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Old December 17th, 2009, 04:15 PM   #421
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PAL Will be flying some charter flights to Haneda this December....

More PAL flights for the holidays
Philippine Airlines (PAL) adjusted its schedule, flights and frequencies to accommodate the traditional influx of holiday travelers.

Weekly frequencies on certain trans-Pacific and two domestic routes were increased while flights to Australia, Guam and several regional destinations were upgraded to bigger aircraft.

A total of eight charter and two extra flights are also scheduled on various dates.

The frequencies to Vancouver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Sydney and Melbourne have been increased by one to two more flights per week, while two to three weekly flights were added to Singapore and Bangkok.

Meanwhile, Boracay-bound passengers will find the thrice-a-day flights to Kalibo increased to 29 flights a week. PAL also hiked the daily service to Butuan to 11 times a week.


Due to heavy passenger demand, PAL is launching special charter flights on the following routes and dates:Taipei-Kalibo-Taipei : Dec. 16, 2009 to March 27, 2010Cebu-Incheon (South Korea) – Cebu : Dec. 24, 2009 onwardsManila-Kansai (Japan) – Cebu-Manila : Dec. 30, 2009Manila-Cebu-Kansai-Manila : Jan. 3, 2010Manila-Haneda (Japan) – Cebu : Dec. 30, 2009-12-16Cebu-Haneda-Manila : Dec. Jan 2, 2010Cebu-Narita-Cebu : Jan. 4, 2010Cebu-Narita-Manila : Jan. 8, 2010.

To accommodate more passengers, PAL will use bigger aircraft on the following flights:Melbourne-Sydney on Dec. 18-19 (B747-400)Guam on Dec. 18-19, Jan. 2-3 (A330)Singapore on Jan. 2 & 3 (A330)Hong Kong on Dec. 20, 26, Jan. 2 & 3 (B747, A330 & B777-300ER)Macau on Dec. 20 & Jan. 3 (A330)Bangkok on Dec 26, 29, 30 & Jan. 3 (B747-400).
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PAL to return to Middle East
By Paolo Montecillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:17:00 12/17/2009

PHILIPPINE Airlines may soon mount flights to the Middle East again to meet the growing demand for the flag carrier to return to the region, which millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) call home.

Fresh from successful negotiations for additional flights between Oman and the Philippines, local aviation officials said the Lucio Tan-led airline had expressed interest in going back to serve the Middle Eastern market.

“PAL officials said they are happy with the new deal because this is a potential market for them,” Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla said.


Last week, local air transport officials reached a deal with their foreign counterparts for additional air rights between Oman and the Philippines.

The agreement will allow both Oman and local airlines to mount flights between the two countries.

The new deal allotted additional flights to Oman from Manila and Cebu. Carriers may now also fly to Oman from Clark and Davao as a result of the new deal.

“That country is a significant market because there are about 50,000 OFWs in Oman,” Arcilla said.

“Right now, it’s very difficult to get there because most flights pass through Abu Dhabi, Qatar or Hong Kong. [With] this deal, we can have direct flights,” he said.

A PAL official confirmed the airline’s planned return to the Middle East. The company earlier stopped flying to the region due to stiff competition from Arab airlines, which are able to offer cheaper tickets given their access to cheaper oil.

Jet fuel makes up nearly 40 percent of PAL’s expenses.

“There were initial plans a couple of months ago to have flights to Abu Dhabi [starting] this December,” the airline executive said in an interview. However, he said the plan fizzled out due to space restrictions in Abu Dhabi.

“Now, the Oman flights can be a real alternative to Abu Dhabi,” he said.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 06:05 AM   #423
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PAL beefs up flights for the holidays
Upgrades some International and domestic routes

December 18, 2009

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced Thursday that it has added domestic and international flight frequencies, new routes, and bigger aircraft to accommodate the expected rise in travelers during the duration of the holiday season.

In a Press Statement, the airline said that additional weekly frequencies on certain trans-Pacific and two domestic routes were increased while flights to Australia, Guam and several regional destinations were upgraded to bigger aircraft to meet demand.

The frequencies to Vancouver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Sydney and Melbourne have been increased by one to two more flights per week, while two to three weekly flights were added to Singapore and Bangkok.

A total of eight international charters and two extra flights are also scheduled on various routes and dates stated as follows:

* Taipei-Kalibo-Taipei: December 16, 2009 to March 27, 2010
* Cebu-Incheon (South Korea)-Cebu: December 24, 2009 onwards
* Manila-Kansai (Japan)-Cebu-Manila: December 30, 2009
* Manila-Cebu-Kansai-Manila: January 3, 2010
* Manila-Haneda (Japan)-Cebu: December 30, 2009
* Cebu-Haneda-Manila: January 2, 2010
* Cebu-Narita-Cebu: January 4, 2010
* Cebu-Narita-Manila: January 8, 2010

PAL said that due to heavy passenger demand for the routes, they will also use bigger aircraft on the following destinations:

* Melbourne-Sydney: December 18 to 19, 2009 (B747-400)
* Guam: December 18 to 19, 2009 and January 2 to 3, 2010 (A330)
* Singapore: January 2 and 3, 2010 (A330)
* Hong Kong: December 20 and 26, and January 2 and 3, 2010 (B747, A330, and B777-300ER)
* Macau: December 20, 2009 and January 3, 2010 (A330)
* Bangkok: December 26, 29, and 30, 2009, and January 3, 2010 (B747-400)

The airline also said that a thrice-a-day flights to Kalibo were increased to 29 flights a week, while the daily service to Butuan was increased to 11 times a week.

Meanwhile, Boracay-bound passengers will find the thrice-a-day flights to Kalibo increased to 29 flights a week. PAL also hiked the daily service to Butuan to 11 times a week. Special flight to Dipolog as well as other domestic destinations are also scheduled for the holiday season.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 07:16 AM   #424
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PAF (Philippine Air force) orders 8 new PZL W-3WA Sokół
PZL Swidnik won 2.8 Billion bid

December 21, 2009

Manila- The Philippine Air Force has officially ordered eight (8) W-3 Sokół combat utility helicopter from manufacturer WSK-PZL Świdnik S.A of Poland in a deal worth two billion eight hundred fifty seven million eight hundred sixty four thousand six hundred twenty five pesos (P2,857,864,625.18). Defense Secretary Norberto B. Gonzales announced the award for the combat utility helicopter during the weekend.

The W-3WA Sokół (falcon) made its first flight on July 30, 1992 and has a capacity for two crew and twelve passengers. The W-3WA has been certified by US FAR Pt 29 standards granted in May 1993 and European certification granted in December 1993.

"This is the culmination of our negotiation with the supplier. Secretary Teodoro approved the negotiated procurement of P3 billion worth of combat utility helicopters last June after two successive failure of bidding process." Secretary Gonzales said.

"The project has been two years overdue and I think its about time" says Gonzales after awarding the contract to Warsaw based helicopter manufacturer.

The budget for the combat utility helicopter (CUH) project had been released by Malacanang as early as 2007 but no firm has submitted bid proposal according to specifications and budget in two succeeding bids. The budget was part of the P5-billion modernization fund for 2007 aimed to replaced UH-1H Huey helicopters in the Air Force Fleet.

“PZL was found to have the best possible offer based on the budget so after extensive negotiation we awarded it to them” said Gonzales.

The Department of Defense is also acquiring P3 billion worth of night capable attack (NCAH) helicopters, whose bidding had also failed twice. Gonzales said that a negotiated procurement with the US Department of Defense for the purchase of second-hand attack helicopters with the same night capability is already in the works and they are hoping to seal the deal before President Arroyo's term end.

The P3 billion fund was originally part of the P5 billion budget released by President Arroyo for the purchase of combat utility and night-capable attack helicopters that formed part of the AFP Capability Upgrade Program. Additional budget of 1 billion was appropriated by the President this year adding more fund to the project.

A total of 34 priority items are included in the first phase of the re-prioritized AFP CUP shopping list, 62 in Phase 2, and 39 items in Phase 2-B.


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Engine: 2 x PZL-10V turboshaft, rated at 662kW, main rotor diameter: 15.7m, length with rotors turning: 18.79m, fuselage length: 14.21m, height: 4.2m, take-off weight: 6400kg, empty weight: 3630kg, cruising speed: 238km/h, hovering ceiling, IGE: 3200m, range: 745km, payload: 2100kg,
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Hundreds of PAL passengers stranded in Zambo airport

Hundreds of passengers bound for Cebu City were stranded after their plane encountered mechanical trouble yesterday afternoon at the Zamboanga City International Airport (ZCIA).

Philippine Air Lines Express PR-273, which was scheduled to depart from
Zamboanga to Cebu, had to cancel its flight after the plane’s hydraulic
front gear exploded.

ZCIA Manager Celso Bayabos told local reporters that PAL airplace
encountered mechanical trouble after its hydraulic front gear got
leaked and exploded along the runway of the city’s airport.

The plane landed in the airport before 2 o’clock in the afternooon from
Davao and was scheduled to depart from Zamboanga City to Cebu City at
2:10 p.m., according to Bayabos.

Airport personnel immediately asked the assistance of the Philippine
Air Force (PAF) for the use of tow truck and tow bar to clear the
runway for other incoming airplanes.

As of this writing, Bayabos said: “The passengers are safe and we still
don’t know if they will cancel the flight for Cebu City.”

Bayabos, however, said that there is no problem with the runway “this
was the first time to happen with no damage to passengers and they are
very safe”.

It was learned from local media that hundreds of passengers waited in the departure (terminal area).

PAL Branch Manager Lolito Galarrita has no comment as he was busy
attending clients pending the official report of the incident. (Monch
L. Follosco)

-Zambotoday
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Clark to replace NAIA as RP's premiere airport

By Ding Cervantes
(The Philippine Star)
Updated December 23, 2009 12:00 AM

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga , Philippines — The upgrading of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here and the downgrading of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is “inevitable,” Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and chief executive officer Victor Jose Luciano said yesterday.

In an interview, Luciano said the Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has granted the government at least $5 million for a “transition study” that would make the DMIA the country’s premiere international airport.

Modern aircraft are now being built much larger and bigger terminals are needed for the growing number of international passengers. Physical limitations hamper the NAIA from absorbing these developments, Luciano said.

The JICA grant, he said, will cover infrastructure projects in neighboring Angeles City which also has to prepare for the conversion of DMIA into a premiere airport.

Luciano said the study is expected to be finished by the fourth quarter of 2010. “It will cover transport network needed between the NAIA and DMIA,” he said.

But he said the NAIA will not be phased out, although it will be downgraded from its current status as the country’s premiere international airport.

Luciano said the study will consider the DMIA’s expansion so that it would be able to process 80 million passengers per year. “This is much more than the 45 million capacity of the airport in Hong Kong and the 50 million capacity of the airport in Thailand,” he noted.

In the absence of a new world-class “terminal 2” which is still on the drawing board, the CIAC has bid out the upgrading of the current terminal to equip it initially with two foot bridges supposed to be operational by the first quarter next year. At present, passengers use mobile stairs to board or alight from their aircraft.

This, even as more international flights have started to operate at the DMIA, including initial flights to Kuwait and Bahrain. CIAC said at least three flights per week are being eyed between Clark and the Middle Eastern destinations.

Fedex, too, has plans to expand operations beyond the 1.6 hectares it now uses at the DMIA, Luciano said.
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Amadeus bags deals with local airlines
Adds Cebu Pacific and Seair to its fortfolio

BY Ben Arnold O. de Vera
Manila Times

December 29, 2009

Amadeus Philippines, an information technology (IT) solutions provider to tourism industry players, said it has forged agreements with three local airlines.

In a statement, Albert Villadolid, Amadeus Philippines general manager, said the company has signed long-term deals with Cebu Pacific, South East Asian Airlines, and Zest Airways, so that these carriers’ destinations would be distributed globally using Amadeus’ Global Distribution System (GDS).

These three carriers hold about 60 percent of the domestic market, with a total of 83 interlocking local destinations, the company said.

Amadeus GDS is currently used by about 2,000 travel agencies in the Philippines and about 102,000 worldwide.

“We greatly appreciate the confidence given to us by the country’s domestic carriers. By using Amadeus technology, these Philippine-based airlines can benefit from our extensive local and global distribution network and are assured that their capacities and destinations will be maximized,” Villadolid said.

He added that through Amadeus GDS, the three airlines would be able to access international markets “because of the company’s unrivalled reach and volume.”
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Transaero to fly Cebu
Announced daily flight starting November!

January 3, 2009

Moscow- Transaero Airlines has announced over the weekend that they will be introducing daily flights to Cebu, in the Philippines starting on the second week of November 2010. Flights will be flying out from Moscow Domodedovo airport.

The route will be service daily by a Boeing 747-400 direct to the Philippine island of Cebu, the airline statement said. Transaero has been flying chartered flights to the Philippines since 2006 ferrying Russian tourist destined for holiday resorts in Bohol, Aklan and Cebu, the airline said.

The Moscow-based airline has recently been granted the rights to fly regular service to the Philippines by Russia's Transport Ministry after the government amended its Air Services Agreement with the Philippines in December 1 last year granting three entry/exit points between the two countries in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok in Russia for destinations in Manila, Cebu and Clark in the Philippines.

Russia's Civil Aviation Ministry Ministerstvo Grazhdahnskoy Aviahtsii, said that Transaero is the second biggest international airline in Russia and the third largest in terms of passengers carried, next to Aeroflot and Siberian Airlines (S7) having carried close to 4.85 million passengers, which is an increase of 50% on the previous year. Aeroflot carried 9.3 million passengers while S7 transported 5.9 million in 2008.

Transaero transported more international passengers where it carried 4.23 million ranking it second behind Aeroflo as compared to its domestic operation where it transported just 626,000 passengers in 2008 ranking it 10th among Russian domestic airlines.

The airline operates a modern fleet of 55 planes with 15 more on orders, mostly comprising aircraft built outside Russia and the CIS such as Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 sub-types.

Aeroflot, which owned the right to fly the Philippines capital, is mulling a code-share deal with Philippine Airlines as its code-share partner in a bid to re-introduce the Moscow-Manila run this year , while Vladivostok Air, Russia's largest far east-based airline aims to establish regular flights between Vladivostok and Manila. Currently, the airline flies charter flights to Manila and Cebu.
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Jin Air flies Clark
Starts flight on January 14
January 9, 2009

Seoul- Low Cost carrier Jin Air announces the launching of flight services from Seoul Incheon airport to Manila Clark in the Philippines making it Jin Air's second international destination in Southeast Asia after introducing flight to Bangkok in December 21, 2009.

The Korean Air subsidiary will be operating a daily Boeing 737-800 charter flights on its first month of operation from 14 January to the second week of February after which it hopes to fly scheduled service says Kim Jae-kun, president and chief executive of Jin Air.

“Jin Air’s Incheon-Clark route will provide Korean passengers alternative schedule to fly to the Philippines for holiday travel and business trips,” said Kim. It will be competing with Asiana airlines which already fly the route.

Jin Air operates a fleet of four Boeing 737-800's that has a seating capacity of 180 passengers all in one class. The airline plans to get a fifth 737-800 in March and plans to launch services to Osaka, Guam, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand, and Weihai in China.

“Flights to Southeast Asian nations are the best and most profitable international routes for budget carriers and Jin Air aims to become a front-runner in the Asian budget carriers industry with our own competitive pricing, flight schedules and, most of all, safety operations,” Kim said.

Four local budget carriers fly the Korean skies namely Jin Air, Jeju Air, Air Busan and Eastar Jet. Jeju Air was the first of the four to offer international flights, to from Seoul to Osaka and Kitakyushu in Japan, last year, while Air Busan, the budget airline of Asiana Airlines, has plans to fly from Busan to Fukuoka, Japan, starting next year.
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Spirit of Manila is 1st RP airline to fly back to Mideast

By Paolo Montecillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:58:00 01/08/2010


SPIRIT OF MANILA Airlines became the first Philippine carrier to fly back to the Middle East after more than a decade.

In a statement made earlier this week, Spirit of Manila said its aircraft commenced flights to Bahrain last Dec. 18, and that it would hold weekly flights to the gulf state. Later this year, the company also plans to mount flights to Dubai, also from Clark in Pampanga.


Spirit of Manila is a locally owned firm but is being backed by a Qatari government company.

“Direct flights from our gateway in Clark will allow residents of central and northern Luzon, as well as [those] in Manila ... to take advantage of a whole host of new opportunities,” Spirit of Manila president and chief executive officer Basilio P. Reyes said.

The company said it was targeting the large community of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) based in the Middle East.

About 60 percent of the country’s eight-million strong OFWs come from the Northern and Central Luzon areas. With this in mind, the airline said it was confident that its flights to the Middle East would be an attractive proposition for many Filipinos.

The company will be using a 150-seater Boeing 737 jet for the Bahrain service.

While only about 20 to 30 percent of seats per flight have been filled so far, the company is confident that more passengers will come as word gets out, Spirit of Manila external affairs vice-president Johnny Ramos said.

About a decade ago, Philippine Airlines (PAL) of Lucio Tan abandoned flights to the Middle East after incurring massive losses due to competition with state-owned gulf carriers, which get their fuel at a discount.

But PAL has confirmed plans to restore flights to the Middle East this year.
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Their boeing 737 is still stored in surabaya indonesia, how they flew to bahrain last december? Do they have another B733?

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Pilot misinformed on policy for special kids—airline exec
By Paolo Montecillo
First Posted 16:31:00 01/08/2010

MANILA, Philippines – The pilot of a Manila-bound Cebu Pacific Air flight from Hong Kong was involved in the attempt to bump off a child with a learning disability from the plane, an airline executive acknowledged Friday.

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air is mounting a company-wide reorientation of frontliners to avoid a repeat of the incident, which involved the flight's cabin crew and pilot.

"There was a misinterpretation of an aviation safety rule which says there is a limit on the number of mental patients on a flight. This is in place so that in case of an emergency, the flight crew can evacuate passengers quickly," said Cebu Pacific vice-president for marketing Candice Iyog.

Under the rule, only one mentally ill person is allowed on each flight. But children with learning disabilities are not considered mental patients, she said.

Iyog said the crew on the same flight had also tried to deplane a child with Downs Syndrome. Children with developmental disabilities are not considered mental patients either.

The families of both children have filed separate complaints with the company and have threatened legal action.

The company said the decision to bump off the two passengers was cleared with the pilot.

"Unfortunately, the pilot had the same wrong interpretation of the rule," Iyog said.

Iyog said all crew members involved in the incident have been "reprimanded," but the spokesman declined to say exactly what disciplinary actions have been taken.
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MIAA improves airport processes
By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
January 8, 2010, 1:52pm

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) continues to improve airport processes, such as the implementation of the new Arrival and Departure Immigration Cards, and may integrate the cards soon to shorten queues.

In a meeting with the Airline Operators Council (AOC) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) the other day, MIAA General Manager Alfonso Cusi agreed to put into place a more expeditious manner of distributing the new cards to passengers to avoid the long queues which resulted on the first day of its implementation during the New Year, January 1, 2010.

For inbound flights, MIAA is distributing the cards upon disembarkation from the aircraft.

The AOC members are expected to ship out the new cards packaged together with the Customs Declaration Form and the Quarantine Health Checklist to their Airline Headquarters so they can be distributed to passengers on board the aircraft.

The council also discussed a more long-term innovation that can incorporate all the three forms into one. The joint effort to incorporate the cards will start in a month’s time, with all the concerned agencies to participate in the design process via the Quality Management System Group of MIAA.

The MIAA remains committed to improve airport procedures and processes and make them more passenger friendly with the help of its industry partners from the public and private sectors, Cusi stressed.

MIAA is determined to get ISO certifications for NAIA Terminals 2 and 3 this year. NAIA Terminal 1 achieved ISO Certification for the 9001:2001 version in March, 2009.

The following month in April, NAIA 1 certification was upgraded to the 2008 version. To date, NAIA is so far one of the few government institutions in the country that was granted with such certification.
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PAL’s on-time rate hits 90 percent in 9 months
By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
January 10, 2010, 3:08pm

After deploying one of the world’s youngest fleets, Philippine Airlines (PAL) hit an average departure on-time rate of 90.2% in its system-wide operations during the April-to-December 2009 period, the first nine months of its current financial year, the flag carrier reported Sunday.

The carrier’s operational punctuality averaged 90.9% for its domestic flights and 89.1% for international flights. Both efforts exceeded the International Air Transport Association (IATA) industry standard of 85% as well as PAL’s own internal benchmarks of 90% for domestic and 85% for international operations.

The on-time performance highlights PAL’s renewed efficiency and marks an auspicious start to 2010, when the airline opens several new routes and takes delivery of new aircraft.

The key factor in PAL’s resurgence is its young, modern fleet of single-aisle aircraft with an average age of only 4 years, one of the youngest in the world. The fleet consists of 22 Airbus A320 and A319 jets that fly domestic and short-range international routes.

The bi-class jets also make PAL the only airline to offer business-class service in the domestic market.

“This allows our premium passengers to experience an upgraded level of service not only onboard but also on the ground via access to our exclusive Mabuhay Lounges at five domestic airports,” according to the airline.

The long-range fleet is not too far behind. Bannered by its brand-new flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER delivered just over a month ago, the intercontinental fleet also comprises five newly refurbished Boeing 747-400s, four Airbus A340-300s and eight A330-300s.
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Delta returns to Manila
Written by Miguel R. Camus/ Reporter
Sunday, 10 January 2010 18:49

DELTA Air Lines Inc., the world’s largest airline, will reestablish an office in the Philippines as it prepares to fold into its operations Northwest Airlines Corp. The latter is another US-based carrier acquired by Delta in a $3-billion deal two years ago. In line with the merger, the Northwest brand will be phased out and will be replaced by Delta’s name. According to its website, Delta is looking to complete the integration process by mid-2010.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has already approved the creation of Delta’s local office, which will take the place of Northwest’s office located in Philamlife Tower in Makati City. Delta’s Philippine branch will have an authorized capital stock of  $200 million, or approximately P9.47 million.

“The purpose of the said corporation which it intends to pursue in the transaction of its business in the Philippines is international air transportation services,” the airline said in its application to the SEC.

On October 29, 2008, Delta merged with Northwest. The deal made Delta the largest airline in the world, servicing over 170 million passengers each year.

Delta, which held its first airline service in 1929, presently offers flights to 355 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. The company also employs more than 70,000 employees worldwide and operates a fleet of nearly 800 aircraft.

Including its worldwide partners, Delta offers customers more than 16,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita.
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Oman Air, the flagship company of the Sultanate of Oman’s civil aviation sector, and the Spirit of Manila Airlines Corporation (Spirit of Manila), a Filipino-owned airline company, have applied for operation authorization in Nepal.


With these two new airlines, there will be 27 international airlines flying in Nepal’s skies which is expected to give a big boost to the tourism industry and the upcoming Nepal Tourism Year 2011 national campaign, said Nagendra Prasad Ghimire, secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Speaking at the 11th anniversary of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), he said that the response of international airlines had added air traffic and space challenges. “There is a need for coordination between the service providers and its regulating body (CAAN) to mitigate the problems,” he said.

He added that there were a number of opportunities to take Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) into commercial use. “The public-private-partnership (PPP) model can be more effective to uplift NAC, but the management should be transparent,” he said.

Keshab Raj Khanal, director general of CAAN, said that aircraft movement had increased by 73 percent. According to him, Tribhuvan International Airport was handling 350 to 400 flight movements daily. He said that CAAN’s financial position was at a satisfactory level. In the fiscal year 2008/09, its net profit stood at Rs. 720 million compared to Rs. 410 million during the previous fiscal year.

He said that the increasing number of international airlines had increased the air seat capacity by 30 percent. With the 25 international airlines, there will be 36,660 seat availability each week.

Rameshwor Thapa, vice president of the Airline Operators Association of Nepal, said that the significant increase in the number of airlines had been posing a serious air traffic and space problem.

He added that failure to capitalise on the existing infrastructure and technology was the reason behind the problem.

He said that the airline business had a bright future in Nepal, and that the country should exploit this potential. On the occasion, CAAN presented a special award to Qatar Airways for its impressive performance during the first 10 months of the current year.

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Airport to install full-body scanners to boost security
by Vito Barcelo

AIRPORT authorities plan to install 10 full-body scanners to tighten security against terrorist attacks despite privacy concerns about machines that can see through clothing and depict naked images of passengers passing through them.

Manila International Airport Authority assistant general manager Angel Atutubo said the new machines, which cost P10 million each or 10 times more than standard X-ray machines, would not produce an image of a naked body, but would render “a 3D image of the individual’s body.”

The tighter security measures were taken in response to a foiled attempt by a Nigerian to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Dec. 25, 2009.

Atutubo said the terahertz imaging machines would be similar to the scanners already installed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport arrival area, which detect passengers with the AH1N1 swine flu virus.

He added that airport authorities preferred the terahertz machines to backscatter imaging scanners because they were safer and because they did not produce a nude picture of the subject.

“The terahertz machines were considered effective and had been tested at many international airports,” Atutubo said.

“They scan beneath clothing to detect items that may be hidden from ordinary view,” he said

In the United Kingdom, a government plan to deploy full-body scanners at airports has triggered privacy concerns and fears that children may be exploited.

Privacy campaigners and children’s rights groups said the technology, now being tested at Manchester Airport, violated British and European law by producing sexually explicit images of children.

They said the machines could not be allowed because they clearly showed a child’s genitalia when a boy or girl walked through the airport scanners, which are designed to reveal concealed liquids, explosives or weapons.

Other critics of the so-called millimeter wave technology machines said that not enough testing had been done to prove they were safe.

The Manila International Airport Authority has a P3.5-billion fund to upgrade security, raised from fees paid by departing passengers.

Traditional X-ray scanners in Amsterdam failed to detect the explosives that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian, was hiding in his underwear when he boarded a Northwest Airlines plane in December.

Abdulmutallab tried to bring down the Airbus 330 by combining a flammable liquid he was carrying in a syringe with an explosive powder known as pentaerythritol or PETN, which was sewn into his underwear.
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PAL deploys newest Boeing aircraft on prime route
By Mary Ann Ll. Reyes (The Philippine Star) Updated January 13, 2010 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) deployed yesterday its newest aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, on its prime Manila-Tokyo Narita daily service.

The state-of-the-art aircraft, delivered less than two months ago, flies to Japan’s premium international gateway in addition to PAL’s Boeing 747-400 aircraft, reflecting the premium profile of the Japanese market.


Tokyo Narita is the second destination served by PAL’s B777-300ER. The jet has been flying the Hong Kong route since Nov. 26, 2009. It will be deployed on the Sydney and Melbourne services by mid-March.

Accommodating 42 passengers in Mabuhay Class (business) and 328 in Fiesta Class (economy), PAL’s B777-300ER features a cutting-edge inflight entertainment system, luxurious seats and a soothing, coastal resort-themed cabin design that evokes the tranquil seas of the Philippines, PAL officials said.

Each seat is outfitted with a personal television with audio-video on demand (AVOD) capability. The fully digital inflight entertainment system enables passengers to choose from a broad range of media content.

The options include six short films, 12 audio program channels, 19 of the latest Hollywood and Filipino movies, and more than 50 CD selections. There is also a range of popular digital games, including Sudoku, Tetris, Invasion and more.

PAL said the Mabuhay Class seats, supplied by Recaro of Germany, boast a generous 78-inch pitch and are adjustable to a variety of positions, including a full, lie-flat recline with a 15-degree angle.

Each seat in Mabuhay Class is equipped with individual “gooseneck” reading lights, a laptop charging port, and a USB port enabling passengers to listen to their mp3 collection or view their pdf files.

In Fiesta Class, passengers also experience enhanced comfort with their Weber-designed seats that feature a 34-inch pitch and an actuating seat pan that enables the bottom cushion to move up or forward when reclining, adding to the comfort level.
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