By Ariel Fernandez
Philippine Airlines (PAL) will introduce in March 2020 a regular service between Manila and Perth, the first-ever nonstop air link between Western Australia and the Philippines.
By taking PAL’s non-stop flight to Perth, travelers will save at least four hours and a half in travel time against other airlines that require a stopover and flight connections.
PR 223 (Manila-Perth service) will depart from Manila every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday starting March 30, 2020, at 12:05 a.m. and arrive in Perth Airport at 7:20 a.m. local time. PR 224 (Perth-Manila service) will leave Perth’s Terminal 1 International at 8:40 a.m. local time and touchdown in Manila at 3:50 p.m. on the same day.
“We are thrilled to welcome Perth to our network,” said PAL’s Chief Sales and Chief Marketing Officer Eugene C. Go. “Our pioneer nonstop flights will allow us to vigorously promote the Philippines as a top-notch tourist experience for residents of Western Australia, and we look forward to extending our gracious Filipino hospitality to them from the moment they step on board our brand-new planes flown by our experienced professional crew,” he added.
PAL will deploy its long-range Airbus A321neo aircraft on the Manila-Perth-Manila route.
PAL’s 168-seater Airbus A321neo has 12 seats in business class and 156 seats in economy class. The business class cabin has generous seat pitch (leg room) of 60 inches and seats that are up to 23 inches wide and recline to become full flat beds, measuring 78 inches in length. The economy cabins offer ample stretching room with a seat pitch of 32 inches. For Inflight Entertainment, the myPALeSuite Personal TV screens are embedded in all seats across all cabin classes, giving passengers a choice of more than 300 hours of movies, TV, and music. High-speed Wi-Fi connectivity is offered to all passengers.
PAL operates the largest network of flights between the Philippines and Australia. Perth is PAL’s fourth Australian gateway, joining Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, all of which are served with nonstop flights using Airbus A330 and A321neo aircraft.
Overall, PAL offers a total of nineteen (19) weekly nonstop flights to these four Australian destinations, as well as three weekly flights to Auckland in New Zealand and four weekly flights to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Australia is the Philippines’ fifth largest source of tourist visitors. A total 279,821 Australians visited the Philippines in 2018, while more than 203,000 Australians visited in the first nine months of 2019 alone.