Philippine Airlines has been making significant investments in their product the past few years, as they’re aiming to be more competitive with some of the other airlines in the region. The airline has recently taken delivery of six new A350-900s, which has been great news for their onboard product.
Well, the airline has now revealed their next destination with this plane, which is also only the second US airport that they’ll be flying the plane to.
Philippine Airlines launching Manila to Seattle flights
Philippine Airlines will be launching 3x weekly nonstop flights between Manila and Seattle as of May 3, 2020. The route will operate with the following schedule on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays:
PR128 Manila to Seattle departing 10:45PM arriving 7:45PM
PR129 Seattle to Manila departing 11:05PM arriving 3:35AM (+2 days)
The ~6,660 mile flight is blocked at 12hr eastbound and 13hr30min westbound.
This will be Philippine Airlines’ fifth destination in the US, as they also fly to Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. They serve a total of seven destinations in North America, as they also fly to Toronto and Vancouver.
Philippine Airlines will use an Airbus A350 for the route, featuring a total of 295 seats, including 30 business class seats, 24 premium economy seats, and 241 economy seats. They have staggered seats in business class, which represents a huge improvement over their 777 product.
Philippine Airlines’ A350 business class
It’s amazing to see just how much Seattle has been booming with flights to Asia. It’s logical given its geography, plus the size of the city’s Asian population.
In addition to this new flight, Seattle already has flights to Asia on All Nippon Airways, Asiana, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, EVA Air, Hainan, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Singapore Airlines.
Philippine Airlines resuming Los Angeles To Cebu flights
I’d argue this is less interesting, though it’s worth noting that Philippine Airlines is also resuming nonstop flights between Cebu and Los Angeles, which is a route they last served in May 2017.
The route will be operated 3x weekly as of May 2, 2020, with the following schedule:
PR152 Cebu to Los Angeles departing 9:00PM arriving 7:30PM
PR153 Los Angeles to Cebu departing 10:30PM arriving 5:00AM (+2 days)
The ~7,340 mile flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and is blocked at 13hr30min eastbound and 15hr30min westbound.
This will complement the up to 3x daily flights that the airline operates between Manila and Los Angeles, meaning that on some days the airline will have 4x daily flights to Los Angeles. Wow.
It’s cool to see Philippine Airlines add a second route to the US with their A350, which features a much improved product.
I’ll be flying the airline soon from Manila to Toronto on the A350, and am very much look forward to it.
Unfortunately Philippine Airlines doesn’t have many mileage partner. The only useful partner for redeeming miles on them is ANA Mileage Club.
I could see them partnership with Alaska Airlines, which would be awesome. Not only could it present a great opportunity to earn and redeem points, but it would also help them with connecting traffic.
What do you make of Philippine Airlines’ US expansion?