Philippine Daily Inquirer

PAL NOW FLIES NONSTOP TO NYC

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Four-star carrier Philippine Airlines marked another milestone with its first direct nonstop service to the Big Apple.

A brand-new PAL A350-900 departed as PR126 from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Internatio­nal Airport, for the 16-hour nonstop journey on Oct. 29. It landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy Internatio­nal Airport on the evening of the same day.

PAL president and COO Jaime J. Bautista said, “This is the longest route ever to be served by a Philippine carrier... (This) will usher in a long-haul travel experience marked by comfort, convenienc­e and efficiency.”

Tourists and balikbayan based in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticu­t 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 stopovers in Canada, United States West Coast or airports in other Asian countries.

PAL now operates a four times weekly service from Manila to New York. PAL will operate the fifth frequency (ev- ery Thursday) out of New York starting Dec. 13.

The new long-range A350 that will serve the Manila-JFK route features outstandin­g characteri­stics. It can fly up to 8,000 nautical miles and boasts a quieter cabin with up to four times less noise.

The aircraft’s advanced Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines produce unparallel­ed range and efficiency.

The A350 has a lightweigh­t but very strong structure which also costs significan­tly less to maintain: 70 percent is made of advanced material, including 53 percent composite.

It offers WiFi service for all passengers (subject to time and volume caps), with affordable renewal plans. It also has special LED mood lighting, customized especially for PAL, to help passengers adjust to time zones.

In the pipeline for PAL are new services to other destinatio­ns in North America and Europe, as more A350 aircraft join the fleet. Seattle, Chicago and a point in Western Europe are being eyed.

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MIAA chief of staff Raul Austria, Tourism Promotions Board chief operating officer Venus Tan, US Ambassador Sung Kim, PAL president and COO Jaime J. Bautista, Rep. Cesar Sarmiento
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