Philippine Airlines Launching Tokyo Haneda Flights

Philippine Airlines has revealed that it will begin flying between Manila and Tokyo Haneda twice daily beginning on March 30, 2014. The new service will complement the three daily flights already operated by Philippine Airlines between Manila and Tokyo Narita.

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Also known as Tokyo International Airport, Haneda is the preferred airport in Tokyo for business travellers. It is located thirty minutes from Tokyo city centre and is conveniently connected to the city by the Tokyo monorail. The airport features one domestic and two international passenger terminals. As a prime business hub, it is the world's most slot-restrictive airport. The new service will provide better options and convenience for travellers to Japan as Haneda becomes Philippine Airlines' fifth destination in Japan. PAL currently also serves Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Tokyo Narita.

Philippine Airlines is the largest Philippine carrier serving Japan with 47 flights per week. It presently offers 21 weekly flights to Narita, 7 to Nagoya, 7 to Osaka, and 5 to Fukuoka. According to Ramon Ang, President of Philippine Airlines, the new route is part of PAL's network expansion that is designed to provide passengers with more choices. "The new service makes PAL the exclusive operator on the Haneda-Manila route," added Ang.

Philippine Airlines will also be upgrading its in-flight menu to better serve passengers with Bento Box meals to be introduced on all flights to and from Japan. The new menu will provide passengers with a wider selection of Japanese dishes specially designed and prepared by PAL's experienced culinary team.

The flying time between Manila and Tokyo Haneda is approximately four hours. PAL's first flight will depart from Terminal 2 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 8:55am arriving in Haneda at 1:55pm. It will be operated by a Philippine Airlines' Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft. The second flight will depart Manila at 6:50pm arriving in Haneda at 11:50pm. It will be operated by PAL's single aisle Airbus A320 aircraft.

Philippine Airlines is expanding its presence in Japan following a surge of demand for air travel between the two nations. Japan is currently the third largest source of tourists to the Philippines. In 2012, Japan tourist arrivals reached 412,000. It is expected that with the liberalisation of the Philippine-Japan air agreement and as more local carriers mount flights to the region, the number of Japanese tourists could easily double making Japan a contender as the number one source of tourists to the Philippines. Japan is also a popular destination for Filipinos with its trendy culture, popular cuisine, and historical sites.

1 comment:

  1. PAL's 777 service to Narita was excellent; even in Economy there was legroom, space (a 2-4-2 configuration) and great video entertainment.
    PAL is now a disgrace with new planes cramming in tiny seats, very cramped legroom, and zero entertainment. Business in their new narrow-body flights to Narita is a joke and Economy is claustrophobic and almost inhumane.
    JetStar or Cebu Pacific offer similar service at half or one-third the price.


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