THE Philippine flag carrier will start deploying its 370-seater Boeing 777-300s that will fly passengers from Manila to London Heathrow four times a week starting on Sept. 19, an official said.
“With its range and operational capability, the flag carrier will be at par with other full service carriers along the route. We will also increase capacity as the aircraft will have a 370-seating capacity on a two – class configuration (42 on business and 328 on economy) as compared to the 254-seating capacity of the A340,” Jaime Bautista, PAL president and chief operating officer said in a statement late Tuesday.
The B777 replaces the A340s, which have served as workhorses between Manila and London Heathrow since 2013.
Meanwhile, Bautista said the frequency for the route would be increased to daily flights starting in December.
“By December, PAL will increase frequencies between the two cities from four times weekly to daily giving passengers the flexibility to choose from a wide selection of flight schedules,” according to Bautista.
Currently, PAL has a total of 82 planes made up of A320s, A321s, A330s, A340s and B777s, as well as Bombardier Q300s and Q400s. REICELENE JOY IGNACIO