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Philippine Airlines's upcoming new jets clearly show the airline's commitment to be a 5-star carrier by 2020. Recently, Ryan Uy posted photos of the business class of PAL's A350-900, and business and economy sections of their A321NEO, and all we can say is that it is definitely a thing of beauty!
During the 50s to the early 80s, PAL was on top of it's game. They were the first airline to introduce the "skybeds" and these were literally beds where you can doze off during long haul flights. They also boasted the best fleet in Asia with the widest network of destinations.
After years of facing turbulent times, PAL is back to regain that crown by not only aiming to be a 5-star carrier, but to be also ranked as the World's Best Airline! All these started in 2016 when PAL President Jaime Bautista announced it's plans to be a full premium carrier that competes against other Asian airlines like Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, ANA, and Asiana. Just last February, Philippine Airlines got that star and was ranked as a 4-star airline by Skytrax!
Now, they are focusing on getting that next star and the interiors of their new aircraft will show you how serious they are!
Philippine Airlines's Airbus A350-900 will be equipped with 30 full flat Thompson Vantage XL business class seats, the same one used on its tri-class Airbus A330-300s. These seats can recline to a full flat with a total length of 78 inches. This is equpped with an air cushion that can adjust the seats firmness, lumbar massage feature, additional storage, and charging ports.
The A350 will also be equiped with 24 premium economy seats that have a recline of 8 inches with a configuration of 2-4-2. The regular economy class with have a 3-3-3 abreast configuration. All aircraft with also be equiped with individual seat back IFEs in all classes with internet connectivity together with LED mood lighting.
Philippine Airlines's Airbus A321 NEO will have a total of 168 seats which includes 12 B/E Diamond business class seats that reclines to a full flat.
The A321 NEO business class seats have a generous legroom of 60 inches in length and width of 23 inches which can fully recline to 78 inches in length. These will be on a 2-2 abreast configuration.
All seats throughout the aircraft will be equipped with PAL eSuite seatback inflight entertainment system. Passengers will also be given WIFI access.
With all that, we are very proud of Philippine Airlines as it carries our colors, our flag, with the name "Philippines", around the world, the same way as how boxing legend Manny Pacquiao carried the country and his countrymen on his shoulders in every fight.
We have a Manny Pacquiao, and we also have a Philippine Airlines! Mabuhay!