How do Airlines decide which plane to use for a trip?

I have a direct flight from Toronto to Manila soon and vice versa, using Philippine airlines but not sure which they will use. I have seen on Youtube it will either be the 777 or an A350 still not sure but how do they decide? Is one faster than the other?

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  • Joseph
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    Scheduling an aircraft is actually a complicated process that has to account for, among other things, crew availability, scheduled maintenance and anticipated passenger numbers.

    In your case, the Philippine Airlines is just getting the A350s into its fleet to replace the 777s, but it doesn't yet taken delivery of all the aircraft on order, so some routes will see mixed A350/777 service.  

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  • Dan B
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They both seat the same number of passengers. So, depending upon plane useage and schedule, which airplane becomes available will be the one for your trip. They don't use the same exact airplane (tail number) for the same flight.. Your airplane may have come from Europe on a weekly schedule at the time of your departure which might be a 777. Or it could have come from the States on a 3-day schedule at the time of your departure making it an A350.

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  • Zack
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    1 month ago

    Depends on multiple factors such as what planes are available, amount of passengers necessary, and range required. Speed is irrelevant.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    To a large extent, it's what is available, what they need to get to another location and which one meets the requirements for the trip.  Both fly at a similar speed.

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