TOULOUSE, France, 7 Oct. 2012. Philippine Airlines in Manila, Philippines has placed a firm order for an additional 10 A330-300 widebody passenger jets from Airbus in Toulouse, France.
The latest purchase agreement follows a major aircraft order from the airline in August for 44 single-aisle A321s and 10 A330s under the carrier’s fleet modernization program, Airbus officials say.
Philippine Airlines is choosing the 240 tonne high gross weight version of the A330 that offers extra range capability, Airbus officials say. This will enable the airline to operate the aircraft non-stop from Manila to any destination in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as to the Middle East and Hawaii.
“This additional order will complete our current medium-to-long range requirements under our fleet modernization program,” says PAL Chairman Lucio Tan.
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