By Emmie V. Abadilla
Philippine Airlines (PAL) will increase the capacity of its daily service between Manila and Guam by 15% for the peak travel season this December, upgrading two of its seven weekly flights to the wide-body Airbus A330-300 aircraft and adding close to 2,000 seats per return flight.
From December 15, 2019 until January 13, 2020, PAL will operate A330 flights every Sunday and Friday from Manila, every Monday and Saturday from Guam. For the rest of the week, PAL will use the 199-seater narrow-body A321.
Overall, PAL’s 309-seater A330 aircraft will add 110 more seats per flight versus the current 199-seater Airbus A321 for a total of 990 additional seats each way, or a total of 1,980 additional seats both ways, during the holiday period.
The A330 aircraft offers 18 all-aisle-access Business Class seats with full flat recline and a bed length of 78 inches. It has 24 Premium Economy seats with 8-inch recline in a private Premium cabin, 38-inch legroom, a built-in leg rest, calf-rest and footrest and in-seat power supply while the 267 Economy seats feature 6-inch recline and 31” – 33” legroom.
PAL maintains that its A330 is among the most spacious wide-body twinjets in the skies, as competitors cram as much as 436 seats into identically sized A330s compared t the 309 seats in PAL’s premium version.
All seats are equipped with MyPAL WiFi and In-flight Entertainment (IFE) with 18.5-inch monitors for the Business Class cabin. All seats have access to USB power supply, ensuring that passengers’ mobile devices are fully charged by the time they land.
Furthermore, PAL was the first Asian carrier to offer the Pneumatic Comfort System (PCS) which has a massage function. aside from allowing Business class passengers to adjust their seat firmness.
The A330 is also PAL’s aircraft of choice for nonstop flights between Manila and Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Honolulu, Tokyo and Osaka.
The carrier operates a fleet of 98 high-technology aircraft and is ranked as the 30th Best Airline in the world, having recently been awarded the World’s Most Improved Airline honors for 2019 by Skytrax and the 4-Star Major Airline award from the US-based Airline Passenger Experience Association.