Philippine Airlines' non-stop Brisbane-Manila flights start March 27

By David Flynn, January 27 2018
Philippine Airlines' non-stop Brisbane-Manila flights start March 27

Philippine Airlines will begin non-stop flights between Manila and Brisbane from March 27, axing the current Darwin stopover – and by default, the Darwin-Manila route – in the process.

The direct route will trim flying time from a little overt nine hours due to the Darwin detour (which will cease on March 24) to around seven hours.

PAL will initially use an Airbus A340 between Brisbane and Manila, with four flights a week, but plans to switch to the brand-new Airbus A321neo by mid-year.

This is also when the Philippine flag-carrier expects to take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 jets, which will be used to launch non-stop flights between Manila and New York.

As to the resumption of Darwin-Manila as a direct route, PAL said in a statement that "the airline will revisit this decision in the near future as market conditions improve."

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Jan 2014

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Will be good to see an A340 in Brisbane on a regular basis.

13 Sep 2016

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Why? The A340s are old and past their time, and they have PAL's older business class. Oh, let me guess, you're not an actual business traveller, you're just an avgeek planespotter?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Apr 2017

Total posts 120

I'm both! I will love to see the A340 in Brisbane, and I'll totally go along for a ride!

23 Oct 2014

Total posts 166

Cairns, Darwin cut what’s next on the merry go around

30 Dec 2017

Total posts 2

A340 going to Brisbane? I tried to book a flight to Brisbane and it doesn't show a non-stop flight. Reservation is still not available.

Qantas

20 Nov 2014

Total posts 7

What a shame, they are terminating the Darwin Stopover. Who else will operate the DWN/MNL sector??

15 Sep 2012

Total posts 91

Air North should start flying Darwin to Manila with E170. 4hr15 each way and 3,200km. E170 has 3,900km range. Needs at least an E170 due distance. Unlikely to see Qantas or Vigin 737. Maybe Jetstar a320 or rhe new Qantas Link a320s!

07 Oct 2012

Total posts 1253

@aniljak really? If there was demand for the route, I'm sure Philippines Airlines would continue using an A320 on the route. Darwin is a small city.

Jetstar has tried the route before. Zero chance for Qantas, Qantaslink, Virgin or VARA.

13 Sep 2016

Total posts 184

Aniljak, that's more aviation geek nonsense. So many planespotters playing "airline CEO" and going on about aircraft types and who should fly what and where, but your reply doesn't mention the one thing that is crucial to any route or aircraft type, and that's the passengers! If there was demand then surely PAL would still be flying this route, unless you think you know better than them? If there just aren't enough passengers then talk of E170s and A320s is pointless.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Mar 2014

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I agree, why not air north

I did hear 2nd hand somewhere they having pilot shortage or is that not true?

15 Sep 2012

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No need to get personal. FYI i have over 20 years in the aviation industry with extensive airline knowledge and connections! Phillipine airlines are looking at coming back to Darwin in future once more suitable aiercraft arrive. Large Filipino community there. Similar with Cairns.

07 Oct 2012

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I would have thought the A320 is a pretty suitable aircraft. What is a more suitable airframe for DRW to MNL on PAL?


The large Filipino population of Darwin is not reflected in stats. Last data I can find on this (with a quick look) is 1.4% at the 2006 census. Even if that has more than tripled in the past decade, to 5% (which is being generous), Darwin only has around 150k people. So maybe 7,500 odd Filipinos.

The least dense PAL A320 has 150 seats. If they flew that into Darwin 3 x weekly, it would give them 450 seats per week or 23,400 per year. Daily flights would be 54,600 seats.

That is a lot of capacity for a small target market. The Filipinos I know go home once a year, maybe twice at max.

What about connections? Well, if timed well, PAL could offer connections to North Asia/America. Yeah, that could work. But then their target market wouldn't be on O&D Filipinos, but connecting traffic, which may be lower yield and faces competition through other one-stop options (much more attractive than Manila airport).

Other ways for PAL to come back? Maybe they look at doing MNL-DRW-PER again? I can't recall whether than started that and stopped it, or canned it before it launched last time. But why not just serve PER directly, which is the larger market and takes away the need for a costly stop.

13 Feb 2018

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David,

... will trim flying time from a little overt nine hours ...
--> ... will trim flying time from a little over nine hours ...


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