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Old June 12th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #901
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PAL offers free airlift for Cotabato relief goods

by Philippine Airlines on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 3:20pm

Relief goods for Cotabato flood victims will be flown for free by Philippine Airlines (PAL) on its regular flights from Manila to Cotabato, Davao and General Santos.

The PAL Foundation has been coordinating with various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who want to send relief goods to Cotabato. Recipients of the shipment should preferably be the sender's counterpart or reputable NGOs, civic or religious groups from Mindanao.

In case the Airbus A319 aircraft that flies once a day to Cotabato is unable to accommodate the volume of relief goods, others will be loaded on the flights toDavao and General Santos. PAL deploys its wide-body aircraft – B747s and A340s – on the flights to Davao and General Santos.

PAL is only providing free airlift, thus land transport from Davao and General Santos to Cotabato should be handled by the consignee or recipient of the goods.

To maximize cargo space, PAL advises shippers to refrain from sending items that are available or may easily be purchased in or near Cotabato (such as noodles, bottled water, rice, etc.), perishable food and hazardous or bulky items like LPG.

So far, three private foundations have advised PAL on their planned shipment of relief donations.

NGOs and other foundations intending to send relief to Cotabato flood victims may contact the PAL Foundation through Ms. Menchu Sarmiento, executive director, at 851-2980, 834-0581, 855-8000 local 2563 or email at [email protected].
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National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) remains one of the world’s biggest carriers, ranking 61st in terms of number of passengers and total distance flown.

Speaking before members of the Consular Corps of the Philippines, PAL President Jaime J. Bautista said that based on the World Airline Ranking compiled by Airline Business magazine, PAL ranked 61st with 17.8 billion Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) – the international benchmark for measuring airline passenger traffic. PAL's chief local competitor ranked 116th.

As defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global association of commercial airlines, RPK is the number of passengers flown by an airline multiplied by the distance traveled by each passenger. Thus, IATA said, RPK measures “actual” passenger traffic.

"RPK is a more accurate yardstick of passenger traffic because it takes into account the distance actually traveled ... Passenger headcounts do not reflect the true distance and value of the act of transporting people."

During PAL's last fiscal year 2010-2011, PAL flew over nine (9) million passengers across a network of 46 international and domestic destinations, using a fleet of 36 long-range, wide-body as well as single-aisle jets.

Of the total passengers carried, almost half or four (4) million were foreign tourists – the most flown among all airlines that operate in the country, according to Bautista. "We carry between 40-50% of all foreign visitors arriving in the country every year." In the first quarter of 2011, PAL again dominated the international segment with 1.025 million passengers flown.

Bautista also told the consuls that aside from being the largest Philippine carrier, PAL pioneered the country's commercial aviation industry – "PAL developed a number of virgin routes that have evolved into important business and tourism links ... PAL was the first airline to mount regular flights on these routes when the market was uncertain. After PAL built the market, other airlines jumped in."

Some of these now important routes include – Manila to New Delhi, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Beijing, Busan (South Korea), Xiamen, Saigon, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Melbourne as well as Cebu-Tokyo, Cebu-Seoul and Kalibo-Taipei.
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Back in black, Philippine Airlines sees hard times

hilippine Airlines said Friday it swung back into profit in the past fiscal year as it overcame the troubles of the global financial crisis.

However, it warned of turbulence ahead, citing surging oil prices, a gradual slowdown in passenger traffic and crises around the world as key concerns.

PAL said in a statement that net profit hit $72.5 million in the 12 months to March, a huge improvement on the $14.4 million loss in its previous fiscal year.

It added that revenues for the year soared 23 percent to $1.67 billion.

Passenger and cargo traffic grew 12.4 percent and 41.8 percent respectively as the industry rebounded from the global slump, while rising passenger yields accompanied the growth in traffic volume.

However, expenses surged 19 percent to $1.61 billion.

Looking ahead it added: “Fuel price volatility, the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa… pose a serious threat to the flag carrier’s fragile bottom line.”

Jet fuel, the biggest item, rose 29.9 percent to $142 million as prices soared above $100 per barrel, and they have continued to rise since then.

PAL also said it had since seen a gradual slowdown in traffic demand, especially for leisure travellers.

PAL flies to six US cities and territories, 17 Asian destinations and five Middle East airports, and two Australian cities apart from its domestic service.

The carrier’s listed parent PAL Holdings saw its shares fall 1.85 percent to P5.30 Friday.

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'In-demand' routes spur PAL growth

Philippine Airlines (PAL) carried the most number of international passengers among local carriers for the first quarter of 2011 due to increased demand across all international routes.

PAL’s most traveled destinations in the region are Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and South Korea, among others. The United States also contributed a large chunk of the airline’s revenues while other sectors added to the carrier’s positive passenger numbers.

The flag carrier bested its local competitors in international passenger traffic as it flew a total of 1.06 million passengers – up seven percent (7%) from 942,144 passengers covering the same period last year.

First quarter figures from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) show that PAL’s inbound passengers stood at 477,039 and outbound, 529,212.

Translated into Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) or number of passengers multiplied by distance traveled, PAL registered a total of 5-billion RPKs for the first three months of 2011. Of this number, 4.25-billion RPKs accounted for PAL’s international traffic, while the balance of 750-million RPKs represent the domestic sector.

Earlier, the authoritative Airline Business magazine ranked PAL as the world’s 61st largest airline. The ranking is based on RPK, which is considered the true measure of airline passenger traffic. For the last two years, PAL recorded an average of 17.8 billion RPKs in the World Airline Rankings. Its chief local competitor is way behind in 116th place.

Aside from increased passenger demand in the international sector, PAL attributes first quarter performance to enhanced marketing and promotional strategies and the market’s renewed appetite for travel.

While these are bright spots for PAL, it remains cautious in view of volatile fuel costs; slowdown in Japan traffic due to tsunami disaster in March; and the still-existing Category 2 status of the country imposed by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

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PAL nets $72.5M Profit
On 23% revenue jump
July 24, 2011

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) earned $72.5-million profit for its 2010 fiscal year ending March, a turnaround from its $14.4-million loss in 2009.

The airline said revenues rose 23 percent to $1.67 billion, supported by growing passenger and traffic volumes of 12.4 percent and 41.8 percent, respectively.

“Increases in passenger yields also complemented the growth in traffic volume,” the airline added. Passenger traffic increased 12.4 percent while cargo expanded 41.8 percent during the period.

The airline was however cautious of its continuing profitability due to volatile factors like cost of fuel affecting the industry.

About 40 percent of PAL’s expenses go to fuel. PAL noted that total expenses for the year totaled $1.61 billion, up 19 percent from last year’s $1.35 billion.

Jet fuel expenses, which continues to be the airline’s biggest spending item, rose by $142 million or 29.9 percent. During the 12-month period from April 2010 to March 2011, jet fuel prices averaged $102.89 a barrel compared to $86.94 the year before.
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Air Philippines, fastest growing airline in 2011
Domestic Travel Grew 16%

Quick Facts (Growth year-on-year):

Air Philippines ................176%
Zest Air grew ................85%
Cebu Pacific ..................3.9%
Philippine Airlines ............-17%
Seair ............................-36%


August 8, 2011

DOMESTIC air travel rose by double digits in the first half of the year, boosted by airlines’ aggressive expansion and price wars, according to to the Civil Aeronautics Board.

Data from CAB showed the number of domestic passengers rose 15.9 percent to 9.72 million from 8.39 million in the same six-month period last year.

The country’s five major carriers’ seat capacity jumped 16.76 percent to 12.12 million from 10.38 million last year.

Domestic load factor, which measures the number of seats occupied during a flight, averaged 79 percent, up from 77 percent last year. The industry’s increasing load factor reflects a steady growth in passenger demand.

In a text message, Carmelo Arcilla, CAB executive director, attributed the passenger growth to the liberal policy of the government that has encouaged competition and expansion of existing services.

“Another factor is the high acceptability of the low cost airline model that offers very reasonable and competitive fares,” Arcilla said.

Cebu Pacific remained the leading domestic carrier during the period, but the increase in its passengers was lower than other budget airline such as AirPhil Express and Zest Airways, both of which have been aggressively expanding their fleets and destinations.

Cebu Pacific carried a total of 4.25 million passengers, up by 3.9 percent from 4.09 million last year. Its load factor however fell to 84 percent from 85 percent.

AirPhil Express flew 1.85 million passengers, higher by 176.5 percent from 667,686 last year.

In a telephone interview, Alfredo M. Herrera, Airphil Express senior vice president for marketing and sales, said the huge increase in passengers was driven by the airline’s competitive fare and increased capacity.

He said the airline has been successful in snatching passengers from rivals, while gaining new travelers.

Herrera said AirPhil Express expects to carry more than four million passengers by end of the year.

Zest Airways recorded an 85.34 percent increase in domestic passengers to 1.14 million from 616,058 last year.

Butch Rodriguez, ZestAir senior vice president for commercial and external affairs, attributed the growth to the doubling of its fleet from three Airbus A320s to six, as well as to more destinations and frequencies.

Philippine Airlines recorded a 17 percent decline in domestic passengers to 2.39 million from 2.88 million last year.


Southeast Asian Airlines also posted a drop in passengers to 97,326 from 132,416 last year.

Industry-wide cargo dropped to 80.78 million kilograms in the first six months as against 83.6 million last year.

PAL carried 27.31 million kilograms
; Cebu Pacific, 37.50 million; AirPhil Express, 9.43 million; Seari, 101,387 kilograms and Zest Air, 6.43 million.
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Airphil Express opens Cebu-Hong Kong flight
August 1, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Airphil Express is on track to dominate the budget air travel category in the Philippines with the launch of the Cebu-Hong Kong route last July 28, 2011. The new flight connection is seen to further boost business and tourism between the two destinations and will strengthen the presence of Airphil Express beyond domestic borders.

Cosmopolitan Cebu province in the Visayas region, which is rich in heritage appeal, attracts domestic and foreign tourists and investments because of good infrastructure and a dynamic export industry, and serves as gateway to some of the world’s most breathtaking shorelines and nature attractions. Hong Kong, host to many thousands of OFWs, remains an important business hub, shoppers’ paradise, and, with the presence of Disneyland and other theme parks, continues to be a favorite destination among Filipinos. The expanded route of Airphil Express redounds to the benefit of passengers who want savings and convenience in their frequent business and pleasure travels.

“The decision to launch the first Hong Kong flight of Airphil Express from Cebu is an acknowledgment of the valuable business that the province brings into the country in terms of trade and tourism,” said Alfredo Herrera, Airphil Express SVP for marketing and sales. The addition of the Cebu-Hong Kong route follows the success of Airphil Express’ launch of its international flight to Singapore in December last year.

Another company milestone by the end of July is the arrival of a new A320 in addition to the current six Airbuses as part of Airphil Express’ re-fleeting program. The A320 is one of the most modern airplanes today and ensures increased comfort and safety for passengers. The budget airline also maintains three reliable Q300s and five high-speed Q400s for inter-island travel.

The new Cebu-Hong Kong route and the company’s investment in new aircraft are in service of a continuously growing air travel market. While traffic growth from all Philippine carriers remains at double digits this year, the rise of Airphil Express’ market share has been described as “staggering.” From cornering 2.9 percent of the market share during the airline’s pre-rebranding period in 2009, the carrier’s slice of the domestic market in 2010 grew to 11 percent, representing some 1.9 million passengers on its first full year of operations.

Only a little more than a year old, Airphil Express is already redefining the budget category not just in terms of low airfare but also other services.
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ISG Bags PAL's Fiesta Boutique
August 9, 2011

Delight on all sides as an important new inflight relationship is forged between Philippine Airlines and Inflight Sales Group

By Martin Moodie

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has selected Hong Kong-based Inflight Sales Group (ISG) as its strategic partner to further develop the Fiesta Boutique inflight shopping programme.

This follows the airline’s review of its current inflight duty free programme and an evaluation of future requirements to enhance passenger service.

PAL and ISG have signed an exclusive supply agreement for an initial two-year period plus a performance-based option period, with their first programme slated to go onboard 1 November 2011.

Prior to its partnership with ISG, PAL was one of the few airlines in Asia that manages its duty free programme in-house. “The decision to tap ISG represents a very significant shift in PAL's strategy,” the companies noted in a statement.

ISG Managing Director Tony Detter said he was enthusiastic about the company's new partnership with PAL. “We’re honoured to be selected by Philippine Airlines as their partner to re-engineer this inflight shopping service, and are already hard at work with the PAL team to ensure we have a great first programme launch and a smooth transition," he said.

Delight on all sides as an important new inflight relationship is forged between Philippine Airlines and Inflight Sales Group
“PAL has a very good core business and knows its customers quite well. Our job at ISG will be to introduce new brands and categories to the existing programme, leveraging our knowledge and brand portfolio to attract a broader base of customers to the Fiesta Boutique shopping program."

PAL Senior Assistant Vice President-Catering Services Jaime Arturo L. Viola said: “PAL is pleased to work with Inflight Sales Group. We were very thorough and careful during our review of our business and in making the decision to expand and refocus our duty free programme.

“We’re confident ISG is the right partner to help us grow our business, develop new shopping channels, and improve our promotional and crew motivation strategy. ISG has a long history of successful innovation with their product offerings and marketing programmes, and are well respected in the travel retail industry both for their ability to increase sales and to add value to their customers. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with them.”

ABOUT PHILIPPINE AIRLINES


Philippine Airlines – Asia’s first airline – is the flag carrier of the Republic of the Philippines. This year marks the 70th anniversary of its first flight on March 15, 1941. PAL offers more than 70 flights to 25 international destinations daily on a modern fleet of aircraft including the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A340-300, and carries close to 25,000 passengers and 350 tons of cargo daily. More information is available at www.philippineairlines.com

ABOUT INFLIGHT SALES GROUP

Inflight Sales Group is the pioneer of airline concession operations, with more than 25 years of airline duty free concession management experience. Inflight Sales Group's predecessor was formed by Jean-Marcel Rouff in 1982 to supply amenity kits and as an exclusive distributor of duty free products from the leading suppliers to airlines in Asia and North and South America. Today ISG remains the leading concessionaire in Asia and North Africa, servicing 17 airline partners around the globe. More information is available at www.inflightsales.com

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PAL unveils ‘fly-all-you-can’ Philippine promo
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10:13 pm | Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—Due to the clamor for a domestic version of its successful “fly-all-you-can” Asia promo, Philippine Airlines (PAL) has unveiled its latest offering called “Fly PINAS” which allows pass holders unlimited travel to 20 domestic points from August 8 to November 15.

To avail of the latest PAL offer, passengers may purchase the “Fly PINAS” pass online, PAL ticket offices or their PAL partner travel agents.

Fiesta (economy) class is P7,070 while Mabuhay (business) class is pegged at P37,070. Ticket sale period is from August 8 to 14, while travel period is from Aug. 8 to Nov. 15, 2011.

“Fly PINAS” pass holders can hop to 20 domestic points in the PAL network, which includes Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legazpi, Manila, Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran and Zamboanga.

For example, one can fly to and return from different domestic destinations such as Manila-Cebu and return from Tagbilaran to Manila.

Similar to the “Fly Asia Pass” promo, “Fly PINAS” pass holders have two weeks to plan, book and have their passes ticketed in any PAL ticket office or any travel agency-partner. All domestic destinations must be finalized and confirmed before ticket issuance.

Fares do not include taxes and surcharges.
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By Amelia H.C. Ylagan
August 21, 2011

A Look at Philippine Airlines Privatization and Outsourcing

Cory Aquino’s six-year term as first President after the momentous People Power EDSA Revolution of 1986 had just ended, and it was the turn of Fidel Ramos to be President, in the fading euphoria of the country’s deliverance from the 14-year dictator Ferdinand Marcos. What to do, when faced with the stark embarrassment of the country’s dismal economic performance, which threatened to make pyrrhic the political victory of EDSA I?
Privatization of the country’s giant government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) was the answer, as coaxed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was concerned about the repayment of the country’s huge foreign debt (debt service = 6% of Nominal GNP of P703.4 billion in 1992). The Philippine Privatization Program (PPP) launched by Aquino in 1986 and its implementing group of government offices, the Asset Privatization Trust (APT), were given another five years (until 1995) under the Ramos administration to sell initially the biggest 26 GOCCs among the 122 earmarked.The over 400 government holdings divested between 1987 and 1995 generated gross revenues of P111 billion (US$4.2 billion) -- nearly three times the government’s original target figure of P41.12 billion for the privatization program.

Philippine Airlines (PAL), with its $521-million debt assumed by the national government in Central Bank short-term debt, commercial bank borrowings, and Paris Club obligations as of 1992, was one logical target for privatization. The Gulf War then raging had battered PAL to a staggering P2.2-billion loss (FX rate in 1992 was P27.83=$1.00, just depreciated from P22.7=$1.00 in the previous year). The government was bleeding by owning PAL.

Yet when the government was privatizing Philippine Airlines in late 1991, every big businessman seemed to want it. To level the playing field and make those probably more desirable buyers with less wherewithal compete with big spenders suspected to be tainted with "Marcos money," it was agreed that offers will be entertained from consortiums, not individuals or individual corporations. PR Holdings, Inc., a consortium led by Antonio O. Cojuangco (then chairman of PLDT), formed by two major corporate groups, AB Capital Investment Corp. (ABCIC) and the Bank of Commerce (BoC),paid $368 million for 670 million shares (67%) of PAL.(The 130 million shares retained by the government had an accrued value of $71 million.)The government realized a total profit of $168 million from the PAL privatization.

A year after the Cojuangco group had taken over PAL, news erupted that P5.1 billion of the P9.780 billion put up by PR Holdings was actually secretly paid by cigarette and alcohol magnate Lucio Tan, a known Marcos crony. This was deeply resented by the Ayala and Soriano Groups, investors in the PR Holdings bid for PAL, according to a 1994USAID "post mortem" of the PAL privatization. (The two unhappy investors were soon "refunded.") For a while there, it was thought that the PAL privatization would be reversed for the non-disclosure of the Tan participation, but perhaps it was just too messy for the government to have to return the $368 million proceeds of the sale, or to call the PR Holdings bid in bad faith and award the sale to the next highest bidder, the PCI Bank/John Gokongwei consortium (bid=P9.170 billion). That did not happen, and Tan companies Trustmark Holdings, through PAL Holdings, still now own 5.3 billion (97.7%) PAL shares.

Despite the financial ups and downs (mostly downs) of PAL as a privatized entity, the going seems good for its investors. In accordance with the approved restructuring plan during the 1997 Asian financial crisis and way before that, even in the rehab template incorporated in the privatization offer, the non-core (non-flying) activities were to be spun off to strip the airline of risk in the fluctuations of those businesses. In-flight catering, ground handling, and aircraft maintenance were all consolidated under MacroAsia Corp. (MAC), a Tan-owned company which had built up a record one billion pesos in operating revenues in 2009. Meantime, the airline itself has ground down to a $10.6-million (about P455-million) loss in 2010. And there is wailing and gnashing of teeth about forthcoming spin-offs and lay-offs again.

Naturally, spin-offs of whole departments would cause redundancies in personnel, even if most are absorbed by the new operational entity. Disputes with the employees’ union have been PAL management’s biggest headache. This had led to a complete shutdown of PAL’s operations for a month in 1998, earning PAL the notoriety of being the first Asian airline to do so, a most embarrassing failure for an airline anywhere in the world. And here it is again, with the 3,500 PAL employees union threatening to do the very same sit-down strike, in protest of the planned lay-off of 2,600 employees in in-flight catering, call center reservations and airport services, as sanctioned by the Department of Labor for implementation this month.

Before PAL was privatized, there were over 11,500 employees (15,000 at an earlier peak before EDSA I) which included administrative and management personnel, cockpit and cabin crew, ground engineers and technicians, and rank-and-file employees doing administrative, flight operations, and other related services such as cargo handling, ground handling, catering, in-flight sales, refueling, and aircraft maintenance services. That is more than 60% reduction in workforce (basically because of the spin-offs and the early retirement incentives) over the two decades or so. Time enough for the employees to realize that lifetime employment is not in the plans of any businessman who buys a failing airline. Advice would be to try to negotiate the retrenchment package (now 1.25% of present accrued benefits) upward, take the money and go. Forget about the lifetime trip passes (non-revenue tickets) -- these are based on PAL’s lifetime, not yours! If you (still) wish, apply for employment in the spun-off airline support companies, to maximize your special talents and expertise in the field.

Privatizations dramatize the realities of business acquisitions of these entities after the "quick fix" enjoyed by governments on critical political/economic predicaments, such as the tremulous decade of 1990-2000, when the world economy was in a dead-fall due to the financial, food, oil, and Middle East crises. Not only the new, reformed Philippine government did extensive privatizations during this period. In fact this was the "thing to do" then, spurred by the successful privatizations of Margaret Thatcher in the UK. But all that being done, realignments in the social and economic individual and shared situations cannot but be resignedly made. Unfortunately, unions have lost their clout, aggravating the effects of spin-offs, mergers, sell-offs, because of the now very prevalent global business practice of outsourcing.

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Jumbo Jet With ‘Landing Gear Issue’ Arrives Safely At LAX
August 26, 2011 9:51 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Philippine Airlines jumbo jet has landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport after declaring an emergency because of a possible blown tire.

The Boeing 747 touched down smoothly around 9 p.m. Friday. The pilot initially descended to a low altitude so a police helicopter could inspect the tire’s condition, then pulled up again and circled before landing.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus said the pilot reported that the jet may have had a blown tire upon takeoff from Manila and declared an emergency landing. The aircraft idled on the runway as fire trucks and other ground crews surrounded it.

An airport spokeswoman said 400 passengers and 20 crew members were aboard the plane.[/QUOTE]

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Old September 22nd, 2011, 10:47 AM   #919
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Baby born on Manila-San Francisco flight

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Philippine Airlines announced a passenger on a Manila to San Francisco flight gave birth to a baby boy in mid-flight.

The airline said passenger Aida Alamillo was 35 weeks pregnant when she went into labor aboard the Monday flight and she was assisted by three nurses and the plane's cabin crew.

Flight Purser Antonia Castaneda wrote in her Flight Incident Report the baby gave a "loud cry" upon his birth and "started to breast feed" after a few moments.

The plane landed about 4 hours after the birth and the mother and her newborn were taken to the Mills Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame.

Philippine Airlines said in-flight births are rare, but all cabin crew members are trained to handle childbirth.



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Pangilinan deep in talks to buy PAL

Business mogul Manuel V. Pangilinan has agreed to buy Philippine Airlines (PAL) once the labor row at the flag carrier is resolved, a businessman with close ties to him said Wednesday.

The source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the topic, said the top honcho of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) had “agreed in principle” to buy the airline from Lucio Tan.

“The discussions are already at a serious stage. Manny has been eyeing PAL for a long time,” the source said.

However, the businessman said Pangilinan would only acquire PAL once its labor row with its ground crew union, the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (Palea), was resolved.

Palea had challenged in the Court of Appeals the plan of PAL management to let go of 2,600 employees by the end of the month by outsourcing the airline’s in-flight catering, ground services and call-center reservation operations.

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“That is expected to be resolved soon,” the source said.

The source added Pangilinan wanted to go into PAL with its workforce slimmed down to its core services so he could make it more profitable.

He said Pangilinan would motivate the remaining employees by increasing their salaries and financial benefits.

“Manny feels bad whenever he gives only 14th month pay. He believes that employees shall be financially motivated but this is only possible if he has a manageable number as far as PAL is concerned,” the source said.

He said Pangilinan was strongly in favor of the move to outsource PAL’s services.

Palea, however, seeks to stop the outsourcing plan.

“As Palea celebrates its (65th anniversary), we made a vow to defeat the union-busting scheme of Philippine Airlines that is masquerading as an outsourcing plan. Palea intends to have many more birthdays to come and to serve PAL employees and the Filipino workers to a ripe old age,” said Gerry Rivera, Palea president and vice chairman of Partido ng Manggagawa.

Rivera said Palea was heartened by the recent Supreme Court ruling ordering PAL to reinstate 1,400 flight attendants the management dismissed during a pilots’ strike 13 years ago.

“The flight attendants were dismissed in 1998 at a time when PAL was obviously facing losses but the courts nonetheless saw that the financial difficulties were not serious enough to merit a mass layoff,” Rivera said.

“Thus, we believe that both the (Court of Appeals) and (Supreme Court) will both rule against PAL’s outsourcing plan. Like (in) the (flight attendants’) case, PAL argued for the outsourcing plan on supposed losses which have been disproved by the company’s own financial statements proving the flag carrier is highly profitable,” he added.

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