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Old February 15th, 2009, 10:53 AM   #21
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Hawaiian heats up competition
Hawaiian Air extends promo period to West Coast

Honolulu, Hawaii - Hawaiian Airlines a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings (Nasdaq: HA), intensify its market hold on Manila after opening less than a year of service. Already, it is taking traffic away from sole operator Philippine Airlines that prompted PAL to matched baggage allowance given by Hawaiian.

The airline is extending the promo period for its discounted airfare rates to Hawaii and the West Coast after an overwhelming response from customers earlier this year. Individuals or groups who avail of the Hawaii Roundtrip Promo may now visit Hawaii until March 31, 2009, while the West Coast Roundtrip Promo Fares will now be available for purchase until February 28, 2009.

The Hawaii Roundtrip Promo will offer customers discounted tickets ranging from $389 to $644, plus additional surcharges, which must be paid on or before March 31.

Customers who avail themselves of the Hawaii Roundtrip Promo fares will also be entitled to one free stopover in Honolulu. Passengers who choose to avail themselves of the discounted Manila-Honolulu tickets must stay in Hawaii for a minimum of three days and a maximum of 90 days.

The West Coast Roundtrip tickets, on the other hand, may be used for travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, San Jose, Seattle, and Oakland. Priced at $650, the Manila-West Coast round trip tickets must be used on or before May 31, 2009.

Travelers who avail themselves of the Manila-West Coast round trip tickets can also stay in the US for as long an extended period of 90 days, and may take off from any of the aforementioned destinations without incurring additional charges. All passengers will also be entitled to other perks, such as an extended baggage allowance of two pieces of luggage weighing as much as 32 kg each.

Hawaiian Airlines flies from Manila to Honolulu and other US destinations four times a week, with flights scheduled every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Manila remains the airlines goldmine after registering a positive growth rate in 2008 while its other route network suffered decline. Its total load factor however declined in January, while its number of passengers increased. Hawaiian’s load factor for January declined 4.8 percentage points to 78.3 percent, as compared with the same month in 2007.

But the airline saw the number of passengers it carried in January increase 12.5 percent to 637,946.

Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii’s largest and longest-serving airline, and the second-largest provider of passenger air service between the U.S. Mainland and Hawaii. It also flies to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti.

The airline also has become the most punctual airline in the US for the fifth year in a row, according to Air Travel Consumer Report of US Department of Transportation.
Some 90 percent of the carrier's flights arrived on schedule during 2008, which placed it 0.5 percentage points ahead of its nearest rival, US Airways, and 14 percentage points ahead of the industry average.

Commenting on the report, a Hawaiian Airlines statement said: "Hawaiian was barely edged out of the top spot for fewest misplaced bags, breaking a streak of three years in which Hawaiian was the nation's best at delivering bags to its customers."

The airline came second in terms of delivering bags to flight passengers, with an average of 2.97 mishandled baggage reports for every 1,000 customers.

Hawaiian, which is the largest airline operating inter-island flights in Hawaii, is also the largest operator of flights between the islands and western US.
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Philippine Airlines to launch a new flight

The carrier is due to launch a new flight to Las Vegas from Honolulu on February 23rd. The flight will have convenient connection to the Philippines.

The new route is seen to compete on PAL's lucrative Las Vegas via Vancouver run.
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PAL seen to postpone Airbus deal
PAL delays deal with Airbus on loss forecasts
February 12, 2009

MANILA - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is likely to postpone new aircraft purchases this year as it expects to post a net loss for the fiscal year ending March 31 primarily due to costly fuel hedges and high fuel prices, its president said on Wednesday.

The airline, PAL Holdings Inc (PAL.PS), incurred a net loss of $113.8 million for the first half of the fiscal year which ended on Sept 30 as compared to its booked income of $22.7 million in the same period last year, and it went earning $30-million profit in 2007.
It joins industry leader Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, Malaysia Airlines, China Eastern Airlines Corp., Air China Ltd. and Cathay Pacific, which agreed to hedging deals when oil prices were rising last year, and have all posted paper losses from contracts after oil prices went down.

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PAL is one of the very few HK-bound carriers that use narrow-body aircrafts. But I like the smell of the cabin of the newer ones.
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I guess this is the second flight to HK.

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The earlier one is an A330. I noticed that there were two tubes at HKIA for the A330 flight. One for the economy, another for business class.

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PR847 - the 7:30am flight to Cebu. The 9:00 flight is using a B744, sometimes an A340.
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Major Interior Upgrade for Philippine Airlines’ Boeing 747-400s

In the first major retrofitting of its Boeing 747-400 fleet in years, Philippine Airlines has launched a comprehensive, P1.8-billion renovation of the aircraft’s cabin, bannered by its reconfiguration from a tri-class to bi-class layout.

Other highlights include the installation of state-of-the-art inflight entertainment systems, new business-class and economy-class seats, and the infusion of a modern look that aims to emulate the beautiful coastal areas of the Philippines.

Late last month, the first of PAL’s four Boeing 747-400s to undergo the cabin-upgrade program was delivered to the flag carrier and immediately put back into service on the trans-Pacific sector.

The upgrade is being progressively introduced into the Boeing 747-400 fleet and by the second half of 2009, all four units will be sporting the new interiors.

Entering the newly refurbished cabin, longtime PAL passengers would be forgiven for thinking they stepped into a fresh-out-of-the-factory aircraft and not their trusty long-range workhorse.

For starters, they’ll notice a difference in the cabin layout: Mabuhay (Business) Class has been expanded to cover a larger area, occupying the main forward section and the entire upper deck of the 747-400.

There are now 42 seats in Mabuhay Class, 10 more seats than in the old layout. Fiesta (Economy) Class remains at 383 seats. But far more important is what’s in the seats – bigger, wider and loaded with the latest features, they are a world apart from the previous variant.

Indeed, the focal point of the new Mabuhay Class cabin is the luxurious “cocoon” seats supplied by Recaro of Germany. The new seat has a fixed privacy shell that enables the passenger to enjoy utmost privacy while an ergonomic design transforms it into a lie-flat bed.

With a generous pitch of 60 inches (nearly a foot longer than in the previous design), the seats are adjustable to a variety of positions at the passenger’s option, including a full-flat recline.

Each seat is equipped with its own programmable position controls with memory, individual directional LED reading light, oversized tray table and bottle holder.

Fiesta Class passengers will likewise benefit from the technology – their new seats, also from Recaro, are ergonomically designed, with new-generation, thinner seatbacks. These provide bigger “living” space and enhance passengers’ comfort.

The entire passenger cabin is equipped with the i5000 inflight entertainment system supplied by Thales of France. The i5000 is a fully digital system that enables both Mabuhay and Fiesta Class passengers to choose from a full library of video and audio content.

Each seat is outfitted with personal television with Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) feature that enables passengers to start, pause, rewind, and fast-forward any of the video programs at any time using the touch-screen controls or the passenger control units.

The AVOD platform gives passengers a wide range of digital on-demand entertainment options – they can individually select from a variety of digital games and entertainment programs anytime.

The selection includes 18 of the latest Hollywood movies, a Filipino film, eight popular television programs, 12 radio channels and 50 CD albums.

Each passenger can also create his own audio playlist from the collection of CD albums. On-screen instructions are available in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Digital games include Tetris, Bejeweled, Galaktor, Reversi, Bookworm, Solitaire, Head-to-Head Chess and the inflight Trivia Challenge. Noise-canceling headsets and in-seat power for laptops are provided in Mabuhay Class.

The Mabuhay Class cabin is equipped with 15.4-inch, seatback-mounted monitors and 10.6-inch, in-arm monitors, while Fiesta Class seats come with 9-inch monitors.

Tying everything together are enhanced cabin aesthetics and an interior design that evokes the tranquil seas and sandy beaches of the Philippines – one of the signature elements of the flag carrier’s service.

Mabuhay Class seats are outfitted in plush, deep-blue upholstery accented with touches of silvery-copper threads that simulate reflections of light on water.

Fiesta Class seats feature the same undulating wave-pattern design in a blue, aqua and terracotta palette.

The relaxed, tropical feel extends to the front and back ends of the cabin where interiors, curtains, carpets and surfaces are in various shades of blue, white, gray, silver and tan.
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Philippine Airlines increases Boeing order
Thursday, 7 June 2007

Philippine Airlines has increased its fleet plans for Boeing 777-300ERs to a total of six airplanes with a new order for two of the popular twinjets. The order is an exercise of purchase rights disclosed in March when PAL placed an order for two 777-300ERs. The two new airplanes have a list price value of about US $500 million.

In addition, PAL has an agreement in place to lease two 777-300ERs from GE Commercial Aviation Services.

"Our future fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs will allow PAL to provide the best in passenger service to the United States, while providing increased efficiency in our operations," said Jaime J. Bautista, president of Philippine Airlines. "Also, I am certain that our passengers will appreciate the world-class interior comfort and amenities of the 777-300ER."

PAL, the national flag carrier of the Philippines, conducted its first flight March 15, 1941, and has been operating longer than any other airline in Asia. It has a modern fleet and a route network that spans 24 foreign cities and 18 domestic destinations.

The fuel-efficient 777-300ER long-range twin-engine jetliner is capable of carrying approximately 365 passengers in Philippine Airlines' two-class configuration, with a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 kilometers).
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Philippine Airlines to Increase Flights to Australia, Japan and Singapore
Thursday, 25 September 2008

Philippine Airlines is to increase flights to key destinations across Asia Pacific in time for the peak Christmas holiday season.

Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, Osaka and Fukuoka in Japan, as well as Singapore all receive new frequencies in PAL’s winter 2008 timetable.

These increases follow on the heels of a similar expansion in the PAL service to Bangkok, which rises from 11 to 14 flights weekly on October 2.

The airline’s Australia service, a triangular routing between Manila and the two Aussie points, gets a significant boost when it adds two frequencies on November 30 to become a daily service.

Flight PR 211, a direct service from Manila to Sydney that currently operates every Monday and Thursday, will also operate every Wednesday at the same times – departing Manila at 9:00 a.m. and arriving in Sydney at 8:15 p.m.

The return service, PR 212, routed via Melbourne, also gains the third weekly frequency every Wednesday, with departures from Sydney at 9:35 p.m., continuing on to Melbourne and departing that city at 12:25 a.m. the following day, and arrival in Manila at 5:40 a.m.

PR 209, a direct overnight service from Manila to Melbourne, adds a fourth weekly flight every Sunday to go along with existing flights every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Departure from Manila is at 8:30 p.m. and arrival in Melbourne at 7:40 a.m. next day.

Returning, PR 210 stops in Sydney and will also operate four times weekly, with an extra flight every Monday. The service departs Melbourne at 9:00 a.m., goes on to Sydney, leaves that city at 12:15 a.m. and arrives in Manila at 5:30 p.m.

Wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft will continue to fly the Australia routes.

Service to Osaka, Japan will upgrade to a daily frequency from October 26, with the addition of flights every Tuesday and Saturday to the current five-times-weekly schedule. Operating times will change slightly to conform to winter hours.

Flight PR 408 departs Manila at 2:20 p.m. and arrives in Osaka at 7:05 p.m. The return flight, PR 407, takes off from Osaka at 9:55 a.m. and touches down in Manila at 1:55 p.m. Wide-body A330 and narrow-body A320 jets alternate on the route.

The Fukuoka service adds an extra flight to become five times weekly and adopts a new, same-day timetable that better suits passengers on the route.

Starting October 26, flight PR 426 operates every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with departures from Manila at 10:00 a.m. and arrival in Fukuoka at 2:30 p.m. Return flight PR 425 departs Fukuoka at 3:30 p.m. and arrives in Manila at 6:25 p.m.

Meanwhile, PAL’s Singapore service increases from 25 to 28 flights weekly on October 26 when the mid-morning flight (PR 507) upgrades to a daily service from the current four times weekly. The early-afternoon return flight, PR 508, goes daily as well.
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Philippine Airlines to launch EconoLight Class

Philippine Airlines is preparing to launch a new and innovative service. Called PAL EconoLight Class, the new offering which begins from 10 November 2008, is aimed at the budget segment of the market, and will be available on all PAL’s domestic jet routes as well as selected short-range Asian routes.

The new service will be priced up to 93% lower than regular Fiesta Class (economy) fares and is designed with less passenger amenities than Fiesta Class.

Passengers will continue to enjoy PAL’s comfortable aircraft cabin with generous legroom, convenient schedules and seamless connections at NAIA Centennial Terminal 2 in Manila, now boasting an on-time departure average rate of 91.3%.

While snacks are not served, water is available upon request on domestic flights. On the international sectors, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, such as soda, juice, water, coffee and tea, are served with peanuts.

Passengers also receive a free baggage allowance of 15 kilograms each.

PAL EconoLight Class will be available on PAL flights between Manila and Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran and Zamboanga.

EconoLight Class is not available on routes served by PAL Express.

Asian routes cover flights between Manila and Bangkok, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Macau, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei.

One-way fares of as low as P488, inclusive of all fees and surcharges, are available on domestic flights. International round-trip fares start from $48, excluding surcharges.
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Philippine Airlines to re-launch Cebu-Osaka Flights

Philippine Airlines is re-launching direct services between Cebu and Osaka on October 26, 2008, giving Cebu its third link to economically booming North Asia and boosting Japanese trade and tourism to southern Philippines.

The service will initially operate two times weekly, with flight PR 410 departing from Cebu’s Mactan International Airport every Thursday and Sunday at 8:05 a.m. arriving at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport at 1:30 p.m.

The return service, PR 409, departs Osaka on the same days at 2:30 p.m. and arrives in Cebu at 6:00 p.m.

Newly delivered, modern Airbus A320 aircraft, which seat 12 passengers in Mabuhay (Business) Class and 144 in Fiesta (Economy) Class, will be used on the route.

“The restoration of the PAL link between these two dynamic cities underscores the importance we place on both Osaka as a major source market of tourists and investors, and on Cebu as a destination of choice for the Japanese,” said PAL president Jaime J. Bautista.

The Cebu-Osaka service was one of the flag carrier’s most popular tourist routes when it was introduced in 1994, contributing to the Japanese visitor boom that transformed Cebu into the country’s most vibrant destination after Manila.

But the service was halted in October 2001, when Japanese government travel advisories issued in the wake of the September 11 tragedy in the United States discouraged Japanese from traveling and weakened the market.

“With Cebu now established as a major international destination, we deemed it an appropriate time to reinstate the Osaka link in order to complement our direct Tokyo and Seoul services from Cebu,” Bautista added.

PAL currently operates a six-times-weekly service between Cebu and the Japanese capital Tokyo, and a four-times-weekly service between Cebu and Seoul, Korea.

PAL also serves all three North Asian points from Manila.
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Philippine Airlines to Increase Flights to Bangkok

Philippine Airlines will be flying twice daily to Bangkok when it adds three more frequencies to its previous four evening flights on 2 October 2008. PAL will add flights every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Flight PR 732 will now depart Manila everyday at 7:30 p.m., arriving in Bangkok at 9:50 p.m. The return service, PR 733, departs Bangkok daily at 11:10 p.m. and lands back in Manila at 3:40 a.m. the following day.

Modern Airbus A320 aircraft, which seats 12 in Mabuhay Class (business) and 144 in Fiesta Class (economy), will continue to fly the evening frequency.

The new daily evening service complements the standard daily morning service from Manila. Passengers boarding in Bangkok can choose between afternoon and late-evening departures.

PAL is offering a special round-trip rate of $88 on Fiesta Class, valid only on flights PR 732 / PR 733. The promo fare is available for sale and travel until September 30, 2008.

PAL has also launched attractive promotional fares to key points in Indonesia and Vietnam via a combination of its regular and interline services.

Special round-trip fares to Indonesia start at $282 for a routing from Manila to Jakarta vice-versa on PAL flights PR 535 / PR 536, connecting to a Jakarta-Denpasar (Bali) vice-versa flight on PAL’s interline partner Garuda.

The same routing, with Surabaya as the final destination in place of Denpasar, is offered at $292 round-trip, while Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta, gateway to the magnificent Borobudur temple, can be reached at the special rate of $249 round-trip.

The Indonesia promo fares are available for sale until November 28, 2008. Travel must be completed by November 30, 2008.

A separate promotion is offered for Bangkok in combination with the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. For a routing of Manila-Bangkok vice-versa on PAL, connecting to Bangkok-Hanoi vice-versa on Vietnam Airlines, PAL is offering special fares as low as $208 round-trip.

The fare is valid for sale and travel until March 31, 2009.
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Last year April 2008, Philippine Airlines launches PAL Express (Philippine Airlines Express)

PAL Express (short for Philippine Airlines Express) is the low-cost regional airline brand of Philippine Airlines. PAL Express operates from Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu City, with smaller operations from PAL's main hub in Manila, flying primarily intra-regional routes in the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as secondary routes to smaller airports in island provinces that are not able to accommodate mainline PAL jet aircraft.[1]

As a subsidiary brand of Philippine Airlines, PAL Express shares livery and interline benefits with mainline PAL. PAL Express flights are also integrated into and noted as regular PAL flights in the PAL flight numbering system. However, unlike mainline PAL, PAL Express flights do not earn Mabuhay Miles and no inflight services are provided in-flight.

History

On April 10, 2008, Philippine Airlines announced the order for aircraft that will form the PAL Express fleet. It will consist of aircraft from the Bombardier Q family, three from the Q300 series and six from the Q400 series, presently manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace and currently valued at $150 million. PAL announced on April 13 that the new fleet will be based mainly in Cebu City to serve regional routes, while flights from Manila will also be launched.

PAL Express was formally unveiled on April 14, 2008. PAL Express will primarily fly intra-regional routes in the Visayas and Mindanao from its Cebu hub, as well as secondary routes to smaller airports in island provinces that are not able to accommodate PAL’s regular jet aircraft. Service will ramp up dramatically on May 19, when Cebu hub operations commence with flights between Cebu City and five points in the Visayas and Mindanao.

On May 5, 2008, PAL Express began operations by launching flights to Malay. The airline on the same day announced it will serve 22 inter-island routes, including some provincial points currently without air service. Flights out of Cebu City commenced on May 19.
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PAL Express in a Nutshell

PAL Express is the new, low-fares brand of Philippine Airlines. It was launched on May 5, 2008 with a mandate to serve mainly domestic island points and secondary routes throughout the Philippines from hubs in Cebu and Manila. In this way, PAL Express aims to boost trade, tourism and the local economy in outlying island communities.

The introduction of PAL Express is a ground-breaking step for Philippine Airlines, which created a sub-brand for the first time in its 67-year history.

“We will leverage on the strength of the PAL brand to make PAL Express the leader in the markets it serves,” said PAL president Jaime J. Bautista during the brand’s launch. “In turn, PAL benefits from the expansion of its network to areas it does not presently fly to, from where PAL Express aims to draw traffic to feed the trunk routes.”

He added: “But the biggest beneficiary will be the traveler, who is now able to tap into PAL’s extensive route network and enjoy seamless connections between erstwhile inaccessible provincial points and 49 destinations – and counting – across the Philippines, Asia, Australia and North America.”

Fleet

PAL Express will operate an initial fleet of nine turbo-propeller aircraft – three Bombardier Q300s and six Bombardier Q400s – manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace of Canada. Eight of the nine aircraft are already in service with the last scheduled for delivery in a few weeks.

The Q300 and Q400 are part of Bombardier’s “Q Series” of turbo-props – the Q standing for “quiet” due to a patented noise suppression system that reduces cabin noise and vibration levels to less than those of jetliners.

They are equipped with two Pratt & Whitney turbo-prop engines with maximum ranges of 1,819 kilometers for the Q300 and 2,826 kilometers for the Q400.

Both airplanes have outstanding take-off and landing capabilities even on unprepared airstrips, making them the ideal choice for PAL Express’ services to small provincial airfields.

The Q300 cabin is configured with 50 seats at a comfortable 32-inch pitch while the slightly larger Q400 seats 76 passengers at a 30-inch pitch, making for low seat-mile costs that are ultimately passed on to passengers in the form of low fares.

Route Network

PAL Express flies intra-regional routes in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao from hubs in Cebu and Manila, as well as secondary routes to smaller airports in island provinces that are not able to accommodate PAL’s regular jet aircraft.

Services began on May 5, 2008 with eight flights daily between Manila and Caticlan, gateway to the resort island of Boracay.

The operation kicked into high gear on May 19, 2008 with the reopening of PAL’s Cebu hub, now operated by PAL Express. Services between Cebu and five points – Caticlan (Boracay), Bacolod, Tacloban, Butuan and General Santos – were launched.

On the same day, a daily flight between Manila and Busuanga, another resort island in northern Palawan, commenced.

In the coming months, more destinations throughout the country will be added to the network, as PAL Express takes delivery of more turbo-props.

As of September 18, 2008, PAL Express flies a total of 21 routes, 11 from its Cebu hub and 10 from Manila.

Cebu hub

PAL Express bases its turbo-prop fleet mainly in Cebu, in order to better serve the growing intra-regional market in Visayas and Mindanao.

While some flights also operate out of Manila, Cebu is the focal point of turbo-prop operations as PAL re-establishes the city as its main hub in southern Philippines.

PAL operated a bustling Cebu hub for most of its 67-year history, when it was the sole airline mandated to provide air services to far-flung rural communities. As such, turbo-props were an integral part of PAL’s fleet for over five decades.

When PAL entered receivership in 1999, however, its rehabilitation plan stipulated an all-jet fleet, obligating the airline to dispose of its last turbo-prop type, the Fokker 50, and close its Cebu hub.

With PAL’s successful emergence from rehabilitation in September 2007, resuming turbo-prop operations became a key priority, in keeping with the national carrier’s historic mandate of serving outlying areas. In this effort, the restored Cebu hub plays a central role.
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Philippine Airlines launched a new, fresh and refined design of its Amenity Kits for Mabuhay (Business) Class on all its long-haul flights.

Mabuhay (Business) Class
Our Mabuhay (Business) Class cabin combines a sleek, modern interior with a pallete of calm, soothing colors. Enhanced cabin features, spacious legroom, advanced seat ergonomics and personal TVs* ensure a totally relaxing flight. Available on all A340s and selected B747-400s.

Fiesta ( Economy) Class
Experience the comfortable and festive ambiance on our Fiesta (Economy) Class cabin, inspired by the Filipino tradition of warmth and hospitality, and a culture of fun and festivity.
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PAL Express adds 5 more provincial routes in line with major expansion
By Mary Ann Ll. Reyes

PAL Express will undertake its second major expansion with the addition of five provincial points from its secondary hub of Manila next week.

The low-fare, turbo-propeller unit of Philippine Airlines will start daily service to San Jose (Occidental Mindoro); Virac (Catanduanes); and Surigao City (Surigao del Norte) on July 15.

Calbayog (Samar) follows on July 17 with four flights weekly, and then Catarman, (Northern Samar) on August 1 with three flights weekly.

The 76-seater Bombardier Q400 turbo-prop aircraft will be deployed on four of the new routes except for San Jose, which will be served by the slightly smaller, 50-seater Bombardier Q300.

The ongoing “Buy 1, Take 1” promo fare on all jet and turbo-prop domestic services of PAL will also be made available to PAL Express. The promo sale, in fact, has been extended until July 21 for these new points from the original deadline on July 15 for others.

The promo offers passengers a free one-way ticket for every one-way ticket bought, with all fees and surcharges waived. The complimentary ticket can be used for the return journey or for another one-way flight. Travel is valid between July 15 and Oct. 15, 2008.

The addition of the five points to PAL Express’ Manila hub network follows on the heels of a similar expansion on July 1, when five routes were launched from the unit’s main hub at Mactan International Airport in Cebu.

These were the services between Cebu and Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Ozamiz, Cebu and Dipolog, Cebu and Zamboanga, and Zamboanga and Davao.

The 10 new routes being added from July 1 to August 1 represent a more-than-doubling of PAL Express’ network over a one-month period. The low-fare brand took off May 5 with a service between Manila and Boracay (Caticlan).

Last May 19, its centerpiece Cebu hub opened with flights to Boracay, Bacolod, Butuan, General Santos, Tacloban and Puerto Princesa. Busuanga was added to the Manila hub the same day, for a total of eight PAL Express routes prior to July 1.

Company officials pointed out that PAL is no stranger to the latest island points, which are among the flag carrier’s pioneer provincial destinations and are now rejoining the network after a decade’s absence.

PAL first operated turbo-prop service to San Jose in 1947, Virac in 1949, Surigao in 1956, and Calbayog and Catarman in 1958. Flights were suspended in 1998 when PAL’s rehabilitation plan forced the airline to focus only on major routes.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 02:49 PM   #39
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Air-passenger traffic this year is expected to have a “very small growth” because of the global financial crisis, according to the chief of the country’s flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL).

In a statement, PAL President Jaime Bautista over the weekend said that the economic downturn has made it difficult for PAL to recover from high fuel prices that hit the company’s earnings in 2008. He added, though, that he still hopes to match the number of passengers that PAL had last year—eight million.

Robert Lim Joseph, the chairman emeritus of the National Association of Independent Tourist Agencies, said that the government should use the slowdown in tourism to prepare for global economic recovery by building and improving tourism infrastructure, opening new tourist destinations, remarketing Philippine tourism with new tour packages and new target groups in mind and retraining personnel involved in tourism.

He added that the government should not burden local air carriers by adopting unregulated open skies, which, Joseph said, would give foreign airlines unfair advantage.

Joseph noted that the lack of tourism infrastructure is one reason why the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has abandoned the target of attracting five million tourists this year. “We failed to do all the things that we should have done,” he said.

He pointed to necessary roads and bridges leading to new tourist spots that are mostly unfinished and to the current tourism promotion program that concentrates on the Visayas region when, Joseph said, there are other good tourist destinations.

PAL’s rival company Cebu Pacific, showed improvement in domestic traffic despite the global financial crisis. It has retained its spot as the country’s top domestic airline with a 45.6-percent market share in 2008 from the previous year’s 42.9 percent.

Data from the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines showed the budget airline flew 5.4 million domestic passengers in 2008, or 500,000 more than the combined traffic of PAL and its low-fare carrier PAL Express. PAL flew only 4.9 million domestic passengers.

Even with the financial crisis, Cebu Pacific last year increased its total number of domestic destinations to 27 (from 20) and 39 routes (from 28).
-- Francis Earl A. Cueto
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Air-passenger traffic this year is expected to have a “very small growth” because of the global financial crisis, according to the chief of the country’s flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL).

In a statement, PAL President Jaime Bautista over the weekend said that the economic downturn has made it difficult for PAL to recover from high fuel prices that hit the company’s earnings in 2008. He added, though, that he still hopes to match the number of passengers that PAL had last year—eight million.

Robert Lim Joseph, the chairman emeritus of the National Association of Independent Tourist Agencies, said that the government should use the slowdown in tourism to prepare for global economic recovery by building and improving tourism infrastructure, opening new tourist destinations, remarketing Philippine tourism with new tour packages and new target groups in mind and retraining personnel involved in tourism.

He added that the government should not burden local air carriers by adopting unregulated open skies, which, Joseph said, would give foreign airlines unfair advantage.

Joseph noted that the lack of tourism infrastructure is one reason why the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has abandoned the target of attracting five million tourists this year. “We failed to do all the things that we should have done,” he said.

He pointed to necessary roads and bridges leading to new tourist spots that are mostly unfinished and to the current tourism promotion program that concentrates on the Visayas region when, Joseph said, there are other good tourist destinations.

PAL’s rival company Cebu Pacific, showed improvement in domestic traffic despite the global financial crisis. It has retained its spot as the country’s top domestic airline with a 45.6-percent market share in 2008 from the previous year’s 42.9 percent.

Data from the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines showed the budget airline flew 5.4 million domestic passengers in 2008, or 500,000 more than the combined traffic of PAL and its low-fare carrier PAL Express. PAL flew only 4.9 million domestic passengers.

Even with the financial crisis, Cebu Pacific last year increased its total number of domestic destinations to 27 (from 20) and 39 routes (from 28).
-- Francis Earl A. Cueto
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