Monday, November 29, 2010

Airline Review: Philippine Airlines



Philippine Airlines (PAL), the national airline and the flag carrier of the Philippines, was founded in February 1941 by one of the country's top industrialists Andres Soriano together with a group of businessmen. The airline took its first flight on March 15, 1941. Philippine Airlines serves 32 destinations in the Philippines and 32 international destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Canada, and United States. It’s the only Airline in the Philippines to be accredited with the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) by the International Air Transport Association.
Current Operational Fleet:

Boeing 777-300ER

Commonly referred to as the “Triple Seven”, this world’s largest twinjet has seating capacity for over 300 passengers and has a range from 5,235 to 9,380 nautical miles (9,695 to 17,370 km) depending on model.
Power 2 General Electric GE90-115BL*
Speed 482 knots/ 555 mph*
Capacity 370 Passengers (2-class layout) and 28 tons Cargo*
Number 2*
Boeing 747-400


The Boeing 747-400 is the enhanced version of the 747-300 with better features: increased wingspan, winglets, revised engines and a glass cockpit that eliminated the need for a flight engineer.
Power 4 General Electric CF6-80C2B1F*
Speed 488 knots / 562 mph*
Capacity 391 / 425 / 433 Passengers (2-class layout) and 24 tons Cargo*
Number 5*
Airbus A340-300

Developed by Airbus, this long-range four engined commercial passenger jet airliner seats up to 375 passengers. Its distinctive features include four high-bypass turbofan engines and three bogie main landing gear.
Power 4 CFM Int'l CFM56-5C4*
Speed 480 knots/ 553 mph*
Capacity 264 Passengers (2-class layout) and 23 tons Cargo*
Number 4*
Airbus A330-300

The Airbus A330 seats up to 293 passengers. It has a large-capacity, wide-body, twin-engine, medium to long range commercial passenger jet airliner.
Power 2 G.E. CF6-80E1A2*
Speed 480 knots / 553 mph*
Capacity 302 Passengers (2-class layout) and 22 tons Cargo*
Number 8*
Airbus A320-200
The A320 is the founding member of the A320 family, the world's first fly-by-wire jetliner family. The wide, comfortable cabin makes the aircraft popular with passengers and crew alike.
Power 2 CFM Int'l CFM-56-5B*
Speed 458 knots / 528 mph*
Capacity 150/156 Passengers (2-class layout) and 7 tons Cargo*
Number 15*
Airbus 319-100
The Airbus A319 is one of the smaller members of Airbus' highly victorious single aisle airliner family currently in service.
Power CFM-56-5B6/P*
Speed 503 knots/579 mph*
Capacity 134 (2 class layout) and 6.7 tons cargo*
Number 4*
*Note: Some of the information are taken from the Philippine Airlines' website.


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