PAL Flies JFK Direct

Flight Begins October 28

11 April 2018

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to fly direct flights from Manila to New York beginning October 28, 2018 with four weekly flights between Manila and New York JFK non-stop in both directions initially with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Currently, PR 126/127 flies via Vancouver before heading to New York with the same aircraft type.

PAL will change departure and arrival times from the present to the following schedules:

PR126 MNL1830 – 2100JFK 773 x357
PR127 JFK0200 – 0610+1MNL 773 x146

Flight services to New York is expected be replaced by Airbus 350-900 planes by December 2018. (first A350 flight, see here)

Flights between Manila to Vancouver remains unchanged at seven times weekly with the same aircraft type and departure and arrival times from Manila. Return flights however is re-timed to reflect the following schedules:

PR116 MNL1900 – 1440YVR 773 D
PR117 YVR0045 – 0620+1MNL 773 D

Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines and PAL Express has successfully completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), confirming the airline’s strict compliance with international aviation safety standards.

PAL Express was first included in the Registry in March 2014. It's safety compliance was renewed in March 2016 and later in March 2018. PAL, on the other hand, has received its sixth consecutive IOSA renewal, marking 12 years of full international safety compliance by the country’s flag carrier.

The IOSA is designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. The audit is conducted every two years and is recognized as the gold standard in airline safety assessments.


  1. Philippine Airlines will upgrade the aircraft used on its Auckland-Manila route to a newer and bigger Airbus A330 aircraft.

    Starting on June 17, the plane will replace the smaller A340 used on the non-stop route that operates three times a week. :)