Philippine Airlines (PAL) will start flying to New York City on March 15, 2015, marking the carrier’s much-awaited network expansion to the US east coast.
The addition of New York will bring to five PAL’s total US destinations, following Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Guam.
The New York route —covering a distance of 14,501 kilometers or approximately 16.5 total flying hours—will be PAL’s longest flight.
“This auspicious start of regular flights to New York will coincide with PAL’s 74th founding anniversary,” said Lucio Tan, PAL chairman and chief executive officer.
The four-times-a-week service of Manila-Vancouver-New York will operate at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 and New York’s JFK International Airport.
PAL will have full traffic rights between Vancouver and New York.
Flight PR 126 departs Manila every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:50 p.m. Arrival in Vancouver is 8:50 p.m. on the same day. After a two-hour transit stop, the service continues on to New York at 10:50 p.m., touching down at Terminal 1 of JFK International at 7:00 a.m. the following day.
The return service, PR 127, departs New York at 11 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Vancouver at 1:50 p.m. It departs the Canadian city at 3:20 p.m. and lands in Manila at 8:35 p.m. the following day.
For the service, PAL will use the Airbus A340-300 jet, which seats 36 passengers in business class and 218 in economy.