Philippine Airlines resumes New York flights after 17 year absence

Philippine Airlines’ Manila to New York (via YVR)

As well as the standard ribbon-cutting for Philippine Airlines’ re-launch of services to New York (after a 17-year hiatus), passengers were encouraged to take selfies in a New York cab, and to eat hot dogs and cheesecake – typical American food.

  • Philippine Airlines on 15 March resumed flights to New York after an absence of 17 years. It now operates four times weekly on the 13,700-kilometre route between Manila (MNL) and New York JFK (JFK) using an A340-300. Flights operate via Vancouver in both directions. New York becomes the airline’s fifth US destination after Guam, Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Philippine Airlines last served the New York region in 1997, when it flew to New York’s Newark Liberty Airport. The move to expand flights in the United States and Canada comes after the Philippines was restored to Category 1 status by the United States Federal Aviation Administration.


  1. ChrisB says:

    I flew on a PAL A340-300 on the Manila London route 6 times in the past year; 5 times in Business and once in Economy.


    The flight attendants are great but the plane is old and the seats, toilets, etc. are falling apart.

    From Manila JFK I use Delta and I won’t change. Business Class is $500 less expensive than PAL, the Delta Business is incredible, and the flight time is the same.

    I like PAL but they are just not competitive except on short domestic routes.

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