Philippine Airlines to fly direct from Cebu to LA

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PAL will deploy its Airbus A340 aircraft on the new route (photo by Digital Media Pro)
PAL will deploy its Airbus A340 aircraft on the new route (photo by Digital Media Pro)

Philippine Airlines announced plans to launch the first ever direct flights between Cebu City and Los Angeles.

Commencing on 15 March 2016, to coincide with the national carrier’s 75th anniversary, the new trans-Pacific route will operate three times a week using a 254-seat, two-class Airbus A340 aircraft, which offers flat-bed seats in business class.

The route forms part of PAL’s US expansion strategy, which has already included the launch of flights from Manila to New York earlier this year.

“Our customers in the Visayas and Mindanao have long clamoured for direct flights between Cebu and the US, due to the travel convenience this will bring. One can simply take a short hop to Cebu from any point in the Visayas and Mindanao and connect to Los Angeles, instead of flying all the way to Manila,” said PAL’s president & chief operating officer, Jaime J. Bautista.

“Foreign tourists and our kababayans (overseas Filipino workers) in the United States will benefit from the flexibility of choice in terms of flights to and from the Philippines,” he added.

PAL currently operates 35 weekly services to the US, including 11 flights per week from Manila to Los Angeles, 10 to San Francisco, four to New York, five to Guam and five to Honolulu.

The new LA service will also become the first direct connection between Cebu and the US, and boosts PAL’s international network from Mactan-Cebu International Airport to 34 weekly flights, including the existing direct services to Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo and Seoul.

Last year, US aviation authorities lifted restrictions on Philippine carriers operating to the country, allowing PAL to expand its US routes.
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