Philipines Airlines Returning TO Newyork In March 2015

Philipines Airlines Returning TO Newyork In March 2015

Flying home for Filipinos on the east coast of the United States is about to get much easier. According to the latest Airline timetables, Philippine Airlines is set to return to New York City after a seventeen year absence in March 2015, when it launches Flights from Manila to The Big Apple via Vancouver, Canada. 

Flights to New York will officially begin on March 15, 2015 operated by an Airbus A340-300 Aircraft. In launching the new service, Philippine Airlines will take advantage of the expanded Air Services Agreement between Canada and the Philippines, which now allows Philippine carriers to fly up to 14 weekly Flights between the two countries.

Flight PR126 will depart Manila at 11:50pm and arrive in Vancouver at 8:50pm. The Flight will then continue on to New York, departing Vancouver at 10:50pm and landing at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport at 7:00am the following day. Philippine Airlines's Flights to New York via Vancouver will depart every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The return Flight, PR127, will depart New York at 11:00am and arrive back in Vancouver at 1:50pm.  The Flight continues on to the Philippines, departing Vancouver at 3:20pm and arriving back in Manila at 8:30pm the following day.  

The restoration of the New York Flight marks yet another milestone in Philippine Airlines' history as it will be the first time the flag carrier has flown to the east coast of the United States since it exited receivership. Philippine Airlines last flew to New York's Newark Liberty Airport in 1997. The Airline was originally forced to cancel the service due to the Asian Financial Crisis.  


Philippine Airlines will not be the first carrier to operate direct service between Manila and New York's JFK Airport in recent years. Delta Airlines has been flying between the two cities under Flight numbers DL172 and DL173 since 2010. Unlike the Philippine Airlines Flight, the Delta Flight makes a stopover at Delta's Tokyo Narita hub, rather than in Vancouver.  However, as Delta is set to realign its Asia Pacific services in October 2014, the Atlanta based carrier will be assigning a different Flight number to its Manila services, meaning that future Flights to and from Manila via Tokyo Narita will arrive and depart from a different city in the United States.  


By the time the New York Flight launches in March 2015, Philippine Airlines will become the second Southeast Asian carrier to have an active service to the city after Singapore Airlines. However, it remains to be seen if Philippine Airlines will be able to successfully sustain service to the city in spite of the sizeable overseas Filipino population on the US east coast. History suggests that southeast Asian carriers have had mixed luck flying to New York City over the course of the past decade.  

Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International used to operate ultra long haul non stop Flights from their respective hubs in Singapore and Bangkok to New York in 2004 and 2005. However, due to rising operating costs, Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines were forced to discontinue their non stop Flights in 2008 and 2013. Singapore Airlines continues to fly to New York on a daily basis. However, it is now solely served on a one stop basis via Frankfurt. Malaysia Airlines also used to fly to New York via Stockholm. However, that service was also discontinued in 2009.  

Meanwhile, a different story has unfolded for Hong Kong based carrier Cathay Pacific, whose Flights between Hong Kong and New York's JFK Airport are considered ultra long-haul. The carrier has successfully grown from having just one non stop Flight between the two financial centres in 2004 to four daily non stop Flights between the two cities. This includes one daily Flight to New York's Newark Liberty Airport. All four non stop services operated by Cathay Pacific to New York are in addition to a fifth Flight that operates via Vancouver.

Assuming that Philippine Airlines will be using its fifth freedom rights to also sell tickets to passengers travelling between Vancouver and New York, the carrier will compete directly with Cathay Pacific, which also sells tickets between the two cities, and Delta Airlines that operates service on a seasonal basis. Cathay Pacific has a long established product in the Vancouver market, operating Flights with its four class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft featuring the carrier's new premium economy class and a wide array of personal in Flight entertainment including audio-video on demand across all classes. Philippine Airlines will be launching its new New York service with ex-Iberia A340-300 aircraft featuring Business and Economy Class. The aircraft is equipped with mainscreen entertainment, rather than personal television screens with audio video on demand. Under the current Flight schedules, Philippine Airlines and Cathay Pacific will depart Vancouver for New York at almost the same time. 

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Mohini Porwal [ B Sc]
Trainee News Editor
Philipines Aviation News Editor