Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has announced that will launch direct flights between Manila and New York later this month.
Writing on social media today (Wednesday, October 17) Cielo Villaluna, a spokesman for the national airline, said: “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 US West Coast, or airports in other Asian countries, usually by connecting from one flight to another.”
The 16-hour non-stop flight will use PAL’s new Airbus A350-900 and will be launched on October 29.
Philippine Airlines earlier expressed its plan to use the A350 in long-haul flights, as it can fly up to 8,000 nautical miles without refuelling.
The airline also said the A350’s cabin is quieter compared with other aircraft, as it uses a design and technology that reduces noise by up to four times. Moreover, all its seats have TV screens, and passengers will be given free wi-fi access.
PAL has ordered six brand new A350s, and expects to complete the units within the next year and a half.
Villaluna shared the following flight frequencies:
October 29 to November 3 – Manila to New York; four times a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
October 30 to November 5 – New York to Manila; four times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
She added that PAL will add another flight every Thursday for its New York to Manila route starting from December 13.
Last week, we reported on the launch of the world’s longest flight, from Singapore to New York. This 19-hour service, run by Singapore Airlines, also uses the new Airbus A350-900. The planes on this route have been configured to carry 161 passengers — 67 in business class and 94 in premium economy, with no economy seats.
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