PAL’s drive to become a five-star airline by 2020 has taken a leap in the right direction. Their first aircraft to offer a true full lie-flat seat in business class has rolled out of the hangar. The A330-300, which will start flying to Honolulu this month will be offering passengers a vastly improved experience.
As we reported back in January, the airline employed Tokyo based LIFT Design to take the Thompson XL seats and inject the brand identity of PAL. The result is a very sophisticated product. While some might say that the cabin doesn’t reflect the colour and vibrancy of the Philippines, the colour palette does reflect a deep ocean aquamarine, and gives the business class cabin a level of calm maturity, expected of a business class cabin.
The aircraft is at the spearhead of a fleet wide shake up with a new 777-300ER being rolled out on the prestigious London Heathrow route in December, offering improvements to the business class product including fully flat seats (similar to those found on Turkish Airlines 777 product.)
The A330-300 will also feature a premium economy cabin, as well as improved IFE for all cabin classes. We are thrilled to see this injection of new life into Philippine Airlines’ fleet.
While the new 777-300ER Business Class product may not offer all-aisle access, it is certainly going to be a welcome improvement to the product, with the A330 offering the flagship product on their routes to Australia, Hawaii and South East Asia.