For many decades, Filipinos have always relied on the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines to get to their destinations, both domestically and internationally. From 1941 when it was founded by Andres Soriano, and 1946 when it had its first international flight, until this day, Philippine Airlines has had many milestones that a lot of us have witnessed. With 76 aircrafts serving an extensive route network spanning 30 cities and towns in the Philippines and 43 destinations across Asia, Australia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, Philippine Airlines has indeed come a long way.
Mabuhay Miles, their frequent flyer program, rewards travelers by earning miles every time they travel with them. They also have the Mabuhay Lounge, a space where business class passengers and Mabuhay Miles Elite and Premier Elite members can rest, eat, and freshen up before boarding. Not to mention their better-than-most inflight service — gourmet cuisine available in Business Class, comfortable and spacious seats, entertainment and connectivity, web check-in and advance seat reservation, and baggage allowance.
Now, Philippine Airlines will be launching non-stop flights between Cebu and Los Angeles beginning March 15, 2016 as part of the expansion of the flag carrier’s route operations to the United States. It’s also PAL’s 75th founding anniversary. The thrice weekly service will utilize the 254-seater bi-class Airbus A340 with 36 lie-flat seats on business class and 218 seats on regular economy.
According to Mr. Jaime Bautista, PAL’s president, the newest service will enable customers to enjoy more travel choices to and from Los Angeles. He also said that travelers from Los Angeles who need to go to Cebu for business or leisure will benefit from the new service. Furthermore, not only will this help boost PAL’s profits, it will likewise help the government reach its tourism growth targets.
Customers who buy a CEB-LAX ticket will avail of the free connecting flights between Cebu and Bacolod (also with CDO, Butuan, Davao, Iloilo and Tacloban) in line with PAL’s founding anniversary for a limited time only (until March 31, 2016).
Presently, PAL has 11 weekly flights between Manila and Los Angeles, 10 weekly flights between Manila and San Francisco and 4 weekly flights between Manila and New York.