Cutting the ribbon to celebrate the return of Philippine Airlines (PAL) to the Saudi Arabian market on 1 December were (from left to right) PAL SVP-Airline Operations Ismael Augusto Gozon; Terminal 2 Assistant Manager Andrew Balde; First Secretary Bader Al Balawi of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia; and PAL Marketing Head Jojo Fermin.The inaugural crew of Manila-Riyadh flight PR 654 were led by Captain Reggie David and Purser Rebecca Poe.
- Philippine Airlines fresh from its recent Route of the Week for its return to London, has now resumed flights to Riyadh (RUH) in Saudi Arabia from its Manila (MNL) base. The airline last served the market at the end of March 2011 (with 747s), but on 1 December it restarted operations with four weekly flights operated by the airline’s more fuel-efficient A330-300s. The 7,790-kilometre route is already served by Saudi Arabian Airlines with six weekly flights. Next week we will be reporting on the airline’s new route to Dammam.