Philippine Airlines launched a new four-times-weekly service connecting Manila with the Vietnamese capital Hanoi earlier this week.
The route is the Philippine flag carrier’s second to Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City.
Unfortunately, for many people, the flight timings may not be particularly attractive. The departing flight out of Manila (PR595) leaves at 10.25pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport the following day at 12.45am.
The return (PR596) red eye flight departs Hanoi on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1.45am before landing back in Manila at 5.30am.
Philippine Airlines is flying its Airbus A320-200 on the route. This is a narrowbody aircraft with two cabins, business class and economy, with the former comprising 12 seats laid out in a 2-2 configuration. The economy cabin is laid out in a 3-3 set up.
Earlier this year, Philippine Airlines announced that it would be expanding its network across Asia, including a new service to Phnom Penh – the first direct air connection between the Philippines and the Cambodian capital.
Also in the works is a new service to New Delhi, though this has since been put on hold due to the ongoing issues regarding Pakistan’s airspace.