PAL ramps up Australia operations
4-Star carrier Philippine Airlines is increasing flights between Manila and Melbourne amidst the surge of passenger traffic along the route. Beginning June 1 this year, the flag carrier will operate five weekly Manila-Melbourne frequencies from the current thrice weekly service. The additional flights form part of several operational enhancements being undertaken by PAL after receiving the coveted 4-Star certification from air transport rating organization Skytrax.
PR207 departs Manila every Wednesday and Friday at 4:45PM and arrives in Melbourne at 3:00AM local time the following day. PR208 leaves the Australian city every Thursday and Saturday at 5:40AM local time and touches down in Manila at 10:55AM on the same day.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, PR209 leaves Manila at 9:10PM and lands in Melbourne at 8:30AM local time the following day and on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, PR210 departs Melbourne at 10:15AM local time and reaches Manila at 3:30PM on the same day.
PAL Vice President for Sales Ryan Uy said, “The new frequency to Melbourne would enable Aussies to maximize the benefits of the domestic and international hub of PAL which currently offers a combined total of 77 destinations. Passengers will get to enjoy our newly reconfigured Airbus A330’s with new lie-flat business class, new premium economy and new economy seats.”
“We continue to receive positive reviews about our new business class seats. Passenger loads between Melbourne and Manila have been consistently in the high 80s, while Sydney-Manila has been in the high 80s to 90s since we utilized the A330 tri-class for the equally popular route.”
On March 28, PAL will shift to a thrice weekly non-stop service between Manila and Brisbane which will enable passengers to use the Airbus A340 with lie-flat business class seats. PR221 will operate every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday departing Manila at 11:30PM and arriving in Brisbane at 9:20AM local time the following day. PR222 will leave the AUS city every Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11AM local time and arrive in Manila at 5PM on the same day.
Arriving passengers can enjoy Manila for a few days and hop on to one of PAL’s domestic flights before connecting to the airline’s international network especially to the UK and North Asia.