PAL launches th Airbus 330
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) unveiled its newest addition to its current fleet of aircrafts that infuses technology and heightened comfort for its patrons.
PAL’s latest phase of fleet modernization unfolded on May 15 at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City when management announced the delivery of its newest long-range aircraft, the Airbus 330-300 High Gross Weight (HGW) Jet. The flying beauty came straight from the Airbus Deliver Center in Toulouse, France.
“The delivery of this new aircraft completes our menu of new product offerings. This sophisticated aircraft is aimed at the discriminating business segment of the market, an important part of PAL’s customer base,” said PAL president Ramon Ang.
The Airbus 330 features a modern two-class economy cabin, divided into premium economy and regular economy. While the latter maintains an industry standard seat of 30 to 31 inches, travelers can enjoy a more spacious premium economy that provides 34 inches of room. Designed to accommodate 368 passengers, the business class cabin offers 18 seats, while the premium economy has 27 spacious seats.
Focusing on “ease and simplicity,” the SICMA 5751 technology moves the seat pan up and forward while the passenger reclines on the comfy stretch. This allows space optimization and adds to the comfort level of the economy traveler.
For those who want a more luxurious and comfortable flight experience, the new business class boasts of the French-designed Sogerma ultra-modern seat Equinox 3D that stretches out to a full-flat bed that is over six-feet long and two feet wide at a push of a button. This includes an electrical leg rest with an ottoman, retractable private divider, in-seat power supply, USB port, reading light, coat hook, electrical seat controls and ample stowage space that’s within reach.
“It’s like sleeping in your own bed at home,” Ang enthused.
As if saving the best for last, PAL also heralded the plane’s most fun and exciting feature—the In Flight Entertainment (IFE) that is a first in the country. This is a wireless platform that allows passengers to stream unlimited content of movies, television series, and music in their own devices—whether on a smart phone, laptop or tablet.
“PAL is pioneering the way entertainment is experienced at 30,000 feet. Through wireless technology, we are able to enhance and personalize our IFE offerings and deliver these straight to the passenger’s own gadget,” Ang said.
Before boarding the plane, a PAL traveler can download PAL’s “iN AiR” application available in the AppStore for Apple devices or Google Play Store App in Android devices. One may also want to avail of Internet services through WIFI offered at different prices depending on the length of time a passenger wishes to stay online.
But once you have the iN AiR app in your device, one can easily click and watch, or listen to music or videos of choice.
In August 2013, the flag carrier’s “comprehensive fleet upgrade” began with the delivery of the Airbus A321 with the narrow-body jet phase. The following month, the first A330-300 HGW with an all-economy layout was introduced.
Now in its third stage, PAL offers business travelers new ways to enjoy their experience in the sky.