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haha delayed ang PAL for 1 hour at SYD Airport kanina sa The Amazing Race Australia.
are they going to visit the PHL, markpaul?
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Philippine Airlines will kick off the 2012 series of Channel 7’s popular The Amazing Race Australia tomorrow night, after the airline’s Sydney staff raced around the clock last November to get the first challenge underway.
The program sent almost 65 contestants and crew to the Philippines - the first stop in the global challenge which will see them race around the world for $250,000 prize money.
Transferring the group was a challenge in itself, with the airline receiving a last minute booking for 20 return airfares, 45 one-way fares and more than 500 kilograms of camera gear.
But the team got away smoothly, before touching down in Manila to face a tough challenge at a village fiesta and the most exhausting race to the pit stop yet.
The episode airs on Channel 7 tomorrow night at 9pm.
By David Flynn
Philippine Airlines will roll out its flagship Boeing 777-300ER on all Australian services from June 30, 2012.
The Boeing 777 will replace the Airbus A330 and A340 currently used on PAL flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Manila.
Philippine Airlines previously used a Boeing 777 on the Sydney-Manila route from 2010, before the aircraft was swapped onto PAL's Vancouver and Tokyo services.
The aircraft sports 42 seats in Mabuhay Class (business class) in a largely 2-3-2 layout.
Designed by Recaro, each is 20 inches wide with a 78 inch seat pitch. The lie-flat seats recline up to 150 degrees.
In economy or Fiesta Class there are 328 seats of 18.5 inch width and a pitch of 33-34 inches.
A Panasonic inflight entertainment system offers audio and video on demand in every seat, with USB ports for keeping your smartphone or tablet powered up during the flight.
How PAL's split schedule works
Philippine Airlines will adopt a split schedule for flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Manila, with morning and evening departures and the ability to fly non-stop from both Sydney and Melbourne depending on the day of the week.
Flight PR210 will operate Melbourne-Sydney-Manila on the mornings of Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (departing Melbourne at 8.10am, with a stop-over at Sydney which departs 11.15am, arriving into Manila at 5.40pm the same day).
Flight PR212 will operate Sydney-Melbourne-Manila on Wednesday and Sunday evenings – departing Sydney 8.20pm, then down to Melbourne for an 11.35pm departure, with wheels-down at Manila slated for 5.35am the next day.
So, for a direct flight out of Sydney you'll want to book PR210 on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Direct flights form Melbourne call for PR212 on Wednesday or Sunday.
The return legs are
PR209: Manila-Melbourne-Sydney on the evenings of Monday, Thursdays and Fridays – departing Manila at 8.40pm, arriving Melbourne at 6.40am next day, then into Sydney at 9.45am.
PR211: Manila-Sydney-Melbourne on Wednesday and Sunday mornings – departing Manila at 8.50am, landing in Sydney at 6.50pm the same day, and Melbourne at 9.50pm.
For full details and bookings contact Philippine Airlines on 1300 888 725 or visit www.philippineairlines.com or see travel
From what I've heard, I believe the 3rd 777 will arrive in the Philippines around June 23. I also understand that another 777 will be delivered in November. Looking forward to MNL-CYYZ nonstop before the year ends
okay magtatanong sana ako kung bakit 77W na ang nakalagay sa PAL website going to SYD may article pala sa taas.
^ punta kong SYD sa august and decided na ko mag detour sa HKG to try QF's A380 pero parang tempting ang 77W ng PR. naguguluhan ako.
China rift halts AirAsia Philippines' Macau plan
AirAsia Philippines was to have launched a daily Macau service in July, but then the market outlook dimmed, its chief executive Marianne Hontiveros told AFP.
"I was advised that travel agents in Macau had cancelled tour groups to the Philippines," she said.
Hontiveros said industry sources told her the cancellations were "because of the current situation, and that (territorial dispute) is the only current situation I know of".
Last month Chinese travel agencies announced they had suspended tours to the Philippines, under government orders.
The suspension came amid a stand-off between Philippine and Chinese vessels at the shoal in the South China Sea, which is claimed by both countries.
The dispute broke out in April when Chinese government ships blocked Philippine vessels from arresting Chinese fishermen there.
Hontiveros said the AirAsia unit has not set a new timetable for launching its Macau service, which it had envisioned as a gateway for Chinese tourists visiting the Philippines.
Budget carrier AirAsia's Philippine unit said Friday it had shelved planned daily flights to Macau amid a simmering maritime dispute between China and the Philippines.
from kpae blog:
Philippine Airlines RP-C7775 to Portland for painting.
The new economy seats Delta will be putting on their 747's look pretty nice. Looks like they're putting the new panasonic touch screens too, the same ones Cathay has on their new long-haul economy seats.
Recently flew on a brand new Cathay 777-300ER from Cebu to Hong Kong (surpising!) and the new long haul seats in economy are definitely more comfortable than the shell seats! They actually recline and slide forward like other airlines. And there's more padding on the seat. The touch screens were nice too. Very high def quality!
From my friends facebook account. She flew from San Francisco - Manila on PAL.
Chaos as 153 presumed dead in Nigerian air crash
All passengers presumed dead as the passenger jet that crashed into a densely populated area of Lagos causes violent scenes as crowds swarm to the wreckage.
A plane carrying 153 people plunged into a residential area of Nigeria's largest city on Sunday, with all those aboard feared dead, an inferno igniting at the scene and buildings badly damaged.
A number of people on the ground were also believed killed, an emergency official said, as around 10 burnt bodies had been removed from a building damaged in the crash.
CHAOS AS WHIPS USED TO CONTROL CROWD
Thousands of onlookers had partially blocked access to the crash site, prompting soldiers to try to clear the area out. They used rubber whips, their fists and even threw a wood plank at those crowded around.
The strong-arm tactics likely did more harm than good. Looking to evade the troops' aggression, people took off in several directions, trampling their neighbours as they tried to avoid being crushed themselves.
Some locals snaked a fire house hoisted on their shoulders from a truck parked on the road towards the impact area.
But this effort was also interrupted by the security forces, whose aggression eventually broke up the human chain.
Some reacted by throwing stones at the troops, creating a crossfire of hailing rocks over the narrow street adjacent to the site.
The area also plunged into all-out pandemonium when a helicopter tried to land amid the crowd, kicking up clouds of ash and light debris that again scattered people in various directions.
After the crash, it appeared only a handful of rescue vehicles had managed to fight through the chaos to reach the site.
THREE DAYS OF MOURNING
President Goodluck Jonathan declared three days of national mourning for victims of the crash and pledged an investigation as rescuers rushed to pull out survivors from the neighbourhood near the airport.
The cause of the crash of the Dana airline Boeing MD83 plane was unclear, but the emergency official as well as an aviation official said the cockpit recorder had been located and handed over to police.
Officials confirmed no survivors from the plane had been found by 10:00 pm Sunday evening (2100 GMT) -- more than six hours after the crash.
They said they did not believe any would be located, but search-and-rescue missions continued.
Thick smoke rose from the area and flames could be seen shooting from a two-storey building in the afternoon. The plane crashed in a plot containing what residents described as a church, a printing shop and the two-storey residential building.
"I just saw the plane -- it was going down and down and down," said 23-year-old Gift Onibo.