The pilot who flew the RAF C-17 cargo plane from where it was refuelled in Singapore to the Philippines said the crew were "the envy of the squadron" being selected to bring the first aircraft in.
Squadron Leader David Blakemore said, "Hopefully there will be a few more missions and we'll be able to support the Philippine people over the coming weeks with the aid effort".
"The RAF and MoD [Ministry of Defence] are extremely proud to be taking part in the aid effort", he continued.
"The rapid response capability that the C-17 brings is the heavy lift. This is really our bread and butter to be able to help out a nation in need".