5 ex-mono class has been flying. 80,84,85,86,89. HNL got the first reconfigured A330, followed by HKG, BKK, SYD,MEL,NRT,DXB, sometimes HND.
from what I understand from his tweet, he's referring to the bi-class A333s... though I may be wrong in assuming that he meant ALL remaining A333s will be refurbished including those flying to the ME...
only the mono-class 330s will get the refurbishing as of this time. it should be completed by the end of the year. the bi-class a330s flying to the middle east will keep their configuration at this time i guess.
Business wise, retaining the config of 876X is most likely. They need the capacity to be competitive in ME routes. Plus, they need the capacity during peak travel months, unless PR is able to mount additional frequencies to key Asian destinations.
What I'm curious is the upcoming A321neo. PR opted for a subfleet of 6 with 176 seats in total. And the article mentioned that PR will retain the 199 config with the remaining A321s.
They flew the tri-class A330 to DXB. Do you think they are now studying the possibility of converting the whole 330 fleet to tri-class if their numbers for ME flights would improve with the introduction of the newly configured ones? Seems to me that they are exploring things. Heard that from the time SYD had been getting the tri-class 330s, their load factor increased a lot and it is slowly putting a dent on 5J.
I think if we're strictly talking about LF, LF will definitely go up since there is a decrease in seats offered per flight. 50% LF from the bi-class is almost 59% Lf of the tri-class.
In my opinion, if PAL wants to continue flying to ME, they should keep the bi-class config. They did flew the tri-class to DXB, and the A340 as well. I think it's more of an operational requirement. Remember they had to send 876X to do PR218 for a week or 2?
I'm really curious as to what will happen to the two-class A330s maybe switch the seats and the economy config to 2-4-2 and business to 1-2-1 but keep it higher density and add personal IFEs? As for the tri-class A330s, hopefully they takeover NZ after the A340s are retired.
On a side note, I flew Asiana business class on OZ 203 LAX-ICN and OZ 202 on my return back to LAX and noticed quite a few Filipino passengers on board and even a Filipina FA. As for the service, it was excellent and the seats were pretty good for sleeping too. Hopefully PAL rolls out the 1-2-1 config to more planes soon especially the A350, it's really nice to have all that extra space and the window seats are quite private.
According to some people from PAL, the upcoming A321 NEOs will be having the Premium ECY seats found in the tri-class A330s on its BCL. Both A330 tri-class and A321NEOs will be having the same ECY seats. As for the A350, still got no idea but rumor has it that will be almost the same product as the tri-class A330s.
No matter what, this will be a huge improvement on PAL's product. Seems like full service is really working in their favor.
We have created a free to use website www.aviationfly.com which shows all aviation training schools in the Philippines (Pilot training schools, aircraft maintenance technician schools and cabin crew training schools).
You will be able to see all the options available and possible financing options to lower the cost of training.
Philippines Aviation is booming and there is a huge requirement for skilled people!