PAL-Emirates sign interline agreement

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  • Philippine Airlines and Emirates entered into an interline agreement, adopting a single ticket and a common baggage policy
  • The reciprocal partnership will provide Emirates passengers access to PAL’s 19 Philippine domestic destinations and two Asian regional points via Manila
  • PAL’s passengers will benefit from access to Emirates’ global network and connect seamlessly to 21 cities served by the Dubai-based carrier including Cairo, Frankfurt, Casablanca and London

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Emirates have signed an interline agreement, adopting the use of a single ticket and a common baggage policy.

Now in effect, the reciprocal interline partnership will provide Emirates passengers access to 19 Philippine domestic destinations serviced by PAL, including Cotabato, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo and more, as well as two Asian regional points via Manila.

PAL’s passengers, likewise, will benefit from access to Emirates’ global network and connect seamlessly to 21 cities served by the Dubai-based carrier including Cairo, Frankfurt, Casablanca and London via Dubai.

Travel itineraries can be booked on the two airlines’ websites and mobile apps, and with travel agents and online travel agents.

“We are happy to embark on this new interline partnership with Emirates that expands the choices available to Philippine Airlines passengers, who now gain easier access to more destinations across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa via our flights to Dubai,” PAL vice president for sales Bud Britanico said in a statement.

“We are eager to expand our reach to various international markets and exciting destinations and help stimulate business and tourist travel for global citizens, as well as provide better service to our fellow Filipinos living and working in overseas nations,” Britanico added.

Emirates chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim said the Philippines is one of the airline’s strongest consumer markets and that he is pleased to sign the new interline agreement with PAL.

“The partnership with Philippine Airlines will help open new links for trade and tourism that will drive more inbound traffic into the Philippines, and expand Emirates’ footprint in East Asia,” Kazim said.

“We look forward to serving our partner airline’s customers with additional travel choices to Emirates destinations across the Middle East, Europe as well as the Americas, and to expanding our cooperation with plans to include additional points via Cebu in the coming months.”

PAL first served Dubai on August 7, 1982 as part of a growing Middle East route network that now includes flights to Doha, Qatar, and to Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia. PAL operates daily flights between Manila and Dubai using Airbus A330 widebody aircraft offering business and economy services.

PAL operates an extensive network of domestic routes to 32 destinations across Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao via major hubs in Manila and Cebu, as well as an increasing number of flights out of Davao and Clark.

In addition to the Middle East routes, PAL offers the only nonstop flights linking the Philippines with the West and East Coasts of the United States and Canada, as well as Hawaii, and the most flights between the Philippines and multiple destinations in Japan and Australia.

Emirates began serving Manila in 1992. It has since expanded its network to Cebu and Clark. The airline serves the Philippines with 25 weekly flights to the three gateways.

Emirates operates modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration on flights to Manila, and two-class configuration on flights to Cebu and Clark.

Its interline agreement with PAL brings Emirates’ commercial partners to 27 air carriers. These partnerships enable Emirates to respond with agility to the dynamic travel industry’s ever-evolving air travel needs of its customers.