Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced the resumption of its flights to Riyadh on Sunday ( Dec. 1), and Dammam on Dec. 3.
PAL will utilize its brand-new twin-engine Airbus 330-300 aircraft on the nonstop flights to Riyadh and Dammam.
PAL’s direct flight to these Middle East destinations is the most convenient travel between Manila and the Saudi Arabia, the flag carrier said in a report published in Business Mirror.
It said PAL has been traditionally favored by Filipinos in the Middle East because of its direct service to Manila means that they get home faster compared to other carriers, whose flights can involve up to two stops before landing in Manila.
Business Mirror said flights to Riyadh (PR654) depart Manila every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:15 a.m., arriving at King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, at 1:30 p.m. of the same day.
Flights to Dammam (PR682) leave Manila every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at 1:35 p.m., arriving at King Fahd International Airport, Dammam, at 6 p.m. of the same day.
The A330-300 is PAL’s new flagship for medium-range routes, replacing the older A330 models that were acquired from 1997 to 1998.
The new A330-300 is especially designed for the cost-conscious Filipino market in the Middle East, but without sacrificing the comfort level.
It accommodates 414 passengers, configured into two classes—Premium Economy, with 39 seats, and Economy, with 375 seats.
PAL ordered 20 A330-300 from Airbus. They first arrived on Sept. 26, 2013.
PAL first flew to Riyadh on March 1, 1987. The service was suspended in March 2011.
Meanwhile, flights to Dammam started on July 3, 1982, landing at Dhahran International Airport.
The service moved to King Fahd International Airport in November 1999. The service was suspended in August 2001.