Philippine Airlines Will Send Their A321Neo To Brisbane

by Zac George

Philippine Airlines has today announced that they will be the first carrier to operate their brand new A31Neo into Australia. The airline also has another cool first to add to the list, they’ll also be the first single aisle carrier operating to Australia with a flat-bed Business Class product. The new aircraft will first see Brisbane on July 2nd 2018.

The Manila based airline will take delivery of their first 6 narrow body aircraft this month. The A321Neo will operate into Brisbane 4 times weekly, instead of the current 3 services which is currently being serviced by an A340-300 which are definitely showing their age so this is a very welcome equipment upgrade.

For passengers in the Business Class cabin, you’ll be able to enjoy all new flat-beds. There’s a total of 12 Business seats onboard in a 2-2 configuration.

Philippine Airlines A321Neo Business Class

The seats are very similar to what you’ll find onboard selected Thai, American and United aircraft.

Philippine Airlines A321Neo Business Class

For passengers sitting in the Economy Cabin, you’ll have a choice of 156 seats and they’re in a 3-3 configuration. All seats come with their own entertainment screen, AV & USB power and wifi is available for all passengers.

Per Brisbane Airport/Philippine Airlines

“Brisbane is an important part of our plan to introduce more Australians to the Philippines as a high-value holiday destination,”

“Philippine Airlines has just been certified as a 4-Star Quality Airline by the Skytrax global rating firm, and we are the only airline offering multiple nonstop routes from Australia and New Zealand to the Philippines.”

“We are thus investing in new A321NEO aircraft and building up a fleet that is among Asia’s youngest, to fulfil our promise of a more comfortable, enjoyable and distinctly Filipino travel experience for Australian travellers.”

This is fantastic news for both Brisbane Airport being the first airport in Aus to receive a brand new aircraft and passengers also win as this is really a big upgrade and should hopefully be enticing to passengers wanting to travel to Manila.

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1 comment

Shaun May 13, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Hi Zac,

I enjoy your posts since BNE is my home base. Just a heads up for you: Air Niugini (PX) has already been flying a single body with lie-flats seats to Sydney and Cairns for at least two years now. Its the refurbished 737 with 2-2 configuration for a total of 6 or even possibly 8 seats in business class. So they’ve already stolen PAL’s thunder in the single-aisle flat bed category; even though PAL does have the newer aircraft. I understand its popular with some aussie travellers ‘in the know’ because the one stop routing from Australia to MNL via POM is good value compared to other carriers such as PAL and QF.


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