MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 13, 2011) – The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), was named the most sociable airline in the world recently by Planely.com, an air travel-focused social networking site that saw 142 airlines joining its contest.
Planely’s service allows passengers to register their flights, and the website shows them who they will be flying with so they can meet and help pass the time, network or taxi-share.
Nick Martin, founder and CEO of Planely, said: “We’re delighted to see how the fun concept of connecting people as they travel was received by both airlines and passengers. It brings us one step closer to helping the friendly skies become even friendlier.”
According to Newsweek Budget Travel blogger Rachel Mosely, “All flights registered on Planely between April 13 and April 20 were tabulated, and after a Twitter campaign that corralled their more than 150,000 followers, Cebu Pacific, the participating airline with the most flights registered (an impressive 913), was crowned the winner...”
Other participating airlines include JetBlue, Lufthansa, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, SWISS, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and Delta.
“CEB is grateful for the tremendous support from our community in Facebook and Twitter. We are very proud to be recognized as Planely.com’s Most Sociable Airline, and we look forward to providing more fun ways for our passengers to communicate and connect, aside from offering our trademark low fares,” CEB Vice President for Marketing and Distribution, Candice Iyog, said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.
Because of this, CEB is holding a seat sale May 14-16, 2011 or until seats last, to encourage even more passengers to connect, and offer more opportunities for every “Juan” to fly.
She said for travel from June 1 to September 30, 2011, they can purchase P699 seats from Manila to Calbayog or Surigao. CEB flies from Manila thrice weekly to both Calbayog and Surigao.
For travel from July 1 to September 30, 2011, P649 seats are also available from Cebu to Dipolog, General Santos, Ozamiz, Pagadian or Surigao. Those coming from Manila can purchase P1,299 to Dipolog, General Santos, Ozamiz or Pagadian, according to Iyog.
She said international seats up for grabs are P999 only from Manila to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah and from Clark to Macau. And the P1,499 seats from Manila to Brunei, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur, Macau or Taipei are also available.
Meanwhile, for travel from September 1 to November 30, 2011 are P2,099 seats from Manila to Busan, Incheon or Osaka, and from Cebu to Busan or Incheon.