PAL plans four-class configuration for A321s, A330s

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to configure its incoming fleet of Airbus A321 and A330-300 aircraft in four classes to cater to a larger range of passengers.

The A321s will be configured with 202 seats, including 12 business, 36 premium economy and 104 economy class seats. The remaining 50 seats will be configured in a "low-cost carrier" class, says PAL president Ramon Ang.

Its Airbus A330-300 aircraft will have two different seat configurations. Eight of its A330s will have 418 seats in a three class configuration - premium economy, economy and LCC - while the another 12 will have 368 seats - 18 business, 36 premium economy, 264 economy and 50 LCC class seats.

PAL will receive eight of 44 A321s - including 10 of the re-engined neo variant - from September at the earliest, and the first of 20 A330s in October. Flightglobal's Ascend Online database shows that first A321 will bear the registration RP-C9901.

The airline stopped renewing its aircraft leases in mid-2012 and says it is replacing older aircraft under these leases with newer types. Ang adds that PAL could possibly acquire Boeing 787s or new Airbus aircraft.

In March, he told Flightglobal Pro that the airline was evaluating the A350 and 777X as part of its refleeting plans and could acquire up to 20 of either type.