PAL taps polar route


By Jerome Aning, Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) flew early this week its nonstop Manila-Toronto flight, the first ever crossing of the polar region by a Filipino air carrier.

The Polar route refers to the flight over Canada, Greenland, the Arctic Circle, Russia, Mongolia and parts of China.

“The carrier used to operate flights between the two points [Manila and Toronto] with a stopover in Vancouver, a longer routing that resulted in a combined flying and ground time of 21 hours,” PAL said. “This new route cuts traveling time by 4.5 hours, a saving that translates to greater convenience for passengers.”