Philippine Airlines brings back its Manila to New York route: Witnessing #PALFliesNY inaugural flight send-off

March 15, 2015 marked Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) 74th founding anniversary. This is also the day that PAL resumed its Manila-New York route after an absence of 18 years, making it its longest route to date, covering 14,501 kilometres or approximately 18.5 flying hours. Its route will operate four times weekly on an Airbus 340-300 with stopovers in Vancouver (in both directions).

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(Image courtesy of Fly Away Simulation.)

PAL celebrated its milestone by offering introductory airfares of $610 to New York last November 15, 2014 for travels starting March 15, 2015 onwards. You can read more about this news on their website here.

I haven’t flown long haul with PAL in almost a decade so when my husband booked our flight to Vancouver with PAL for our March 15 flight, I was excited to witness their inaugural flight send-off at NAIA terminal 2.

SPEECH AND RIBBON CUTTING

Dr. Lucio Tan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Philippine Airlines, gave a speech to the audience. 

An audience gathers to watch Dr. Lucio Tan’s speech. 

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION

Ribbon cutting ceremony is set up at the departure gate of the said flight. 

(From left to right: Benito Bengzon Jr., Tourism Undersecretary, Jose Lotilla, Transportation Undersecretary, Mrs. Carmen K. Tan, wife of Dr. Lucio C. Tan, Dr. Lucio C. Tan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jaime Bautista, President and Chief Operating Officer, Philip Goldberg, United States Ambassador to the Philippines.) 

The ribbon has been cut. PAL’s Manila to New York route is officially in operation again.  

Dr. Lucio Co presents a Boeing 777 model to Philip Goldberg. 

Martin Nievera sings for the crowd. 

Audience enjoys his free concert. 

THEME AND SPONSORS

The inauguration theme was New York City. 

Props where you can take photos with. 

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Passengers having their photos taken with the props. (Image courtesy of Philippine Airlines’ Facebook page.)

 

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Passengers having their photos taken with the props. (Image courtesy of Philippine Airlines’ Facebook page.)

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New York City-themed food truck. (Image courtesy of Philippine Airlines’ Facebook page.)

Havaianas give aways. 

Most passengers received Havaianas goodie bags. 

And freebies from The Travel Club. 

Flight attendants and mascots take photos.  

Ground staff wore Lady Liberty crowns in support of the New York City theme. 

ONBOARD THE FLIGHT

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Dr. Lucio Tan checks on the passengers. (Image courtesy of Joanne Ramirez.)

Martin Nievera, dubbed Philippines’ Concert King, serenaded the passengers with the song “On the Wings of Love” and “Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin” a few hours after departure from Manila. He went around the plane taking photos with fans.

Fans take selfies with Martin Nievera. 

STOP OVER IN VANCOUVER

During the layover in Vancouver, passengers were treated with cocktail food. 

CELEBRATION CONTINUES IN NEW YORK CITY

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(Image courtesy of Philippine Airlines’ Facebook page.)

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