On Friday, Boeing and Avation PLC, an aircraft leasing company, celebrated the delivery of Avation’s first Boeing aircraft, the 777-300ER, that will be leased and operated by Philippine Airlines. The delivery of the aircraft marks the 10th 777-300ER aircraft for the airline.
“The Boeing aircraft will serve our long-haul operations, a move designed to primarily enhance the total passenger travel experience and in-flight service delivery,” said Jaime Bautista, Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer. “While we already have eight 777s serving the West Coast, the incoming units will also augment other trans-pacific flights.”
Bautista added that “the Boeing 777 is our flagship for long-haul operations. With its range and operational capability, the flag carrier will be at par with other full service carriers along the route.”
“We’re pleased our first twin-aisle delivery is a Boeing 777, the marquee airplane in its class,” said Jeff Chatfield, executive chairman, Avation. “We’re confident this airplane will complement our regional and single-aisle fleet and help Avation continue to grow as a full-service commercial aircraft lessor.”
This past week, the airline took delivery of its ninth 777-300ER. These aircraft will be used to connect Manila to North America. Revenue service for these aircraft will begin with flights from Vancouver, Canada to Manila, one of the longest routes for the aircraft.
“Boeing and Philippine Airlines have been strong partners for decades and it is a special occasion today as we deliver their 10th 777-300ER,” said Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777 continues to outperform by all measures, providing exceptional value to our airline and leasing customers. There is no better testament to this than Philippine Airlines’ confidence in its new 777-300 by putting it directly into service with its flight from Vancouver to Manila.”
Philippine Airlines currently offers service to multiple destinations in the United States, including Honolulu, Los Angeles, and New York City via Vancouver. The 777-300ER is the largest aircraft in the airline’s fleet, serving as the flagship of the airline.
Avation PLC is an aircraft leasing company based in the United Kingdom, leasing aircraft to airlines across the world. Philippine Airlines is just one of many of its customers, with others including Air France, Air India, Fiji Airways, and Virgin Australia, to name a few.
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