Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film stars Denzel Washington as a seasoned pilot who manages to crash-land his malfunctioning plane, saving the lives of 98 passengers on board.
"Robert Zemeckis has shown his diversity as a storyteller in comedies, dramas and has skilfully translated narratives into specific effect environments," Rose Kuo, executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Centre, said in a statement.
"It is a pleasure to see him bring to life his complicated, tragic-comic portrait of a man in crisis, with an exceptional and poignant performance by Denzel Washington."
The movie marks Zemeckis's return to live-action directing 12 years after the release of Cast Away.
The New York Film Festival runs from September 28 to October 14.
Flight will open in US cinemas on November 2 and January 25 in the UK. Watch the trailer below: