Philippine Airlines: Upcoming Schedule Changes

As Philippine Airlines works to maintain a profitable path, a number of scheduling adjustments and changes to aircraft assignments are expected over the coming months in order to optimise operations in time for the peak travel season in December.

Copyright Photo: Lester Tangco/PPSG
The following Philippine Airlines' routes will see changes taking place in the near future:

Manila to Vancouver

From September 13 to September 27, 2014, four weekly flights between Vancouver and Manila will be operated by the Airbus A340-300 instead of the Boeing 777-300ER. However, the three weekly flights that continue on to Toronto will still be operated by the Boeing 777.

PR116 MNL1900 – 1615YVR 343 x357
PR117 YVR2345 – 0435+2MNL 343 x357

Manila to London Heathrow

On August 6, Philippine Airlines reduced capacity on its sole European route replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER service from Manila to London Heathrow with an Airbus A340-300. The A340 will now operate the five weekly flights to Heathrow into the foreseeable future.

PR720 MNL0710 – 1535LHR 343 x25
PR721 LHR1825 – 1655+1MNL 343 x25

Manila to Singapore

Philippine Airlines will be increasing capacity on the Manila to Singapore route temporarily for the busy Christmas season. From December 16, 2014 to January 15, 2015, Philippine Airlines will replace one of its daily A320 flights with a 414-seat A330-300 in a full economy configuration. However, PAL will maintain four daily flights between the two cities.

PR511 MNL0600 – 0935SIN 321 D
PR507 MNL1000 – 1350SIN 330 D
PR501 MNL1520 – 1910SIN 321 D
PR509 MNL1900 – 2250SIN 320 D
PR510 SIN0630 – 1005MNL 320 D
PR502 SIN1025 – 1415MNL 321 D
PR508 SIN1450 – 1830MNL 330 D
PR512 SIN2010 – 2345MNL 321 D

Cebu to Osaka Kansai

Philippine Airlines will be restoring service between Cebu and Osaka after a five year absence. It is believed that the last time the route was served by the carrier was between October 2008 and March 2009 with twice weekly service. PAL plans to launch the new service on December 19, 2014 with four weekly flights operated by an Airbus A321.

PR410 CEB0915 – 1440KIX 321 x236
PR409 KIX1540 – 1930CEB 321 x236

Manila to Abu Dhabi

Beginning on October 26, 2014, Philippine Airlines will begin operating the route to Abu Dhabi with an Airbus A330-300 featuring two-classes of service, rather than the 414 seat economy configured aircraft.

Manila to Fukuoka

Philippine Airlines will be upgrading its service to Fukuoka effective October 26 with the deployment of the Airbus A321 aircraft, which will replace the A320 that has been operating the route.

Manila to Macau

From December 16, 2014 through to February 28, 2015, Philippine Airlines will increase frequency on its route to Macau increasing service from five flights weekly to daily flights. The service will be operated by A320 aircraft with new flights to be added on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Manila to Nagoya

From October 26, 2014, Philippine Airlines will be replacing the two-class A340-300 that has been operating the daily flight to Nagoya with an Airbus A330-300.

Manila to Seoul Incheon

From December 1, 2014 through to February 18, 2015, Philippine Airlines will add a second daily flight to Seoul. The second flight will be operated by an Airbus A330-300, complementing the existing daily flight operated by an A321.

Manila to Shanghai Pu Dong

Beginning on October 26, 2014, Philippine Airlines will begin deploying its 414-seat economy class Airbus A330-300 on three of the seven weekly flights between Manila and Shanghai. The four remaining weekly flights will be operated by an A320-200 aircraft. 

PR338 MNL0630 – 0950PVG 330 257
PR336 MNL1220 – 1550PVG 320 x257
PR339 PVG1050 – 1430MNL 330 257
PR337 PVG1655 – 2045MNL 320 x257

Manila - Tokyo Haneda

Effective October 26, 2014, the daily service between Manila and Tokyo Haneda will be increased to 11 weekly flights instead of the original plan for twice daily service. Flights will be operated by A321 aircraft.
PR422 MNL0850 – 1400HND 321 D
PR424 MNL1850 – 2350HND 321 x236
PR423 HND0130 – 0530MNL 321 x347
PR421 HND1520 – 1920MNL 321 D

Manila to Tokyo Narita

Effective October 26, 2014, Philippine Airlines will be offering twice daily service to Tokyo Narita operated by an A330-300 aircraft. 

PR428 MNL0700 – 1210NRT 330 D
PR432 MNL1500 – 2010NRT 330 D
PR431 NRT0930 – 1330MNL 330 D
PR427 NRT1310 – 1710MNL 330 D

Manila to Brisbane via Darwin

From December 8, 2014 to January 15, 2015, the three weekly flights  from Manila to Darwin and Brisbane will be operated by an A321 aircraft, rather than the A320.

Manila to Guam

On October 26, 2014, Philippine Airlines will introduce daily flights to Guam operated by an A321, rather than the A320 that is presently flying the route.

Manila to Honolulu

Philippine Airlines will gradually be increasing service on its route between Manila and Honolulu. Effective October 26, PAL will increase the frequency on the route from four to five weekly flights. On December 10, the airline will begin flying between Manila and Honolulu daily. Flights will be operated by an A340-300.

Manila to Bangkok

On October 26, 2014, Philippine Airlines will introduce its 414-seat all economy class A330-300 on one of its two daily flights to Bangkok. The aircraft will replace the two-class 302 seat A330 that had been operating on the route. Passengers wishing to travel in Business Class will now need to select the second daily flight operated by the A320-200 as the new A330 only features economy and premium economy. 

PR730 MNL0935 – 1210BKK 330 D
PR736 MNL1520 – 1745BKK 320 D

PR731 BKK1350 – 1820MNL 330 D
PR737 BKK1850 – 2320MNL 320 D

Upcoming Changes Between Manila and Dubai

Cebu Pacific successfully challenged the extension of the code-share agreement between Philippine Airlines and Emirates on the Manila to Dubai route, which is set to expire in October 2014. The ruling by the Civil Aeronautics Board effectively means that Philippine Airlines may not loan its seat entitlements to Emirates on a code-sharing basis as it is considered "anti-competitive behaviour." Although no official announcements or schedule adjustments have been made, it is more than likely that Philippine Airlines will end up launching a second daily flight to Dubai, and upgrade the operation to a two-class A330-300, replacing the existing 414-seat economy A330. Consequently, Emirates will be forced to drop a daily flight to Manila.


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