The Philippine Airlines has unveiled its move to venture into maritime business through Mabuhay Maritime Express (MME). PAL announced that its first maritime route will be Kalibo-Boracay which is expected to be on full operations by December.
The said route is expected to cut travel time from Kalibo, Aklan to Boracay by almost 50%. PAL will be using the MME Jetty Port in Kalibo which is 10 minutes away from the Kalibo International Airport.
PAL will be utilizing its two new catamaran-class high-speed vessels MV Malambing and MV Magalang. The 410-seat vessels have first class, premium class, and regular class sections.
“We aim to offer travelers a seamless air to sea transfer, taking passengers to their favorite tourist destinations as fast and as comfortable as possible,” PAL’s Jaime Bautista said.
If the said route, which is open for clients of other airlines, will be a success – PAL will be adding more vessels.
PAL is also eyeing to open new route in Cebu.
Sources: https://www.rappler.com/business/215009-philippine-airlines-mabuhay-maritime-express-kalibo-boracay-ferry-service; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1051939; http://bilyonaryo.com.ph/2018/10/23/lucio-tan-launches-ferry-service-to-boracay/