A recent report and statement from Centre for Aviation (CAPA) said that Philippine Airlines is shelving its US expansion and dropping its London route. On the contrary, Philippine Airlines is not shelving its US expansion nor is it dropping its London flights, in a statement released by PAL corporate communications today.
Here is the full statement courtesy of Ms. Cielo Villaluna, PAL spokesperson:
Philippine Airlines (PAL) continues to review and consider possible expansion of new routes in its US network and also continues its services to London, contrary to some published reports.
The Philippine flag carrier operates 57 weekly long-haul frequencies to North America, specifically to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Honolulu and Toronto, and 5 weekly flights between Manila and London Heathrow. PAL is the only airline flying non-stop between the Philippines and the US mainland, Hawaii, Canada and London.
PAL uses the new Airbus A350-900 - on its route between Manila and London - which is a better-sized aircraft offering an enhanced premium product. Improved passenger loads on the route can be attributed to the premium product supported by PAL's more aggressive marketing campaign in the U.K. The flag carrier's non-stop US-Manila flights remain highly popular for business and leisure travelers and Filipino balikbayans.
While there is market clamor for the opening of new routes to the US and Europe and these are under review, PAL remains focused on implementing a well-calibrated program centered on network expansion, fleet modernization and service innovation.
Philippine Airlines is the Philippines's only 4-star airline with routes to North America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Middle East, around Asia, and in the Philippines utilizing a fleet of Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A350-900, Airbus A330-300, Airbus A321NEO, Airbus A321-200, and Airbus A320-200. It's subsidiary PAL Express flies domestic routes utilizing a fleet of Airbus A321-200, Airbus A320-200, and Bombardier Q400NG.