|NEW TORONTO SERVICE WITH PHILIPPINE AIRLINES |
|Toronto-Manila service marks PAL's return to North America's east coast for the first time in more than a decade|
Philippine Airlines (PAL) will launch service between Manila and Toronto on Nov. 30, 2012, giving the airline its first gateway on the North American east coast in 15 years. |
“We are always keen on developing new markets and Toronto, with its diverse population, booming economy and status as one of the world’s top financial centres, presents us a major opportunity to do so,” said Ramon S. Ang, president, PAL.
“There has long been a big clamor from our customers in Toronto and all along Canada’s eastern seaboard, particularly the large Filipino community, for a PAL service to their part of the country,” he added. “We heard them loud and clear, and we’re excited to serve them.”
The new service will trigger a revamp of PAL’s Canadian operation. From Nov. 30, the current daily service between Manila and Vancouver will be revised to four times weekly from Manila to Vancouver alternating with a three-times-weekly non-stop from Manila to Toronto.
On the return journey, Vancouver-Manila will have a dedicated product four times weekly along with a shared service from Toronto three times weekly. Toronto-Manila, therefore, will be a one-stop service via Vancouver.
The Toronto service (PR 118) departs Manila every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Arrival at Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson International Airport is at 5:00 p.m. on the same days.
The return flight (PR 119) departs Toronto every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7:35 p.m., stopping in Vancouver at 9:30 p.m. The service continues on to Manila at 11:30 p.m. and arrives at Terminal 2 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 5:45 a.m. two calendar days later.
PAL will field its new, long-range flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER, which seats 42 in Mabuhay Class (business) and 328 in Fiesta Class (economy), on the 17-hour, non-stop flight to Toronto.
While PAL is no stranger to Canada – it first flew to Vancouver 16 years ago, in September 1996 – the flag carrier will be breaking new ground with the Toronto service.
“This is an opportune time for PAL to expand and re-establish links with this dynamic region of North America,” said Ang. “Toronto is just the first step in our long-range network expansion that will see PAL fly back to the U.S. East Coast and to Europe.”