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ANA invests in Philippine Airlines as PAL expands to New Delhi, Hanoi and Phnom Penh

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning rapid expansion of its international operation over the next few months as it launches services to Hanoi, New Delhi and Phnom Penh, and adds frequencies to 12 of its 39 existing international destinations. PAL’s international seat capacity will increase by nearly 10 per cent this summer, pressuring yields and profitability as the airline tries to increase sixth freedom traffic. PAL is growing capacity to continental North America by nearly 50 per cent this summer, supported by the delivery of A350-900s. As PAL introduces 17 additional weekly frequencies to North America, it is trying to attract more transit traffic in the highly competitive North America-Southeast Asia market, leading to the decision to add Hanoi, New Delhi and Phnom Penh. PAL’s expansion this summer will result in more competition with several North Asian airlines, including its new strategic partner All Nippon Airways (ANA). On January 29, 2019, ANA Holdings announced the acquisition of a 9.5 per cent stake in PAL Holdings, the parent company for PAL and the full-service regional subsidiary PAL Express. While the deal is strategically significant for PAL, which has been trying to secure a foreign airline investor for years, the stake is small and the $95 million investment is pocket change for ANA. The fact that the transaction values PAL at only $1 billion, despite group revenues of over $2.5 billion and an extremely attractive slot portfolio at congested Manila, reflects the challenges PAL faces. (Source: CAPA)

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Turkish Airlines introduces new amenities for business-class passengers

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Turkish Airlines has implemented two new projects enabling business class passengers to choose their meals before the flight via “Meal selection before flight” service. With this service, applicable to the several intercontinental destinations departing from Istanbul, business-class passengers can view the meal details and visuals of the main dishes and make their choices on the web page or mobile application. They can make their choices within the period starting from 1 week before their flight date until the last 48 hours. Turkish Airlines passengers who fly from Istanbul to Atlanta, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Havana, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Manila,  Miami, Montreal, New York, Phuket, Port Louis, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington DC, Caracas, Panama City, Madagascar, Durban, Maputo, and Buenos Aires can take advantage of this service. Besides, the airlines’ ‘Dine on demand service’ will be available in all intercontinental night flights departing from and landing on Istanbul.

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