Climb up to the newest planes of PAL. This plane, fresh from the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France is the newest in its fleet for long haul flights.
The new A320-300 HWG
I really got excited going up PAL’s newest plane as me and other guests explored and tried out the amenities inside the aircraft. Heck, I even had my first cockpit photo!
Philippine Airlines is making waves with its introduction of its newest, bi-class, long range aircraft, the Airbus 330-300 High Gross Weight jet with a new innovative and hi-tech business class. This marks the third stage of its fleet modernization program that started in August 2013.
The latest A330-300 accommodates 368 passengers – 323 in economy, 27 in the more spacious premium economy and 18 in the new business class. The last one, is really hitech with the Equinox 3D seats manufactured by Sogerma, an award winning seat supplier, without compromising comfort.
I’m really looking forward to fly the A330-300 HWG plane when I will finally visit one of its destinations. The new long haul planes will service the routes from Manila to Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Haneda, Nagoya and Seoul.
Do check out Philippine Airlines when you travel to these cities and enjoy the new hitech business class and innovative wireless app.
In-flight entertainment (IFE) is via a free wireless app that passengers can download. It’s the first of its kind in the Philippines wherein they can enjoy flight entertainment via their own gadgets like smartphones, tablets and laptops by streaming from the app. PAL also offers iN AiR, its innovative service that offers GSM and wifi connectivity enabling passengers to make calls, SMS and browse the internet (charges apply via roaming).
The crew’s cabin in the middle of the plane where they can rest during long haul flights.
Charging stations on every seat. Economy offers 30 inches pitch with the articulating seat with the seat pan lifts up and slides forward as the seat reclines back. This design provides comfort and optimizes passenger space. Premium economy has 34 inches of pitch.
The new Business Class features full 180 degree flat bed at the push of a button. With almost two feet width, it provides comfort for long haul flights. What makes this configuration interesting is that the two seats, once fully extended is V-shaped with the window side moving to armrest level and the aisle side moving down to just above ground. This is efficient use of space that offers easy egress from the window side.
A fabulous launch night, clockwise from top right: Gary V entertaining the crowd, PAL big guns toasting the event and a flight attendant walks the ramp
I can’t resist but pose at my first cockpit photo 🙂
Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.
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