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LCC AIRPHIL EXPRESS BECOMES PAL EXPRESS IN ALIGNMENT WITH PAL

March 15, 2013

MANILA - Further strengthening its alliance with Philippine Airlines (PAL), low-cost carrier Airphil Express is aligning its service standards and product offerings with the flag carrier. Effective March 15,  Airphil Express has rebranded as “PAL Express” and will use the familiar “sunriser” PAL livery and logo on the tail and fuselage of its aircraft. PAL Express passengers will now be offered the same inflight amenities (including complimentary snacks, drinks and reading material) available on full- service, and can earn miles through their membership in Mabuhay Miles.

KOREAN AIR INTRODUCES FLIGHTS TO SRI LANKA AND THE MALDIVES

March 15, 2013

SEOUL - Korean Air has launched direct services from Sri Lanka and the Maldives to Seoul Incheon, expanding its network to countries in the Indian Ocean. The new services (three weekly) is direct from Male in the Maldives to Colombo, Sri Lanka, then on to Seoul/Incheon. The flights operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.  www.koreanair.com (ATI).

PAL LAUNCHING NEW ROUTES TO AUSTRALIA, CHINA, MIDDLE EAST

March 12, 2013

MANILA - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is to launch flights to six new destinations in Australia, China and the Middle East - Kuala Lumpur (from May 1); Brisbane, Darwin and Perth in Australia and Guangzhou, China (from June 1); and Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates (from October 1). Tickets for Kuala Lumpur and the new Australian routes are now on sale, while tickets for Guangzhou and Abu Dhabi will be sold starting March 15. PAL is offering special promotional rates for early birds.

EMIRATES LIFTS CAPACITY FURTHER ON DUBAI-MOSCOW SERVICES

March 6, 2013

DUBAI - Emirates has committed its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to its Dubai - Moscow route, offering 360 seats in each direction, an increase of 40%. The upgraded capacity closely follows Emirates’ recent deployment of a daily A380 to Moscow. Emirates has been operating in Russia since 2003 and now flies to both Moscow and St. Petersburg, offering a total of 21 flights per week. www.emirates.com (ATI).

CHINA SOUTHERN DOUBLE DAILY AUSTRALIA-GUANGZHOU-DELHI

March 6, 2013

GUANGZHOU - China Southern Airlines will boost its Delhi services to double daily from March 31, adding three more flights from Guangzhou. The flights offer direct connections in Guangzhou to flights from Australia. New Airbus A332 aircraft with flatbed comfort in Business Class and personal TV screens throughout will operate on morning services and Boeing 757 aircraft will continue to operate in the evenings. Return flights from Australia to New Delhi via Hong Kong start from AUD996 return in Economy Class and from AUD4,116 in Business Class.

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