Would be a great test for CEB's handling of multiple long-haul widebodies should this plan push through.
Particularly for CEB
's much advertised COVID-19 testing facility.
Although a two-day quarantine stay at a (nice?) Cebu hotel (room and board paid by whom?) could
offset the hassles.
Also early LAX-CEB launch?
Doubt it...but there may be people who would brave the risks and hop on the flights just so they could bypass Manila and relish Cebu's joys earlier. Not sure about the city administration's priorities.
Speaking of LAX-CEB once this COVID Crisis is over do you think PAL will push through with launching direct flights between Cebu to Los Angelas and Manila to Perth?
Not in the near term...PR
will wait for demand to pick up substantially before contemplating CEB-LAX
again...that is, if they outlive this pandemic relatively
As for CEB-LAX unless PAL either orders more A359 or a smaller aircraft type liked the A330neo or B787 Dreamliner. Its unlikely to happend in the short to medium term.
Remember that PR
was talking about returning planes and laying off more employees...they're not in a position to expand their fleet or network at the moment. PR
was complaining about the lease rates on the A359
s, newer 77W
s and new narrowbodies. Supposing PR
were prevailed upon to order new aircraft in the course of negotiations with the OEMs and lessors, it would be for the most economical, versatile plane which could still do their current routes.
The old 77W
s may be returned at end of lease to trim excess capacity. That leaves the single-class A333
s as the most likely to get replaced next. The A339
has no chance of making it across the Pacific without a stopover...which limits the choice to three. The 788
may be cheaper but the A338
is touted to have longer legs. The 789
has the range and payload but PR
already have the A359
in the fleet. So, the big question is "will Airbus
into taking its A359
options...or the A338
(should it survive this crisis)" to add to its orderbook
Your guess is as good as anybody else's, including mine.http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=CEB-LAX-YV ... =wls&DU=nm
However, I still think a triangular routing
on the eastbound (if the latter could do it) and via YVR
on the return, even with the 251T
MTOW version is vital to make it work most of the year.