Philippine Airlines will increase to twice daily its Manila Bangkok flights when it adds three more frequencies to its previous four evening flights.
This boosts the weekly PAL service between Manila and Bangkok from 11 to 14 flights, making it the dominant Philippine carrier on the route.
Complementing the frequency increase, PAL has also introduced a series of promotional fares on Manila Bangkok flights and other major tourist destinations in Indonesia and Vietnam through joint services with partner carriers in the region.
Starting October 2, PAL’s evening service to the Thai capital will operate on a daily basis by adding flights every Monday, Thursday and Saturday to the erstwhile four-day schedule.
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 Manila Bangkok flights.
The new daily evening service complements the standard daily morning service, giving Manila-boarding passengers the convenience of such choice. Passengers boarding in Bangkok, on the other hand, can choose between afternoon and late-evening departures.
With 14 flights weekly, using a combination of wide-body Airbus A340 or A330 aircraft in the morning and narrow-body A320 jets in the evening – a total capacity of up to 458 seats weekly – PAL is by far the largest local carrier with Manila Bangkok flights.
Meanwhile, the flag carrier 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.
A separate promotion is offered for Bangkok in combination with the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. For a routing of Manila Bangkok flights and vice-versa on PAL, connecting to Bangkok-Hanoi vice-versa on Vietnam Airlines, PAL is offering special fares as low as $208 round-trip.
For further details, passengers are advised to contact any PAL ticket office or accredited travel agent, or visit www.philippineairlines.com.