PAL levels up with other carriers


By Joanne Rae M. Ramirez | The Philippine Star

It’s what many loyal passengers of Philippine Airlines have been waiting for.

Philippine Airlines has converted the cabin layout of eight mono-class A330-300s into a 309-seater tri-class model with Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class sections. It couldn’t have happened sooner, as there is a demand in the market for a Business Class section, and the Premium Economy option is also sought after. In fact, I have been told that world travelers are also now hankering more and more for the First Class option.

But first things first.

The reconfigured A330, which was rolled out last June 13, will be utilized for the Manila-Honolulu-Manila route starting this month. Other A330 tri-class planes will be unveiled in July for Melbourne, in August for Sydney, in September for Singapore, in October for Haneda, in November for Narita and in December for Osaka.

“In Philippine Airlines, we aim to please. This inspired us to go through the process of providing our passengers a reconfigured aircraft with meticulous seat and IFE selection. As we journey on to becoming a five-star, world-class, full-service carrier with a heart, we devote our efforts towards meeting customer needs,” PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime J. Bautista said. Bautista told us on the sidelines of the unveiling of the reconfigured A330 that business is good, and that so far the Marawi siege has not had a significant impact on incoming traffic.

“Actually, what we are more concerned about is competition from other international airlines,” Bautista said.