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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: Did you know, when you book your Philippine Airlines flights through Alternative Airlines you can choose to pay using Philippine Peso? It's just one of the 160 currencies that you choose from!


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.


Philippine Airlines Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers flying on Philippine Airlines are entitled to one item of carry-on baggage per passengers that must be no heavier than 7kg and no larger than the overall dimensions of 115 cm. Philippine Airlines have the right to give an excess baggage charge on any carry-on baggage that exceeds these dimensions.

Checked Baggage

The checked baggage allowance for your Philippine Airlines flight will depend on whether passengers are flying domestically or internationally and the class of travel.

Domestic Flights

The Philippine Airlines baggage rules for domestic flights are as follows:

Economy Supersaver allows passengers 10kg of checked baggage.

Economy Saver allows passengers 15kg of checked baggage.

Economy Value and Economy Classic allows passengers 20kg of checked baggage.

Economy Flex and Economy Plus allow passengers 25kg of checked baggage.

Business Promo allows passengers 30kg of checked baggage.

Business Classic allows passengers 35kg of checked baggage.

Business Flex allows passengers 40kg of checked baggage.


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 Philipene 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.


Class Fares

Depending on the aircraft being operate, 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 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 Facilites

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 cusion 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

Philipinne Airlines offers passengers a wide selection of new movies, TV shows, music and games so you never get bored on your Philipinne Airlines flight. Watch over 300 hours of content on the mpal eSuite screen built into the seat in front of you, or stream music TV and movies onto your personal device with the myPal Player app.

Philippine Airlines TV Shows

Find sitcoms as well as hilarious Philipino TV shows on board your Philipinne Airlines flight. Philipinne 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 Philipinne thrillers on board your Philipinne Airlines flight.


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
Australia Melbourne Melbourne Airport
Australia Sydney Sydney Airport
Cambodia Phnom Penh Phnom Penh International Airport
Canada Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport
Canada Vancouver Vancouver International Airport
Australia Brisbane Brisbane Airport
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
China Quanzhou Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport
Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport
Indonesia Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport
Japan Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport
Japan Sapporo New Chitose Airport
Japan Tokyo Narita International Airport
Japan Tokyo Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Japan Quanzhou Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport
Macau Macau Macau International Airport
Malaysia Kuala Lumpar Kuala Lumpur International Airport
New Zealand Auckland Auckland Airport
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Jacksons International Airport
Qatar Doha Hamad International Airport
Saudi Arabia Dammam King Fahd International Airport
Saudi Arabia Riyadh King Khalid International Airport
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport
Taiwan Taiwan Taipei Taoyuan International Airport
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport
United Kingdom London London Heathrow International Airport
United States Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
United States Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport
United States New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport
United States San Francisco San Francisco International Airport
Vietnam Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat International Airport


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
Cagayan de Oro Northern Mindanao Laguindingan Airport
Cebu Central Visayas Mactan–Cebu International Airport
Clark Central Luzon Clark International Airport
Davao Davao Region Francisco Bangoy International Airport
General Santos Soccsksargen General Santos International Airport
Kalibo Western Visayas Kalibo International Airport
Manila Metro Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Puerto Princesa Mimaropa Puerto Princesa International Airport


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



As of October 2019


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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