Philippine Airlines and Kingfisher look to codeshare deal

31 Mar 2011

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is considering a codeshare agreement with Kingfisher Airlines following the former's launch of its direct Manila-Delhi service (see story here).

The proposal between the two carriers was put forward on Wednesday, with the details yet to be announced. But reports said that it will allow PAL to put its code on domestic routes serviced by Kingfisher. Vivienne Tan, executive vice president of PAL, said PAL would be "interested in investing in an Indian carrier." 

PAL, which is marking its 70th year, expects good demand from its Manila-Delhi service. Currently, there are no direct flights between the Southeast Asian archipelago and the subcontinent, giving PAL a niche market space to fill without much direct competition. The service operates six times a week – three times non-stop and three times via Bangkok.

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Alisha Haridasani

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