PAL returns to Europe after Ban Lifted

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PAL returns to Europe after Ban Lifted

Philippine Airlines (PAL), the national flag carrier of the Republic of the Philippines, is finalizing plans on the resumption of flights to Europe after the European Union lifted last July 10, 2013 the ban on PAL from flying into Europe.

PAL President Ramon S. Ang said the welcome development "signals the westward expansion of our international route network as we prepare for the much awaited return of PAL to such popular European destinations as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Rome and Madrid."

PAL is currently fast-tracking all preparations to be able to mount non-stop flights initially to London, Amsterdam and Paris within the last quarter of 2013 or early 2014, utilizing PAL's long-range, ultra-modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

PAL, Asia's first airline, last flew to Europe in 1998. The ban was imposed on all Philippine-registered carriers in 2010. The ban was lifted last July only on PAL after the airline, with the help of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), showed its adherence to the international safety standards imposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The lifting of the ban is also "another testimony to PAL's reputation as a safe airline," Mr. Ang added.

After an absence of 15 years, PAL plans to return to Europe with a newer fleet of airplanes and better inflight service.

"More than providing Filipinos living and working in Europe with the most direct link to Manila, we hope to bring the best of the Philippines to Europe and the best of Europe to the Philippines," Mr. Ang said.

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