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Interesting developments, I sure hope Cebu Pacific is reviewing, planning, and double checking it's next move carefully.
Apparently, Virgin Airlines have divested its interest in Air Asia X.
What's worst is that, Air Asia X has not made a cash profit since it was created!!!
Good luck Cebu Pacific... I sure hope they are ready to face the challenges of Budget Long Haul flights by 2013.
MANILA, Philippines — Canada has expressed willingness to negotiate for additional entitlements to Philippine Airlines (PAL) and for Air Canada to have direct flights to Manila.
Have routes from Manila and Cebu to Doha, Riyadh, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. They will have a hard time in Australia, Europe and US as majority going to those places are premium market passengers, those that always fly legacy airlines.
Philippine Airlines Cuts Capacity to India from late-July 2012
Update at 0940GMT 17JUL12
Philippine Airlines starting 25JUL12 is reducing capacity to India, as its 3 weekly Manila – Bangkok – Delhi service will be operated by Airbus A320, replacing existing A330/340 service.
PR752 MNL1840 – 2105BKK2220 – 0120+1DEL 320 135
PR753 DEL0300 – 0825BKK0925 – 1410MNL 320 246
Anyone here go to the Travel Madness Expo over at SMX? Seems like a lot of airlines are involved in the event.
Angled lie flat biz class. Not that comfortable
MANILA, Philippines Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning non-stop flights to Paris, New York, Milan, London and Toronto, its president Ramon S. Ang said on Monday.
Ang made the announcement during a PAL event in a Makati hotel on Monday evening.
PAL is said to be launching its flight to Toronto later this year.
No details were yet available on when the country's flagship carrier will begin its planned flights to the 3 European cities and New York.
PAL currently flies to North America, namely San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Honolulu in the US and Toronto in Canada.
PAL does not have any flights to Europe.
However, PAL's expansion plans may be hampered since the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) classified the Philippines as a Category 2 nation. This means PAL cannot increase its flights to the US or change aircraft types.
Philippine airlines also have been banned from operating in member-states of the European Union since 2010.
I wonder why Paris? Frankfurt or London would make more sense. Incidentally CDG is the worst airport in Europe.
I heard from a source that RSA's financial advisers are not too hot about the grand plans he has for PAL. Too ambitious, too fast. They will bring him back to earth.
I have been flying to SG regularly the last few weeks, always taking PR-507 using the A320. The A320 is nice to fly because they are relatively new with nice interiors. Pay $20 extra and get exit row seats (rows 10 or 11) which have all the legroom! Also, there are less passengers than the widebodies so its no so crowded in immigration and customs.
A purser told me that PAL will be testing Jolibee on selected flights to Macau (PR-352) and Hongkong (PR-306). I wonder what they are up to?
I love Banana Republic...haven't tried Virgin America ever, though.
Found this on the web...400 seats on an A330 on 5J vs. 300 on PR! eep! baka ma-deep vein thrombosis ang mga passengers.
Cebu Pacific opts for super high density configuration on Airbus A330s, eyes Geven
February 9, 2012
Budget operator Cebu Pacific is making no apologies for planning to configure its newly ordered Airbus A330-300s with the “the highest seat density in the world” for the type, as the carrier is targeting the cost conscious migrant Filipino worker for its new low-cost, long-haul service.
Last month Cebu Pacific announced plans to acquire up to eight A330s widebodies to support flights from Manila to markets in Australia, the Middle East and parts of Europe, as well as to the United States.
The airline, which currently operates a fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft and ATR 72 turboprops, plans to fit the A330s with about 400 seats and claims it will offer a 31in seat pitch to passengers.
By comparison, Philippine Airlines’ A330s are equipped with 300 seats, Cebu Pacific president and CEO Lance Gokongwei told delegates today at the Low Cost Airlines World conference in Singapore.
Italian manufacturer Geven’s high-density seating, which recently received offerability from Airbus, is under study by Cebu Pacific. “We are considering Geven, [but] have not made a final seat selection,” Gokongwei told the APEX editor’s blog.
The Cebu Pacific CEO also reveals that the carrier is “considering various options for [inflight] Wi-FI” for the A330s.
Noting that some 11 million Filipinos – or one in ten members of the population – live aboard, Gokongwei says the carrier will offer the “lowest fares possible” on point-to-point flights, and will maintain the ‘a la carte’ model it uses on its narrowbody and regional services.
“We believe in an unbundled product,” says Gokongwei, including charging for hot meals on the long-haul flights.
He says that when Cebu Pacific was mulling whether to offer long-haul service, it decided that the cost differential would have to be 30% better than other carriers on those routes to pursue the service.
Malaysian carrier AirAsia X pioneered the long-haul, low-cost model, though its journey has not been all smooth sailing. The carrier recently announced it will cease operating service to Europe at the end of March. Company CEO Azran Osman Rani, also a speaker at today’s event, says it has seen demand “contract” as a result of the “economic slowdown in Europe”.
Additionally, he believes there is over-capacity in the market that does not match demand. AirAsia X will instead focus on growth opportunities in Australia, China, Japan and Korea.
Singapore Airlines’ new low-cost, medium-haul carrier Scoot, which will launch Boeing 777 service around mid-year, agrees with Osman Rani’s assessment of the European market. Europe “is not [a] particularly attractive proposition”, says Scott CEO Campbell Wilson, noting that the current cost of fuel does not help.
prolly because flight meals will be catered by Jollibee?
Check this out! Unusual but nevertheless catchy marketing strategy/update from Philippine Airlines!