Philippine Airlines said it will start a direct nonstop service to New York from Manila on Oct. 29 this year.
The airline, led by tycoon Lucio Tan, said a brand-new Airbus A350-900 would depart from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for a 16-hour nonstop journey across the North Polar regions to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on the evening of the same day.
“We look forward with eager anticipation, as we prepare to fly almost halfway around the world on the longest route ever to be served by a Philippine carrier. What’s in store for travelers is a journey unparalleled - an ultra-comfortable flight on one of the world’s most advanced commercial airplanes,” said PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista.
“The maiden nonstop 16 hour Manila-New York journey will usher in a long-haul travel experience marked by comfort, convenience and efficiency,” he said.
PAL vice president for sales Ryan Uy noted the brisk sales for the newest product offering.
“People want to experience this much-talked about A350 aircraft. They want to sample the spacious cabin designed for rest, relaxation, fine dining and wide choices of video entertainment. Now they can enjoy the A350 on a flight that takes them directly to the US East Coast, with no more time-consuming stop-overs and no inconvenient transfer connections along the route. One take-off and one landing, and you’re in the Big Apple,” he said.
Prior to the new PAL service, Manila-bound passengers had to go through intermediate stop-overs in Canada, the US West Coast or airports in other Asian countries, usually by connecting from one flight to another.
The PAL service between Manila and New York City gives passengers the flexibility to choose from a wider selection of departure days.
All PAL flights to New York will depart from Naia Terminal 2. PAL flights from New York will arrive at Naia Terminal 1.
PAL also plans to fly to other destinations in North America and/or Europe as more A350 aircraft join the fleet.
“Seattle, Chicago and a point in Western Europe are being eyed,” PAL said.