Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) inaugural flight to Kuwait marked the start of the flag carrier’s route network expansion for 2016. Witnessing the ribbon-cutting in Manila on Sunday 17 January were: PAL SAVP – International Sales, Bong Velasquez; PAL SAVP – Philippine Sales, Harry Inoferio; PAL AVP – Airport Services, Audie Villanueva; and PAL VP – Security, Cesar Ronnie Ordoyo.
- Philippine Airlines has launched its first new route of 2016 with the introduction of four times weekly flights from Manila (MNL) to Kuwait City (KWI), via Dubai (DXB). The inaugural flight on the 7,597-kilometre route was on Sunday 17 January. The carrier will operate the route with its A330-300s. No other carrier operates the route. During welcome speeches in Kuwait, Ryan Uy, VP Sales for Philippine Airlines, said: “With 200,000 Filipinos in Kuwait, it is high time that their flag carrier, the airline they trust, flies to their workplace to serve their travel needs. Of course PAL being an international carrier, we serve all nationalities. Our Kuwaiti friends and foreign expatriates based in Kuwait are most welcome as our guests, and indeed there are many reasons why PAL chose to fly to Kuwait. One and most important is the strong and enthusiastic support from various sectors.” Apart from Dubai and Kuwait City, Philippine Airlines also flies to Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dammam in the Middle East.