PAL to operate all nonstop flights to Middle East


BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL), owned by tycoon Lucio C. Tan, will launch all nonstop flights from Manila to seven Middle East destinations on March 26.

In a statement, the flag carrier said Manila will have direct, nonstop flights to the destinations in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia starting this month.

PAL’s Manila-Dubai flights operate seven times weekly; Manila-Doha and Manila-Kuwait, four times weekly each; Manila-Jeddah and Manila-Abu Dhabi, thrice weekly each; Manila-Dammam, five-times-a-week; and Manila-Riyadh, seven-times-a-week.

PAL will shift to the bi-class A330 aircraft, which have full-flat beds on business class, starting June. At present, PAL uses the all-economy, 414-seater Airbus A330 for its Middle East flights.

The Manila flights to Dubai will use the bi-class A330 on June 15; July 15 for Abu Dhabi and Doha; Aug. 15 for Riyadh; and Sept. 15 for Kuwait and Jeddah.

“The shift to bi-class service across all mid-east routes gives our passengers the flexibility to choose between regular economy, premium economy and business class service,” PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista was quoted as saying in the statement. -- ICCD