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At 76, PAL takes passengers to new heights

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The Philippine Star

MANILA, Phillippines – After expanding to new territories, bringing the world’s attention to some of the Philippines’ most breathtaking destinations, and launching its new Brand Equity, “The Heart of the Filipino,” Philippine Airlines (PAL) further intensifies its commitment to the millions of passengers it serves annually as it marks its 76th  year this March.

New Aircraft And Inflight Entertainment System

Comfort is a key part of any traveler’s inflight experience. Hence, the flag carrier is introducing bigger, cozier seats on the eight reconfigured Airbus A330-300s, with a maiden flight to Honolulu this June. From 414 mono-class seats, these eight A330s will have 309 seats, configured tri-class.

PAL is the first Asian carrier to install a Pneumatic Comfort System that allows passengers on the A330-300 Business Class to control the firmness and softness of their full-flat beds, while enjoying the lumbar massage feature.

The section closest to Business Class is the country’s first true Premium Economy on the A330-300 that promises a unique flying experience for passengers — upgraded Economy service, noise-canceling headsets, priority check-in and boarding, and a dedicated lavatory.

The reconfigured A330-300 will also be the first to use RAVE Centric, PAL’s upgraded inflight entertainment system, promising to revolutionize the way passengers engage with PAL’s myPAL eSuite, having individual in-seat monitors. It boasts functions like direct messaging from the crew, a view of connecting gates, a dedicated option for the kids called “Little PALs” and an access to the myPAL Wi-Fi on board. Aside from a superb IFE, passengers can look forward to enhanced meals and snack choices using RAVE Centric.

The reconfigured A330-300s will be deployed to Honolulu, Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, Haneda, Osaka and Narita from June to December 2017, respectively.

Aside from the A330-300 innovations, PAL is also expecting the arrival of the Q400 Next Generation turboprops for domestic service starting July 2017.

The first of 21 A321 NEOs will also arrive starting January 2018, alongside the first of six new A350-900s.

For those flying to the Middle East, beginning June, passengers now have the option to choose from bi-class aircraft for a more comfortable flight experience.

Heart Of The Nation Safety Video

For its 76th year, Asia’s first airline rolls out the Heart of the Nation inflight safety video, the “first-ever crowdsourced inflight safety video.” It features talents chosen from auditions held in nine of the best Philippine destinations. The video not only presents safety guidelines inside the aircraft, it also showcases the stunning, well-loved destinations of the Philippines.

All-Year-Round Travel Promos

For those who want a hassle-free vacation, PAL offers Swingaround, a travel package that lets passengers book flights and hotel accommodations in one go. There are over 60 local and international destinations to choose from and booking is available 24/7 through PAL’s Swingaround website (swingaround.philippineairlines.com).

PAL’s commitment starts even before the flight. Passengers can enjoy the airline’s brand of pampering at the Mabuhay Lounge while waiting for boarding. Renovations of Mabuhay Lounges all over the country are on the way starting this year.

Passengers may also avail of myPAL Upgrade, allowing Economy Class fliers to bid for a Business Class seat within a pre-determined price range at least 36 hours prior to flight departure.

Those who don’t exactly travel light can look forward to the increase in check-in baggage allowance for international flights. Economy Class passengers may check up to 30 kilos and Business Class passengers up to 40 kilos. PAL now allows passengers to carry over their checked-in baggage allowance from international to domestic travel and vice versa, as long as the destinations (including stopovers) are in one ticket — this offer applies to all destinations except for domestic routes using the Q300 and Q400 aircraft.

Cebu And Clark Hubs

This month, the PAL hubs in Cebu and Clark are expected to get busier with more domestic and international flights as the airline heeds the Philippine government’s calls to decongest the airport in Manila.

In Cebu, in addition to daily Caticlan flights, PAL is offering new daily flights to Clark, General Santos and Puerto Princesa — and increasing trips to Butuan from daily to twice daily starting March 26.

Flights to Incheon, Cebu and Davao began flying from Clark since the start of 2017, and this March, PAL is adding new flights to Puerto Princesa and Busuanga.

In Manila, international routes get a boost with new non-stop flights to Kuala Lumpur starting June. Those planning a trip to the Middle East can now fly non-stop from Manila to Doha and Kuwait four times weekly and Jeddah three times weekly.

PAL has also increased its flights from Manila to Bali from six to seven times a week, and to Saigon from seven to 10 times a week.

These added routes mean you can now fly with PAL to 44 international destinations from Manila and six from Cebu.

To be able to bring more passengers to more local and international destinations, PAL is set to unveil this March its much-awaited 76th Anniversary Sale. Huge discounts are coming so better watch out for it on www.philippineairlines.com and fb.com/flypal. Seat-sale hunters can also look for PALmazing Deals, PAL’s seat sale every weekend available online, any PAL Ticket Office or preferred travel agency from Friday to Sunday.

A Brand-New Look And Visual Identity

Starting this year, the PAL look and feel will get an upgrade as it elevates its brand visual identity to the next level.

Passengers can expect PAL to keep introducing new products and services in the lead-up to 2020, when it is set to become the country’s only five-star full-service airline. Expect more surprises in store for PAL passengers. After all, PAL is the only airline that prioritizes care from a heart like no other.