Philippine Airlines orders nine Airbus A350-1000

A rendering of a Philippine Airlines Airbus A350-1000. Image: © Airbus

Philippine Airlines and Airbus announced an order for 9 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft at the Paris Air Show. Deliveries of the new aircraft are expected to run from the second half of 2025 until 2027. They will be equipped with 380 seats, 42 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 314 in a 10-abreast Economy Class, enabled by the recent enhancements made to the Airbus A350.

There are already two Airbus A350-900 in service with the airline, which ended lease agreements for another four during the Pandemic and now operate for Lufthansa. An incremental order for more of the type is not out of question, according to the airline. With the introduction of the A350-1000, Philippine Airlines expects to continue to operate the Boeing 777-300ER alongside it, but eventually choose to phase it out in favor of additional A350s.

Airbus CCO Christian Scherer highlighted the long relationship with the airline, dating back to 1978 and that he will be pleased to see the merits of the new aircraft. Philippine Airlines Chairman Captain Stanley Ng also noted how the aircraft will enable his airline to achieve its climate goals as well as to expand into key markets, especially into Europe.