As PR1 Arrives Spain
14 September 2014
14 September 2014
|RP-C3435 (sn302,ex EC-HDQ) Arrives at 7:10AM in Madrid's Torrejon Airport bringing the President of the Republic of the Philippines on the first leg of a week-long Official State visit to mainland Europe. It will then fly to Belgium and then to Paris and Berlin later in the week. |
Aquino’s visit to France will be the first for a Philippine head of state since 1994. The President chooses Spain as his first itinerary to Europe considering the shared history and cultural heritage between the two countries.The Philippines is also the only country that receives Official Development Assistance from Spain.
|Philippine Airlines is upgrading charter services to the Russian far east by flying Airbus A321-200 jets from the existing A320 service to Vladivostok beginning October this year. The airline will also introduce new charter service to Khabarovsk from Kalibo using A320 aircraft. Charter services for Vladivostok remains at one flight per 10 days while new services to Khabarovsk will be flown every 14th day. Meanwhile, the flag carrier is also introducing regular charter flights From Manila to Moscow in January next year once a week using a mono-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft.|
|Philippine Airlines (PAL) has deferred delivery of its Airbus A330-300 aircraft order from Airbus S.A. |
The affected frame (1553, RP-C8764) was scheduled for delivery on August 28 when the airline announced there will be delay to its acceptance due to change in corporate leadership.
No further information is made available as to the status of other aircraft orders. There are four remaining A330 frames yet to be delivered to the airline after it cancelled the other five in February.
Earlier this week San Miguel Corporation (SMC) agreed to sell back the airline to its previous owner, the Lucio Tan group for more than US $1 billion.
SMC owns 49 per cent of PAL Holdings which in turn controls about 90 per cent of Philippine Airlines and 100 per cent of its low cost subsidiary Air Philippines.
|Philippine Airlines has cancelled plan Australian expansion to Perth and Brisbane slated to start operations in November after the airline cancelled the lease contract for five B757 aircraft meant for the Australian market. The cancellation was made two days after the Lucio Tan Group bought back the flag carrier from San Miguel Corporation. Existing flights to Darwin and Brisbane remains unaffected and will be upgraded to A321 service starting December 8, 2014. Meanwhile, Melbourne expansion plans is expected to be announce soon.|