Philippine Airlines (PAL), the flag carrier of the Philippines, will launch direct flights between London Heathrow Airport and Manila on November 4, 2013. The non-stop flights will operate five times each week, departing Manila on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
The flights will be operated using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with two cabin classes – Mabuhay (business) and Fiesta (economy). Business class seating features individual goose-neck lights, full-flat recline seats, a 15.4″ seat-back entertainment monitor, a USB port and power outlet. Passengers in the economy cabin have access to a 9″ seat-back entertainment monitor.
In July, the European Union lifted a 2009 ban imposed on all Philippine air carriers due to safety concerns.
Philippine Airlines also intends to begin flights to Amsterdam, Paris and Rome in the coming months.
The airline will be competing on the London route with three other much larger Southeast Asian carriers – Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways.
Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is also planning to launch flights between Jakarta and London Gatwick airport from May 2014 using its new Boeing 777s.