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Old March 31st, 2012, 11:35 AM   #28681
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Why do I have a feeling that there is something political in this category downgrading in Europe and United States?
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Old March 31st, 2012, 01:00 PM   #28682
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Why do I have a feeling that there is something political in this category downgrading in Europe and United States?
Businesses can thrive well with a strong government under their wings!

Maybe because other countries see our leaders as pushovers and indecisive, generalizations abound in the aviation industry that perhaps, our aviation regulators are indecisive as well.

The FAA reports can very much make or break our own standing in the international sphere, IMO. What we need to do is make public whatever documents/ reviews we have to allay fears of the international flyers, hence their respective governments.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 03:50 PM   #28683
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Businesses can thrive well with a strong government under their wings!

Maybe because other countries see our leaders as pushovers and indecisive, generalizations abound in the aviation industry that perhaps, our aviation regulators are indecisive as well.

The FAA reports can very much make or break our own standing in the international sphere, IMO. What we need to do is make public whatever documents/ reviews we have to allay fears of the international flyers, hence their respective governments.
There's nothing political at all about the downgrades, the (simple) point is that the Philippine aviation regulators (CAAP) aren't doing their job which results in not meeting the ICAO requirements on regulatory oversight and accreditation. Because the Philippines doesn't meet ICAO (the international organization that sets global aviation standards) requirements, governments around the world can use that as the basis for penalties like FAA Cat.2 and the EU ban. It just so happens that only the US, EU and South Korea have decided to take action so far. If this government doesn't shape up soon there will be more and more countries to take similar action like the impending flight ban by Macau.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 05:35 PM   #28684
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Takot lang ang Macao kasi magbubukas na ang Mga casinos dito
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Old March 31st, 2012, 05:45 PM   #28685
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Takot lang ang Macao kasi magbubukas na ang Mga casinos dito
i think you have a point here kintoy.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 07:57 PM   #28686
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Unfortunately the dawn of the LCC carriers has put a limelight on the Philippines Cat-2 standing. As competition grows amongst Asian carriers, any difficiency can be used to levy against the carrier. Didn't Cebu Pacific won best LCC lately? Must be cheap to fly with 5js promo, so why would one take Air Macau.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 09:58 PM   #28687
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There's nothing political at all about the downgrades, the (simple) point is that the Philippine aviation regulators (CAAP) aren't doing their job which results in not meeting the ICAO requirements on regulatory oversight and accreditation. Because the Philippines doesn't meet ICAO (the international organization that sets global aviation standards) requirements, governments around the world can use that as the basis for penalties like FAA Cat.2 and the EU ban. It just so happens that only the US, EU and South Korea have decided to take action so far. If this government doesn't shape up soon there will be more and more countries to take similar action like the impending flight ban by Macau.

That are really bad news for the Philippines. How can we promote tourism if local airlines are banned from expanding in USA, Europe, S. Korea and now maybe Macau??? It's only about time when Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia will ban local airlines. I think it's really not only about safety, but more political. Just think of China and Hongkong they would like to ban philippine carriers (Spratlys).
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Old March 31st, 2012, 11:23 PM   #28688
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That are really bad news for the Philippines. How can we promote tourism if local airlines are banned from expanding in USA, Europe, S. Korea and now maybe Macau??? It's only about time when Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia will ban local airlines. I think it's really not only about safety, but more political. Just think of China and Hongkong they would like to ban philippine carriers (Spratlys).
It IS about safety: the Philippines aviation sector does not meet international standards so it's every other government's right to take action to protect their citizens safety. If this government is serious about promoting tourism and making local airlines succesful, it should fix what's wrong (and fix it fast), these "minor deficiencies" (according to the CAAP) should have been fixed years ago if they are ineed "minor" problems as the CAAP claims them to be.

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Old March 31st, 2012, 11:37 PM   #28689
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Takot lang ang Macao kasi magbubukas na ang Mga casinos dito
I don't think Macau has anything to be afraid of with casinos opening in the PH, Macau casinos already earn more than even Las Vegas and it's much easier for Chinese high rollers to simply cross the border into Macau than it is to fly to the Philippines.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 11:56 PM   #28690
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Manila-Tokyo codeshare opens up Philippine-US connections

UNITED Airlines (UA) has entered into a codeshare agreement with All Nippon Airways on the Japanese carrier’s once-weekly Manila-Tokyo (Narita) service, effective April 1.

According to James Mueller, UA vice president for Asia Pacific, the codeshare will allow the airline to connect the Philippines, via onward flights from Japan, to key hubs in the US such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Houston.

In addition, UA’s Manila-Guam and Manila-Palau (Koror)-Guam flights will provide an alternative connection from the Philippines to the US, via Honolulu.

“Filipino travelers flying United will have the option to fly to Guam or Honolulu (into the US) and return via Tokyo,” said Mueller.

With the new link established, UA are pursuing American business and leisure travellers to the Philippines, as well as overseas-based Filipinos returning home. From the Philippines, UA is targeting business and premium travellers to the US.

UA reopened its Philippines country office last October after exiting in 1998. The carrier has since merged operations with Continental Airlines' former GSA in the Philippines, Aerotel Manila.

http://www.ttgasia.com/article.php?article_id=3370
Thats good news! Makapag-Japan muna bago Pinas
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Old April 1st, 2012, 03:22 AM   #28691
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MANILA, Philippines–Philippine Airlines (PAL) will fly to Bali starting April 28, re-establishing direct air links between Manila and Indonesia’s prime holiday destination.

“With the new service, passengers can look forward to experiencing full-service, hassle-free trip to Bali for their vacation,” said PAL President Jaime J. Bautista in a statement sent to the media.

The new Bali service, utilizing the bi-class Airbus A320 aircraft, will operate twice weekly, departing Manila every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:45 p.m. Arrival at Denpasar International Airport – Bali’s provincial capital is at 1:25 a.m. the following day.

The return flight, PR 538, departs Denpasar on Thursday and Sunday at 2:25 a.m. and will arrive in Manila at 6:10 a.m.

Bali is PAL’s second destination in Indonesia, following Jakarta, the country’s capital, where the flag carrier flies five times a week direct from Manila and four times a week via Singapore.

Bali will become PAL’s 26th destination in its international route network. PAL flies to 20 domestic stations using an all-jet fleet. PAL is the only domestic airline offering business class service.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 04:09 AM   #28692
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Old April 1st, 2012, 07:00 PM   #28693
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Ramon Ang wants to build airport in Bulacan

DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco
(The Philippine Star) Updated April 02, 2012 12:00 AM

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I was not surprised when CAAP Director General Ramon Gutierrez told me last week that San Miguel’s Ramon S. Ang wants to build an international airport in a fairly large property owned by San Miguel in Bulacan. I thought that RSA might have gotten tired waiting for government to build a decent airport, he will build it himself.

And Gutierrez seems to like the idea. The place in Bulacan is closer to Metro Manila than Clark. There are no mountains to endanger flights. And the approach from Manila Bay is clear. Starting from scratch also has its benefits in terms of being able to design the airport according to our needs today and in the immediate future.

But I don’t know if RSA’s outburst of an idea has any chance of seeing the light of day. It will need DOTC clearance at the very least, and I don’t know how bureaucrats feel about as direct a challenge to them as this audacious idea is. If I were P-Noy and Mar, however, I would welcome it as a totally private sector initiative.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 09:33 PM   #28694
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Old April 1st, 2012, 10:34 PM   #28695
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This is kind of a funny. CAAP director is tired on waiting for the goverment to build an airport? Well heck, the goverment and the filipinos most especially have been waiting on them to correct issues found by FAA. I mean it's an idea to build a terminal there in Bulacan. Why not? But hell.... before venturing to another issue, he should first find a way to correct the other most important one... The goverment have a fairly decent terminal in form of T3, it's just getting it fully operational is the problem.... I don't know. Was I wrong to think these?
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 02:42 AM   #28696
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MANILA, Philippines - Business tycoon Lucio Tan, chairman and majority owner of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), is expected to finally present to the PAL board of directors for approval the terms of the offer made by San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to acquire at least a 40-percent stake in PAL, The STAR learned.

Sources said this is the first time that Tan, who has been in negotiations with SMC president Ramon Ang for months now, will formally present the offer to the PAL board.

PAL has scheduled a special board meeting early this week where the matter of the sale is expected to be taken up.

PAL sources revealed that the sale of a 40-percent stake and assumption by the SMC group of management control of PAL will be finalized in the next few weeks.

PAL has been saying that the airline is not involved directly or indirectly in any talks for the sale of PAL shares to third parties like SMC.

PAL president Jaime Bautista maintained that PAL or any of its officers is not privy to the reported talks between its principal shareholders and the SMC Group.

“There has been a lot of chatter about ongoing negotiations for the sale of PAL shares. But I want to make it clear that any talks or negotiations are just between our principal shareholders and the SMC group. PAL management is definitely not part of it,” Bautista said.

He stressed that PAL is separate and distinct from its individual shareholders.



Tan earlier confirmed there are negotiations with Ang for possible investments in the ailing flag carrier.

It has been reported that SMC may end up acquiring over 40 percent of PAL, with Tan’s group still retaining control.

Earlier, SMC said it was invited by Tan to participate and assist in the refleeting and modernization of PAL’s aircraft in preparation for the projected heavy influx of tourists in the coming years.

Tan earlier confirmed that there are negotiations with Ang for the sale of a stake in PAL.

PAL is over 90 percent owned by PAL Holdings which in turn is controlled by Tan.

Tan did not divulge details as to the details of the negotiations although there had been reports that Ang has offered to buy around 46 percent of PAL.

PAL Holdings has said that it is not privy to discussions between Tan and Ang as well as Manuel V. Pangilinan, who has reportedly offered to acquire 100 percent of PAL.

Highly placed sources however told the STAR that Ang has already clinched the deal and that only the matter of financing is being finalized. “It’s almost a done deal,” the source said.
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