Philippine Airlines upgrades all Aussie flights to Boeing 777

By David Flynn, May 21 2012
Philippine Airlines upgrades all Aussie flights to Boeing 777

Philippine Airlines will roll out its flagship Boeing 777-300ER on all Australian services from June 30, 2012.

The Boeing 777 will replace the Airbus A330 and A340 currently used on PAL flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Manila.

Philippine Airlines previously used a Boeing 777 on the Sydney-Manila route from 2010, before the aircraft was swapped onto PAL's Vancouver and Tokyo services.

The aircraft sports 42 seats in Mabuhay Class (business class) in a largely 2-3-2 layout.

Designed by Recaro, each is 20 inches wide with a 78 inch seat pitch. The lie-flat seats recline up to 150 degrees.

In economy or Fiesta Class there are 328 seats of 18.5 inch width and a pitch of 33-34 inches.

A Panasonic inflight entertainment system offers audio and video on demand in every seat, with USB ports for keeping your smartphone or tablet powered up during the flight. 

How PAL's split schedule works

Philippine Airlines will adopt a split schedule for flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Manila, with morning and evening departures and the ability to fly non-stop from both Sydney and Melbourne depending on the day of the week.

Flight PR210 will operate Melbourne-Sydney-Manila on the mornings of Tuesday, Friday and Saturday (departing Melbourne at 8.10am, with a stop-over at Sydney which departs 11.15am, arriving into Manila at 5.40pm the same day).

Flight PR212 will operate Sydney-Melbourne-Manila on Wednesday and Sunday evenings – departing Sydney 8.20pm, then down to Melbourne for an 11.35pm departure, with wheels-down at Manila slated for 5.35am the next day.
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So, for a direct flight out of Sydney you'll want to book PR210 on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Direct flights form Melbourne call for PR212 on Wednesday or Sunday.

The return legs are

  • PR209: Manila-Melbourne-Sydney on the evenings of Monday, Thursdays and Fridays – departing Manila at 8.40pm, arriving Melbourne at 6.40am next day, then into Sydney at 9.45am.
  • PR211: Manila-Sydney-Melbourne on Wednesday and Sunday mornings – departing Manila at 8.50am, landing in Sydney at 6.50pm the same day, and Melbourne at 9.50pm.

For full details and bookings contact Philippine Airlines on 1300 888 725 or visit or see travel agents.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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