Philippine Airlines Will Expand North American Operations; Opens Manila-Sapporo Flights

The latest timetables show that Philippine Airlines (PAL) is not yet done with its expansion in North America.  During the summer of 2019, the flag carrier will expand its flights from Manila to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto.  

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In Los Angeles, PAL will up its frequencies from 14 to 17 from May 15 until September 30.  Specifically, PR122 will leave at 11 pm every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and arrive in Los Angeles at 9.25 pm.  The return flight, PR123, leaves the same day and returns to Manila two days later at 5.20 am.   

PAL will double the number of San Francisco flights from March 31 until the end of the summer season.  PR114 and PR115 (the return flight), which have usually operated for a limited time during peak travel seasons only, will operate daily.  The outbound flight departs at 8.45 pm and arrives in San Francisco at 6.35 pm.  The inbound flight lands in Manila a days later.

All these Los Angeles and San Francisco flights will utilise a Boeing 777-300ER (77W), which PAL currently has 10 of.  

PAL's recently inaugurated nonstop Manila-New York flight will operate daily (up from the current four weekly flights) starting March 31.  This flight utilises an Airbus A350.  PAL will also expand the number of flights between Manila and Toronto on March 31.  Although the Toronto flight currently uses a 77W, the flag carrier will replace it with an A350, making Toronto the third regular destination for the newest member of the PAL fleet.

Meanwhile, PAL has just inaugurated its flights between Manila to Sapporo, the capital of Japan's northernmost island Hokkaido.  It flies every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The outbound PR406 leaves Manila at 1.55 am and arrives in Sapporo Chitose at 7.30 am.  The inbound flight leaves Sapporo at 9.45 am and is scheduled to be back in Manila at 2.15 pm.  The destination is served using the new Airbus A321 NEO aircraft, which features flat beds in business class and in-flight entertainment across all classes.  

According to PAL president and COO Jaime Bautista, the newest route hopes to cater to increasing demand for nonstop flights to one of Japan's popular destinations, especially among Filipinos.

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