PAL to fly 1-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Manila

Aviation Updates Philippines – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines says it will once again airlift 1-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Beijing to Manila on Monday.

Ground crew unloads a pallet of COVID-19 vaccines donated by China last week. Photo from Philippine Airlines.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna confirmed to AUP that the Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which will fetch the vaccines in China, will depart at 5:45 am from Manila on March 29. The flight carrying the vaccine to Manila, PR-361, is scheduled to depart from Beijing at 11:30 am and arrive in Manila at 4:30 pm.

"Philippine Airlines looks forward to ferry once again to Manila these vital goods that will enable the PH government to continue the momentum of the country's vaccination program," Villaluna said.

Last week, PAL reached another milestone as it became the first Filipino carrier to bring in COVID-19 vaccines from an international hub. The flag carrier flew 400,000 doses of Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccines from Beijing on March 24, on-board a Boeing 777-300ER jet. 

Previously, the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines were delivered by the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Xi'an Y-20 cargo plane and KLM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, respectively.