Philippine Airlines’ A321neo to fly new Sapporo route

13 Aug 2018 by Craig Bright
Philippine Airlines A321 Business Class

Philippine Airlines plans to fly its newest single-aisle aircraft, the Airbus A321neo, on its upcoming service to Sapporo starting September 10, giving business class passengers on the route the opportunity to experience its new regional seats.

The new aircraft will fly between Manila and Sapporo three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, joining Philippine Airlines’ existing services to Japan from Manila that serve Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo.

The carrier’s new business class seats on board the A321neo are notable for being able to recline to a fully flat bed position – a feature not offered on any of Philippine Airlines’ other single-aisle aircraft.

The business class cabin includes 12 seats laid out in a 2-2 configuration, with seats angled away from the aisle and towards the windows.

Passengers seated in economy class, meanwhile, will also see the airlines’ newer seats, with in-seat power and USB outlets, and seat-back screens. The aircraft’s 156 economy seats are laid out in a 3-3 set up. Wifi is also available for all classes.

Philippine Airlines announced its plans to fly to Sapporo back in April, when it also confirmed it would turn its New York (JFK) flights into a non-stop service on by cutting out their current stopover in Vancouver.

The carrier has since confirmed that its newest long-haul aircraft, the A350-900, will be taking over this route starting November 4.

Similar to the A321neo, the A350 also has a brand new fully flat business class seat, though it is a different product from the one that will appear on Philippine Airlines’ Sapporo route in September.

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