PAL resumes flights to New York

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2015 05:16 PM | Updated as of Mar 17 2015 01:16 AM

MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has resumed its flights to New York after an 18-year absence as part of the airline’s network expansion to the East Coast in the US.

Government and PAL officials, including PAL chairman Lucio Tan joined the inaugural flight that left Manila Sunday night.

A passenger takes a selfie with PAL chairman Lucio Tan onboard PAL’s inaugural flight to New York. Photo from PAL.

The New York flight via Vancouver will approximately take 16.5 hours, making it PAL's longest route.

PAL will have four flights a week for its Manila-Vancouver-New York service. It will operate at Terminal 1 of New York's JFK International Airport.

Martin Nievera serenades passengers at the inaugural flight to New York. Photo from PAL.

Flights depart 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 stopover, the service continues on to New York at 10:50 p.m., touching down at Terminal 1 of JFK International at 7 a.m. the following day.

The return service 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 back in Manila at 8:35 p.m. the following day.

PAL will use the Airbus A340-300 jets, which seats 36 passengers in business class and 218 in economy.

PAL chairman and chief executive Lucio Tan presents a Boeing 777 model aircraft to US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg during the send-off ceremony. Also in the photo are Transportation Undersecretary Jose Lotilla, Mrs. Carmen Tan and PAL president Jaime Bautista. Photo from PAL.