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Philippine Airlines change of plane on Melbourne flights

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Philippine Airlines change of plane on Melbourne flights

Effective from 10 July 2013, Philippine Airlines is changing the plane it uses on its thrice weekly MNL - MEL - MNL flights from the Boeing 777-300ER with at seat entertainment back to the much older Airbus A340-300 that lacks these at seat TV screens.

This is a retrograde step, although one huge advantage of using PAL from Melbourne to Manila is that unlike every other airline, there is no changing planes in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bandar Seri Begawan, Sydney or Darwin.

However the MNL - SYD - MNL flights will still use the Boeing 777-300ERs so anyone who does not want to fly in an older plane can fly up to Sydney and back (albeit at extra cost) using Virgin Australia. The 0600 hours flight from Melbourne on Virgin easily connects to Philippine Airlines' 1045 hours departures ex Sydney on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Using the older plane up direct MEL to MNL and the much newer Boeing back from NL to SYD and then making a connection to MEL is another option.

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1. Re: Philippine Airlines change of plane on Melbourne flights

VL thats disappointing as I was looking forward to trying the new planes.

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2. Re: Philippine Airlines change of plane on Melbourne flights

Philippines Airlines has five Boeing 777-300ER planes. They are now used to Sydney, Tokyo, Vancouver and Toronto.

Airbus A330-300 planes will be used on the airline's new flights to Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Jeddah and Ryiadh.

This surely means that PR has spare 777-300ER planes, unless it leases them out as PAL CEO Ramon Ang claimed he was thinking of doing.

It's sad that PR doesn't market the MNL - MEL route better. I don't want the old Airbus A340-300s!

Edited: 07 July 2013, 00:00
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3. Re: Philippine Airlines change of plane on Melbourne flights

However the MNL - SYD - MNL flights will still use the Boeing 777-300ERs

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Are you saying that they no longer fly in a loop? Manila to Sydney to Melbourne to Manila. or vice versa?

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4. Re: Philippine Airlines change of plane on Melbourne flights

Big_Jim_Cebu, Philippine Airlines stopped flying the 'triangle' in October 2012 if I recall.

Since then, it has had four weekly night flights from MNL to SYD and three each week to MEL. Both return by day. Its new flights to PER and BNE are however via DRW.

This can easily be found by visiting www.philippineairlines.com

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5. Re: Philippine Airlines change of plane on Melbourne flights

Thankyou.

I knew there had to be some point to visiting these forums.

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