PAL inaugurates Manila-NYC flight

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After 18 long years, flag carrier Philippine Airlines is relaunching its service from Manila to New York City (via Vancouver), which coincides with the airline’s 74th founding anniversary.

At send off ceremony has just been concluded at NAIA Terminal  2 for PR 126, led by PAL founder Dr. Lucio Tan and PAL president Jaime Bautista, with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg as guest of honor.

Also in attendance were DOT Usec. Benito Bengzon, DOTC Usec. Jose Lotilla, and top officials of the Manila International Airport Authority.

In his welcoming remarks, Bautista said, “Although billed as an inaugural flight, this is not the first time PAL is flying to New York City. We ran a service to Newark in September 1996 to 1997, which introduced our brand to the Big Apple.

“We knew deep in our hearts PAL would be back in New York City, and after 18 years, that day is today, and on PAL’s 74th founding anniversary.”

Bautista went on to thank the many entities that made the airline’s return to NYC, among them the United States Government, the civil aviation and tourism sectors of both countries, and especially the Fil-Am community of New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas in the East Coast who had asked for the service.

“You are our most passionate supporters and this service is for you,” he added.

Bautista further pointed to PAL founder Lucio Tan, whose “vision and leadership” first took the flag carrier to New York.

“No matter how long it took he made sure of this return.”

Tan, in a short address, thanked his “PAL family for their effort in making this US East Coast Service a reality.”

Meanwhile US Ambassador Goldberg congratulated PAL for the Manila-New York route, lauding the airline for some 3 million Filipinos and countless other businessmen in flying back and forth to the two cities.

“As you know New York is the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the capital  of the world.  And now Filipinos can enjoy all the things New York is known for with this service,” he enthused.

PAL now flies to New York City’s JFK International Airport four times a week.

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