Philippine Airlines (PAL) is about to become a five-star airline.
Starting next month, those flying to/from Brisbane Australia and Manila will be able to experience the new business class seat aboard two revolutionary airplanes—the A321neo and A350. The debut of these aircraft (along with the brand-new business class seats) will make PAL “the first airline [in Southeast Asia] to operate the longer-range version of the A321neo, whose enhanced technology enables nonstop flights to Australia, India and other medium- to long-range destinations.”
Let’s take a sneak peek inside the new Philippine Airlines business class cabin.
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On the A321neo, the seats are situated in a 2-2 layout with a total of 12 seats, whereas the A350 will maintain the 1-2-1 layout as it does on the current aircraft with 30 seats in the cabin. One aircraft supports the sought-after direct-aisle access, whereas the other will not.
When it comes to the seat itself, you will be able to stretch out in ample space of about 54 inches long and 21 inches wide if flying on the A321neo, and 23-24 inches wide if flying on the A350. As with many business class seats these days, this one also converts into a fully-flat bed measuring 78 inches long.
To keep you entertained, PAL has installed large touch-screens with hours worth of films, shows, music and even games that you can test your player skills against.
The aircraft is also equipped with Wi-Fi services to keep you connected at all times throughout your flight. So even if you’re not working, you can at least chat with friends and family, or keep yourself updated on the latest Facebook story when you’re not sleeping or eating Southeast Asian cuisines.
The first route where you will be able to sit in the new business class seat will be between the Philippines and Australia, followed by New York and London later this year. The carrier does see a future where it will fly other routes throughout North America and Europe, but exact destinations and when that ill be, has yet to be determined.