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Philippine Airlines re-launches business class from Dubai due to increase in tourism from the UAE

Philippine Airlines, PAL, the Philippine flag carrier will re-launch its business class service in Dubai on 16 June 2017, a move brought about by the increased demand for premium leisure and corporate travel market among locals and expatriates in the region.
 
The daily business class service will start on June 16 at an introductory rate of Dh2,850, all inclusive, coinciding with the celebration of Philippine Independence Week.
 
Features and benefits include 20.6-inch-wide seat which converts into full-flat bed, access to airport business class lounges, 64-kilo baggage allowance (32kg x 2 pcs), seven kilo hand carry allowance, inflight entertainment, free on board wifi and a business travel kit. Philippine Airlines will fly its 368-seater, A330 aircraft with 18 seats for business class. Flights leave Dubai at 5:25 am and arrive in Manila at 6:25pm.
 
Genaro “Bong” C. Velasquez, PAL Senior Asst. Vice President and Regional Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “The UAE is home to more than 200 nationalities and more and more residents are looking at either vacationing or doing business travels in the Philippines. PAL’s re-launch of business class service is in response to the growing international holiday makers and corporate travelers in the Gulf region.”
 
Velasquez said Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman will also have business class flights in the next three months.
 
The flag carrier also reported that it is seeing a 50% increase in Dubai-Manila carriage in the second quarter of the year compared to the same period last year.
 
International visitors from the Middle East have seen a consistent upward trajectory, growing by 9.6 percent in 2015 at 83,546 over 2014. Tourist arrivals from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the Philippines’ two largest markets in the region were at 50,884 and 16,881, respectively, according to latest data from the Philippine Department of Tourism.
 
PAL has been servicing the Middle East for 38 years since 1979 through flights in Bahrain, followed by Dahran, Saudi Arabia. It first flew to Dubai in 1982.  PAL flies to 30 domestic and 44 international destinations.

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