PAL’s first Airbus A350-900 touches down last Sunday to a water salute welcome at NAIA Terminal 2, after a 13-hour straight flight from Toulouse, France.
PAL gears up for nonstop flights to New York
INQUIRER.net / 03:13 PM October 18, 2018
On Oct. 29, 4-Star carrier Philippine Airlines will mark another milestone in aviation history as the first airline to mount a direct nonstop service to the Big Apple from the Philippines.
A brand-new PAL Airbus A350-900 will commence the historic flight when it departs as PR126 from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport for a 16-hour nonstop journey across the North Polar regions, to land at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on the evening of the same day.
PAL President and COO Jaime J. Bautista said “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.”
“The maiden nonstop 16 hour Manila-New York journey will usher in a long-haul travel experience marked by comfort, convenience and efficiency,” he added.
For his part, PAL VP Sales Ryan Uy noted brisk sales for this 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 U.S. 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.”
Tourists and balikbayans based in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut states will now find it easier and more convenient to visit the Philippines. Prior to the new PAL service, Manila-bound passengers had to go through intermediate stop-overs in Canada, the U.S. 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.
From Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, PAL will operate a four times weekly service (Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday) from Manila to New York.
PR126 departs from Manila at 8:10 p.m. and arrives in New York JFK at 11:15 p.m. (local time) on the same day. By Nov. 5, Manila departure will shift to 9:00 p.m. and arrival in New York JFK remains at 11:15 p.m. Starting Dec. 6, PAL will start serving the MNL-NYC route five times weekly with the introduction of the 5th frequency (every Wednesday).
From Oct. 30 to Nov. 5, PAL will serve the New York to Manila route four times weekly (Tuesday/ Wednesday / Friday / Sunday).
PR127 will leave New York JFK at 1:45 a.m. (local time) and touchdown in Manila is at 6:25 a.m. the following day. By Nov. 7, arrival in Manila will be at 7:25 a.m. (note: departure from New York remains at 1:45 a.m. local time.)
PAL will operate the 5th frequency (every Thursday) out of New York starting Dec. 13.
All PAL flights to New York will depart from NAIA Terminal 2. PAL flights from New York will arrive at NAIA Terminal 1.
(However, PAL flights to and from Canada, i.e. Vancouver and Toronto, will use NAIA Terminal 1 as their point of departure and arrival in Manila.)
PAL A350 Business Class
The Business class cabin – with 30 seats configured in 1-2-1 format so that every single passenger enjoys direct access to the aisle – offers a seat pitch of 44 inches and seat width of up to 24 inches. The seat – which reclines to a full-flat bed measuring 78 inches in length – has an adjustable air cushion to adjust seat firmness, lumbar massage feature, additional storage for personal items, power ports and augmented reading lights.
The Premium Economy class has 24 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration in an exclusive cabin. Seat pitch is at 38 inches and seat width is at 19 inches. Premium Economy seats – which have a recline of up to 8 inches – are equipped with legrest and footrest, additional front pockets for personal items, bottle holders, reading lights and power ports.
The Economy class cabin – with a total of 241 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration – offers passengers roomier leg space and greater seating comfort with a seat pitch of 33 inches and seat width at 18 inches; plus a recline of up to 6 inches. Features include a 4-way headrest and USB power ports.
In the pipeline for the Philippines’ only 4-Star Global Airline are new services 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.