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About Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines, or 'PAL', was founded in 1941 and is the flag carrier of the Philippines. PAL has a primary hub at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, in Manila, and operates to 31 domestic destinations within the Philippines, as well as 36 international destinations across Southeast Asia, East Asia, Middle East and Oceania.

Top Tip: Do you plan on exploring the Philippines? Our guide to domestic flights within the Philippines can help! Discover top travel tips, including domestic flight FAQs!

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Philippine Airlines Subsidiaries

PAL Express is the low-cost subsidiary airline of Philippine Airlines and acts as PAL's domestic division, flying to 31 domestic destinations and 5 international destinations. 

 


Codeshare Agreements

To try and serve passengers better, PAL has been working on broadening its route network through Codesharing, by offering flights operated by Partner Airlines. Under the Codeshare Agreement, a traveler might purchase a flight from Philippine Airlines, but the ticket might be issued with a flight number for a flight on a different airline. The airline has codeshares with the following airlines:

 

Air Macau All Nippon Airways Bangkok Airways China Airlines
Cathay Pacific Hawaiian Airlines PAL Express (subsidiary) Royal Brunei Airlines
Turkish Airlines Vietnam Airlines WestJet XiamenAir

 


Philippine Airlines Frequent Flyer Program

The airline operates a frequent flyer program called Mabuhay Miles to reward regular travellers. Mabuhay Miles allows passengers to collect flight miles on Philippine Airlines and its code-share partners, across the largest network within the Philippines.

Top Tip: When you make a Philippine Airlines booking through Alternative Airlines, you can collect air miles or frequent flyer points. Simply quote your Mabuhay Miles membership number when making your reservation - find out more here.

 

 


 

Baggage Allowance

Please be aware that the following information is a guide - each flight ticket has its own baggage allowance policy, which will be confirmed during the flight booking process. If you would like to travel with more baggage, it is easy to add extra bags to your booking. Unless otherwise stated, the free baggage allowance is as follows:

Carry-On Baggage

Carry-on allowance applies to all passengers, including Economy, Premium and Business passengers. Every passenger is allowed one piece of carry-on baggage, which must be small enough to be placed in the overhead bin or under the passenger seat. The maximum total dimension of carry-on baggage is 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (22in x 14in x 9in), and a maximum weight of 7 kgs. (15 lbs).

In addition to the free carry-on allowance, each passenger is allowed to carry two personal items on-board the plane. Only two of the following personal items will be accepted:

  • A small handbag
  • An overcoat, jacket or blanket
  • A small camera or pair of binoculars
  • A laptop or tablet or digital device, with case
  • Reading material
  • A duty free shopping bag
  • An infant's food for consuming during the flight
  • A pair of crutches, walking stick, or other prosthetic device

 

Checked Baggage

 

Checked baggage allowance on domestic flights

 

  ECONOMY SUPERSAVER ECONOMY SAVER ECONOMY VALUE ECONOMY FLEX PREMIUM ECONOMY
FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE No Bags 10Kg 20Kg 20Kg 25Kg

 

  BUSINESS VALUE BUSINESS FLEX
FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE 30Kg 35Kg

 

Baggage allowance on international flights

To the Pacific and Asia — passengers are allowed 25kg of checked baggage in all Economy classes, except for Premium Economy, which allows for 30kg of checked baggage. Passengers are allowed 35kg of checked baggage in all Business classes.

To Europe — Passengers are allowed 30kg of checked baggage in all Economy classes, except for Premium Economy, which allows for 35kg of checked baggage. Passengers are allowed 40kg of checked baggage in all Business classes.

To the Middle East, Japan, USA and Guam— Philippine airlines passengers are allowed two pieces of checked baggage at 23kg per piece in all Economy classes, except for Economy Plus, which allows two pieces of checked baggage at 25kg per piece. Passengers are allowed two pieces of checked baggage at 32kg per piece in all Business classes.

To Korea— Philippine Airlines passengers are allowed 20kg of checked baggage in all Economy classes, except for Economy Plus, which allows 25kg of checked baggage. Passengers are allowed 30kg of checked baggage in Business Promo and Business Classic and 35kg of checked baggage in Business Flex.

 


Philippine Airways Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Passengers can check-in online for their Philippine Airlines flight by visiting the Philippine Airlines web check-in page and entering their booking reference and last name. Online check-in is available from 24 hours—1 hour before scheduled flight departure time.

Airport Check-In

Passengers that are unable to check-in online or need special assistance will need to check-in to their Philippine Airlines flight at the airport. Passengers must visit the Philippine Airlines check-in desk to check-in at the airport. Passengers can check-in no later than 45 minutes before their scheduled flight departure time. We recommend arriving a long time in advance for international flights to allow for the appropriate time for check-in, baggage drop and security.

October 2019 Update

Travelling during Undas? Philippine Airlines is urging passengers departing from an airport based in the Philippines to arrive at the airport three hours before scheduled departure for international flights and two hours ahead of time for domestic flights. This applies to flights between October 25th and November the 4, 2019. Undas is a holiday season to celebrate All Saints Day, a religious celebration which is usually celebrated on the first and second day of November. There is increased passenger traffic during this time period, so passengers are advised to take this into account.

 


 

Airline Alliance

Philippine Airlines is not currently part of an airline alliance.

 


Class Fares

Depending on the aircraft being operated, the airline offers two class fare options: a two-class (Business Class and Economy Class) cabin, or a three-class (Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy) cabin. All cabins are modern, comfortable, and clean, with a relaxed, tropical feel in a blue, aqua and terracotta palette.

Philippine Airlines has recently introduced a new range of Fare Families, with different allowances associated with each class tier. This allows passengers to enjoy flexibility in choosing the fare that comes the right benefits for them, such as baggage allowance and cancellation/amendment rights. There are different fares available within both Economy and Business class.

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Philippine Airlines Economy Class

PAL's Economy Class is called Fiesta.

Philippine Airlines' Economy Class offers a tropical, comfortable interior to make you feel you are in the Philippines.

Philippine Airlines Economy Class Facilities

Food, snacks and in-flight entertainment is included in Philippine Airlines' Economy Class.

Philippine Airlines Economy Class Seating

New seating has been placed in Philippine Airlines' Economy Class which involve the seat cushion on the bottom being able to moved to the comfort of the passenger or recline for added relaxation. Monitors are also included in the seating with a touch-screen function.

 


 

Philippine Airlines Premium Economy Class

Premium Economy is new to 2019. Premium Economy is an upgrade on Economy, offering additional services and amenities.

The new Premium Economy product will be available on selected international flights, as well as selected domestic flights.

On international flights, the new class will be in a separate cabin, in towards the front of the aircraft on domestic flights. The new product will be available onboard the Airbus A350 and selected A330 aircraft; see 'fleet' information below.

Premium Economy Class Facilities

On international flights: Enjoy 13.3-inch myPAL eSuite personal screens, welcome drinks and refreshing hot towels, an overnight amenity kit, a meal service, WiFi.

On domestic flights: Enjoy welcome drinks and hot towels and a hearty hot sandwich with a choice of assorted drinks.

All Premium Economy passengers can enjoy priority check-in, boarding, and baggage handling services at the airport.

Premium Economy Seating

On international flights: spacious premium seats: 38-inch seat pitch, 8-inch recline, built-in legrests and footrests, and more storage space.

On domestic flights: Enjoy extra-legroom seats.

 


 

Philippine Airlines Business Class

PAL's Business Class is called Mabuhay.

Experience high class service on board your Philipinne Airlines flight with comfortable reclining seats, gourmet meals and a wide range of entertainment options.

Philippine Airlines Business Class Facilities

Each seat is outfitted with a 15.4 in. seat-back mounted and 10.6in in-arm touch-screen personal television. There's plenty of entertainment on board your Philipinne Airlines flight, with over 60 hours of Hollywood movies to choose from.

Passengers can also choose from a wide range of complimentary drinks and refreshments. The airline's top class dinner chef-prepared service provided also means you'll be dining in style on board your flight.

Philippine Airlines Business Class Seating

Business Class seats on Philipinne Airlines not only allow for extra legroom but also allow further reclination - up to a 15 degree angle.

Each seat is equipped with individual reading lights, a laptop charging port and USB port.

 


Philippine Airlines In-flight Entertainment

Philippine Airlines offers passengers a wide selection of new movies, TV shows, music and games so you never get bored on your Philippinne Airlines flight. Economy passengers can stream music TV and movies onto a personal device via the myPal Player app.

Business Class seats are equipped with personal television screens. On selected flights, the myPAL entertainment system is available for all passengers, not just Business flyers, and lets passengers choose from over 300 hours of content to watch or play on personal seat-mounted touch-screen televisions.

Philippine Airlines TV Shows

Find sitcoms as well as hilarious Philipino TV shows on board your Philippine Airlines flight. Philippine Airlines regularly updates the TV shows on offer, so even frequent flyers can find something new to watch.

Philippine Airlines Movies

Discover Hollywood new releases as well as Philippine thrillers on board your Philippine Airlines flight.

 


In-Flight WiFi

WiFi is only available on select international flights; it is not currently available on domestic flights. On international flights where WiFi is enabled, all passengers receive 30MB of complimentary WiFi, with upgrade plans available. Business Class receive 100MB of free WiFi.

 


Philippine Airlines Food

Philippine Airlines Meal Options

For flights longer than 45 minutes, passengers in economy class are given complimentary snacks or meals, depending on the time and duration of your flights. Economy meals are designed in a collaboration of traditional and fusion cuisine. Business class passengers can enjoy a choice of Western, Filipino and Japanese inspired food, depending on the route flying.

Philippine Airlines Special Dietary Requirements

Passengers with special dietary, medical and religious dietary requirements can pre-order special meals up to 48 hours before flying. This must be done by calling Philippine Airlines Reservations Hotline; if you have booked through Alternative Airlines, our customer service team can contact the airline for you. These meals are available on international flights only. The following list is the available special meals to pre-order:

      Child Meal   Baby Meal  
          Children’s Meal  
      Dietary Meal   Low salt Meal  
          Gluten Intolerant Meal  
          Low lactose Meal  
          Low fat Meal  
          Low Calorie Meal  
          Diabetic Meal  
          Bland Meal  
          Fruit Platter Meal  
      Vegetarian Meal   Vegetarian Asian (Hindu) Meal  
          Vegetarian vegan Meal  
          Vegetarian lacto-ovo Meal  
          Vegetarian oriental Meal  
      Religious Meal   Hindu Meal  
          Kosher Meal  
          Muslim Meal  
          Vegetarian Jain Meal  

 

Philippine Airlines Drinks & Alcohol

International economy class passengers can choose from a selection of soft drinks, hot drinks, wines, liquors and beers on board their flights. Business class international passengers can enjoy a wider range of soft drinks, hot drinks, champagne, cocktails, wines, liquors and beers.

 


Philipinne Airlines' Destinations

International Destinations

As well as flying to the Philippines, the flagship airline flies to over 50 international destinations, in 24 countries and across Asia, North America, Oceania and Europe. The airline operates 6 long haul destinations.

Philippine Airlines is the only airline that flies non-stop from Manila to London and flies 5x weekly, making it the only airline flying to the Philippines from London directly.

 

Country City Airport
Australia Brisbane Brisbane Airport (BNE)
Australia Melbourne Melbourne Airport (MEL)
Australia Sydney Sydney Airport (SYD)
Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)
Canada Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Canada Vancouver Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
China Quanzhou Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport (JJN)
Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK)
Indonesia Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport (FUK)
Japan Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO)
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Japan Sapporo New Chitose Airport (CTS)
Japan Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)
Japan Tokyo Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
Japan Quanzhou Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport (JJN)
Macau Macau Macau International Airport (MFM)
Malaysia Kuala Lumpar Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
New Zealand Auckland Auckland Airport (AKL)
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Jacksons International Airport (POM)
Qatar Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Saudi Arabia Dammam King Fahd International Airport (DMM)
Saudi Arabia Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport (PUS)
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Taiwan Taiwan Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport (DXB)
United Kingdom London London Heathrow International Airport (LHR)
United States Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
United States Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
United States New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
United States San Francisco San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Vietnam Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN)

 

Domestic Destinations

 

Philippine Airlines flies to all major cities, as well as numerous smaller airports, across the Philippines:

 

City Province/Region Airport
Bacolod Western Visayas Bacolod-Silay Airport (BCD)
Cagayan de Oro Northern Mindanao Laguindingan Airport (CGY)
Cebu Central Visayas Mactan–Cebu International Airport (CEB)
Clark Central Luzon Clark International Airport (CRK)
Davao Davao Region Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO)
General Santos Soccsksargen General Santos International Airport (GES)
Kalibo Western Visayas Kalibo International Airport (KLO)
Manila Metro Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
Puerto Princesa Mimaropa Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS)

 

Route News

October 2019

Philippine Airlines will launch two new domestic routes in December 2019, flying from Cebu (Mactan–Cebu International Airport) to Dipolog Airport (DPL), and Zamboanga Airport (ZAM).

A new daily service between Zamboanga (ZAM) and the Philippine island of Tawi-Tawi (Sanga-Sanga Airport, TWT) will begin on December the 15th, 2019.

A new Davao (Francisco Bangoy International Airport)to Iloilo International Airport (ILO) route should start in January 2020.

 


 

Philippine Airlines' Popular Routes

Manila  dark grey plane icon  Bangkok

 

Busan  dark grey plane icon  Manila 

 

Hong Kong  dark grey plane icon  Manila

 

Kalibo  dark grey plane icon  Busan

 

Tokyo  dark grey plane icon  Cebu

 

Seoul  dark grey plane icon  Kalibo

 


Fleet

As of October 2019

 

AIRCRAFT TYPE NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT NUMBER OF SEATS MORE INFORMATION
Airbus A320-200 10 Economy: 144
Premium Economy: /
Business Class: 12
To be transfered to PAL Express or phased out
Airbus A321-200 24 Economy: 169
Premium Economy: 18
Business Class: 12
 
Airbus A321neo 7 Economy: 156-183
Premium Economy: /
Business Class: 12
An additional 14 are on order, being delivered within 2019. Will eventually replace A320-200
Airbus A330-300 15 Economy: 267-323
Premium Economy: 24-27
Business Class: 18
 
Airbus A350-900 6 Economy: 241
Premium Economy: 24
Business Class: 30
 
Boeing 777-300ER 10 Economy: 328
Premium Economy: /
Business Class: 42
 

 


Special Services

Travelling with infants

An infant, between 16 days and 2 years, does not need their own seat; a 90% discount on adult fare will be applied.

Free baggage allowance depends on route. For information passengers should contact the airline's Reservations department; or the Alternative Airlines customer service team, if you have booked through out website.

Bassinets: Passengers requiring the use of baby bassinets should pre-book to guarantee a unit at least 24 hours before departure. Bassinets can only be attached to certain seats and are available only for flights with a flying time of three hours or more. The Bassinets are 70cm x 30cm and are not suitable for infants over 6 months and have a weight limit of 10 kgs.

Service and emotional support dogs

Only dogs are accepted, no other service and emotional support animal. Passengers must provide at least 48 hours prior to flight departure. Special service dogs are allowed in the cabin. Service dogs are accepted on both domestic and international flights. Emotional support dogs are allowed on flights to and from the United States.

 


Philippine Airlines Hub Airport

Primary Hub: Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Philippine Airlines is based at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (IATA code: NAIA), also known as Manila International Airport, which is the airport serving Manila, Philippines. The airport also serves as a hub for AirAsia Philippines, AirAsia Zest, Cebgo and Cebu Pacific.

The airport has two runways and can handle nearly 35 million passengers every year.

Other airlines which fly to and from Manila International Airport include Air China, Air Niugini, All Nippon Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Japan Airlines and many others.

Top Tip: If you plan on flying from NAIA you may be required to complete a departure card. You can find out more about arrival and departure cards here.

 Ninoy Aquino Airport, exterior shot of entrance to main terminal building

 

 


 

Alternative Airlines

The following airlines operate similar routes to Philippine Airlines:

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