PAF FA-50 Arrives at CRK

27 November 2015
The Philippines took delivery of the first two South Korean-made FA-50 light fighter aircraft Saturday, marking the country's return to supersonic jet age almost a decade after it retired its last fighter jet, the Northrop made F-5 of the United States.

The two fighters, flown from Seoul by South Korean pilots, were met in Philippine airspace by two S211 jets that escorted them to Clark Airbase where they were formally received by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.

Delivery for the squadron order will be completed in 2017. The Philippines bought 12 FA-50s, which are primarily trainer jets that was converted by the military to also serve as multi-role combat aircraft, from Korea Aerospace Industries at a cost $402 million.

Secretary Gazmin said the aircraft will serve as both trainers for the soon to be acquired multi-role fighters, and interim fighter role for the PAF.
Photo courtesy of Ltc. Randy Pascua PAF
Joey O. Razon / Philippine News Agency

CEB Flies Guam

26 November 2015

Cebu Pacific is flying to Guam starting March 15, 2016, the airlines first US destination.

It will be operating 4 flights weekly between Manila and Guam and will fly every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, using Airbus A320 aircraft.

The morning flight Guam service will depart at 3:45 am and arrive in Guam at 10:15 am. Return flight will depart Guam at 12:30 pm and arrive in Manila at 2:55 pm.

Air Force One Route To The Philippines

20 November 2015

Air Force One as it was on its way from the G20 Summit in Turkey to the APEC Summit in the Philippines, the camera flashed to an flight tracking map showing the jet’s location and previous route.

Russia Seeks military, defense cooperation pact with PH

18 November 2015

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday said his government seeks to work closely with the Philippine military.

According to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the Prime Minister said Russia also “seeks to open avenues for military and defense cooperation similar to their existing agreements with other states in the region.”

Among those considered is the participation of Russia to the future multi-role fighter (MRF) project by offering fourth generation fighter SU-30MK variant to the Philippine Air Force to which fellow Asean countries Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia are already operators. The jet is expected to compete with JAS 39 Gripen, F-16 and F-18 tenders.

VIP Flight Starts NAIA Arrival

16 November 2015
Chile's Boeing 767-300ER estimated time of arrival in Manila changed several times Sunday, from 4 a.m., to 10 p.m. before it was set at noon. But her flight was slightly delayed and the Boeing 767 of Fuerza Aerea de Chile (Air Force of Chile) landed on the Naia runway at 1:24 p.m bringing Michelle Bachelet, the first woman president of Chile, at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). She is the first head of state to arrive for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila.


Second to arrived is the chartered Boeing 737-800 flight from Chinese Taipei landing NAIA at lunch time followed by another Boeing 737-800 of the Fuerza Aerea Columbiana carrying President Juan Miguel Santos.


Papua New Guinea
The fourth to arrived today is the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Neil on board Dessault Falcon 900EX jet (P2-ANW) at 3:44pm. The fifth to arrived is the Chief Executive C Y Leung from Hong Kong on Board Cathay Pacific Boeing B777-300 plane.

Hong Kong

17 November 2015
First to arrived Tuesday is Vietnam Airlines A321 VN1, transporting Socialist Republic of Vietnam President Troung Tan San


United States of America
Barack Obama and Air Force One. SAM44, another B747-400 decoy landed an hour later.

South Korea




New Zealand


Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on Tuesday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2015.

He arrived on the tarmac at around 7:30 p.m.

Next to arrived is the Prime Minister of Thailand



18 November 2015

The Russian Federation contingent consisted of Ilyushin Il-96 (RA-96020) a B737-700 chartered flight from Gaspromavia, and another Il-76 that brought the bullet-proof Mercedes limousine for Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the 530-kilogramme bronze sculpture of a bear gift of the Russian Federation to the Philippines. The Bear sculpture was erected at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) grounds this morning. Russia is the second largest aircraft contingent next to the United States. Medvedev's flight is the last to arrived for the Russian group at 7am.



Japan Confirms P-3 Orion To Be Donated To The Philippines

16 November 2015

A Japanese navy official (L) walks with members of the Philippine Navy after disembarking a P3-C Orion surveillance aircraft at an airbase in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, on June 2. The Philippine Navy has been training with US and Japanese counterpart relative to operations of said plane.

By Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo

TOKYO — The Japanese and Philippine leaders will agree this week on a deal paving the way for Tokyo to supply Manila with used military equipment, possibly including aircraft that could be deployed to patrol the disputed South China Sea, sources said. (see our breaking story here)

The deal will mark the first time Japan has agreed to directly donate military equipment to another country, and is the latest example of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's more muscular security agenda.

The agreement in principle on military technology will be announced after Abe and President Benigno Aquino III meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, said three sources in Tokyo who are familiar with the issue.

Abe and Aquino are due to meet on Wednesday (November 18).

It will commit Tokyo and Manila to discuss the type and scale of Japanese military aid, added the sources, who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

A Tokyo-based spokesman for the Japanese Foreign Ministry, which according to sources has been handling the agreement, said he had no information on the matter.

The Department of Foreign Affairs declined to comment, while Philippine military officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

To allow Japan's first direct donation of military equipment, Japanese lawmakers will either have to tweak financial regulations that require officials to sell second-hand government-owned equipment at fair market value, or establish a financing mechanism outside overseas development aid, which can't be used for military purposes.

Japan's upper chamber of parliament early Saturday gave final approval to a set of controversial bills allowing the country's military to engage in overseas combat assignments — under certain circumstances — for the first time since World War II. The lower chamber approved the bills in July.

In June, Abe and Aquino agreed to begin talks on a visiting forces agreement that would open the way for Japan to use bases in the Philippines to refuel aircraft and resupply naval vessels.(Redacted)

PAL Announced Engine Choice For A321NEO

10 November 2015

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has officially announced the engine of choice to power a fleet of 15 new generation Airbus A321NEO slated for delivery starting 2017. (see our earlier unconfirmed reports here)

PAL selected PurePower PW1135G-JM geared turbo-fan (GTF) engines from Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based United Technologies Corp.

"The A320neo equipped with our our Geared Turbofan™ (GTF)engine technology will set a new standard for narrow body efficiency and economics." says Pratt & Whitney President Paul Adams.

The GTF architecture has so far demonstrated additional 2 percent fuel burn enhancement from the original 15% fuel burn and CO2 emissions reduction claims which further reinforce the A321neo's 25 percent fuel burn savings claim by the engine manufacturer before 2020.

Pratt & Whitney has completed already 11,000 hours of testing across the PurePower engine family, including 23,000 cycles of testing.

The first PW1100G-JM engine was tested in November 2012, less than two years after the GTF program was launched. It will first enter commercial service with Qatar Airways by the end of this month.