The 14-hour direct flight from London to Manila is set to become much more comfortable as Philippine Airlines (PAL) updates its fleet.
From September 19, the route will be served by state-of-the-art 370-seat Boeing 777-300s.
The “triple7” replaces the 254-seat A340s which have plied the route between between the Philippine capital city and London Heathrow since 2013.
As well as introducing the larger planes, by December PAL will increase flights from four times per week to daily.
PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J Bautista said: “As we carry out the brand promise to be a full service five star carrier of the country and be a source of pride of Filipinos everywhere, we shall continue to enhance the total travel experience along the route.
“We want our passengers to have the ultimate travel experience marked by comfort, inflight connectivity and the caring service of our cabin crew, embodying the Heart of the Filipino.
“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.”
At present, PAL has a total of 82 planes, made up of A320s, A321s, A330s, A340s and B777s as well as Bombardier Q300s and Q400s.
PAL is currently the only airline to offer direct flights between the UK and the Philippines.