Philippine Airlines takes delivery of first A321

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 9, 2013
The A321 stands to be used on Philippine Airlines' recently introduced services to Darwin. Airbus)

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken delivery of its first A321 in what is the first of 64 new Airbus aircraft ordered by the airline under a major fleet modernisation program that includes 44 A321s and 20 A330s.

The airline will operate the A321s in a two-class configuration primarily on international routes across the Asian region as well as on selected domestic flights.

The A321 joins an Airbus fleet at PAL that already includes 22 A320-family aircraft operating on domestic and regional routes, and nine in service with its budget subsidiary PAL Express. The carrier also operates eight A330s and seven A340-300s.

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PAL will take delivery of the first of its 20 new A330s this year. The carrier is also adding four A340-300s to its fleet for deployment on new nonstop services to Europe, which are scheduled to begin in September.

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