In a landmark collaboration, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) have inked a comprehensive codeshare partnership agreement.
The collaboration aims to elevate the travel experience for passengers journeying between the Philippines and Singapore, as well as to various domestic and international destinations through their respective hubs.
Codeshare Singapore – Manila and beyond
The codeshare alliance is set to kick off on SIA’s and PAL’s flights between Singapore and Manila, Philippines, with implementation scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023, subject to regulatory approvals.
This collaborative venture extends further, with SIA codesharing on PAL’s flights to 27 destinations within the Philippines, and PAL reciprocating by codesharing on SIA’s flights to six European destinations – Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, Rome, and Zurich.
Captain Stanley K. Ng, President and Chief Operating Officer of Philippine Airlines, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, saying:
“We are happy to offer our Philippine Airlines passengers a wider range of flights between Manila and Singapore through this codeshare partnership, affirming our promise to keep building new connections and opportunities for our customers”.
He went on to say: “The partnership is the product of a strengthened relationship with our fellow ASEAN mainline carrier, Singapore Airlines, and an enduring commitment to expanding our presence in Singapore, a top PAL destination that we have been serving for 58 years and counting.”
“We also look forward to offering increased connectivity to several cities across Europe, home to many overseas Filipinos and to a growing number of tourist and business travelers whom we invite to discover the wonders of the Philippines.”
Copenhagen and Milan
This collaboration not only signifies a strategic move to enhance travel options for passengers but also marks significant milestones for PAL.
The codeshare services to Copenhagen and Milan represent historic achievements, as they establish the first-ever air links to the Danish capital and the Italian commercial hub by a Philippine carrier.
Furthermore, PAL is making a comeback, albeit through codeshare services, to Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, and Zurich, destinations it previously served in the 1980s and 1990s.
Over the coming weeks, the European codeshare sectors will be progressively rolled out across PAL and SIA sales channels, including their official websites and travel agents.
Both airlines are actively exploring opportunities for expanding the codeshare agreement to include SIA’s flights to additional points in Europe, as well as destinations in Australia, India, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Mr Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines, emphasized the collaborative spirit of the agreement, stating:
“This agreement enables Philippine Airlines and Singapore Airlines to work more closely together, and find ways to offer our customers enhanced travel connections between Singapore and the Philippines.”
“This will support the growing demand for both business and leisure travel between the Philippines and Singapore, and beyond that to our key markets around the world.”
The strategic codeshare partnership not only serves as a testament to the commitment of both airlines to meet the evolving needs of their passengers but also opens up a new era of connectivity and accessibility for travelers between Asia and Europe.
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