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Philippine Airlines (PAL) Airbus A350-900 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a heavenly Sunday sunset 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
Philippine Airlines (PAL) Airbus A350-900 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila (MNL), on a heavenly Sunday sunset 2019. The A350-900 wide-body, long-haul jet pictured in this image finds a special plane among the six A350s in Philippine Airlines's fleet. The company began acquiring these aircraft in July of 2018 - one year prior to this capture - and as this specific plane marked PAL's fifth A350 when delivered in February 2018, it received the iconic "Love Bus" decal, proudly displayed on the nose of the jetliner. The decal commemorates PAL and manufacturer Airbus' 40 year partnership anniversary, a relationship that originates with Philippine Airlines’ purchase of the Airbus A300B4 in 1979, the derivative of which became Airbus’s first commercial jetliner ever. The Philippine national carrier uses its A350s for long-haul routes such as Manila to New York and Toronto, utilizing its impressive range of 15,000km, with a larger goal of replacing their aging A340-300s. On this subject, the airline has expressed interest in the larger A350-1000, through an option to acquire six A350 aircraft (either -900 or -1000 models) in addition to their current deliveries. Indeed, the A350 appeals to many airlines yet to modernize their operations. With near unmatched fuel economy, stellar range, and incredible thrust capabilities of 84,000-97,000 lbf (model dependent), the jetliner has cemented its place as the aircraft of the future. With such a beautiful sunset and plane, what a treat we were given at YYZ on Sunday. Enjoy!
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