Philippine Airlines firmed an order for nine Airbus A350-1000s at the Paris air show on 20 June.

The airline had in early May signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the nine jets, in what was its first significant aircraft commitment since emerging from business restructuring. 

Philippine Airlines A350-900 PAL

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PAL has two A350-900s in its fleet

Airline president Stanley Ng told FlightGlobal at the recent IATA AGM in Istanbul that the carrier would be taking the higher-weight variant of the widebody – similar to those ordered by Qantas for ultra-long-haul flights.

It plans to use the A350-1000s on flights to North America and Europe. 

The new A350s are due to be delivered in the 2025-2027 timeframe and will add to an existing widebody fleet that includes two A350-900s. PAL had operated a larger A350 fleet but cut back amid the restructuring effort.