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Old October 18th, 2009, 09:38 AM   #361
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Hawaiian Air flies Laoag
Codeshares flight with Cebu Pacific
October 18, 2009

Honolulu- Hawaiian Airlines is teaming up with Cebu Pacific Air to offer twice-weekly connecting flights between Honolulu and Laoag, the Philippines northernmost City.

Hawaiian’s “Laoag Connection” begins Monday, November 2, and will allow customers to fly roundtrip from Honolulu to Laoag City, with only one stopover in Manila, and each flight earn HawaiianMiles awards.
“We know that strong family ties exist between Hawaii and Ilocos Norte so this additional service we’ve introduced will help them stay connected, while continuing to earn HawaiianMiles benefits during their travels,” said Dan Burruss, senior director of alliances and international sales for Hawaiian.


As part of its service launch, Hawaiian is offering a special introductory fare of $35 each way for the connecting flight between Manila and Laoag.

HawaiianMiles members will earn 500 frequent flyer miles each way for the one-hour connecting flight between Manila and Laoag City, which is in addition to the 5,296 miles earned for the transpacific flight between Honolulu and Manila in each direction.

The connecting flight aboard Cebu Pacific Air will complement Hawaiian's Honolulu-Manila service. Cebu Pacific's connecting flights from Manila to Laoag City are offered Mondays and Thursdays, with return flights from Laoag City to Manila offered Tuesdays and Saturdays. All connecting flights provide transfers to Hawaiian's Honolulu-Manila flights.

Hawaiian offers the most service between Honolulu and Manila with four nonstop flights weekly utilizing Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Flight #455 departs Honolulu on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. and arrives in Manila the following day at 5:15 p.m. Return Flight #456 departs Manila on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and arrives in Honolulu the same day at 11:15 a.m. (Manila is 18 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline.)

Passengers are advised to visit their nearest travel agent to book and purchase their tickets to avail of the deal as Hawaiian and Cebu Pacific use different systems for booking flights.
Hawaiian, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA), is the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in 2008 in the 19th annual Airline Quality Rating study.

The airline led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past five years (2004-2008) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Hawaiian flies one-stop service from the Philippines to 10 U.S. gateway cities via its hub in Honolulu. It also flies Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti and provides more than 160 daily jet flights within the State of Hawaii.
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PI's remaining operational DC-3 crashed
Kills four in Las Pinas
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October 17, 2009

Quick Facts:
Aircraft: C-47B-1-DK
Manufacture Date: 1943 as 43-48476 intended for the USAF, later converted to civilian use
Serial Number:c/n 14292; msn 25737
Registration:RP-C550
Operator: Victoria Asia Air Services
Time of Accident: 1230 +8GMT
Crash site: Villa Fidela Subdivision, Barangay Aldana Quezon, Las Pinas City
Casualties: Benjamin Baculpo and Benjamin Rivera, Pilots, Richard Gidaya, airport mechanic and crewmember Jaguar Juane.
Remarks: The aircraft had taken off at runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for a routine flight to Palawan when it suffered engine trouble around 1220 and declared emergency landing but failed to reach the runway on time.

By Joseph Ubalde and Mark Merueñas,
GMANews.TV

At least four people on board a DC-3 plane were burned to death when the private aircraft crashed into an "abandoned" warehouse in a residential area in Las Piñas City on Saturday noon.

Firefighters inspect what's left of a DC-3 plane that crashed and burst into flames in a Las Piñas subdivision Saturday. Benjie Castro
Before crashing into the warehouse in Villa Fidela in Elias Aldana village, the plane, which was on its way to Palawan for a test flight, was already flying low and hit a nearby house, dzBB radio reported.

Rudy Garcia, E. Aldana village chief, said he saw four badly burned bodies, three of them men.

"Parang tatlong lalaki ito, yung isa hindi ko makilala kasi sunog na sunog (It appears to be three men, I can't figure out the other person because the body is badly burnt)," Garcia said.

It was not clear whether the recovered bodies were residents of the area or the passengers or pilots. Authorities said the plane was carrying two pilots and five crewmen. A search for the other passengers are on going.

According to a dzBB report, some of the bodies were severed. There were no signs of survivors on the plane as of posting time.

Eduardo Kapunan, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said Victoria Aviation, owner of the plane, is in the business of transporting goods. The plane that crashed had body number RPC 550.

Kapunan said he has already seen the flight manifest but refused to disclose the names of the passengers and the two pilots aboard the light craft, saying “Mas magandang manggagaling na lang sa Victoria."




Kapunan said a DC-3 plane is a World War II vintage aircraft used by the Air Force. “Pero lumang luma na kasi itong [nag-crash]," he said.

Earlier Lloyd Olipano, a concerned resident in Las Piñas, called radio dzBB on Saturday and said at least two houses were damaged when the aircraft fell.

"Ngayon lang po nangyari, kababagsak lang, nagliliyab pa. Hindi kami makalapit. (It happened just now, it just fell, it's still in flames. We can't go near it)," Olipano said.

According to him, firefighters have already rushed to the area. Olipano is pleading to authorities to shut down the electricity to prevent any fires.

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) chief Pablito Cordeta said the fire was put out at about 1:40 p.m. both by members of the BFP and airport security.
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Old October 28th, 2009, 07:22 AM   #363
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PAL workers willing to settle in row over outsourcing plan

By Louella D. Desiderio

RANK-AND-FILE Philippine Airlines (PAL) employees are seeking discussions with the airline management outside the Labor department’s supervision on the company’s plan to outsource "non-core" services.

PAL Employees Association (PALEA) President Edgardo C. Oredina said in a telephone interview yesterday that the group has sent a letter to PAL Chairman Lucio C. Tan asking the management to reconsider its plan to outsource ground-handling jobs.

He said the group stated in the letter that it was willing to forge a compromise agreement to help the management cope with the economic downturn. "We would like to discuss with the PAL management other cost-saving measures to address the crisis and prevent the implementation of the outsourcing plan," he said.

The management’s decision to outsource, he said, came at a time when union members were suffering from the harsh effects of tropical storm Ondoy.

The letter was submitted to the office of Mr. Tan on Oct. 8, the same date that PALEA asked for a suspension of preventive mediation at the National Mediation and Conciliation Board.

"We opted to suspend the proceedings because nothing is happening. There is no change in PAL’s position on the planned outsourcing," Mr. Oredina said.

With no hope of reaching an agreement with the PAL management, the group had considered taking "mass action" to oppose the outsourcing plan, which the union claims will leave as much as 4,000 workers jobless.

He said the group later decided to defer protests after PAL President Jaime J. Bautista informed him by telephone last week that the serving of notices of termination to employees under departments set to be outsourced would not push through and that the management would meet with the PALEA for further talks.

The talks, he said would likely take place next week.

Mr. Bautista could not be reached for comment yesterday.

On Sept. 22, PALEA filed a request for preventive mediation at the Labor department over the airline’s plan to outsource services including catering, passenger handling, ramp handling, and cargo-handling operations.

The plan was disclosed by Mr. Bautista to union officials in a notice dated Sept. 9. In the notice, Mr. Bautista said some services needed to be outsourced to prevent further losses and preserve the airline’s assets.

PAL has more than 8,000 employees, with half belonging to the rank-and-file union.

In 1998, PAL was forced to go into receivership in the aftermath of the Asian crisis. It returned to profit in 2000 and was declared in financial health two years ago.

For the fiscal year ending March, PAL lost $301.4 million as a result of higher expenses brought about by the cost of operating more flights and last year’s record-high fuel prices. The airline, however, reported $35.5 million in profits for its first quarter ending June. - Businessworld.
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Old October 28th, 2009, 07:23 AM   #364
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Caticlan Airport Upgrade Found Fraudulent
Governor wants ECC Revoked for Misrepresentation


Kalibo - Aklan Gov. Carlito Marquez has asked the Environment and Natural Resources Department to recall the environmental clearance certificate issued to the developer of Caticlan airport for violating several provisions of the permit.

The Boracay Foundation Inc. also supported the move of the Aklan provincial government to limit the development of the airport for domestic operations only and not as an international airfield.

According to Marquez, the Caticlan International Airport Development Corp. will level the Caticlan hill for the upgrading of the airport.

Marquez said the ECC issued in 2006 by then Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes was recycled and became the basis for the National Economic and Development Authority to approve the plan to upgrade the airport.

The Caticlan developer did not comply with the three major components of the July 2006- issued ECC, which include proper consultation with provincial officials, to form a multi-partite monitor team and the social responsibilities with stakeholders.

Director Edwin Trompeta, regional head of the Tourism Department, insisted that their priority is to chop off a portion of the hill so that the entire length of the runway can be fully used by airplanes landing and taking off in Caticlan.

But a study conducted by Dr. Ric Javelosa, a morphologist of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, warned that leveling the hill will make the beaches of Boracay disappear.

Javelosa explained that people in the environmental community consider the hill in Caticlan to be the main driver and generator that allows the gentle monsoon breezes to create such fine and polished sand that Boracay is known for.

The governor also urged the Environment Department to find out how the Neda approved the controversial project when the Reyes-issued ECC did not mention anything about leveling the hill at the end of the existing runway.
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Old October 28th, 2009, 07:26 AM   #365
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TNT flies largest relief airlift to RP
Brings 200-MT WFP emergency rations Free

By EMMIE V. ABADILLA


TNT and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have mounted the largest airlift of food relief to the Philippines todate, flying in a total of 200 metric tons of high-energy biscuits for victims of the recent floods.

Already, a 100 metric ton shipment arrived on October 17, 2009 with a second 100 metric tons arriving next week, on October 24.

The food assistance will be loaded from Izmir, Turkey, and will be flown to the Philippines onboard TNT’s Boeing 747-400 Extended Range Freighter. The freighter was diverted from its regular return flight from Liege in Belgium to Hong Kong to perform the humanitarian mission.

Most of the 200 tons of biscuits, which have been fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, will be used in supplementary feeding programmes to enhance the nutritional health of pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under five years old. In cooperation with the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development, WFP will target the biscuits to areas worst hit by flooding.

“Thousands of young mothers and children are going to benefit as a result of this generous gesture on the part of TNT,” according to Stephen Anderson, WFP Country Director in the Philippines. “We owe TNT an enormous debt of gratitude for providing this service, which will save us close to $750,000 in shipping cost. We are also grateful to the Government of Australia, who provided WFP with US$1.75 million in cash, part of which has been used to purchase the biscuits.”

Right after super typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng (international names Ketsana and Parma, respectively) devastated parts of the country causing massive loss of lives, properties, crops and livelihoods, WFP immediately initiated relief activities for the victims. Working closely with the WFP, TNT processed incoming shipments at the airport last October 2 and used seven trucks to transport 40 tons of food aid to the affected areas. To date, TNT is on stand-by to transport more relief materials as determined by the WFP.

In addition, TNT coordinated with WFP in bringing in more food aid to the Philippines. “This new shipment was coordinated in a short period,” confirmed country general manager of TNT in the Philippines Cetin Yalcin.

“We obtained approval from our head offices Tuesday morning and in a couple of days, the supplier started production and we’re flying our B747. It was fast.”

While the shipment will prioritize the victims of the recent calamities in the Philippines, Yalcin says that TNT and WFP’s humanitarian assistance does not stop there. The two partners are present and active around the globe.

In the past few months, TNT and WFP also granted relief efforts to the victims of various catastrophes in Asia. The two organizations provided 50 tons of high energy biscuits to Indonesia for the affected families by the earthquake that struck the coast of Padang. In India, monetary donations for relief materials were allocated for those affected by the heavy rains that caused flash floods throughout Kartnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The partnership between TNT and WFP started in 2002. So far, the logistics firm has contributed around US$50 million worth of support to WFP’s efforts worldwide.
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Old October 28th, 2009, 07:27 AM   #366
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Air Philippines operates turboprop fleet

(The Philippine Star)
Updated October 28, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Air Philippines will operate eight Bombardier turboprop aircraft leased from Philippine Airlines
(PAL) effective Oct. 27, 2009.


The turboprop fleet will fly to 19 towns and cities, operating out of two hubs - Manila and Cebu. The airline will follow a new business model focusing on delivering safe, affordable and quality service.

A new management team was appointed to implement the airline’s new business model. David Lim, Air Philippines’ new president, and Cesar Chiong, EVP and COO, were tasked to fasttrack the airline’s conversion to a low-cost business model using a leaner work force.

The turboprop fleet consists of the state-of-the-art Canadian-built Bombardier Q-series that boasts of the latest in noise and vibration reduction technology. The 50-seater Q300 and 76-seater Q400 aircraft offer generous legroom and a very quiet cabin. “Q” stands for “quiet”.

Air Philipines serves the following destinations out of its hub in Manila: Tuguegarao, San Jose (Mindoro Occidental), Naga, Virac, Busuanga, Catarman, Calbayog, Ormoc and Surigao. From Cebu, Air Philippines flies to Kalibo, Iloilo, Bacolod, Tacloban, Butuan, Ozamiz, Cagayan de Oro, Gen. Santos, Zamboanga and from Zamboanga to Davao.

Operations to Caticlan for Boracay traffic will resume
as soon as runway improvements are completed. Additional cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are being evaluated for future operations.

All Air Philippines flights are code-shared with Philippine Airlines with the latter as the marketing carrier. Tickets issued by PAL will be accepted for carriage.

For more information and booking requirements, visit www.airphils.com or call (02) 855-9000.
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Budget for Panglao airport raised to P7.5-B
10/26/2009 7:17 PM

MANILA - The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has allowed a P3.27-billion increase in the budget for the reconstruction of the Panglao airport in Bohol province.

The NEDA's Investment Coordination Committee has approved the proposed change in the cost of the Revised Panglao Island Airport Development Project by about 76%.

From P4.27 billion, the project now has a budget of P7.54 billion.

"The project cost rose due to the increase of item prices and quantity because of design modification and additional acquisition of 14.5 hectares of land, among others," according to NEDA documents.

The budget raise, however, was made under the following conditions:
•that the provincial government of Bohol would conduct another multisectoral consultation to address econological or environmental issues
•that the Manila International Airport Authority will conduct a value analysis or a value engineering of the project
•that the budget cover be issued to the Department of Transportation and Communications

The Panglao airport project aims to open the Central Visayas region to more economic and tourism-related activities. It is set to be implemented from the first half of 2010 to 2012.

Aside from the Panglao airport project, the NEDA committee has also approved the P5-billion Panay River Flood Control Project, which aims to address flooding along the sub-basins of the said river.

Another project is the Philippines' Response to Indigenous People and Muslim Education Facility, which has a budget of P840 million.
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Air Philippines sets refleeting program
By Lenie Lectura, Business Mirror

MANILA - Air Philippines, the low-cost partner of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), will undergo a refleeting program before the end of the year.

“Air Philippines will soon announce its refleeting plan since it is a separate company. It will operate on its own. It will be a whole new Air Phil.,” said PAL president Jaime Bautista.

Air Philippines is 99% owned by the Lucio Tan Group of Companies. PAL, on the other hand, is 95% owned by the group.

Air Philippines, for the moment, has ceased operations. “Yes, it has stopped flying the 737-200 jet aircraft because these consume more jet fuel than other types of aircraft. It needs to be replaced,” Bautista said.

PAL Express, another low-fare unit of PAL, is currently flying the routes assigned to Air Philippines, added Bautista.

Both PAL and Air Philippines, said the PAL executive, are looking to strengthen their operations with modest fleet and route network buildups despite predictions by the International Air Transport Association of a dip in industry earnings due to higher fuel prices.

The two airlines have had close complementation in their flight operations, feeding passengers into each other’s networks and ensuring seamless connections via their joint hubs at Naia Centennial Terminal 2 in Manila and Mactan International Airport in Cebu.

Bautista said the partnership of PAL and Air Philippines yielded operational synergies that enabled the alliance to deliver a superior product to passengers.

Air Philippines carried 254, 244 passengers in the first half of the year out of the possible 335,392 seats while PAL transported 3,207,060.

The company used to operate Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft but these are now being operated by PAL Express, which carried a total of 623,000 passengers from April 2008 to March 2009.
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'Santi' forces PAL to evacuate planes, cancel flights
10/30/2009 6:29 PM

MANILA - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will evacuate its planes or put them on hold at their destinations to evade the wrath of typhoon "Santi" (international name Mirinae), which is expected to hit Metro Manila on Friday night.

PAL said it has moved some of its aircraft to Cebu, Bacolod, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, and Davao. As a result, several domestic and international flights departing and arriving in Manila have been canceled from Friday night until Saturday afternoon.

"Flights scheduled to depart tonight will be put on hold at their destinations until weather improves in Manila. All trans-Pacific flights for tonight will depart according to schedule," PAL said.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the following domestic flights for October 30 have been canceled:
- PR814 Davao-Manila (18:50)
- PR854 Cebu-Manila (20:05)
- PR136 Bacolod-Manila (19:05)
- PR284 Cagayan de Oro-Manila (17:50)
- PR822 Davao-Manila (21:50)
- PR160 Bacolod-Manila (20:25)
- PR229 Laoag-Manila (19:15)
- PR326 Kalibo-Manila (18:05)
- PR126 Zamboanga-Manila (18:45)

The following international flights for October 30 have also been canceled:
- PR506 Singapore-Manila (00:15)
- PR512 Singapore-Manila (19:30)
- PR733 Bangkok-Manila (23:30)
- PR311 Hong Kong-Manila (21:40)
- PR536 Jakarta-Manila (00:55)
- PR469 Seoul-Manila (21:20)

For October 31, the following domestic flights have been canceled:
- PR819 Manila-Davao (06:30)
- PR820 Davao-Manila (08:50)
- PR453 Manila-General Santos (07:00) - return flight is operational
- PR195 Manila-Puerto Princesa (08:00)
- PR196 Puerto Princesa-Manila (05:20)
- PR809 Manila-Davao (04:00) - return flight is operational
- PR847 Manila-Cebu (07:30)
- PR848 Cebu-Manila (09:35)
- PR843 Manila-Cebu (04:30)
- PR844 Cebu-Manila (06:35)
- PR853 Manila-Cebu (09:30) - return flight is operational
- PR189 Manila-Roxas (05:30)
- PR190 Roxas-Manila (07:00)
- PR391 Manila-Tacloban (09:00)
- PR392 Tacloban-Manila (10:40)
- PR175 Manila-Tagbilaran (08:00)
- PR176 Tagbilaran-Manila (09:55)
- PR191 Manila-Tacloban (05:40)
- PR192 Tacloban-Manila (07:40)
- PR327 Manila-Kalibo (07:00)
- PR328 Kalibo-Manila (08:30)
- PR139 Manila-Iloilo (05:00)
- PR140 Iloilo-Manila (06:45)
- PR133 Manila-Bacolod (08:55)
- PR134 Bacolod-Manila (10:25)
- PR131 Manila-Bacolod (04:55)
- PR132 Bacolod-Manila (06:25)
- PR141 Manila-Iloilo (08:50)
- PR142 Iloilo-Manila (10:05)
- PR823 Manila-Cebu (08:23) - return flight is operational
- PR173 Manila-Tagbilaran (05:30)
- PR174 Tagbilaran-Manila (07:35)
- PR183 Manila-Cagayan de Oro (09:30) - return flight is operational
- PR181 Manila-Cagayan de Oro (04:45)
- PR182 Cagayan de Oro-Manila (07:10)
- PR321 Manila-Kalibo (08:35)
- PR322 Kalibo-Manila (10:15)
- PR281 Manila-Cagayan de Oro (06:45)
- PR282 Cagayan de Oro-Manila (09:10)
- PR123 Manila-Zamboanga (04:50)
- PR124 Zamboanga-Manila (07:10)
- PR226 Manila-Laoag (10:00) - return flight is operational
- PR842 Cebu-Manila (05:00) - return flight is operational
- PR277 Manila-Legaspi (06:40)
- PR278 Legaspi-Manila (08:20)
- PR167 Manila-Dipolog (10:05)
- PR168 Dipolog-Manila (12:15)
- PR292 Dumaguete-Manila (08:55)
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Spanish firm to do Cagayan
airport design, master plan

BY IRMA ISIP
Madrid-based engineering firm Getinsa Ingenieria SL has been tapped to conduct the feasibility study, master planning and design of the international airport in Cagayan province for a contract price of 360,340.11 Euros.

The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) awarded the contract to Getinsa which submitted the best proposal to CEZA. The study would be funded by a grant from the Spanish government.

Jose Mari Ponce, CEZA administrator and chief executive officer and Aldo Tomo, president of Getinsa signed the contract on Oct. 23, 2009. The signing was witnessed by Javier Alvarez, the economic counselor of the Embassy of Spain.

The international airport is a critical component of the 54,000-hectare Cagayan special economic zone and freeport (CSEZFP), an economic and tourism hub in Asia located in the coastal town of Sta. Ana in Cagayan province. CEZA is a government-owned and -controlled corporation that develops and manages the CSEZFP.

Following the visit of President Arroyo to Spain in November 2007 where she received a commitment for assistance from the Spanish government, CEZA applied for a technical assistance grant offered by the Spanish FEV (Linea de Financiacion de Estudios de Viabilidad) for the conduct of feasibility study, master planning and preliminary engineering design for an international airport in Cagayan. The grant was approved last January 22.

Getinsa bested a shortlist of qualified Spanish companies to undertake the planning and study.

The whole study, master planning and design will cover the two-phased airport project which will have a 2,500-meter runway. Construction of phase one of the project is under a joint venture agreement with Cagayan Land Property Development Corp. (CLPDC).

Under the contract, Getinsa has to complete the study, planning and design in 115 days while payment of the consulting services shall be made by the Spanish government directly to Getinsa.

Once completed, the CEZA International Airport is seen to complement the Port Irene Seaport, which is designed to make CSEZFP a viable international transshipment hub and tourism destination in north-eastern part of Luzon.

Getinsa is an engineering company founded in 1984 performing all studies and projects involving civil works and infrastructure linear.

In 1989, Getinsa began its international expansion conducting studies and engineering projects in ACP countries funded by the Directorate General for Development of the European Community.

Currently, the company is registered with all relevant international action: European Union, World Bank, IDB and UNDP.

In 2003, it began the expansion into the Asian market. It has opened an office in Manila and has been hired as consultant for the World Bank in the Philippines.
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Emirates goes double daily to Manila
As more triple seven joins its fleet for Asia-Pacific operations

November 5, 2009

Dubai - Emirates airline is increasing its services to the Asia-Pacific region starting next month with more flights scheduled to Bangkok, Sydney, Jakarta and Manila.

Starting in December, the Dubai-based airline will introduce a fourth daily service to Bangkok, a third daily service to Sydney, double daily to Manila and one additional service to Jakarta. With the latest addition, the airline’s operation in Asia Pacific will increase to 187 flights per week. Its seat load factor will jump by 13 per cent to the region to accommodate the expected rise in demand from said cities to its Dubai hub.

“Asian markets are rebounding with reports of resurgent traffic at key airports in the region. We are confident of seeing a recovery soon and are introducing additional capacity to serve the increasing demand.” says Richard Jewsbury, senior vice president, Commercial Operations Far East and Australasia. The airline also said that almost 30% of its revenue came from the Asia-Pacific region.

According to Jewsbury, the rise in capacity is the result of their taking delivery of new aircraft that were originally meant to keep up with market demand calculated prior to the global economic slump. For example, the latest Boeing 777-300ER scheduled for delivery this month is a bi-class seat configured plane primarily geared to serve the Philippine and Indonesian market where it will have a regular rotation with two flights to Manila and a flight to Jakarta every week.

Emirates airlines operates tri-class service (12 First, 42 Business and 310 Economy Class seats) to Bangkok and Sydney while it operates bi-class service (42 Business and 400 Economy Class seats with 16.7 tonnes of cargo capacity) to Manila and Jakarta using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The airline also intends to upgrade its Asia-Pacific destinations with A380 service in the next two years starting with Bangkok and Manila where it has registered impressive growth as compared to other destinations in the region despite the global downturn. It will also open new routes in Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand soon as new aircraft are gradually being added to its fleet.

It already received 20 new aircraft as part of the 161 aircraft orders worth approximately $52 billion dollars and is still pursuing an aggressive purchase plan despite the bleak traffic forecast by IATA.

"Emirates airlines has 53 A380 aircraft on firm order, with two of these due for delivery in December 2009. Emirates currently has five A380s in its fleet and we will receive a further 15 up till the end of November 2010. We expect to be its largest operator of the type by that time. We remain in close discussions with Airbus in relation to our order," said Tim Clark, Emirates Airlines President.

International Air Transport Association data show that revenues in the Middle East grew by 18.2 per cent in September compared to the same month last year, and the Asia-Pacific region grew 2.1 per cent.
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Civil Aviation to create disaster council for Kalibo airport
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Kalibo, Aklan, Nov. 3 (PNA) - The Civil Aviations Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)-Kalibo is organizing a disaster council to avert the worse possible disaster that could happen at the Kalibo International Airport.

CAAP-Kalibo chief Percy Malonesio said that the CAAP-Iloilo chief Efren Nagrama was assisting the drafting of the necessary trainings and documents for the disaster council.

The council will be composed of different stakeholders including the academe, law enforcement agencies and the media.

"We need the help of the media as they are often the source of information by the public in case there is a disaster such as crash landing at the airport. We want to have trainings on what to do in case of a possible worse scenario," Malonesio said.

The KIA has recently been identified by the Department of Transportation and Communication to have potential to become an international facility. Currently, the airport caters different flights from Taiwan, China and Korea which carry passengers bound for Boracay Island. (PNA)
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Air France ordered to pay P1.3 million
For a vacation that became a nightmare

November 8, 2009

By Rey E. Requejo

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ordered Air France to pay a Filipino traveler P1.3 million for breach of contract, a failure that caused his overseas trip to become an ordeal instead of a pleasurable one.

The Court’s First Division denied Air France’s petition to reverse a Makati court’s decision finding for the traveler, John Anthony de Camilis, and the Court of Appeals’ decision affirming it.

“Both the Regional Trial Court and the [appeals court] have competently ruled on the issue of respondent’s entitlement to damages and attorney’s fees, as they properly laid down both the factual and legal bases for their respective decisions,” Associate Justice Renato Corona said.

“We see no reason to disturb their findings.”

De Camilis said he went on a pilgrimage to Europe with a group of Filipinos—in what year it wasn’t clear—but Air France’s agent in Paris failed to inform him that he needed a transit visa to Moscow. As a result, he was denied entry to the Russian capital and endured a humiliating interrogation by the police.

He also complained that another Air France agent, a Ms. Soeyesol, rudely denied his request to contact his travel companions to inform them that he was being sent back to Paris from Moscow with a police escort.

Soeyesol even reported him as a security threat, resulting in his being further questioned by the police in Paris and Rome, and canceled his flight coupons for the rest of his trip.
Air France’s agents in Rome also refused to honor his confirmed flight to Paris for his connecting flight to Manila.
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SEAIR Director awarded by US DOD
November 9, 2009


MANILA, Philippines - South East Asian Airlines(SEAIR) director Nikos Gitsis is the first Philippine employer to receive the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a US Department of Defense agency.

Established in 1972, ESGR aims to gain and maintain employer support for the US National Guard and Reserve members by recognizing outstanding support.

Gitsis was nominated by Neil Lladoc, a SEAIR employee who is now a US Naval Reserve member stationed in New York.

Lladoc is grateful for the encouragement that Gitsis and his peers at SEAIR gave him during his tenure in the company.

“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the US National Guard and Reserve units,” said US army retired Maj. Gen. Benny Paulino, field chairman of the ESGR Guam-Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) Com-mittee.
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Airline promos bring down travel agencies' business
11/10/2009 | 05:01 PM

Local travel agencies may be forced to downsize next year as airlines turn more aggressive in their web fare promos, which tend to undercut travel agencies in the process.

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association, which has more than 500 member companies doing business in key cities across the country, also warned that they could face financial difficulties as airlines evolve their business models and cut travel agencies in the process.

“There could be a lot of downsizing as we continue to find some airlines encroaching on our businesses. It is a distressing development when airlines, whom we have considered as our partners, undercut travel agencies," said Ma. Paz Alberto, PTAA president.

An agreement, however, was forged by the group with Philippine Airlines regarding web fare promos.

“We already have a working arrangement with Philippine Airlines where they promised they will no longer have any promo fares that are lower than what travel agencies offer," Alberto said.

In the year’s first half, the PTAA and the national carrier went head to head following PAL’s promo which drastically reduced airfares to destinations that comprised 60 percent of the businesses of travel agencies during the peak season.

The group is also set to hold discussions with budget carrier Cebu Pacific about its web fare promos.

“We will be having talks with some of their officials and try to find a common ground or a working arrangement that will benefit both sides," Alberto said.

Cebu Pacific, the country’s leading airline in terms of market share in domestic destinations, is regularly offering highly discounted rates through its web fare promos both for its international and domestic destinations.

Since January, travel agencies had suffered an average of a 20-percent drop in ticket sales. Web fare promos were identified as a factor for the decline. Sharpest drop in ticket sales was experienced in May and June, when it slid by about 40 percent.

To counter the adverse impact of web fare promos of airlines to their business, PTAA may provide trainings to travel agencies to teach how to position themselves under such environment, Alberto added.

“We will also come out with a united front to show the airlines that they need to include travel agencies in their future business plans," she said.
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