PAL lands in Maldives for the first time

Aviation Updates Philippines – To carry out a repatriation mission for stranded Filipino nationals, Philippine Airlines landed at the Velana International Airport in Male, the Maldives for the first time in its 79 years of glamorous history.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING. Philippine Airlines, for the first time, landed in the Republic of Maldives for a repatriation flight. Photo from Avia Maldives, Facebook
In collaboration with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Philippine Consulate in the Republic of Maldives, a mission to bring home 336 Philippine nationals from the island nation has been carried out.

PAL sent its 368-seat Airbus A330-343 aircraft (with registry RP-C8760) for the repatriation flight. Reposition flight PR-8708 departed for Male at 5:21 am local time from Manila and arrived at 8:59 am local time. The sweeper flight, PR-8709, departed at 11:31 am local time and will arrive in the Philippines Saturday night.

The Filipino community in the Maldives warmly welcomed the arrival of the flag carrier. Proud photos and videos were posted online. Well-wishers also posted their greetings for their countrymen who are currently flying back to the Philippines.

Aside from the flight to the Maldives today, Philippine Airlines is also scheduled to operate a one-time flight to Milan, Italy on Tuesday next week for another round of repatriation flights.