Two more Boeing 777 added to PH Airlines fleet

Boeing 777-300er Photo ©

TWO more Boeing 777-300ERs will be added to the fleet of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in a bid to expand the flag carrier’s presence in North America.

This was disclosed by PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista last Thursday. He said the delivery of the two B777-300ERs will be December 2017 and January 2018. He added that with the new planes, PAL will now have a total of 10 B777 for its long range fleet and an over-all fleet of 78 aircrafts.

Bautista said he will formally make the announcement of the arrival of the two planes at the launching celebration of PAL’s second volume of its coffee-table book entitled “Stories from the Heart”at the BGC High Street, Central Amphitheater.  The book will highlight the role of ordinary employees doing ordinary jobs. – “with a heart.” 

The first 120-page volume one book was first  launched during the airline’s 76th anniversary celebration last March 15 at PAL’s headquarters in Pasay City. 

“Stories from the Heart” was a compilation of more than 50 heartwarming tales of employees who displayed five service attributes that are expected of PAL staff when engaging the customers – maalaga (caring and hospitable), magaling (efficient and skillful), malambing (warm and friendly), magalang (polite).

The book was edited by renowned Palanca awardee Butch Dalisay, which banks on PAL’s brand philosophy ‘Heart of the Filipino’ that was launched last year. 

During the said celebration, the coffee-table book was presented by Bautista to PAL chairman Dr. Lucio C. Tan who in turn thanked the employees for their hard work that enabled the airline to remain profitable since 2014.

“I want to personally thank each and every PAL employee. Your hard work has made PAL strong and growing. PAL’s profitability has been sustained,” Tan said.

The anniversary includes internal activities for PAL staff such as a fun run, service awards, livelihood business seminars, flea market, sportsfest and more.

“In marking our 76th anniversary, we celebrate the stories that we have been part of – stories of adventure, hope, courage, pride, promise. With our line-up of initiatives for our passengers, we make people all over the world experience the unique brand of service that can only come from the Heart of the Filipino,” Bautista said.

The PAL executive meantime said the two new aircrafts will also be introduced to the flag carrier’s London route as well. He also took the occasion to announce that starting March 26, all PAL flights to the Middle East will be non-stop. 

These flights are: Manila-Abu Dhabi-Doha will be Manila-Doha; Manila-Dubai-Jeddah will be Manila-Jeddah; and Manila-Dubai-Kuwait will be Manila-Kuwait. Other Middle East flights that will continue to be non-stop are: Manila-Dammam and Manila-Riyadh. 

On the other hand, Bautista said new domestic routes would also be opened on March 26: Cebu-Puerto Princesa; Cebu-Busuanga; Cebu-Surigao; and Cebu-General Santos.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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