Philippine Airlines (PAL) confirms it is ordering 54 aircraft, including 10 -300s and 44 .
The news follows AviationWeek’s exclusive report on Aug. 24 that PAL would be ordering these aircraft, and that the deal would be announced as early as today. PAL has also confirmed that first deliveries of the A321s will be in the second half of 2013 and that they will be used on domestic and short-haul international routes. Airbus says 34 of the A321s on order are the current model and 10 are.
The Filipino carrier says the 10 A330-300s will be the high gross weight version and will be used to launch services to the Middle East as well as replacing its-300ERs on routes to Australia. Airbus says first deliveries of the A330-300s will be in the second half of next year, and that PAL plans to also use the A330-300s on high-demand international routes within Asia.
PAL currently operates no services to the Middle East, instead preferring to code share with Middle Eastern carriers. However, its local competitor Cebu Pacific Air is planning to launch services to the Middle East in 2013 using A330-300s.