Philippine Airlines Confirms Return To Europe

Philippine Airlines has confirmed that it will return to Europe with the announcement of flights from Manila to London in November 2013. The airline was recently removed from a listing that barred it from operating in European airspace, prompting speculation that it will launch direct services from Manila to take advantage of pent-up demand.


Flying 5 times a week, flight PR 720 will depart Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 0805 hrs (Mondays) / 0830 hrs (Wednesdays and Saturdays) / 0820 hrs (Thursdays and Sundays) to arrive at London (Heathrow) at 1400 hrs (Mondays) / 1425 hrs (Wednesdays and Saturdays) / 1415 hrs (Thursdays and Sundays). The return flight, PR 721, takes off from London at 1615 hrs (Mondays) / 1905 hrs (Wednesdays and Saturdays) / 1715 hrs (Thursdays and Sundays) for a next day arrival into Manila at 1250 hrs (Mondays) / 1540 hrs (Wednesdays and Saturdays) / 1350 hrs (Thursdays and Sundays).


Philippine Airlines will be flying its flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, configured with 42 seats in Mabuhay business class and 328 seats in Fiesta economy class, on the route. Offering the only nonstop service between both capital cities, the carrier will face strong competition in the form of Cathay Pacific and gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways, which carry significant traffic via their respective hubs.


Like her regional rivals, the Filipino flag carrier has been expanding in the past year under new ownership, taking delivery of new aircraft and launching new route combinations.


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