• Philippine Airlines expands Australian presence

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    Philippine Airlines (PAL) will expand its Australian presence starting June 2013 by adding Darwin, Perth and Brisbane to its roster of flights.

    “Passengers will experience the flag carrier’s trademark ‘at home’ service marked by Filipino warmth and hospitality. The revitalized inflight cuisine inspired by the country’s top chefs will surely be a treat to the palette. The Airbus 320-200, with a seating capacity of 156, will be the fleet for these points,” said Ramon Ang, PAL president.

    With the expansion, PAL’s connections to Australia will be a total of five including Sydney and Melbourne and a total of 39 in terms of its roster of international destinations.

    PAL serves the Manila-Perth-Manila service (via Darwin) four times weekly, while the Manila-Brisbane-Manila service (via Darwin) is thrice weekly.

    While flights to Darwin and Perth are maiden journeys, the flight to Brisbane marks PAL’s third return to the capital city of the Australian state of Queensland.

    The Manila-Brisbane route was operated by PAL in 1982 to 1998, and reopened briefly in 2009 until 2010 before this year’s return.

    PAL’s inaugural flight to Sydney was October 6, 1965; and maiden service to Melbourne commenced on September 9, 1971.

    The airline now deploys 7,400 seats a week on these routes, making it the largest carrier between the Philippines and Australia.

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