PAL Express is eyeing Saipan, an island-territory in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, as its next destination.
With Filipinos comprising close to 35% (19,000) of the total population, the planned flights will provide them a convenient link to their home country.
The new flights will attract Saipan residents to fly to Manila and interconnect to any of the domestic and international destinations of the PAL network.
PALex said, "Our goal is to address the clamor for new routes in order to best serve the needs of the market. As we tap new markets and build on existing ones, we aim to ensure connectivity across the route network of the PAL Group by providing the required flight frequencies and schedules."
The planned twice weekly flights to and from Saipan will utilize the bi-class 156-seater A320 fleet.
PAL to add two more Boeing 777-300ERs to its fleet
Philippine Airlines will add two more B777-300ERs to its fleet to further strengthen the airline’s long-haul operations.
The B777s, which will bring the flag carrier’s over-all fleet count to 78, will be acquired by way of an agreement between leasing firm Intrepid Aviation and PAL. The orders are in addition to the six777-300ERs the flag carrier currently operates, including one leased by Intrepid Aviation.
“We celebrate our growing partnership with both Boeing and Intrepid Aviation,” said PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista. "These additional 777-300ERs will help us continue to expand our long -haul markets efficiently and economically, while enabling us to provide passengers our trademark Filipino service in the modern, state-of-the-art 777.”
Intrepid Aviation and aircraft manufacturer the Boeing Company welcomed the lease of both planes by PAL.
“We are very pleased to expand our relationship with Philippine Airlines and to work with Boeing to provide PAL with such an outstanding airplane,” said Intrepid Aviation President and Chief Executive Officer Franklin Pray. "The economics and capabilities of the 777-300ER continue to make it very attractive for our customers who are looking for growth potential.”
“Boeing has a long relationship with Philippine Airlines and we are delighted to partner with Intrepid Aviation to provide additional 777-300ERs for PAL’s growing fleet,” said Boeing Sr. Vice President for Global Sales & Marketing John Wojick. “Philippine Airlines’ continued commitment to the 777-300ER is a testament to the airplane’s proven fuel efficiency, performance and award-winning passenger interior.”
The 777-300ER is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class today with 99.5 percent reliability, and is considered one of the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world.
PAL Mabuhay Lounge to undergo renovations
Starting 15 June - 15 August 2015, Philippine Airlines' Mabuhay Lounge (domestic) in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA 2) will undergo renovations.
While the lounge is being renovated, Mabuhay Miles Elite, Premier Elite, Million Milers, Business Class and Premium Economy* PAL domestic passengers shall be extended a pre-flight refreshment vouchers upon check-in.
Passengers may use the vouchers at the following outlets: Cafe France, Yan Kun Kaya Toast or Vin-Vin Kiosk located between Gate 5 and 6.
We are very excited to see you in our newly renovated Mabuhay Lounge (domestic) when it opens in August 2015.
*For domestic bound passengers departing from NAIA 2