Philippine Airlines Introduces Premium Economy on A330s

Philippine Airlines has converted the cabin layout of eight mono-class 414-seater A330-300s into a 309-seater tri-class model with Business, Premium Economy, and Economy class sections, offering passengers more choices and enhanced inflight experience.

The reconfigured A330 has been utilised for the Manila–Honolulu route. Other A330 tri-class planes will be unveiled in July for Melbourne; in August for Sydney; in September for Singapore; in October for Haneda; in November for Narita; and in December for Osaka.

PAL selected the Thompson Vantage XL brand for its 18 business class seats with a legroom of 44 inches, width of 23-24 inches, and a full-flat recline with a bed length of 78 inches. Seats on this section have an all-aisle access. The Zodiac 5810 brand was selected for the 24 premium economy class seats with a legroom of 38 inches, width of 19 inches, and recline of eight inches; while the Economy Zodiac brand was chosen for the 267 economy seats with a legroom of 32 inches, width of 17 inches, and recline of six inches.

An added feature on business class is the installation of the Pneumatic Comfort System (PCS), which allows passengers to adjust seat firmness according to preference, complimented with the massage function. PAL is the first Asian carrier to offer the PCS.

Each seat on Business and Premium Economy has a leg-rest, calf-rest, footrest and coat hook. Passengers on both cabins have the option to charge their devices by way of the USB port or in-seat power supply installed on their seats. Other unique seat features on business class include a headphone hook, capiz-like side decor and footwell with mood lighting. For the economy class cabin, standard seats are equipped with USB ports while facility seats have in-seat power supply.

Rave’s Audio – Video – On – Demand (AVOD) in-seat system will give passengers access to a wide selection of media content via touch screen monitors, measuring 18.5 inches in Business, 13.3 inches in Premium Economy, and 10.1 inches on economy. The aircraft is also equipped with myPAL wifi, allowing passengers to stay connected.

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