The codeshare agreement, which took effect on October 28, 2018, will enable PAL passengers flying from Manila to connect seamlessly on Bangkok Airways’ flights to Chiang Mai via Suvarnabhumi Airport, and Bangkok Airways’ passengers to travel on PAL’s flights between Bangkok and Manila.
Through this partnership, passengers of Bangkok Airways can travel to the Philippines’ capital city, a center of economic, social, and cultural activity in one of Asia’s fastest growing countries. PAL passengers, meanwhile, can enjoy the convenience of easy air access to Thailand’s world-renowned ancient temples, heritage sites, and eco-tourism adventure spots. Passengers on these codeshare flights will be checked in all the way to their final destination.
In a statement, Bangkok Airways said plans are underway to expand the partnership further to include other destinations in Thailand that are gateways to the most popular Thai beaches, resorts, and other cultural and natural attractions.
Bangkok Airways president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth said: “The codeshare partnership with Philippine Airlines is a major milestone in the airlines’ network development strategy and a new footprint in the region. Our partnership will offer business and leisure travelers enhanced connectivity and seamless access when travelling throughout the combined networks of both airlines.”
Moreover, Puttipong said, Philippine Airlines’ codeshare passengers traveling on Bangkok Airways will get to enjoy the boutique airline’s unparalleled services such as lounge access and in-flight meal.
PAL president and chief operating office Jaime Bautista said, “As PAL expands its presence across the globe, we aim to build new partnerships because by working together, we build new connections that will give our passengers more choices to enjoy exciting new travel experiences.”
He continued that PAL customers “will be delighted to discover the rich cultural heritage of our ASEAN neighbor Thailand, beyond the well-known sights of the capital city. Passengers of our partner airline will also get to experience our four-star global service brand.”
“Our alliance with Bangkok Airways gives us a ‘win-win’ formula in terms of passenger comfort, convenience and satisfaction,” Bautista added.
Both Bangkok Airways and PAL are certified as four-star airlines by international airline rating agency Skytrax.
Bangkok Airways is PAL’s 15th codeshare partner, and its fifth in Southeast Asia. The entry of PAL brings the list of Bangkok Airways’ codeshare partners to 27 in total.