Philippine Airlines and PAL Express is set to have a combined number of more than 100 aircraft by end of 2018 with the delivery of 5 Bombardier Q400NGs, 6 Airbus A321NEO and 4 Airbus A350-900. The Philippine Airlines group presently operates a total of 96 aircraft with 64 belonging to Philippine Airlines and 32 belonging to PAL Express. Philippine Airlines has a total pending order of 20 Airbus A321NEO, 6 Airbus A350-900, and 5 more Bombardier Q400NGs. The airline is also set to retire it's A340 fleet in the coming years.
By the end of 2018, Philippine Airlines will have a total of 111 aircraft, that is if no A340 will be retired within the year. From 2019 and the coming years, the airline will be receiving 15 more Airbus A321NEOs and 2 more Airbus A350-900s wherein six of them will be delivered in 2019. PAL also has order options for 6 more Airbus A350s. This will be the very first time a Philippine based carrier will break into the 100 mark in terms of fleet count.
PAL has been on its toes beefing up everything as it aims to gain another star in 2020. Presently, PAL is ranked a 4-star airline by Skytrax. Huge improvements have been made along the way in order to compete with the world's 5-star airlines. The cabins of eight of the fifteen Airbus A330-300s were reconfigured to a tri-class seating consisting of full flat business class seats, premium economy, and economy class seats with PAL eSuite seatback IFEs from Zodiac Inflight Innovations in all classes. Their Airbus A321NEOs are also the first of its kind in the Philippines, offering full flat business class seats, and seatback IFE systems throughout the cabin. Both aircraft also offers inflight internet access.
PAL's Airbus A350-900 will also have a tri-class configuration similar to that of the tri-class Airbus A330s in their fleet, complete with full flat business class seats, PAL eSuite individual seatback IFEs throught the cabin, and internet access. The PAL A350 will also feature LED mood lighting where the color of the lights changes to help passengers adapt to the shifting time zones and for them to enjoy a more comfortable flight. The PAL A350 will also be the first in the world that will have a moving clouds feature using its mood lighting system.
As PAL expands its fleet, it will also be offering more destinations namely Maldives, Sapporo, Mumbai, and New Dehli. More long haul destinations both in the United States and Europe are on the drawing table but nothing confirmed yet. These may include Chicago, Seattle, and Paris. Philippine Airlines during the 80s and 90s used to fly to a few European destinations including Amsterdam and Frankfurt. London was resumed in 2013.
PAL has also been improving every aspect of its service and product offering in order to realize its goal of beaing a 5-star carrier by 2020. A lot has improved throughout the years from the time PAL President Jaime Bautista announced his goal to make Philippine Airlines a 5-star world class airline, an airline every Filipino can be proud of.