PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista accepted from the Boeing Company and Intrepid Aviation a brand new B777-300ER to be deployed on the flag carrier's transpacific routes to North America. The new plane (PAL's 7th Boeing 777), with a seating capacity of 370, brings to 79 the total fleet count of the PAL Group.
Marking the turnover was a ribbon cutting ceremony led by
Intrepid President and Chief Commercial Officer Doug Winter, Intrepid Senior Vice President Gerry Aubrey, Boeing Vice President for Everett Field Operations and Delivery Jeff Klemann and the PAL President and COO.
Filipino priest Father Alex Pablo blessed the state-of-the-art aircraft after reading a special prayer of thanksgiving and safe journey.
In attendance from the Philippine government and PAL side were Dept. of Transportation Undersecretary Roberto Lim, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Deputy Director General Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, Civil Aeronautics Board Head of Legal Atty. Wyrlou Samodio, PAL Director John Tan, PAL Senior Vice Presidents Siegfred Mison and Angelito Alvarez, among others. Boeing Sales Directors Chris Hartshorn and Liza Gorsky, Boeing Communications Director Joanna Pickup and Boeing Marketing Director Mike Carson were among those present.
In his speech, Mr. Winter said Intrepid is cementing its place as a leading wide body lessor by growing its fleet with the 777. "We appreciate their confidence in the airplane, which offers superior economics and a memorable passenger experience.”
The carrier is expected to take a second 777-300ER from Intrepid before the end of the year.
PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said,“The B777 has since become our standard for passenger comfort, deployed on our long-haul routes. It is the pivotal equipment that will propel us to our corporate vision of becoming a five-star airline. With the luxurious cabin amenities installed in the B777, we are able to go beyond passenger expectation; we become the airline of choice in the markets we serve; and we can showcase the best of the Philippines and of Filipinos to the world.”
The aircraft will be Wifi-enabled.
The 777 is the world's most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane. The 777-300ER is equipped with the world's most powerful GE90-115B commercial jet engine, and can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration with a maximum range of 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers).
Intrepid Aviation is a privately held commercial aircraft lessor, which owns commercial aircraft leased to airline operators worldwide. Intrepid Aviation focuses primarily on twin-engine widebody equipment, such as the Boeing 787 and 777.
Source: Philippine Airlines