The country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines will introduce the very first nonstop airlink between Perth, Western Australia and Manila.
This nonstop flight to Perth will only take at least four hours and a half setting the bar as the fastest direct flight to arrive in WA in comparison to other airlines that requires stopovers and flight connections.
The airline will be using its long-range A321neo aircraft with the Manila-Perth flight PR 223 starting March 30, 2020 at 12:05 AM and arrive at 7:20 AM local time. PR 223 will depart from Manila every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. PR 224 will leave Perth’s Terminal 1 International Airport at 8:40 AM and touch down in Manila at 3:50 PM.
“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.”.
PAL’s 168-seater Airbus A321neo has 12 seats in business class and 156 seats in economy class. The business class cabin boasts generous seat pitch (legroom) 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 for 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.
Perth is the home of many overseas Filipino nurses and caregivers which makes this flight easier for them to come home to the Philippines during holidays and days out of work.
Overall, PAL offers a total of nineteen (19) weekly nonstop flights to these four Australian destinations, as well as three (3) weekly flights to Auckland in New Zealand and four (4) weekly flights to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
Australia is the Philippines’ fifth largest source of tourist visitors: 279.821 Australians visited the Philippines in 2018, while more than 203,000 Australians visited in the first nine months of 2019 alone.