Philippine Airlines to start New York direct with A359ULR

The longest nonstop flight ever under taken by PAL, is being made possible using the first A350-900 ULR that is due for delivery in midyear 2018.

The distance from Manila to New York utilising the shortest polar route is 13,691 kilometers (8,507 miles) and will take 15 hours.

Presently, PAL flies to New York from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via Vancouver, then on to New York, a total of 18 hours.

PAL is scheduled to receive delivery of the first A359ULR in March 2018, with three more A359ULR later in 2018 and two more in 2019 for a total of six A350’s. Four will be needed to operate the route fully.