Philippine Airlines launches first direct flight to India

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 19:54 by Aviation Correspondent

Philippine Airlines has started its India operations, with six daily flights on the Manila-New Delhi sector from March 27. There will be three non-stop flights and three via Bangkok using the Airbus 330-300 aircrafts. The airline is offering the shortest travel time of six and a half hours.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, flight PR759 would leave Delhi at 3.00am and reach Manila at 12.00pm (local time). The return flight PR758 would depart from Manila on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 9.10pm (local time) and arrive in Delhi at 1.10am (local time).

The one-stop flight PR753 will depart New Delhi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.45am, touching down at Bangkok on 8.25am before arriving at Manila by 1.50pm.
Flight PR752 would depart Manila every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:45 PM and arrive Bangkok at 9:05 PM the same day and Delhi at 1:10 AM the following day.
With increasing number of Indians looking to travel abroad for leisure, global carriers have either introduced flights in India or existing ones have increased frequencies. Currently, nearly 1,200 international flights operate per week from various Indian airports. Over 70 international carriers from approximately 55 countries have operations in the country.

Philippine Airlines had received the air service agreement from the Indian government in 2005, but only after 6 years of market evaluation did the company eventually thought of beginning the new service.

The 72-year old airline which is the national carrier of Philippines expects to sell around 1,88,000 seats as it is offering three direct flights to Manila and three flights routed via Bangkok to the US. The airline will gradually spread its wings to Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, with stop-overs to and from Bangkok.

Philippine Airlines has entered into a code sharing agreement with Kingfisher Airlines, India’s second largest domestic carrier that would give it a much bigger footprint in the country.

But earlier this week the airlines’ employees joined a nationwide demonstration by the workers’ union against management’s plan to remove regular employees and hire contractual workers.

Philippine Airline serves 19 regional destinations and 24 destinations in Southeast, Middle and East Asia, Oceania and North America with a fleet of 38 aircrafts.

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