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PAL expands fleet with new Airbus A321neo SR

Philippine Airlines on Monday announced the entry of a new Airbus A321neo SR to its fleet, the first of 15 to be introduced over the next few years.

The flag carrier said the new aircraft with registry number RP-C9937 joined the fleet in July after completing flight tests at the Airbus assembly plant in Germany.

“Our newest A321neo will become the single-aisle mainstay for regional routes, helping PAL in our mission to boost tourism from the high-producing tourist countries in the region such as China, Japan, Korea, and our ASEAN neighbors,” said PAL president Gilbert Santa Maria.

The new aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines, featuring the Airbus “cabin flex” configuration designed for short-range regional flights.

It is outfitted with 195 seats in a two-class layout—12 seats in business class, and 183 in economy class, making more space than the 236-seat configuration other carriers employ in similar-sized A321neos.

“The A321neo’s new engines, ‘sharklet’ wingtips, and other innovations also make the airplane quieter, more efficient, and kinder to the environment, which is good news for the planet,” Santa Maria noted.

In June, PAL bagged the world’s most improved air transport service provider by research firm Skytrax.

Skytrax also awarded PAL with a 4-Star rating in February 2018, making the flag carrier the only local airline to bag such award. —Jon Viktor Cabuenas/VDS, GMA News