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Sep 21, 2017

Philippine Airlines to Introduce Direct Manila-Auckland Flights

Aviation Updates Philippines - Philippine Airlines will be introducing a major product upgrade on the Manila- Auckland route by way of non-stop flights beginning December 6 this year.
DIRECT SERVICE TO AUCKLAND. Starting December 6, Philippine Airlines will convert its current Manila-Cairns-Auckland route to direct Manila-Auckland route. The flag carrier will cancel servicing Cairns but will remain positive in bringing back Cairns as soon as the Airbus A321neo's arrive. Photo by Dirk Salcedo - PPSG/AUP
The non-stop MNL – AKL service will operate via PR 218 thrice weekly – every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday - departing Manila at 11:15PM, and arriving Auckland at 2:05PM local time the following day. PR 219 leaves Auckland every Friday, Saturday and Tuesday at 12:30AM local time and touches down in Manila at 5:45AM.

The new product makes PAL the only Philippine carrier which offers the quickest and most convenient flight option between Manila and Auckland. With the forthcoming non-stop service, travel time to Auckland will be reduced to 10 hours from the current 12.15 hour Manila – Auckland via Cairns route.

PAL will be utilizing its twin-aisle dual class 254-seater A340s from its single-aisle 156-seater A320s thus increasing capacity by 60%.

Passengers arriving in Manila from Auckland can conveniently connect to PAL's domestic and international network such as Manila-London, Asia, North America and the Middle East.

PAL will continue operating the Manila-Auckland via Cairns route until December 5, 2017.
The introduction of non-stop Manila – Auckland flights on December 6 will coincide with the suspension of the Manila-Auckland via Cairns service.

· Passengers with confirmed tickets for Manila – Cairns vv., flights dated December 6, 2017 onwards may reroute to Manila – Darwin / Brisbane/Melbourne/ or Sydney and connect to Cairns via other airline and vice versa. Passengers with confirmed tickets for Cairns-Auckland vv., flights will be endorsed to other airlines.

· Passengers with confirmed tickets for Manila-Auckland (via Cairns) dated December 6 onwards will be automatically accommodated on the non-stop flights. All affected passengers due to the suspension of the Manila – Auckland (via Cairns) service have the option to rebook on the dates of their choice or to refund their tickets.

For more flight information, passengers may call PAL Hotline (02) (+632) 855 – 8888, log on to www.philippineairlines.com or visit the nearest PAL ticketing office or partner travel agent.

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