Philippine Airlines has confirmed that its new B777-300ER aircraft will feature on its route between London Heathrow and Manila from September 19.
The carrier had originally planned to roster the new aircraft onto the route from December, replacing the current A340, but this has now been brought forward by almost three months.
Philippine Airlines’ new B777-300ER offers a total of 370 seats (328 in economy and 42 in business class), compared to 254 seats on the A340.
The carrier has previously served the route with a B777 aircraft (see our article from 2013 when PAL was preparing to launch non-stop flights to London).
The airline’s new B777 features a fully-flat bed in business class (configured 2-3-2), with a 18.4-inch TV screen, retractable privacy dividers, an ottoman which doubles up as a storage area, and in-seat power and USB ports.
Economy features a seat pitch of “up to 34 inches”, with 11-inch TV screens and USB ports, and seats are configured ten across (3-4-3).
The airline has also published a 360-degree virtual tour of the new aircraft here.
Philippine Airlines operates daily flights between Heathrow T3 and Manila, with connections available onto 30 destinations “in the Philippines and beyond”.
The carrier recently began rolling out its refitted three-class A330-300s, which now feature new premium economy and business class seating. The aircraft – which had previously been configure in an all-economy layout – operate routes from Manila to destinations including Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore.