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16 Nov, 2014

PAL targets to be a five-star airline, starts NY flights March 15 – Manila Bulletin

Over the medium term, Philippine Airlines (PAL) targets to be one of the best in the world, with a five-star rating, from being a three-star today, as it focuses on a handful of American cities, beefs up both international and regional destinations via code-shares and expand in the local market.

At the same time, the flag carrier is eyeing to find a strategic partner within the next three years after parting ways with San Miguel Corp.

Next year, its 74th year of operations, PAL is re-launching its Manila-New York service after a 20-year absence and “This time, we’ll be back for good,” announced PAL President Jaime J. Bautista yesterday.

PAL first flew to New York in 1996 but suspended its service after a year because of Category 2 restrictions. Today, the flag carrier is optimistic about its prospects in New York, with a potential of half a million Filipino passengers.”If we get just 30 per cent of this, we will be very successful indeed,” he pointed out.

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