PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) said Saturday that it will open a regular service to Doha, Qatar starting March 28.

The five times weekly service (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday) to Qatar's capital city will utilize one of PAL's newest aircraft, the Airbus 330, the management said in a statement.

The aircraft offers economy and premium economy service. The whole cabin comes with free wi-fi for 30 minutes and 15 mb of video streaming using the passengers' personal devices through the app myPAL player, which can be downloaded through iTunes or Play Store.

The inaugural flight will be marked with a formal dinner-reception on March 29 at the Sharq Village and Spa in Doha, with PAL executives, Qatari officials, travel agents, tour operators, local media and representatives of the Filipino community invited.

"Following our successful launch to Jeddah and Kuwait last January, PAL continues to grow its routes in the Middle East by opening a new route to Doha in Qatar. Our overseas Filipino workers in Qatar can now enjoy that distinct Filipino service that will bring them much closer to home," said PAL president Jaime Bautista.

Tickets for the Manila-Doha route starts at US$665 (one way), and US$760 (round trip). The Doha-Manila tickets, meanwhile, starts at QAR 980 (one way) and QAR 1,400 (round trip).

PAL said the new service will allow the 200,000 Filipinos living and working in Qatar a convenient route to and from the Philippines.

Qataris can now enjoy an easy route to discover the wonders of the Philippines and Philippine Airlines through convenient connections to any of PAL’s 30 domestic and 43 international destinations, it added. (SDR/Sunnex)