Philippine Airlines, after 18 years, started flying to New York. The March 15 inaugural flight came after US Federal Aviation Administration lifted the Philippines’ aviation status to Category 1 in April last year.
PAL will be flying to JFK International airport Terminal 1 four times a week every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:50 pm as Flight PR 126. Return flights, PR 127, will depart New York at 11:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The route is a 16.5-hour travel with distance of 14,501 kilometers. Every flight have a two-hour transit stop in Vancouver, Canada.
Introductory round-trip fares cost USD 610 (exclusive of taxes and surcharges) for economy and USD 3,560 for business class. PAL also offers flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Guam.
“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,” PAL president Jaime Bautista said. PAL stopped its New York flights in 1997.