Iflypal From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 69 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3586 times:
At one point, Philippine Airlines operated a fleet of four Airbus A340-200s to complement four of the -300 series. I believe they were operated on nonstop flights out of Manila to London and Frankfurt and one-stop to Paris via Bangkok. Then I recall the airline being temporarily shutdown and coming back with a drastically reduced fleet that did not include the A340-200s.
1) Were the -200s owned by PAL or were they being leased from Airbus or a leasing company? I seem to recall the planes being subleased to Cathay Pacific before PAL took delivery of them.
2) If they owned them then, do they own them now but leasing them to other airline companies? Aerolineas Argentinas?
3) Anybody know where the four wound up (is Aerolineas still leasing them?).
4) Any chance they'll get the planes back? Would like to see them resurrect the Manila-London/Manila-Frankfurt (nonstop or via Bangkok)
Kl808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3439 times:
Ya the A342 where leased aircraft, was returned after the shutdown.
Decision is currently being made with regards to returning back to europe. Decision will be made by April. Its either or situation right now. Its basically China or Europe. Currently I only see them opening more routes to china. Europe can probably wait. Also more routes to the middle east will be needed.