Why should we support the return of Philippine Airlines direct flights to the United Kingdom?

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Why should we support the return of Philippine Airlines direct flights to the United Kingdom?

I believe it should be the pride of every country and indeed citizen to have their national flag carrier landing at London Heathrow. I was in fact one of the lucky few invited to the relaunch of PAL at the Royal Suite at Heathrow on November 4th 2013. There was such a buzz at the event and to see a Philippine carrier touching down on UK soil after such a long absence was such an awesome experience.
We were treated to a traditional British tea followed by various speeches from dignitaries including Ramon Ang, PAL Chairman as well as British Ambassador to the Philippines, Asif Ahmad and the Philippine Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Enrique Manalo. We were given press releases which highlighted that Philippine Airlines were re- launching their direct service from London to Manila and vica versa in November 2013 after a break of nearly 15 years!
When PAL launched they had promised a direct flight in under 13 hours according to their press release, given at the time.
This agreement was already in place, however, at the last minute and just before the launch, the agreement they had made with Russia to use their airspace broke down. PAL are busy trying to still negotiate with Russia to restore this.
When Philippine Airlines is able to fly over Russia, the flight time will be reduced from 15 hours to under 13 hours! This will make PAL the fastest way to reach Manila, this will be of great benefit not only to Filipino’s travelling home, but also to businesses here in the UK and in the Philippines.
As we all know, Filipino’s love to return to the Philippines with Pasalubong, therefore, when they are looking to travel home, they like to take as much luggage as they can, currently PAL are only able to offer a 20kg allowance, the main reason for this is that if every passenger brought 30kg of luggage, this would increase the flight time by around an extra 30 minutes due to the extra weight, making the flight time over 16 hours!
As a result, PAL is forced to restrict luggage to 20kg still. However when the agreement has been reached with Russia, I am quite sure that the luggage allowance will be increased to 30kg.
Since the re-launch, some Pinoy’s going home have shared their experiences of the service on PAL regarding food, drinks and even condition of the toilets. These are all valid points and I can assure everyone that these have all been forwarded to the airline.
Some would say that we were all being negative and maybe shouldn’t complain, however I am of the view that PAL needs to receive this feedback in order to improve their offering. They have stiff competition from many other carriers and in order for the airline to be the success that it deserves; we all need to support PAL. When PAL launched, they had five slots a week with an option to increase this to seven slots, sadly, PAL now only fly to Manila four times a week! I have now decided to publically support PAL. If we do not and choose to fly with other carriers, I fear that this reduced schedule of four flights per week would be reduced even further to zero! It would be a great shame, at a time when we are trying to support tourism to the Philippines that we would once again lose our National carrier, so I am today launching a campaign and my blog comes with a simple message to all our kababayan around the UK, let’s support PAL to help them to be the success that they deserve to be, this is really a wake up call, if we don’t support PAL, we may lose the direct flights forever.

Thank you for you support
Malcolm Conlan
Pinoy at heart, London






 

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