ROKAF at Mactan

11 February 2016

The Republic of Korea Air Force's "Black Eagles" aerobatic team made technical stop on February 8 at Mactan Air Base en route to Singapore for demonstration flights of its T-50 trainer jets. A squadron of similar but more powerful variant was ordered by the Philippine Air Force. 
Image courtesy MCIA

MNL First A350 Destination For CX

Pax Scramble to Grab CX900/901 Seats

8 February 2016

Cathay Pacific has announced that its first destination for the its brand new A350 will be its daily flight to Manila CX901/900.commencing 1 May 2016 to be followed by Taipei on its return flight.

CX will then extend its reach of A350 services to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh from July 1, and Singapore from July 3 impressing Business class seat supplied by Zodiac.

The first raft of regional services is expected to help crew and ground teams become familiar with the A350 in a working environment before the next-generation jetliner is heads onto long-distance international flights.

The airline is expected to received the first A350 variant on the last week of April before commencing flights to Manila.

PH Signs ASEAN Open Skies

Opens Clark But Limits Manila Flights

8 February 2016

The Philippines has officially signed the ASEAN Open Skies Treaty (Single Aviation Market) paving the way for unlimited flights from Philippine Regional Airports to neighboring South East Asian countries.

Transportation Department (DOTC) said the multilateral agreement under Protocols 5 and 6 of the Asean Multilateral Agreement in Air Services (MAAS) will allow Philippine air carriers to fly unlimited frequencies to and beyond the capital cities of other Southeast Asian nations.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that except for flights to Manila which is still restricted due to congestion problems at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, all other regional airports such as Clark, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Kalibo and Puerto Princesa will be open for unlimited international flights.

MAAS which is part of the Asean’s Roadmap for Integration of Air Transportation Services, is envisioned to consolidate its air services sector into one Asean Single Aviation Market similar to those implemented by the European Union among its member States.

And Rome It Is!

7 February 2016

PR Heads FCO Amidst CDG Slot Difficulty

Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to fly Rome in Italy beginning the second half of this year, after securing regulatory approvals from Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazone Civile (ENAC), Italy's aviation regulator. It is now processing its Slot Clearance Request (SCR) for Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) before operating at Aeroporti di Roma.

Jaime J. Bautista, President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Philippine Airlines, said in an interview by Travel News Asia that they will fly to another EU country this year after suspending expansion plans to Europe after London in 2014.

PAL has since successfully grown its London market after announcing London-Heathrow flights in 2013 by offering daily services beginning June 2016.

The airline intends to fly Fiumicino Airport four times a week starting IATA Winter 2016/17 timetable with Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

Italy hosts the largest population of Overseas Filipino migrants in the European Union accounting more than 170,000 people in 2015 according to the Italian National Institute of Statistics. While there were more than 16,000 Italians that visited the country in 2015, a third of the Filipino diaspora in Italy goes back home every year mostly by Gulf carriers.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) last flew to Italy in 1994 twice weekly.

Meanwhile, PAL's application for thrice a week A340 flight services to Paris is again hampered by airport slot application problems.

PAL will add to its fleet this year two more Boeing 777-300ERs destined for North American market while the five Airbus A321s delivered this year is bound for north east asian countries of Russia, China, South Korea and Japan.


Ordinary Passenger Keeps Plane To Himself

29 January 2016

Alex Simon got a surprise of his life when he boarded a PAL Express Q300 flight to Boracay finding himself alone in the crowd of cabin crews. Of Course that only happens in the Philippines. More of his story at UK's Daily Mail.

JJP flies PH

27 January 2016

Begins Flight 15 March
Japan-based low cost carrier Jetstar Japan will start flight services to the Philippines beginning March 15, 2016.

Jetstar Japan will launch flight services to Manila from Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo starting on March 15 from Tokyo-Narita, April 1 from Nagoya-Centrair, and May 3 from Osaka-Kansai.

Flight schedule are as follows:

Tokyo (5x weeekly)
Flt.#      D-time         A-time       type   freq
GK041 NRT2030 – 0005MNL 320   ex57
GK040 MNL0035 – 0605NRT 320   ex61 (daily by 1 June)

Nagoya (4x weekly)
GK095 NGO2030 – 2335MNL 320  ex234
GK096 MNL0105 – 0555NGO 320  ex234 (daily by 3 May)

Osaka (4x weekly)
GK081 KIX2030 – 2335MNL 320   ex167
GK080 MNL0035 – 0530KIX 320  ex127

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia also flies MNL-KIX daily and will compliment flight frequencies for the Japan based subsidiary.

Jetstar Japan is a low cost airline subsidiary jointly owned by Japan Airlines and Jetstar parent Qantas Airways, both holding 33.3% shares.

5J's New Livery Comes To Town

27 January 2016

Introducing Cebu Pacific's newest A320 jet (A320-214(WL): RP-C4107) sporting the new livery for the airline. All aircraft orders by the company will be wearing this new color.

36 Million And Counting

23 January 2016

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) registered a total of 36,681,601 passengers that uses Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), in 2015, eight percent (8%) higher from records reported last year, an increase of two million passengers from 34,094,159 in 2014.

Domestic passengers reached 19,513,514 while international travelers totaled 17,168,087.

The airport complex is expected to breach the 40 million mark by 2016 with the introduction of more wide bodied flights from Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airlines, Etihad, Turkish Airlines, and other international airlines operating at the airport.