PAL ex­pands foot­print in the GCC

Philip­pine Air­lines (PAL), the flag car­rier of the Re­pub­lic of the Philip­pines, has started op­er­at­ing non-stop from Doha, Jed­dah and Kuwait to Manila, cap­i­tal of the Philip­pines. PAL now flies non-stop to Manila from Dubai daily and Riyadh daily.

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The Philip­pine Air­lines also flies from Manila to Dam­mam five times weekly; Doha four times weekly; Kuwait four times weekly; Jed­dah three times weekly; and Abu Dhabi three times a week. The re­align­ment of routes is an en­hance­ment of PAL’s prod­uct of­fer­ing for its pri­mary mar­ket in the Gulf re­gion – the over­seas Filipino work­ers. Be­gin­ning March 26, 2017, PAL dropped its Dubai and Abu Dhabi stop-over on the Do­haManila, Jed­dah-Manila, and Kuwait-Manila routes, all PAL flights to Manila from seven points in the Mid­dle East have be­come non-stop.

“The non-stop ser­vice across these routes will give us a bet­ter prod­uct to of­fer our pri­mary mar­ket, the nearly 800,000 Filipino con­tract work­ers. Aside from con­ve­nience, Filipinos will feel right at home upon board­ing a PAL air­craft. We of­fer our pas­sen­gers warm and car­ing ser­vice that comes from the Heart of the Filipino. ‘Buong pu­song alaga’ (whole­hearted care) is what makes Philip­pine Air­lines a cut above the rest,” said Jaime J. Bautista,

Pres­i­dent and COO, PAL.

The de­volved ser­vice – non-stop point-to-point ser­vice – trans­lates to an in­crease in ca­pac­ity by 47 per cent. PAL is also re­con­fig­ur­ing the air­craft be­ing used on these routes. PAL is tak­ing away more than a hun­dred seats on the mono-class, 414-seat Air­bus A330 air­craft that has pre­mium and reg­u­lar econ­omy sec­tions. The re­con­fig­ured A330s will have 264 seats, set in two classes – Busi­ness Class (with lie-flat seats) and Econ­omy (Pre­mium and Reg­u­lar), mak­ing the whole cabin more spa­cious and com­fort­able.

“The shift to bi-class ser­vice gives our pas­sen­gers the flex­i­bil­ity to choose be­tween reg­u­lar econ­omy and busi­ness class ser­vice. Re­gard­less of which class of ser­vice you choose, PAL will de­liver its dis­tinct brand of Filipino ser­vice,” Bautista added.

PAL will start de­ploy­ing the re­con­fig­ured A330 to Dubai on June 15; to Doha on July 15; to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh on Au­gust 15; to Dam­mam on Septem­ber 15; and to Jed­dah and Kuwait on October 15.

Pas­sen­gers can also en­joy wire­less in­flight en­ter­tain­ment by down­load­ing the myPAL Player app for free in or­der to stream a wide selec­tion of movies, TV shows and mu­sic from their per­sonal de­vices. The air­craft’s myPALWifi al­lows one to surf, browse and keep in touch with loved ones and friends while on board the flight. An added treat is 30 min­utes of free Wifi. iPads will also be of­fered for use dur­ing the whole flight.

Full-ser­vice in­flight of­fer­ings in­clude a selec­tion of Asian, Con­ti­nen­tal and Ha­lal meals plus a wide selec­tion of bev­er­ages. Each pas­sen­ger is en­ti­tled to free bag­gage al­lowance of two pieces, up to 23 ki­los each.

Pas­sen­gers may also earn mileage points that they can ex­change for free tick­ets un­der PAL’s fre­quent flyer mileage pro­gram, the Mabuhay Miles.With non-stop op­er­a­tions to Manila, trav­ellers from the Mid­dle East will now have a di­rect link to the Philip­pines and other des­ti­na­tions in the PAL net­work. Upon ar­rival in Manila, pas­sen­gers may con­ve­niently con­nect to 43 in­ter­na­tional and 30 Philip­pine des­ti­na­tions.

The non-stop ser­vice across these routes will give us a bet­ter prod­uct to of­fer our pri­mary mar­ket, the nearly 800,000 Filipino con­tract work­ers

Do­mes­tic flights to Cat­i­clan will en­able pas­sen­gers to visit Bo­ra­cay, one of the world’s best beaches. Basco (Batanes) in the north­ern­most tip of the coun­try will give vis­i­tors an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence of rugged ter­rain and friendly lo­cals. Puerto Princesa (Palawan) of­fers the un­der­ground river cruise at the sub­ter­ranean river na­tional park.

PAL’s Busuanga flights will bring pas­sen­gers to Coron (Palawan) for ex­cit­ing wa­ter sports – snor­kel­ing and scuba div­ing – while en­joy­ing la­goons and hotp­srings. They can also dis­cover Pearl Farm or Sa­mal Island in Davao or ex­pe­ri­ence the re­sorts and beaches of Cebu in cen­tral Philip­pines.

Jaime J. Bautista Pres­i­dent and COO PAL

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