MANILA—Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will resume flights between Kuala Lumpur and Manila on June 8.
“The resumption of PAL flights between Manila and Kuala Lumpur will help foster economic and cultural ties between the Philippines and Malaysia. Most importantly, it addresses the clamor for a direct service between the two capital cities”, said PAL President Jaime Bautista.
He continued, “Through PAL flights and code-share partners, we can carry passenger traffic from Kuala Lumpur to China, Japan, South Pacific and North America and thus enhance our ASEAN network.”
PAL said the re-opening of the route comes during this period of ASEAN integration in which member-states are gearing towards economic integration through increased trade, investments and employment opportunities.
”Malaysia is a profit center in the ASEAN region,providing a favorable investment climate to individuals and organizations. With investment opportunities in Malaysia’s service and manufacturing sectors, the PAL route will provide direct access to new business opportunities. It is also ranked as 9th destination of choice in the world and is top 2within the ASEAN region next to Singapore,” the airline noted.
The Philippines, on the other hand, is abundant in natural resources and home to some of the world’s greatest bio-diversity.
In 2016, the country welcomed 5,967,005 tourist arrivals, closely hitting the 6 million mark.
Passengers from KL arriving in Manila may enjoy the capital city for a few days for business and leisure and travel into the Philippines’ top tourist destinations for nature adventure like water sports.
Flight PR 525 departs Manila every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:25 a.m. and arrives in KL at 11:00 a.m. local time. Its return flight PR 526 leaves KL on the same days at 12:10 p.m. local time and touches down in Manila at 3:50 p.m.
Flight PR 527 leaves Manila on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and arrives in KL at 3:00 p.m. local time. Its return flight PR 528 departs KL on the same days at 4:00 p.m. local time and touches down in Manila at 7:30 p.m.
The fleet for the Manila–Kuala Lumpur–Manila route is the Airbus A321, considered as one of the most efficient single-aisle jetliners according to PAL. Its stretched fuselage measuring 146 feet or 23 feet longer than the A320 makes the A321 the longest and widest among all single-aisle aircraft.
The 199-seater aircraft has 12 seats in business class, 18 in premium economy and 169 in regular economy.
Wireless inflight entertainment can be enjoyed by downloading the myPAL Player app for free. This will allow passengers to stream a variety of movies, TV shows and music from their personal laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Staying online is possible inflight with myPALWi-fi. Passengers may also choose from a wide array of dishes — Asian, Western as well as Halal meals. Free baggage allowance form part of the flight offerings.
From Manila, passengers may also connect to other domestic and international points where PAL flies to.