PAL Returns To Kuala Lumpur Again
19 January 2017
19 January 2017
|Philippine Airlines (PAL) is returning back to Kuala Lumpur for the third time after suspending flight in February 2014 in favor of code share flights with Malaysia Airlines.|
PAL will relaunch flight from Manila to Kuala Lumpur International Airport on daily basis from June 8, 2017 using Airbus A320-200 aircraft.
The route will still be code-shared with Malaysia Airlines which earlier streamlines its operations from 4x daily flight to 3x daily. The fourth flight will be restored in summer to be operated by PAL.
The airline earlier re-opened the route to Kuala Lumpur in May 1 of 2013 after seven years of absence.
|Xiamen Air is fast growing its Cebu hub as it opens Fushou-Cebu and Quanzhou-Cebu this year. The route will be serve with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.|
Xiamen Air reopened the Xiamen-Cebu route in March 2016, flying three times weekly. The airline also flies Xiamen-Manila and for a time flew also Xiamen-Davao in September and October last year.
Schedules for the new flights from Mactan Cebu to China will be made available as soon as regulatory approvals are secured by the airline.
The Japanese Air Force One and Japanese Air Force Two were in Davao for official state visit in the Philippines.
Prime Minister Abe was the first Japanese Prime Minister and the second highest ranking government official to have visited Davao City and Mindanao in general. He is also the first head of government to have visited a sitting President's home. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad came to Davao in February 1994 for the launching of the East ASEAN Growth Area BIMP (EAGA), being the first head of state to do so in Davao and Mindanao.
The two aircraft carried Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his delegates after making ports of call in Manila Thursday approving some 1 trillion yen ($8.7 billion) in funding and investment assistance to the Philippines for the next five years before flying to Davao City for the night to have breakfast with President Duterte at his home the following morning.
Japan is the Philippines largest provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA), and is the second biggest source of foreign investment for two consecutive years in 2016 (after the Netherlands). Total trade between the countries was around $15.9 billion, about half that of the shipments between the Philippines and China.
The two Boeing 747 aircraft are used by the government of Japan for overseas travel by the Emperor, Prime Minister and other high-ranking officials. Each aircraft has a capacity of 140 passengers and can be used for emergency evacuations of Japanese citizens and overseas deployment of Japan Self-Defense Forces personnel.
The aircraft operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force left Davao International Airport at noon time Friday heading to Australia in a four nation tour before going to Indonesia and Vietnam.
|No this is not PR1 but a regular PAL flight out of Davao. Treat it as you will but this is the first economy flight of a sitting Philippine President taken on January 5, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier took a premium economy seat on board PAL going home to Davao City in July last year.|
It was however former President Benigno Aquino who got the distinction of flying economy class first when he flew Cebu Pacific from Manila to Bandar Seri Begawan. The only difference was that President Aquino sat in front while President Duterte sat in the back like an ordinary passenger.