Sneak Peek

1 September 2014

PAL Expands Cebu Hub

 Adds Nagoya Service

1 September 2014

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will expand its Cebu hub by adding new flight services to Nagoya effective December 14. It will be flown by new A321 ordered from Airbus in 2012. 

The airline expects to operate this route 3 times a week initially under the following schedules: 

PR480 CEB0910 – 1440NGO 321 236
PR479 NGO1540 – 1930CEB 321 236
 PAL flies twice daily to Tokyo Narita, and Seoul from its hub in Cebu.

Time To Say Goodbye

PAL 747 Leaves San Francisco For The Last Time

30 August 2014

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) bids farewell to its last Boeing 747-400 (RP-C7473) as it flies its final commercial flight from San Francisco as PR105 back to the Philippines early-morning Monday.

The last PAL B747 arrival will be given a water-canon salute by airport tenders when it lands at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on September 1. 

PAL started retiring its B747 fleet last year beginning with RP-C8168. Official retirement ceremony on the four others was held on May 12 at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City but the retirement of one aircraft was deferred twice due to fleet planning problems. 

The B747 flew Overseas Filipino Workers back home from war-torn Libya in Malta to cap its service to the Filipino people and some illustrious 35 years of memories flying the queen of the skies.

Philippine Airlines Flight PR-105, a Boeing 747, was welcomed by a water cannon salute as it taxis on the tarmac of NAIA Terminal 1 early Monday, September 1. The Boeing 747-400, with 285 passengers on board, was on its retirement flight from San Francisco after almost 35 years in service. 

Troubling Consolidation

Bleak Future For Air Asia in the Philippines
The worlds best low cost airline is in danger of extinction in the Philippines as it reduces flights.

30 August 2014

Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad is extending another $18 million (P788 million) capital infusion to its Philippine unit in a bid to boost its affiliate after registering dismal performance of its subsidiary which continue to post losses of $3.9 million down from $7 million last year.

Zest AirAsia said the money is needed to support the airline's operation to the next fiscal year.

AirAsia owner Tony Fernandes said the Philippine subsidiary's return to profit would come sooner than expected.

The subsidiary is expected to post a profit by the second half of 2014 following reductions of its domestic flights.

“We are investing a lot on marketing our brand locally and internationally to ensure we push passenger demand into the Philippines,” he said. “We have revised our network and I believe this will push fares even higher in the second half of 2014. I am very optimistic the worse is over as our turnaround plan has been put into place.” says Fernandes.

AirAsia is cutting four daily frequencies between Manila-Cebu route from the present seven, while Manila-Tagbilaran will be further reduce from the present four to three times daily.

International destinations from Kalibo - Seoul routes were also reduced from twice to one times a day, while Manila-Macau flights was clipped from daily to four times a week.

The airline has been badly hit by the competion with both Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) eroding its market share in Cebu, Tagbilaran and its hub in Kalibo.

AirAsia in the Philippines operate a fleet of 18 aircraft flying domestic points from Manila to Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Tagbilaran, Kalibo, and Tacloban. It flies international points to China, Korea, with international destinations in China and Korea from Manila, Cebu and Kalibo.

PAL To Fly Double Daily To Dubai

Emirates To Cancel One flight To MNL

28 August 2014
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will upgrade its service and fly double daily to Dubai beginning November of this year after the Philippine regulator rejected its code sharing deals with Emirates Airlines (UAE) of the United Arab Emirates as "anti-competition behaviour".

The airline will utilize its new bi-class A330-300 and upgrade the product of PAL Express to Dubai while Emirates Airlines will lose one entitlement to Manila beginning winter schedule. 

Civil Aeronautics Bureau (CAB) has denied with finality the sought extension of the code sharing agreement between PAL and Emirates upon complaints filed by Cebu Pacific (CEB) which wanted its entitlements awarded to them.

CAB earlier awarded fourteen new entitlements to Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines (GAP) operating as PAL Express in 2012 paving the way for the airline to expand to the gulf. Philippine Airlines owns the remaining fourteen slot, seven of which are being used for flights to Abu Dhabi.

Cebu Pacific has been at odds with PAL and UAE since 2012 arguing deliberate non-flight of the former despite capacity to mount such flights and seen by CAB as anti-competitive behaviour after the carrier failed to use its entitlements to Dubai in contravention of the rights granted to it by the government of the Philippines.

CAB is expected to reallocate entitlements to Cebu Pacific if PAL fails to service this route within 6 months from notice.

PAL currently maintains 21 weekly code-share flights with UAE for Dubai and another six a week code-share flights with Air Philippines (GAP).

Skyjet Debut to Taipei Went Kaput

22 August 2014

It would have been the airline's first debut overseas, but leisure airline Skyjet of the Philippines butchered its inaugural flight out of Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport to Kalibo International Airport service last week after experiencing technical difficulty with its BAE 146-100

The 5 times a week chartered flight was supposed to take off around 9:50 am with Taiwanese passengers bound for holiday resorts in Boracay island when the aircraft suffered some problems causing misery to passengers as the flight was eventually cancelled.

Replacement aircraft was not made available for the reason that the airline now operate a single BAE 146 only after another BAE plane was written-off due to runway overrun at Balesin Airport.

5J Settles For Riyadh, Gives Up Jeddah

21 August 2014

Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) is finally giving up the fight for slots in Jeddah held by flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) after a protracted battle with the Flag carrier before Philippine and Saudi regulators.

Cebu Pacific will take the seven remaining slots out of the 21 granted by the Air Services Agreement with the Philippines, while the remaining fourteen entitlements are held by PAL.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has granted the Philippines 21 traffic rights per week between Riyadh and Jeddah to Manila, while both countries offers no flight restrictions between Dammam and Manila.

Cebu Pacific said that they will use all the seven entitlements to Riyadh while propose to begin introductory flight at leat thrice a week to Dammam and Riyadh using Airbus A330-300.

The airline said they will launch services to Saudi Arabia after opening flights to kuwait in 2 September hopefully around November or December this year. 

CEB spokesman Alex Reyes said it can launch flights to Saudi Arabia within a few weeks from regulator's approval to start ticket sales to the Philippines.

Cebu Pacific first flew to the Middle East last year with Dubai as its first destination. Dammam and Riyadh will be its 3rd and 4th destination in the gulf region.

Meanwhile, PAL which currently serves Riyadh and Damman with four and three weekly A330 flights to Manila respectively, is expected to add two more flights to this Cities in the coming months while the long awaited flights to Jeddah is fortcoming with introductory flights at three times a week.