20.

The -1000 can typically seat 366 passengers in a traditional 3-class layout. It has an anticipated operational range of 14,750 kilometres.