PAL rolls out tri-class A330 with New Premium Economy

Thursday June 1, 2017

Philippine Airlines converted the cabin lay-out of eight mono-class 414-seater A330-300s into a 309-seater tri-class model with Business, Premium Economy and Economy class sections.

The reconfigured A330, which was rolled out on June 13 will be utilized for the Manila – Honolulu – Manila route starting in June. Other A330 tri-class planes will be unveiled in July for Melbourne and Shanghai, in August for Sydney, in September for Hong Kong, in October for Haneda, in November for Narita and Osaka and in December for Singapore.

“In Philippine Airlines, we aim to please. This inspired us to go through the process of providing our passengers a reconfigured aircraft with meticulous seat and IFE selection. As we journey on to becoming a 5-star, world – class, full service carrier with a heart, we devote our efforts towards meeting customer needs”, PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said.

PAL selected the Thompson Vantage XL brand for its 18 business class seats with a legroom of 44 inches, width of 23-24 inches and a full-flat recline with a bed length of 78 inches. Seats on this section have an all-aisle access. The Zodiac 5810 brand was selected for the 24 premium economy class seats with a legroom of 38 inches, width of 19 inches and a recline of 8 inches, while the Economy Zodiac brand was chosen for the 267 economy seats with a legroom of 32 inches, width of 17 inches and recline of 6 inches. An added feature on business class is the installation of the Pneumatic Comfort System (PCS) which allows the passenger to adjust seat firmness according to preference, complemented with the massage function. PAL is the first Asian carrier to offer the PCS.

Each seat on Business and Premium Economy has a legrest, calf rest, footrest and coat hook. Passengers on both cabins have the option to charge their devices by way of the USB (Universal Serial Bus) port or in-seat power supply installed on their seats. For the economy class cabin, standard seats are equipped with USB ports while facility seats have in-seat power supply. Each seat has a headrest, literature pocket, fabric seat cover and comfortable cushioning. Other unique seat features on business class include: headphone hook, capiz-like side decor and footwell with mood lighting. The walls of each cabin have laminate designs with the barong concept, highlighting a popular Philippine fabric and giving the cabin interior a warm and cozy ambience.

RAVE’s Audio – Video – On – Demand (AVOD) in-seat system will give passengers access to a wide selection of media content via touch screen monitors, measuring 18.5 inches in Business, 13.3 inches in Premium Economy and 10.1 inches on economy. The aircraft is also equipped with myPAL Wi-fi allowing passengers to surf, browse and stay connected. PAL’s service philosophy called “Heart of the Filipino” provides passengers service like no other – one that is marked by warmth, charm, care and hospitality.”

Additional information:

• In 2013, PAL President RSA wanted to make PAL accessible to the Middle East market.

• PAL purchased 15 brand new A330s (7 bi-class and 8 mono class)

• The monoclass were 414 seaters – we picked up the first monoclass in Toulouse, France.

• These mono class planes were used for our KSA flights (Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam) as well as Doha, Qatar.

• However, the market was demanding a variety of seat choices and inflight entertainment.

• When and Kapitan resumed full control of PAL and JJB returned as President in 2014, among the initiatives was the reconfiguration of the monoclass aircraft to tri-class.

Under the tri-class:

1. Passengers will get to experience product differentiation. They can experience the comfort of a regular economy seat with a 32-inch pitch (legroom), the generous legroom of premium economy with a 38-inch pitch and ultra-comfort of the 44 inch pitch of the business class seat of the tri-class A330.

2. The business class seat with a full recline of 78 inches guarantees sleeping comfort.

3. Under the tri-class model, we now have 309 seats from its original configuration of all-economy with 414 seats.

4. All reconfiguration process is being done in Manila – the work area of this project is at Lufthansa Technik Philippines – Pasay City. The seats are flown into Manila and installation is at the LTP work area.

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