idp5601 wrote:I wouldn't entirely write off the 779 as well, to be honest. If I recall correctly, PR had good loads (both pax and cargo) on their 744 on US West Coast routes
It's not writing off the 779...it's finding the best fit for PR. Boeing themselves had said that the age of the VLA is over and point-to-point flying is now the "thing". Indeed, the trend with airlines nowadays is to downgauge their long-haul aircraft orders, as indicated by news on aviation media.
idp5601 wrote:and since the 779 is supposedly much more efficient than the 744 and is currently the closest in terms of capacity to said plane that is also practical for PAL
Except that PR now finds the need to reduce their seat capacity to JFK, LHR and YYZ from the 77W. Doubtless their U.S. West Coast hubs will continue to require more capacity than the others but (taking the slot limits at MNL into consideration) that could be addressed by judicious addition of frequency in combination with the A359s. And during the peak season is when a 778 will show its true value and versatility as it could be easily cycled into the nonstop ULH routes while the A359 is sent to augment capacity elsewhere.
idp5601 wrote:it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility for them to purchase it in the near future.
True...but things going against this are the space constraints at NAIA and the lack of a proper gate where it could dock without its tail end encumbering required clearances...and most importantly, its $388.7M list price..... .....
https://screenshots.firefox.com/OhUTC38 ... boeing.com
idp5601 wrote:That being said, I believe PR will ultimately end up with the A35K, unless Boeing cuts them an outrageously good offer.
Maybe that's why an Airbus executive is talking up the Philippine aviation scene?..... .....
https://www.philstar.com/business/2019/ ... estination