PAL set to launch new int’l routes this year

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business -

FLAG-CAR­RIER Philip­pine Air­lines will be launch­ing flights to more in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions this year as new air­crafts will be de­liv­ered in the com­ing months.

“More routes will open as we take de­liv­ery of new air­planes,” Dr. Jaime J. Bautista, Philip­pine Air­lines pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, said dur­ing a re­cent press brief­ing at Marco Polo Ho­tel Davao.

This year the air­line will ac­cept the de­liv­ery of five ad­di­tional Next Gen­er­a­tion Bom­bardier Q400s, six new Air­bus A321­neos, and the Air­bus A350-900.

“The lux­u­ri­ous Air­bus A350-900 joins our fleet in June, al­low­ing us to fly the long­est com­mer­cial flight in Philip­pine his­tory from Manila non­stop to New York City, fly­ing over the North Po­lar re­gion of the world,” Bautista said.

The non­stop flight to New York (John F. Kennedy Air­port), is ex­pected to start on Oc­to­ber 28, 2018.

He said once they re­ceive the new A321­neos, this may be uti­lized for non­stop flights from Manila to Mum­bai (Bom­bay), which is ex­pected to start some­time in the last quar­ter of this year.

Also tar­get­ted to be launched by the last quar­ter is Manila to Sap­poro (Chi­tose), Ja­pan.

In 2019, the air­lines is also set to ac­cept the de­liv­ery of two Next Gen­er­a­tion Q400s, two A350s, and two A321­neos.

With the A350s and A321­neos, Bautista said they are look­ing into more

THE idea of own­ing an is­land even just for a day is some­thing most tourists would want to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mak­ing this dream pos­si­ble for al­most 20 years now is Is­land Bue­nav­ista in in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions next year.

For the A350, they are look­ing at new routes to Eu­rope and to other US cities like Chicago and Seat­tle.

While for the A321­neos, they are look­ing into de­vel­op­ing vi­able non­stop flights to Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tions such as Perth and Bris­bane.

As for the Next Gen­er­a­tion Bom­bardier Q400s, Barangay Balet, Is­land Gar­den City of Sa­mal.

This high-end is­land re­sort caters to tourists, for­eign and lo­cal, who is look­ing for ex­clu­sive is­land liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. the air­craft has al­lowed the air­line to open up new do­mes­tic routes from its dif­fer­ent hubs.

“The Next-Gen­er­a­tion Bom­bardier Q400 tur­bo­prop that is pow­er­ing our do­mes­tic hub ex­pan­sion to is­land re­sorts,” Bautista said.

Last March 25, the air­line opened its four weekly Davao-Siar­gao flights.

“We give a new di­men­sion to the words pri­vacy and ex­clu­siv­ity. It is re­ally about own­ing an is­land for your booking pe­riod, an ex­clu­sive use of the is­land. Our reg­u­lar cus­tomers for overnight stay are Chi­nese tourists, who are mostly from Beijing and Xi­a­men, some of them stay for two nights,” Brenda Ocampo, Di­rec­tor of Sales and Mar­ket­ing of Is­land Bue­nav­ista, said.

An overnight stay in the is­land costs P115,000 for 10 per­sons (ad­di­tional P6,000 per per­son in ex­cess). For big­ger groups, the is­land re­sort can ac­com­mo­date up to 30 per­sons at a time.

“We ac­cept one booking at a time. We are not strict in terms of check in time and check out time. They can come in as early as 8:00 a.m. and check out by 3:00 p.m.,” she said.

Ocampo as­sured guests that they have well-trained and friendly but­lers who will serve their guests tai­lored fit to their needs.

Most of the is­land-re­sort staffs are the lo­cals of Sa­mal, some are with the com­pany for 20 years.

The is­land re­sort has one fam­ily villa, two is­land suites, six ca­banas and an ex­ec­u­tive suite.

To ex­pe­ri­ence more of the is­land, Ocampo said they can set up din­ner by the beach with bon­fire, break­fast by the pool, me­rienda by the sea, fire danc­ing, videoke, crab catch­ing, snorkelling in be­tween small and big Ligid Is­land, kayak­ing and scuba div­ing.

The eight-hectare is­land (dur­ing low tide, fourhectare on high tide) is a re­mark­able div­ing des­ti­na­tion be­cause it is a marine sanc­tu­ary.

On the is­land-re­sort oc­cu­pancy, Ocampo said there is re­ally a mar­ket for ex­clu­sive is­land liv­ing.

For in­stance, she said, they al­ways have guests monthly even on lean sea­son.

She added that they get more overnight stay book­ings than day tour book­ings at P44,000 good for ten per­sons.

Since sum­mer has of­fi­cially started, the is­land re­sort of­fers anew its sum­mer promo at P2,800 per per­son ev­ery Satur­days of April and May this year.

For a shared is­land use, guests can en­joy a lunch buf­fet pre­pared by the ex­ec­u­tive chef of Eden Na­ture Park, use of Is­land Bue­nav­ista’s ameni­ties and fa­cil­i­ties like pool and the Pav­il­ion.

Guests can also ex­plore the is­land through kayak­ing and wit­ness the spot’s rich marine di­ver­sity by snor­kel­ing.

For those who avail the sum­mer day tour, jump off area is at Pi­rata Bar, Wa­ter­front In­su­lar Ho­tel Davao for the boat trans­fer at around 7:30 a.m.

The travel time from Davao City to the is­land is ap­prox­i­mately one hour. Ais­land around 3:00 p.m.

“We have Sin­ga­porean vis­i­tors who will ar­rive on Fri­day in Davao City, then they will be go­ing to the Is­land Bue­nav­ista on Satur­day and back home the day af­ter. Basically, they just come here in the Philip­pines for the is­land, it is kind of over­whelm­ing to know that,” Ocampo shared.

On safety and se­cu­rity To en­sure safety of the is­land vis­i­tors, life­guards are strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned around the is­land for the guests’ safe swim­ming.

Also, po­lice and se­cu­rity forces will be safe­guard­ing the area dur­ing the guests’ stay.

“Safety and se­cu­rity for our guests and em­ploy­ees is our para­mount con­cern that is why we beef up our se­cu­rity. Aside from our in­ter­nal se­cu­rity in­side the re­sort, we also tap Task Force Sa­mal for the se­cu­rity es­pe­cially for overnight stay. They will be rov­ing for 24 hours,” she said.

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