The flag carrier of the Philippines, Philippine Airlines, has expanded their fleet by taking delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft in Germany.
Philippine Airlines purchased 21 A321neos as part of a fleet renewal program, which aimed to improve the carrier’s existing fleet and equip it with aircraft able to answer the growing demands of passengers and the company.
The first delivered plane employs a Pratt and Whitney Pure Power engine, two class configuration aircraft, with 12 business class seats and 154 economy class seats.
The A320neo Family members have been developed to provide the most recent technological developments available on the market, with the benefit of providing 15 percent fuel savings when delivered, and 20 percent by 2020.
The aircraft have gained significant popularity across aviation players, with 6,000 airplanes already ordered from 100 customers. With its exceptional operational efficiency, the family currently holds a 60 percent market share.
Philippine Airlines plans to use the A321neo on Asia-Pacific services. Currently, the carrier operates an Airbus fleet of 25 A320ceos, 15 A330s, and five A340s.
The airline is expecting to receive the first of its six A350-900s by the end of the year.