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Old February 12th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #881
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AirAsia to mount Philippine flights starting September
Monday, 31 January 2011 00:00

BY DARWIN G. AMOJELAR SENIOR REPORTER

THE local unit of Southeast Asia’s biggest low-cost carrier (LCC) plans to mount flights to five Southeast Asian countries plus China by September.
“We’re looking at Southeast Asian region plus China to be the first five or six hubs by September 1,” Michael Romero, vice-chairman of AirAsia Philippines (AAP) told reporters.



He said the airline will fly to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Bangkok and China.

Romero said AAP will use five brand-new Airbus A320s.

“We will build 20 fleets within the next five years,” he added.

Earlier, AirAsia International Ltd. partnered with Romero, Antonio Cojuangco Jr., and Marianne Hontiveros to form an LCC in the Philippines based on the Malaysian carrier’s business model.

Cojuanco is a former chairman of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and cousin of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, while Romero is the chairman of Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI).

AirAsia will hold a 40-percent equity in AirAsia Inc., through AA International, while the remaining 60 percent will be held in equal partnership by Cojuangco, Romero and Hontiveros.

In the next five years, “our plan is to carry five million passengers,” Romero said.

The executive said AirAsia is choosing between Clark and Subic as its domestic hub and plans to fly to other airports such as Cebu and Zamboanga.

AirAsia successfully launched LCC subsidiaries in Thailand and Indonesia, with another planned joint venture in Vietnam.
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SEAir to start flying to HK, Macau
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:55:00 02/03/2011
Filed Under: Asia Australia - East Asia, Air Transport

MANILA, Philippines—Local carrier South East Asian Airlines (SEAir) will start flying to Hong Kong and Macau from its hub in Clark Freeport Pampanga starting February 14.

In a statement, the airline said it would expand its operations at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) with flights to the two Chinese cities this month. The company is also considering flights to Taipei, Taiwan.

SEAir will operate additional Clark-to-Hong Kong flights twice a day while flights to Macau will be thrice a week, Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said.

The move came after the success of its twice-weekly flights from the DMIA to Singapore that started in December 2010.

“This is a welcome development for the airport as this will certainly redound to the benefit of travelers, tourists and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), as well as boost the tourism industry not only in the Metro Clark area but also Central Luzon and eventually the rest of the country,” Luciano said.

He said SEAir would add 17 more flights a week that would average a total of 85 international weekly flights, excluding the operations of Federal Express and United Parcel Service (UPS) at the DMIA.

The airline leased two 144-seater Airbus A-319 aircraft from its partner, Tiger Airways of Singapore, last year for its international flights.

SEAir said it was also planning to add more flights from Clark to Vietnam, Korea and Thailand. SEAir flights can be booked through Tiger Airways’ website.

This arrangement with Tiger Airways has been hit by other local airlines, accusing SEAir of skirting a constitutional restriction against the participation of foreign entities in vital industries such as transportation.

Other carriers operating from the DMIA include Air Asia of Malaysia with flights to Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Asiana Airlines and budget carrier Jin Air of South Korea, both with flights to Incheon; domestic carrier Cebu Pacific Air that flies to Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau and Bangkok; and Spirit of Manila Airlines that flies to Taipei.—Paolo G. Montecillo
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[SIZE="5"]Cebu Pacific to hire pilots, ground and support staff [/SIZE]
Sunday, 06 February 2011 18:17 Lenie Lectura

As part of its expansion program, Cebu Pacific (CEB) is going to hire a total of 305 to add to its workforce, including 75 pilots, 200 cabin crew, 10 mechanics and engineers, and 20 ground support crew in the various fields of cargo, airport services, accounting, information systems and human resources.
This is going to be the airlines’ biggest recruitment campaign to date.

“It is an exciting and fun time for the airline, as it proceeds with its expansion plans and takes delivery of 20 more brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft from 2011 to 2014. We look forward to welcoming more people into the Cebu Pacific family,” said vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog.

The airline has already received four brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft from October 2010 to January 2011.

“CEB has created over 4,000 jobs with an annual payroll of over P2 billion. It has created 500 jobs in the last year alone. We are proud to provide high-paying jobs to Filipinos, and keep them close to their families,” Iyog said in a statement.

She encouraged all interested and qualified applicants to attend the airline’s recruitment event this week. 

A one-day processing recruitment campaigns will also be held at PATTS College of Aeronautics and the Philippine State College of Aeronautics.

“Cebu Pacific offers unlimited travel benefits, competitive compensation packages, annual performance bonuses and a fun working environment. And since the airline is growing, our employees also enjoy career opportunities not easily available in other airlines. We hope every Juan can join us in providing high-quality service across Asia,” Iyog said.

The first low-cost carrier in Asia, CEB currently operates over 260 flights daily to 16 international cities and 33 domestic destinations. It flew almost 10.5 million passengers in 2010, exceeding targets with a 19-percent increase over 2009. Its international passengers also grew by 38 percent in 2010.

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All Nippon Airway's maiden flight to Manila Philippines courtesy of skyblade

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In a nutshell, it's known as the Boeing Signature interior. Heath Techna also offers also offers an alternative NuLook retrofit for 767s and 747s.

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The last JL 747 flight at terminal 2.




As a bonus, here's the last two JL 744s a day after the airline's last scheduled service of the type:





And I also used this trip as an opportunity to try out NH's older F product and SQ's SkySuites before both products disappear from the LAX-NRT route:



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HKG---MNL is a frequent international routes with on average over 17 flights a day between the 2 cities, serves by 6 different airlines. With so many options it is not surprised to see a very light load on 1 of the many flights each day. However, morning flights tend to have a higher load factor on MNL to HKG but light on the other way around. Besides, most of the photos were taken during boarding, the majority of the passengers weren't aboard yet.

I think morning flights from HKG to MNL also have high load factor as many are heading back home for good or a visit.
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What Lies Ahead for PAL and Zest Air?
A strike now may just kill PAL
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By Boo Chanco

March 28, 2011

I was afraid something like this will happen. As I watched the 70th anniversary presentation of Philippine Airlines that recalled memorable events in its corporate history, I felt a foreboding that this could be its last hurrah. Asia’s First Airline, like the country it proudly represents abroad, needs to do serious rethinking of where it stands, where it wants to go and how to get there.

Like the country, PAL was ahead of almost everybody in the region. But somewhere along the way the airline was, like the country, badly served by the politicians who led Asia’s first Republic. Not only did they abuse the airline to attain their jetsetter reputations, they forced the airline to hire their protégés to the point that it became, and still is, overstaffed and uncompetitive.

Today, the airline is already in trouble even without the strike threat. Fuel prices are going to the stratosphere. Competition is getting fiercer than it ever was. World economies are still under threat of a double dip recession. And it isn’t easy to have big overhead costs and try to recover increased operating costs in a very competitive environment.

When the pilots of PAL last had a strike, the airline still enjoyed a lion’s share of the domestic market. Because PAL was then still a near monopoly, the strike was a pain to the public. Government had to resort to extraordinary measures like allowing Cathay Pacific to operate domestic routes to minimize the strike’s negative impact on the economy. But today, PAL has very strong domestic competitors. In fact, Cebu Pacific, one of the many new local airlines, now carries more passengers between our islands than PAL.

There are other airlines too that will be ready to pick up the slack left by a Philippine Airlines grounded by a strike. I was just talking last week with Alfred Yao, the owner of Zest Air, and he impressed me as an entrepreneur with an aggressiveness that could make his airline a strong competitor for PAL not just in the domestic market but regionally as well.

Mr. Yao told me he was buying more Airbus 320s to serve local and international routes. He said he now has twice weekly flights on the Shanghai-Kalibo route, increasing to four weekly in June, opening Boracay to an increasingly prosperous Chinese market.

Zest Air also flies the Seoul-Kalibo route four times a week and increasing to daily by June, with planeloads of vacationing Korean tourists. Zest also flies Pusan-Kalibo twice a week now.

And he told me Zest Air will also fly between Beijing and Palawan starting late April, opening a new direct destination for Chinese tourists. Zest will also fly between Beijing and Kalibo by late June. Also by June, Zest Air will be flying to Singapore, joining PAL, Cebu Pacific, SEAir-Tiger Air and AirPhil Express in linking the city state with the Philippines.

Mr. Yao said he is not afraid of P-Noy’s pocket open skies even if he also shares the demand for reciprocity aired by his competitors. But instead of complaining about it, he is trying to move ahead of the foreign airlines who may decide to take advantage of the new E.O. That explains his decision to bring international passengers directly to Palawan.

Then there is AirAsia that will establish a local subsidiary with majority control under Tonyboy Cojuangco. SEAir, on the other hand, is tying up with Tiger Air, a Singaporean budget carrier designed for tough competition. And there is AirPhil Express, practically a sister airline of PAL but one whose business model and staff structure are geared to enable it to compete in today’s turbulent skies.

There is no doubt about how tough competition is these days. Let us listen to Alfred Yao of Zest Air. “We have very good service,” he said, emphasizing the airline’s so-called value proposition for its clients. “Our people are very friendly. Price-wise, we provide very affordable prices that are within reach of Filipinos. Despite stiff competition, we are doing pretty well.”

As for Cebu Pacific, it flew 10.5 million passengers last year. This year, it expects that figure to go up to 12 million, of which 10 million would be using the NAIA Terminal 3, almost using up the terminal’s rated capacity of 13 million.

Despite the brave words of its executives during their 70th anniversary celebration, Philippine Airlines is in serious crisis. It needs a new business model in order to survive. Like what happened to Japan Airlines, PAL needs to reorganize to make it more nimble in today’s environment. It can no longer afford to have three times the number of employees Cebu Pacific has.

The restructuring of PAL that its union is vigorously objecting to is a survival response. This is probably why P-Noy upheld the position of the Department of Labor allowing it to do so. As I had previously written here, the employees union should learn from the example of the American automotive unions. When it became clear that GM, Ford and Chrysler would go belly up unless the unions worked with management and government to save the car companies, the United Auto Workers or UAW decided that cooperation was the better deal.

The union may be overestimating the importance of the airline’s survival to its owners. I see a very strong incentive on the part of the owners to let the airline fold up if the strike materializes and successfully grounds its flights. Most of its aircrafts are on lease anyway, and the lease can be transferred to AirPhil Express as it takes over PAL’s old routes.

On the marketing side, the worse part of a strike threat is the reluctance of passengers to do advance booking, something that helps the airline plan better. A passenger will not risk buying a ticket for a flight two months or more ahead of time if there is any danger that a strike may strand him here or in a foreign port. That crank call on a San Francisco bound PAL flight, hopefully, isn’t related to the labor problems of the airline because pranks like that can ruin an airline’s reputation.

It is crunch time for PAL and every stakeholder must decide if they want to save the airline or bury it for good. Government should not be expected to save PAL in the mistaken notion that its survival is in the national interest. Unlike in the past, if PAL goes belly up, there are enough competitors to take over its market and provide the service almost as if nothing happened.

The world has changed drastically in recent years. Job security can no longer be guaranteed in a globalized world where stiff competition is the name of the game. PAL is still organized under the rules of a more genteel world that had long ago changed. The new rules of the game in today’s business world may not be for the better in humane terms but businesses can only play by the new rules or perish.

A strike at this time may kill the airline. That does not do the union members any good. And while the owners may get hurt as well, they are in a better position to bounce back quickly as their Plan B, Airphil Express, is already up and running.

About 2,600 rank and file employees will be retrenched under the plan but more than 4,000 will retain their jobs in an airline that is better equipped to compete. And for those who will be retrenched, they will get financial and other benefits and be first in line for jobs in the outsource company that will take over the functions. That sounds better than killing the airline and almost 7000 employees losing their jobs. If the airline keels over because of the strike, all 7000 employees fall in line with other creditors for any financial claims.

Hopefully reason rather than emotion prevails so that Asia’s First Airline can still proudly fly the national colors in all corners of the world. For the PAL union to strike now is like cutting their nose to spite their face. It just doesn’t work for their benefit or anyone else’s other than PAL’s competitors who will gladly divide among themselves the still formidable market share of Asia’s First.

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PAL cuts Riyadh Flight
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MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will stop flights to and from Riyadh beginning April 2 after incurring losses from its operations in the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia.

PAL vice president for operations Nikki Gozon said it was a difficult route to sell because they are only allowed to fly three specific aircraft registries, one particular Boeing 747 and two Airbus 330s.

He said restrictions on what plane PAL can use for the route have restrained its flexibility in operating the Manila-Riyadh service.

PAL flies four times weekly to the Middle Eastern city.

“It becomes an operational nightmare because we only use three specific aircraft that you can fly into the city. When one airplane is down, we cannot change to another,” Gozon said.

The airline deploys a Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which seats 50 passengers in the business class and 383 in the economy class.

PAL resumed its flights to Riyadh in March last year after halting operations beginning March 2006. The airline first suspended the service due to high fuel prices, an oversupply of seats, and intense competition with Middle Eastern carriers.

“There are not enough passengers taking this flight to justify its continued operation. Revenues earned are not enough to cover cost of operations,” PAL said.

PAL also stopped flying to Brisbane beginning October last year, just seven months after it launched its maiden flight to the city.

But the carrier is set to add India to its international network starting this month. It will launch thrice-weekly flights to New Delhi using an Airbus 330.

PAL stopped flying to India in the 50s but now sees good prospects due to the influx of Indian tourists to Manila and Cebu.

“We look at India as a profitable market, that’s why we are flying into it,” Gozon said.

PAL, which has a fleet of seven Boeing aircraft and 30 airbuses, currently serves a network of 20 domestic points and 25 international destinations spanning Asia, Oceania and North America.
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PAL celebrates 70th anniversary
March 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) celebrated its 70th year anniversary Tuesday by commemorating its storied past while charting a course for the future.

The PAL family has marked the milestone with simple but meaningful activities. Masses were held at the airline’s various stations and facilities throughout the country and overseas.

PAL also hosted an anniversary reception at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at the Resorts World Manila complex in Pasay City, attended by PAL staff and 1,500 guests from government, the diplomatic corps, and the aviation, travel and business sectors.

PAL chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Lucio C. Tan led the airline in welcoming the guests.

As PAL turns 70, the airline has one eye on the legacies of its past and another on the goals of the future.

Since its founding 70 years ago, PAL has been inextricably linked with the Filipino nation as the pioneer flag carrier, major air transport utility and partner in nation-building.

PAL was founded by a group of prominent Filipino industrialists on February 26, 1941. On March 15, 1941, a tiny Beech Model 18 aircraft carrying five passengers took off from Nielson Airport in Makati bound for Baguio “earning for PAL the distinction of being Asia’s first airline.

The flag carrier is bidding to replicate its past success in the more demanding operating and competitive landscape of the future. It faces a slate of tough challenges in this quest.

PAL reported a modest profit of $15.1 million in the third quarter - October to December 2010 - of its current 2010-2011 financial year a period when air travel gingerly recovered from a slump the previous year.

But the succeeding months, from January 2011 to the present, showed just how fragile the recovery was. The sudden eruption of political unrest in the Middle East sent crude oil prices skyrocketing to nearly $120 per barrel in late February the highest in two and a half years.

This forced the global airline industry to flag a potential loss for carriers by the end of 2011. In fact, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has already downgraded its outlook for the year
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Philippine Air links to India, inks pact with Kingfisher
Tushar Srivastava, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 30, 2011

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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has entered into a code share agreement with Kingfisher Airlines, India’s second largest domestic carrier, that would give it a much bigger footprint in the country. “We have already made an agreement with Kingfisher,” said Vivienne K Tan, executive vice president, PAL, on
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PAL has launched direct flights to India — the only carrier to operate non-stop flights between Delhi and Manila. It will operate three non-stop flights to Delhi and another three via Bangkok. “We are offering the shortest travel time of six-and-a-half hours,” said Jaime J Bautista, president and COO, PAL.

In 2009, two million Indians travelled to Southeast Asia but only 32,817 visited the Philippines, with Singapore (726,000), Thailand (611,983) and Malaysia (589,838) cornering a major chunk of the tourist traffic. PAL is allocating 1,88,000 seats a year on the Indian route.

Tan said PAL would be “interested in investing in an Indian carrier” if the government relaxes rules allowing foreign carriers to invest in Indian airlines.
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PAL union gears up for strike
Posted on April 01, 2011 06:56:08 PM

THE PHILIPPINE Airlines Employees Association (PALEA), which represents over half of the flag carrier’s employees, said on Friday that it is "all systems go" for its first nationwide strike since 1998.

Philippine Airlines, for its part, said it was ready to continue operations despite the strike threat.

In a statement, PALEA said a nationwide strike would push through any day after Friday with both sides still clashing over whether or not to open talks for a new collective bargaining agreement.

PALEA had earlier filed a notice of strike on March 7. A strike vote among union members was then held on March 25 with 95.44% of the employees backing the proposed mass action.

PALEA went on to observe the seven-day "strike ban" period or a "cooling period", which means the labor union may strike on April 2 the earliest.

"The only thing that can prevent a strike is for PAL to heed the demand to stop outsourcing and open collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations without preconditions," Gerardo F. Rivera, PALEA president, said in the statement.

"PALEA is 100% ready for a strike that will paralyze the operations of PAL that in cahoots with the Aquino government wants to deny workers the right to regular jobs and a CBA," he added.

But the Philippine Airlines replied for its part that the airline was prepared if the labor union pushes through with a strike.

"We are ready. We have contingency measures in place," Joey G. De Guzman, PAL vice president for corporate communications, said in a telephone interview.

"Many PAL administrative employees, and even union members themselves, believe that a strike will not do the company any good. As such, they are ready to man posts to be vacated by protesting workers," PAL president and COO Jaime J. Bautista for his part said in a statement.

"But make no mistake, PAL is also ready to exercise its legal options in case any work stoppage is declared illegal by proper authorities," he stressed.

PALEA went on to state that it conducted on Friday a "dress rehearsal" for its planned strike.

"This mass action is an expression of the unity of the labor movement in the common fight for regular jobs and against the government’s policy of contractualization," Mr. Rivera said in the statement.

Last March 27, PAL said it wanted to talk with the labor union to ensure a smooth implementation of restructuring its workforce, following a Malacanang ruling last March 26 affirming the airline’s plan to outsource some of its operations.

But PALEA said then that it was not amenable to such talks, and insisted that CBA negotiations should be pursued first. -- Kathleen A. Martin
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PAL has also temporarily cut its Zamboanga - Cagayan de Oro flights because of some unmet operational requirements just three days after it maiden flight.

Trivia: Philippine Airlines is the first commercial airline to serve the Zamboanga - Cagayan de Oro route.
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BUMP!

From the Philippine forums, here's a look at Philippine Airlines' domestic service! This flight is from Bacolod, a city in the Visayas chain of islands, to Manila and back.

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Flight to Manila set to take wings
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Sat Jun 11 2011 06:50:50

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MUSCAT: Come third quarter of the current year and the Filipinos living in Oman will have new reasons to rejoice, as they celebrate the 113th anniversary of the Declaration of
Philippine Independence.


Oman Air and Philippines Airlines are expected to launch their direct flights between Muscat and Manila latest by September.

Announcing this during an exclusive interview with Times of Oman, Omar M. Pangarungan, office-in-charge of the Philippine embassy in Muscat, said the service was long overdue.

In fact, the maiden flight of the service ought to have taken off in June last year, rued Pangarungan.

Oman and Philippines had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on December 14, 2009, updating the bilateral Air Service Agreement (ASA) signed way back on October 11, 1992.

The MoU took provisional effect from the very day it was inked designating the maiden flight to take off within six months.
Unavoidable circumstances delayed the launch of the service.

Yet, beaming with optimism, Pangarungan said that the normal service would start soon after the maiden flight takes off the ground.

Looking forward to the launch of the direct flight between Muscat and Manila, Pangarungan said the service would bring in its wake a plethora of benefits to both Oman and Philippines in sectors including tourism, trade, health care and investment.
Cultural exchanges between the two countries, sharing a friendly relation since a very long time, are expected to gain new boost.
The direct flight would benefit the Filipinos in ways more than one, and the foremost will be freedom from the hassles of break journeys.

Bilateral investments
In his enumeration of the benefits of the service, Pangarungan laid stress on the fact that it may open the floodgates of bilateral investments. His outlook on the matter evidently appeared upbeat.

He said there exist multitude of investment opportunities for both Omani and Filipino investors in the Sultanate and Philippines in sectors like energy, health care, shipping,
agriculture, etc.

Besides easing travel, the direct flight will encourage investors from both countries to travel
more frequently.

As Philippines is eager to attract Omani investment, Pangarungan said his country’s exports to Oman have lately shown signs of growing. Philippines, in fact, is one of the major exporters of fruits, processed food, herbal products and electronic items in Oman. To this, Pangarungan added, he would love to see at least two more exquisite and unique produce of Philippines added to the list of products of its exports to the Sultanate — furniture and bamboo products.

Philippine furniture, he said, is one of the best in the world and is so durable that it can be passed on as legacy from generation to generation. Philippines, he said, is one of the largest exporters of furniture in the world. Saudi Arabia, in fact, is the biggest importer of Philippine furniture in the Middle East and the third largest in the world.

Keen on introducing the item in Oman, Pangarungan said that once the direct flight between Muscat and Manila begins, he would certainly facilitate visits of all the major Omani furniture importers to Philippines to showcase the quality and exquisiteness of the furniture Philippine produces.

“I am more than certain that once the Omani importers have had a look and feel of our furniture and bamboo artefacts, they will never resist importing them,” said Pangarungan.

And as both Oman and Philippines wait for the direct flights to begin, connoisseurs in Oman too can look forward to Philippines furniture to adorn their houses.
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