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PAL touches down in Cairns

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 3, 2015

Philippine Airlines Airbus A320 touches down at Cairns Airport. (Andrew Belczacki)
Philippine Airlines Airbus A320 touches down at Cairns Airport. (Andrew Belczacki)

Overcast conditions have greeted the arrival of Philippines Airlines’s inaugural flight to Cairns.

Flight PR218 from Manila, operated by Airbus A320 RP-C8613, landed a little after 0700 local time on Thursday.

The aircraft was on the ground in Cairns for about two hours before heading across the Tasman to Auckland, which is Philippine Airlines’ first destination in New Zealand.

Philippine Airlines’ A320s are configured with 150 (12 business and 138 economy) or 156 (12 business and 144 economy) seats.

The new flights Manila-Cairns-Auckland service will operate four times a week and lift Philippine Airlines’ international network to 39 destinations, with Cairns joining Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney as its Australian ports.


Philippine Airlines president Jaime Bautista, who is travelling all the way to Auckland on the inaugural flight, said the new service offered a convenient link for expatriate Filipinos to their home country and would promote tourism.

“The route will stimulate passenger traffic along three travel streams – Manila- Cairns, Manila-Auckland as well as Cairns – Auckland,” Bautista said in a statement.

“The new service allows Philippine Airlines to cater to the travel needs of business and leisure travelers and showcase its distinct brand of service marked by Filipino warmth, charm and hospitality.

Philippine Airlines has pickup rights between Cairns and Auckland and will be the only airline offering year-round nonstop flights on the route. Air New Zealand serves Cairns on a seasonal basis from its Auckland hub.

It is the second South East Asian carrier to offer service to Cairns, after Silkair commenced flights to the North Queensland city in May 2015.

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Comments (5)

  • Red Barron


    Reverse thrust before the front wheel touches the ground. Is that normal ????

  • TrashHauler


    Absolutely normal

  • James


    2 x 4+ hr sectors in an A320? It would certainly be getting uncomfortable towards the end.

  • Russell M


    Absolutely normal in many types – A320, B737 are the most common examples.

    They will quickly “un-reverse” if a very late landing rejection / go-around is required.

    Not quite as dramatic as the F28 / F100 which has its clamshells on the tail open on finals……that really is something to experience.

  • Steve


    My friend is a pilot and he says his plane calls him a retard every time he tries to land it.
    It’s giving him a complex, being spoken down to by a limited AI.

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