2 OCTOBER 2017
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Ambitious plans for the further expansion of Philippine Airlines were outlined in London last week during celebrations marking the arrival of the carrier’s new Boeing B777-300ER on the London – Manila route.
The aircraft, which represents a significant increase in capacity begins daily service from Heathrow T3 on 6 December, replacing the five-a-week schedule which has been operated by Airbus A340-300.
PAL is flying the B777 in a two-cabin configuration with 42 seats in Business Class and 328 in Economy. This compares with 36 seats in Business and 218 seats in Economy on the A340.
Speaking at last week’s reception, president and COO Jaime Bautista said: “The launch of the B777-300ER makes Philippine Airlines a strong contender for the flight market from the UK to Asia and Australasia.
“Our vision is to become a five-star airline and we are working towards achieving this through an extensive programme of fleet modernisation, route network expansion, service innovations and competitive flight price promotions.”
In further developments, he said PAL was acquiring six new Airbus A350s from mid-2018 and would then reconfigure eight Airbus A330s to serve destinations including Honolulu, Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka.
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