The flight took off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday 4 November and landed at Heathrow Airport at 15:10 to a water canon reception. This will be the first European destination introduced by the airline after flights to Europe were discontinued in 1998. The new route will be the fastest way for passengers to travel to Manila with five flights each week.
Philippine Airlines President, Mr Ang said, “We’re very happy that London is PAL’s first European destination since flights were discontinued in 1998. With the new direct link, our country is looking at a potential windfall in tourism, trade and investment in Europe and we aim to provide UK travellers and the more than 664,000 Filipinos in Europe with the most convenient travel to return home with the airline that knows them best.”
The Manila-London service will use the twin-engine, 370-seater Boeing 777-300ER which is equipped with modern in-flight amenities.
The UK is an important market to the UK for the Philippines, with one third of the 349,000 European visitors travelling to the country during 2012 coming from the UK. During the first half of 2013, arrivals from the UK have already reached 60,234 and Philippine Airlines is looking to further expand into other European markets with routes to Amsterdam, Rome and Paris to be introduced.