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PAL launches non-stop Perth-Manila service

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(from right) MIAA general manager Cesar Chiong and Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista gracing PAL's send-off ceremony to Perth. In the middle is Capt. Stanley Ng, PAL's president who also piloted the said flight. (JERRY S. TAN)

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) began its nonstop service from the Philippines to Perth Australia, with its maiden flight onMarch 27, 2023.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the new PAL direct flights, a thrice weekly scheduled service operating into the Western Australian capital every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, allows travelers to fly between Perth and Manila in just seven hours, which saves travelers four to six hours in travel time compared to flying via other airline routes that require a stopover and flight connections in a third country.

The pioneer flight, designated PR 223, was flown under the command of PAL President and COO Captain Stanley K. Ng, assisted by a crew of three pilots and six flight attendants. Captain Ng is an experienced Airbus A321 pilot who served as the airline’s operations chief before ascending to the COO position.

“This new route expands Philippine Airlines’ footprint in Australia, making PAL the largest airline operator offering the most routes from the Philippines to this very important region of the world. We are thrilled to welcome Western Australians aboard our flights for the shortest hop to the island wonders of the Philippines, where friendly people, spectacular beaches, natural treasures, a rich history and great shopping opportunities are waiting to be discovered.”

“It is a great privilege to lead the maiden flight to Perth as pilot in command. This milestone journey celebrates the continuing recovery of our airline from the challenges of the pandemic. The flight symbolizes PAL’s determination to grow its network and conquer new markets,” Capt. Ngsaid.

“The new flights will further strengthen WA’s connection with the Philippines, and unlock new business and tourism opportunities within our state,” said Hon. Mark McGowan, Premier of Western Australia, in a public post last December after PAL announced the launch of Perth-Manila flights.

Villaluna said that for the Perth service, Philippine Airlines is deploying a long-range Airbus A321neo that accommodates 12 passengers in luxurious full-flat Business Class seats along with 156 Economy Class passengers. The roomy A321neo cabin has personal inflight entertainment (IFE) screens in each seat, and wi-fi will be available onboard.

The nonstop flights to Manila allow for easy connections to Cebu, Davao and other Philippine business and resort destinations. Travelers from Perth may also fly onward via nonstop PAL flights to the U.S. West Coast, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand.

The PR 224 Perth-Manila flight departs from Perth’s Terminal 1 International at 8:30AM local time every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, and lands in Manila at 3:50PM. The PR 223 Manila-Perth service departs from Manila’s Terminal 2 at 12:05AM, after midnight every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, and arrives in Perth Airport at 7:15AM on the same days.

Villaluna said PAL will work with WA tourism authorities to promote Perth-bound travelers from the Philippines, North America and other Asian countries, who will find a wealth of unique adventure and business opportunities in Western Australia.

“Perth now joins Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in our Australian network, a milestone that underscores the growing trade relations and tourism activities that animate our two countries and help unite the Filipino and Australian people,” emphasized PAL President Captain Ng.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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