Philippine Airlines delays start of proposed Manila-Perth direct services

RP-C8619 Airbus A320-214 (MSN 5315) of Philippine Airlines (leased from AWAS) at Perth Airport – Mon 2 September 2013.
RP-C8619 Airbus A320-214 (MSN 5315) of Philippine Airlines (leased from AWAS) at Perth Airport – Mon 2 September 2013.
The original PR219/PR220 service between Manila and Perth via Darwin started on 3 June 2013, but on 8 August 2013 the airline announced that the service was to cease, with the last service operated 2 September 2013. Flight PR220 is seen here taxying out to runway 03 at 09:39 (scheduled time of departure was 08:50) for the final departure to Darwin and then Manila. The airline’s CEO stated that they intend to restart services, this time with direct flights using leased Boeing 757-200 aircraft, but this seems to have been delayed.
Photo © David Eyre

9 July 2014 [UPDATED 5 SEPTEMBER 2014]

At a press conference in July 2014, Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang said that PAL will restart services between Manila and Perth, this time with direct flights four times per week using leased Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

However, since then, the air traffic slot allocations originally scheduled to from 27 October 2014 have recently been withdrawn – this means that the start date is postponed, or that the planned service may not happen.

Philippine Airlines originally operated Manila – Perth services four times per week using Airbus A320s via Darwin from 3 June 2013, but the original service was ceased on 2 September 2013, perhaps because the indirect service via Darwin offered only a minor timesaving compared to other airlines operating via Jakarta and Singapore.
The airline will acquire a fleet of five former Shanghai Airlines Boeing 757-200 aircraft for this route, leased from Boeing Capital Corporation. These will be replaced from 2016 with Airbus A321 NEO (New Engine Option) aircraft.

PAL and Etihad used the press conference to announce the launch of Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Etihad Airways’ strategic partnership agreement, which covers codeshare flights, loyalty programs, airport lounges, joint sales and marketing programs, cargo, and the coordination of airport operations.

Planned schedule was as follows:

DAILY: PR216 arr Perth 04:50 / PR217 dep Perth 05:50.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

16 thoughts on “Philippine Airlines delays start of proposed Manila-Perth direct services

  • July 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm
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    Thank god we are becoming an international airport at last.
    Good to see more airlines coming to Perth.
    Next could be KLM or Air France.
    Or Even Air India.
    j

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  • July 15, 2014 at 9:24 am
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    Who cares?
    Do we need another direct link to a third world destination?
    Probably be cheaper via AAX ahyway, but Id be curious to see the fare structure.
    Lets see BA, JAL, AA, AF, AC come to Perth.
    Yet another potential opportunity for QF missed.

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    • July 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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      Last year, Perth Airport reported that passengers to and from the Philippines had grown by more than 15% each year for the past five years, and that the Philippines is now the 12th most popular international destination to and from Perth. More than 36,000 Philippine nationals visited Western Australia in 2012.
      Holiday destinations in the Philippines such as Boracay are also becoming popular with Australian tourists, and Philippine Airlines promotes Western Australia as an attractive tourist and business destination for Filipinos.
      So a lot of people would care – both here and in the Philippines. Whether they are developing countries or not, the statistics speak for themselves.
      We also need links from Perth to other countries in the region, such as India and Vietnam, which are important for business and tourism.
      I agree that it is another missed opportunity for Qantas, who seem to have given up on international flights from Perth, unlike most other overseas airlines.
      Regards,
      David Eyre

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  • August 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm
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    HI

    When can we book these flights?

    The Pal call-centre does not seem to know about them.

    Pat

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    • August 17, 2014 at 9:05 pm
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      Hi Pat,
      The airline’s CEO announced the flights at a press conference regarding the alliance between PAL and Etihad. They have sought air traffic slot allocations and flight numbers have been assigned. The 757 aircraft to be used on the new services have been identified. That is all the information we have.
      I tried contacting them via Facebook and mentioned all of this to them. I was told to await official announcements.
      We have to wait until the airline makes an announcement (other than the CEO’s announcement).
      Regards,
      David Eyre

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  • September 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm
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    G’day David,
    You seem to have knowledge of when PAL are flying from Perth again.
    Muchily appreciated, as we would like to fly to Manila around the 18th of November and returning at the end of the month.
    Let me know what happens and if Flight Centre are the ones to book through.
    Regards, Fred

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    • September 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm
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      Will update the article as soon as I hear any updates.
      Regards,
      David

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  • September 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm
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    Hi David,
    Can you please tell us how long is the flight from Perth to Manila or vice-versa?

    Thanks

    Regards,
    Alma

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    • September 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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      Hi Alma,
      Despite the CEO announcing this service in July, it is now unlikely that this service will commence on 27 October 2014.
      I note that the air traffic slot allocations scheduled from 27 October 2014 have recently been withdrawn.
      This may mean that the airline has delayed the start date or that they are not proceeding with the service.
      Regards,
      David Eyre

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  • November 8, 2014 at 11:50 am
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    about time im so tired of long stop overs trying to get there at a reasonable price

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    • November 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm
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      They have delayed the start of this service indefinitely, as the lease on the Boeing 757 aircraft fell through.
      We do not know when or if the service will recommence.
      Regards,
      David Eyre

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  • January 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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    Have been waiting over a year for a decision, but nothing seems to be happening. Well that’s put paid to any holidays or staff conventions in the Philippines. We’ll only contemplate going back to this country once there are direct Perth to Manilla flights.

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  • January 15, 2017 at 11:14 am
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    When is nonstop flight from Perth to Manila gonna happen? Tired of waiting. Might be another 5 years I would say. Haiz

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    • January 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm
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      Philippine Airlines have new Airbus A321neo aircraft which are due to be delivered from 2017, but are considering converting some of these orders to the longer range A321neoLR, which would be needed for direct Manila-Perth flights.
      However, Philippine Flight Network website stated: “Service to Perth was launched via Darwin in 2013 but was quickly cancelled due to weak demand. It remains unclear if PAL will attempt the route again.”
      My personal view is that routing the flight via Darwin was part of the problem, together with insufficient (if any) marketing of the service at the time.

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  • January 15, 2017 at 10:34 pm
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    My family and I would definitely fly PAL from Perth to Manila at least three times a year to visit friends there.

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  • May 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm
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    Would definitely fly PAL if it’s nonstop from Perth to Manila. At the moment, people are flying Cathay/Singapore Airlines and layover in HK or SG is just inconvenient. Nonstop would definitely be in demand as there’s no other airline to compete with.

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