Philippine Airlines has launched its new B777-300ER aircraft on the London - Manila route, enhancing the travel experience of its passengers and increasing capacity for the airline.

While the inaugural flight left Heathrow on September 19, daily flights for the B777-300ER start flying from December 6, leaving Heathrow Terminal 3 at 22:20 and arriving in Manila at 19:15 local time.

As well as providing a premium onboard experience, the airline’s network across Asia, Australia and New Zealand offers competitive flight deals from London to the Far East with a lead-in price for a return to Manila, booked before October 15, starting from £505 including taxes, while a return to Kuala Lumpur is £459.

Promotional fares for cities in Australia, including Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane start at £672 and for Auckland it’s £640. Chinese destinations including Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu start at £473 and Hong Kong from £477.

The new aircraft has 42 seats in Business Class and 328 in Economy. This compares with 36 seats in Business Class and 218 seats in economy on the A340, which the B777-300ER replaces.

Jaime J. Bautista, President and COO of the airline, said: “The launch of the B777-300ER makes us 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."

Looking to the future, the company will be acquiring six new Airbus A350s for delivery starting mid-2018 and will reconfigure eight Airbus A330s to serve destinations including Honolulu, Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka.

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