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PAL flies to Uzbekistan to bring home OFWs

Aviation Updates Philippines – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines is flying 257 more Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Saturday, as part of efforts to bring home stranded Filipinos abroad.

According to PAL Spokesperson Cielo Villaluna, today's repatriation flight marks the first PAL flight to Uzbekistan's capital city. An Airbus A330-300 aircraft, capable of seating around 368 passengers, was deployed for the milestone flight.

PAL's A330/A350 Chief Pilot, Capt. Emmanuel 'Butch' Generoso, with his son First Officer Jose Inigo Generoso, and together with Second Officer Erick James Baloria flew the first leg of the nine-hour flight to Tashkent.

"This pandemic has posed challenges in all of our lives, but when opportunity calls, we must help those in need for as long as we can. It is an honor to be of service to our countrymen," the chief pilot said.

The return to Manila, currently underway as of press time, is being led by Capt. Richard Allan Solapco, assisted by First Officer Paolo Padla and Second Officer Martin Tamondong. Flight Purser Maria Elva Barrientos also heads the cabin crew team.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the flag carrier has flown hundreds of chartered repatriation flights to ferry home our kababayans. Because of these, PAL has plotted several milestones as it flew for the first time to several countries.

Photo from Cielo Villaluna, Philippine Airlines

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