Philippine Airlines‘ (PAL) inaugural flight to the Big Apple landed in New York City on March 16th, and we were lucky enough to be on it! This was a special day for the airline, as the inaugural flight coincided with the airline’s 74th anniversary, and marked Philippine Airlines’ return to New York City since service was halted in 1997.
The 10:50 PM flight out of Vancouver kicked off the new route that will operate four times per week, offering service from Vancouver to New York City on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday with an overnight flight that arrives next day at 7:00 AM at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.. The return flight will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and will depart at 11:00 AM with a mid-afternoon arrival at the Vancouver International Airport. The new direct flight is a result of the expansion of service into New York City from Manila, with a quick transit stop in Vancouver.
The in-flight experience was excellent, with friendly flight attendants and a pilot with personality who decided to blast the airline’s own version of Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’ 30 minutes before landing. The standard operating aircraft will be the airbus 340, with 218 economy and 36 business class seats, meals will be provided and drum roll please… complimentary alcoholic beverages will also be available (cue applause).
To celebrate the airline’s new expansion, a ceremony was held on March 16th at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, with some airline VIPs in attendance. Guests and airline partners heard from Chairman and CEO Dr. Lucio C. Tan, President, COO Jaime Bautista and another very special guest, Rebecca Verzosa-Santos. Ms. Verzosa Santos, who now resides in New York, was PAL’s first international flight attendant who flew on the first flight from Manila to California in 1946. It was an amazing moment to witness when the Chairman & CEO and President honoured her service by awarding her with a trip home to the Philippines.
The gesture was reflective of PAL’s values and commitment to its employees, and the pride it takes in holding a strong place in the industry for the last 74 years.
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