Philippine Airlines to remove 105 seats on A330s to accommodate three-class layout


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Each of Philippine Airlines’ new-look A330-300s will feature 18 business class seats.

Philippine Airlines has revealed that it will convert the cabin layout of eight A330-300s into a three-class set-up. The 414-seat aircraft will be converted into 309-seaters with Business, Premium Economy and Economy class cabins.

The A330s will be reconfigured over a seven month period, starting in June 2017 for flights to Honolulu, July for Melbourne, August for Sydney, September for Singapore, October for Haneda, November for Narita and December for Osaka.

The carrier has selected the Thompson Vantage XL for its 18 Business Class seats, the Zodiac 5810 for the 24 Premium Economy class seats and Zodiac’s economy product for the 267 Economy Class seats.

Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said: “As we journey on to becoming a 5-star, world-class, full service carrier with a heart, we devote our efforts towards enhancing the total travel experience. Our cabin reconfiguration efforts combined with meticulous seat and IFE selection are in line with our goal to make each and every flight pleasant, comfortable and convenient.”

All of the fully-flat Business Class seats will feature direct aisle access, and each seat in Business and Premium Economy will have a legrest, calfrest, footrest and coat hook. Passengers in both cabins will also have access to USB ports and in-seat power supplies. In Economy Class, passengers will have access to either a USB port or power supply.

Having captured the industry’s attention in 2014 with its decision to overlook seatback IFE, the carrier has now selected the embedded RAVE in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for the eight refurbished aircraft. Passengers will have 18.5 inch screens in Business Class, 13.3 inch in Premium Economy and 10.1 inch in economy.

Passengers will also have access to wireless IFE via the ‘myPAL Player’ app, as well as onboard Wi-Fi.