PAL opens new route to Los Angeles

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Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) bared another route expansion in the United States.

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The launching of non-stop thrice weekly flights between Cebu and Los Angeles on March 15 next year “will commence on a milestone date – PAL’s 75th founding anniversary.”

The new service will utilize the 254-seater bi-class Airbus A340 with 36 lie-flat seats on business class and 218 seats on regular economy.

“Our customers in the Visayas and Mindanao have long clamored for direct flights between Cebu and the US. One can simply take a short hop to Cebu from any point in the Visayas and Mindanao and connect to Los Angeles,” PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista said in a statement.

He added “foreign tourists and our kababayans in the United States will benefit from the flexibility of choice in terms of flights to and from the Philippines.”

PAL currently operates 35 weekly flights to mainland USA and two US territories combined.

From Manila, the flag carrier operates 11 weekly flights to Los Angeles, ten weekly flights to San Francisco and four weekly flights to New York.

The new US service from Cebu will bring to 38 the total number of flights to the US per week.

PAL’s international operations in Cebu consist of thrice weekly flights to Nagoya, daily flights to Osama and Seoul and 14 flights to Narita.

BENJIE VERGARA

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