Philippine Airlines Lands In London, England For The First Time in 15 Years
On Monday, November 4, 2013, Philippine Airlines, also known as PAL, made it's first inaugural flight to London, England for the first time in 15 years. The brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft left Manila and arrived in London around 3pm local time, and was welcomed by a traditional British water gun salute followed by a brief welcome ceremony. Most notably on-board was Ramon S. Ang, who is the president of PAL and San Miguel Corp.
In a speech during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Asif Ahmad, British Ambassador to the Philippines, commented: "Philippine Airlines is back in London after a gap of 15 years. Today, your flight was welcomed with the traditional water canon salute from Heathrow, the busiest international airport in the world."
The non-stop flight, which operates five times a week from Manila to London, takes only about 13 hours and is big news for the 250,000 Filipinos based in the UK. Until now, there has been no non-stop route between the two cities. Roundtrip tickets are available for as little as $1,292 USD, but some introductory promo fares were as low as $442.
London is just the first of many European destinations that Philippine Airlines is planning to service. Others include Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, and Rome.
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