Philippine Airlines has launched flights to Abu
PAL is using new Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 414 seats,
equipped with powerful Rolls Royce Trent engines and bigger fuel
tanks, allowing the airplane to carry more passengers and cargo
than the current A330 model in the PAL fleet.
first brand-new A330-300 arrived in Manila on 28 September, direct
from the Airbus manufacturing plant in Toulouse, France. Four more
will be delivered before the year ends.
2012, PAL has taken delivery of 17 airplanes - from the ultra-modern
B777-300ER and the long-range A340-300, to the single-aisle
A320-200 and its latest derivative model, the A321-231. The PAL
fleet, which now consists of 44 jets, will further expand with
more than 60 aircraft deliveries expected until 2019.
PAL President Ramon S. Ang said, “The return of PAL to the
Middle East will not only offer Filipino workers the most direct link to the Philippines but also provide travelers convenient
connections with PAL’s extensive international and domestic route
network from our hub in Manila.”
PAL will first fly
to Abu Dhabi five times a week, departing Manila at 16:25 and
arriving 21:45 at Abu Dhabi International Airport – rated by Skytrax as 2013 best airport in the Middle East – which is 38
kilometers southeast of the United Arab Emirates capital.
The return flight will arrive in Manila 12:25 noon every
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Four other cities in three countries
in the Middle East will be linked by PAL
and its affiliate PAL Express to Manila before the year ends – Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Doha (Qatar) in November, and Riyadh
and Dammam (both in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) in December.
With PAL and Qatar Airways on codeshare cooperation,
Doha will be served by both airlines.
PAL Express will operate its first long-haul flight to Dubai on
6 November 2013. PAL Express will also use the new A330-300 on a
five-times-a-week service to Dubai.
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