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Old March 24th, 2009, 02:23 PM   #81
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when did PAL start its chartered flight from Moscow?
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moscow, russia? it does not indicate in their website that they fly to moscow yet. are you sure??
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Old April 29th, 2009, 06:45 AM   #83
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✈ | PR/2P/5J/DG/PQ/Z2 | Philippine-Based Carriers

Philippine Airlines
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Philippine Airlines, Inc. (abbreviated PAL), also known historically as Philippine Air Lines, is the national airline of the Philippines.[1] It is the first commercial airline in Asia and the oldest of those currently in operation, with a long and distinguished history spanning over sixty years. Out of its hubs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu City, Philippine Airlines serves eighteen destinations in the Philippines and twenty-six destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australia, Canada and the United States.[2] Formerly one of the largest Asian airlines, PAL was severely affected by the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. In what was believed to be one of the Philippines' biggest corporate failures, PAL was forced to downsize its international operations by completely cutting operations to Europe and eventually Southwest Asia, cutting virtually all domestic services excluding routes operated from Manila, reducing the size of its fleet and terminating the jobs of thousands of employees. The airline was placed under receivership in 1998, gradually restoring operations to many of the destinations it formerly serviced. PAL exited receivership in 2007 with ambitious plans to further restore services to its previously-serviced destinations, as well as diversify its fleet.

Philippine Airlines is the only airline in the Philippines to be accredited with the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) by the International Air Transport Association and has been awarded a 3-star rating by Skytrax.[3]
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Old April 29th, 2009, 06:53 AM   #84
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From pinoyexchange.com and now available sa PAL Website:

THE REAL DEAL 2-DAY INTERNET SALE EFFECTIVE 27APR09-28APR09
* Fares below inclusive of YQ surcharge. Other taxes (such as Philippine Travel Tax at Php1,620) are not yet included.
* To book, go to www.philippineairlines.com

Roundtrip Fares
MNL-BKK-MNL USD78
MNL-SIN-MNL USD78
MNL-JKT-MNL USD108
MNL-HKG-MNL USD58
MNL-MFM-MNL USD58
MNL-TPE-MNL USD38
MNL-SHA-MNL USD108
MNL-BJS-MNL USD108
MNL-SGN-MNL USD78
CEB-TYO-CEB USD162
MNL-OSA-MNL USD128
MNL-FUK-MNL USD162
MNL-NGO-MNL USD162
MNL-GUM-MNL USD148
MNL-SYD-MNL USD318
MNL-MEL-MNL USD318
MNL-HNL-MNL USD318
MNL-LAX-MNL USD418
MNL-SFO-MNL USD418
MNL-LAS-MNL USD418
MNL-YVR-MNL USD418

Oneway Fares
MNL-OSA USD108
MNL-SYD USD203
MNL-MEL USD203
MNL-HNL USD213
MNL-LAX USD303
MNL-SFO USD303
MNL-LAS USD303
MNL-YVR USD303

Conditions:
1. Sales/Ticketing: 27-28APR09 (valid only for internet sales)
2. Travel Period: (Regional) Jun 1 - Oct 15, 2009
(Transpacific One-way) Jun 1 - Dec 25, 2009 (Transpacific Roundtrip) Sept 1 - Dec 25, 2009
3. Validity: (Regional Except Australia) 8 Days
(Transpacific & Australia) 21 Days
4. Rebooking/rerouting/reissuance/upgrading/endorsement not permitted
5. Fare and surcharges are non-refundable
6. No child/infant discount
7. No Mileage Accrual/Service Class Upgrade
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Old April 29th, 2009, 06:56 AM   #85
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PAL joins the budget airline bandwagon

By Lala Rimando, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak | 05/01/2009 12:30 PM

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As low cost airlines buck the global aviation trend of declining revenues, more Philippine airline companies are embracing the budget business model.

This seems to be the case even with Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country's and Asia’s oldest commercial aviation company.

Long considered a legacy airline—as opposed to a budget airline—PAL, however, is learning that embracing the new business model could be thorny.

In recent days, travelers have been flocking the offices of PAL after ticket buyers could not complete their flight bookings via the Internet. PAL has launched its “Real Deal” promotional fares where travelers could avail of prices slashed by more than half if they purchase the tickets online.

Cecil David, one of the many who wanted to avail of the promo, told ABS-CBN News while waiting at PAL’s Cubao office that she has been trying to book online since 1 a.m. on Monday. By Tuesday, she still could not complete the transaction on PAL’s site. “I could have saved a lot. Can you imagine, I could go to Sidney with a ticket that's only $318?”

PAL's one-way fares on economy class to other international destinations have been cut as well. A roundtrip flight from Manila to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver could be had for only $488 for travels made between May 16 and August 31 this year. Travels to Jakarta and Hong Kong could go as low as $48, and to Bangkok, $58.

While the promo fare rates exclude surcharges and fees, the savings have been attracting a throng of PAL website visitors, causing the site to bog down.

In a statement, the airline company said, “PAL is experiencing an unusual number of website visitors who want to avail of its Internet Promo Real Deal. PAL is implementing measures to get in touch with these customers to assist them in completing their transactions.”

Been there done that

These birthing pains are not new to Cebu Pacific, PAL’s fierce competitor.

Cebu Pacific, the first budget airline in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, also tapped the Internet to sell low-priced ticket to travelers destined for local and international destinations. Cutting on all possible costs on top of the fares, the Internet transactions was the low cost airline’s way to reduce add-on expenses traditionally given to middlemen, such as travel agents.

When Cebu Pacific introduced fares way below PAL’s rates both for local and regional destinations, its servers also bogged down when excited passengers visited the site. The company had to build up strong consumer service and corporate image groups to address numerous complaints.

Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific’s spokesperson, had to constantly remind the public that the promotional fares are only applicable to limited number seats. She and the rest of the airline’s top officers hammered the message that passengers who would like to avail of the promotional fares have to book their tickets way before the flight date itself, otherwise the travelers would likely lose the lower-priced tickets to someone else.

This reinvented the Filipino’s previous mindset, which was shaped by legacy airlines like PAL.

Before, to avail of promotional fares from, say PAL, one could take his chances that the airline would place the tickets on sale a few days before or on the flight date itself. The logic would be that the airline has already sold enough seats in a particular flight to cover its operating costs and meet required margins. The tickets sold and considered under promo are just financial gravy.

Aviation expert Benjamin Solis gave an illustration: “If the seats normally cost P3,000, and the number of minimum seats worth P3,000 have already been sold, they can now afford to sell the extra seats at promo prices, say P1,000. If 8 people decide to avail of the P1,000 tickets, then the company earns an extra P8,000.”

Solis added, “To an airline, P8,000 is better than nothing at all." After all, an airline seat is considered a “perishable product."

Cash management

Budget airlines, however, have an entirely different mindset. Solis explained that the number of seats that a budget airline throw away for a promo has been pre-computed. "They know the historical performance of a flight, which is dependent on seasons, fiestas, graduations, holidays, name it, they have added those variables in their computation."

"They already know that, at a certain period of the year, a certain number of Filipinos will travel by air. So they know that if they have one million seats for that period, they could sell, say 650,000 seats without batting an eyelash. They could then afford to sell the 350,000 seats for, say P1. That’s still P350,000 additional funds for the company," he explained.

Why then would budget airlines want travelers to book ahead?

Solis said that as soon as the budget airline has come up with a good estimate of how many seats could be included in the promo, it immediately launches campaigns to entice travelers to book their tickets online. Again, the budget airline’s carrot for booking ahead is that someone else could buy the lower-priced fares ahead.

In other words, budget airlines are highly dependent on revenue management models—they compute how many seats could be sold for less—and the cash management team. The latter plays on the time value of money concept as applied to the cash paid by early bookers.

This means that since early bookers buy their tickets way ahead of the flight date—sometimes up to 3 months ahead of the flight—the company could invest the fares collected to earn extra.

Solis explained that since the budget airline also earns from the payment of the early bookers, by the time the flight date nears, it is not as desperate anymore to sell extra seats. In fact, most of the time, fares sold on the day of or a few days before the flight itself are even priced higher than the normal rates.

“This shows that the DNA of a budget airline is very different from a legacy airline,” Solis stressed. With Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News
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PAL Website crashed
Overloaded due to online fare promo


By RUBY ANNE M. RUBIO

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) Web site was unable to handle the huge volume of transactions from travelers wishing to avail of an online promotion that halved ticket prices.

As a result, complaints regarding the Web site have already reached the company, sources familiar with the matter told GMANews.TV on Monday morning, hours after the two-day promotion was launched.

The complaints involved Internet users’ failure to access the Philippine Airlines’ home page, make and hold an online flight reservation, and pay for these through a credit card, a source said.

The system “reached the maximum and was unable to handle the volume," a separate source told GMANews.TV through email on Monday, adding that the Web site has been “experiencing an unusual number of visitors who want to avail of its online promotion."

This was disclosed by the source on the first day of the two-day online promotion called “The Real Deal," which began twelve midnight of Monday, April 27.

The promotion covered local and international routes, encouraging travelers to flock to its Web site, PAL said, failing to disclose the number of average visitors its Web site receives in a day.

The company “is implementing measures to get in touch with these customers to assist them in completing their transactions," the source said.

Customers who may want to verify results of their transaction may get in touch with the PAL Reservations Center through telephone number 855-8888.

They may also send an email to onlinebooking@pal.com.ph for assistance.

Despite this assurance, an official said that the company has “no way of determining who were affected," the executive told GMANews.TV in a telephone interview.

Since the promotion became “too attractive" to prospective passengers, “the system did not expect the deluge of customers," the official said. “They all visited the Web site at the same time.

Until 12:00 PM of Tuesday, April 28, PAL will be offering roundtrip flights to Taipei from Manila for $38 and $418 roundtrip flights to its US and Canada destinations.

These rates are about half off current non-promo rates.

In its Web site, PAL said the prices are exclusive of government taxes and other fees collected at the airport.

Travel to US and Canada are valid for outbound travel from June 1 to December 25, 2009.

Travel to Asia and Guam are valid from June 1 to October 15, 2009.

Given the response, the source nevertheless admitted it was a successful promo for PAL.

PAL is not a stranger to this kind of marketing strategy as it usually offers attractive promos.

"There are different ways of booking a flight and getting a ticket. You can call a landline for reservation or go to the ticket office," he added.
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PAL joins Boeing's deferral Bandwagon
As Boeing reveals more deferral discussion from Airlines


NEW YORK -- Boeing announced that 60 aircraft deliveries in 2010 and 2011, 32 of them 787's, have been deferred 1-2 years into the future, and at least another 60 more deferrals are in discussions with cash strapped airlines, among them Philippines flag carrier Philippine Airlines, PAL Holdings Inc (PAL.PS) .

Boeing chief executive Jim McNerney says the deferrals affect all aircraft types and are dispersed across all geographic regions. There has not been a "meaningful" number of deferrals so far in 2009, says McNerney, although he adds there has been at least one or two.

PAL is currently in talks with Boeing for the deferment of its 777 orders slated for delivery in 2010 due to financing problems, rapid drop in air-traffic demand and FAA Category II status which prevents them from expanding their route to their intended North American market.

Philippine Airlines is scheduled to announce a full year net loss on its 2008 operation ending March 31, primarily due to costly fuel hedges and high fuel prices. It already incurred a net loss of $113.8 million for the first half of its fiscal year as compared to its booked income of $22.7 million in the same period a year ago which prompted it to delay refurbishment program of its Boeing 747 and Airbus 34o fleet which should have been all done by now. Its plan to refurbished all A330 is also shelved.

The airline fired recently its Chief Finance Officer, Andrew Huang for the fuel hedging contract mess that cost the airline massive loss in 2008 which derailed its growth plans. He was replaced by Jose Gabriel Olives from Asia Brewery from April 1.

The Boeing Company said that the PAL delivery for 2009 which has already been deferred for 3 months will not be affected as no B777 orders have been cancelled this year, but its next scheduled delivery might be pushed back further. The Company has offered up to $1 billion in financing to bridge a gap for airlines seeking loans from banks amidst a global credit crisis.

However, Jaime Bautista, PAL President, is wary that they may end up with airplanes with no routes to fly to as they are not prepared to enter Europe at this stage when American doors are close for them to expand. Bautista said that having two new planes is manageable as they can find routes easily for them but the third one will be more difficult at this stage of their finances. The airline intends to fly the triple seven to Canada, Japan and Australia for the time being and will transfer the A340 to Los Angeles by November.

"There's more airlines moving orders out than moving forward," McNerney said. For one, Cathay Pacific opted to delay delivery of its triple seven. Singapore Airlines is also talking to the company for the same plan.

Even with more 777 deferrals coming, Corporate President and CFO James Bell said the company is not anticipating a 737 production cut, citing an "oversell" of the 737s and "what we're seeing in terms of deferral discussions with our customers give us reasonable confidence that we'll get through the year without a rate adjustment." The company announced earlier this month that it would slow the build rate for its Everett-built 777.

The company anticipated "someday there may be a softening," McNerney says. "We're working through the over ordered portion of the backlog. We still think we're in good shape on the production rates."
Boeing Commercial has a backlog of more than 3,500 airplanes, but it plans to reduce its work force by 10,000 positions, with more than 4,500 job cuts from its commercial airplanes division to save on cost. The aerospace company reported a 50 percent drop in profit over the same quarter in 2008, due to previously disclosed aircraft production cuts and to lower airplane prices. Boeing's customers are grappling both with declines in air traffic and with finding funding for new airplane purchases. [ATI]
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PAL flies daily to Vancouver; boosts US, domestic services


MANILA – Philippine Airlines will ramp up services to major international and domestic destinations during the upcoming peak summer travel period, highlighted by the upgrading of its Vancouver service to a daily frequency and the addition of flights to local tourist hotspots Boracay and Busuanga.

From March 23, PAL will operate a direct flight to Vancouver every Monday and Wednesday, filling the only two days of the week when the service does not operate.

Unlike the other five days, however, the new service will not continue on to Las Vegas and will operate simply on a turnaround basis.

It injects much-needed capacity into PAL’s Vancouver route, the only direct link between Canada and the Philippines, and has long been sought by the sizeable Filipino migrant community in Canada as well as by the business and leisure segments of the market.

PR 116 departs Manila every Monday and Wednesday at 1:05 p.m., arriving in Vancouver at 10:20 a.m. the same day. The return service, PR 117, departs Vancouver at 1:00 p.m. and arrives in Manila at 5:50 p.m. the next day.

Widebody Airbus A340-300 aircraft, which seats 264 passengers in a bi-class layout, will continued to be deployed on the route.

The existing five-times-a-week service from Manila to Vancouver, onward to Las Vegas and vice-versa, operated every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will be maintained.

Meanwhile, PAL will add one weekly flight each to its popular trans-Pacific services to the U.S. West Coast gateways of Los Angeles and San Francisco for the duration of the summer.

An extra Airbus A340-300 flight will operate to Los Angeles every Friday from April 10 to June 19 while another A340-300 flight will serve San Francisco every Sunday from April 12 to June 21.

The additional flights increase total frequency to Los Angeles to ten times weekly and to San Francisco to eight times weekly for the summer.

In the domestic sector, the flag carrier’s low-fares, turbo-propeller unit PAL Express will mount more flights across its network of secondary domestic routes, particularly to island destinations that are huge tourist draws during the summer months.

From March 20, PAL Express will add one daily flight between Manila and Caticlan, gateway to the resort island of Boracay, boosting total frequency on the busy route to 11 flights daily.

On the same day, PAL Express will operate a second daily frequency between Manila and Busuanga, the largest of the Calamian group of islands in northern Palawan that host the country’s most exclusive beach resorts.

The new frequency is an afternoon service that complements the current morning flight. PR 033 departs Manila at 1:00 p.m. and arrives in Busuanga at 2:05 p.m. Return flight PR 034 departs Busuanga at 2:30 p.m. and arrives in Manila at 3:35 p.m.

PAL Express will also add two weekly flights between Cebu and Cagayan de Oro to increase total frequency to five times weekly.

Likewise, PAL will augment its regular jet services between Manila and Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa and Tacloban with additional flights of varying frequency throughout the summer season.
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Philippine Airlines shines in Vancouver
As other Flights in and out plummet


Traffic at Vancouver International Airport plummeted 16 per cent last month to 21,105 aircraft movements from 25,421 in January last year. That compares to a national drop of 12.9 per cent, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday.

After welcoming a record 17.85 million passengers last year — 350,000 more than in 2007 — Canada’s second-busiest airport is expecting a drop-off of about 4.5 per cent this year.

While a number of airlines have announced capacity reductions at YVR, others are expanding service for the spring and summer, said airport spokeswoman Kate Donegani.

Singapore Airlines said it is pulling out of Vancouver in April because of falling passenger volumes. However, Philippine Airlines is increasing flights to Manila from five to seven a week in March and China Eastern Airlines will offer daily service to Shanghai starting in June, up from three times a week.

Donegani said YVR was still tracking its own numbers for aircraft traffic in January, but a decline had been expected because of the economic downturn.

While fewer flights mean fewer landing fees, Donegani said the Vancouver Airport Authority is committed to to keeping its landing costs to the airlines as low as possible. It currently has the lowest landing fees of any major airport in Canada.

Nor does it anticipate raising its $15 airport improvement fee charged to most passengers.

“This airport and airports around the world are facing some challenges with the economy being what it is, but we’ve budgeted for that and anticipated some reduction in this year’s business,” Donegani said.

Most of the airport’s $1.4-billion expansion program will be completed this year and no financing difficulties are anticipated, she said. While the airport is trying to minimize costs, no layoffs are planned. mkane@vancouversun.com
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PAL Boost service to Vancouver as Asian rivals cut back
Philippine Airlines defies world recession, expands service while Asian heavyweight cuts YVR

By Joanne Lee-Young

The global economic crisis has Asian airlines struggling harder than anyone else to keep up international traffic numbers, but in an anomaly that speaks to demographic change in Canada, Philippine Airlines said this week that it will boost flights to Vancouver.

The airline will go from flying five times a week to a daily service starting March 23, adding Monday and Wednesday departures to its schedule.

Currently, it flies Manila direct to Vancouver, down to Las Vegas, back up to Vancouver and on to Manila. The additional flights, however, will not include Las Vegas.

“The two new flights will only be coming into Canada,” said Allan Coo, Vancouver-based country manager for Philippine Airlines. “The additional capacity will solely benefit Canada and not the U.S. and is due to the [expanding] Philippine community that we are serving here.”

The move is striking because it comes as mightier names like Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have been forced to axe or trim long-established routes to Canada.

In January, Asian carriers led the decline in passenger traffic with an 8.4-per-cent year-on-year drop, according to the International Air Transport Association. Due to a modest lift from Lunar New Year bookings, this was slightly better than their 9.7-per-cent December drop.

ALLAN COO, PAL CANADA MANAGER

Nevertheless, it was more pronounced than the 6.2-per-cent drop for North American carriers and a 5.7-per-cent drop for European carriers. Tellingly, even North American carriers said that their overall decline was led specifically by a reduction in trans-Pacific travel.

In response, Singapore Airlines will, after 20 years, end its service to Vancouver.

Cathay Pacific, which serves a much larger market, is cutting one flight per day. On Wednesday in Hong Kong, Cathay reported a record $1.4 billion net loss for 2008 compared to a net profit of $1.1 billion in 2007, its first shortfall in a decade.

Although Philippine Airlines may absorb a small number of passengers heading to Southeast Asia, Coo said “our passengers are mainly ethnic Filipinos that go between the Philippines and Canada.”

Andrew Budiman, vice-president Canada at Singapore Airlines, agreed. “Let me put it this way — we certainly have a few passengers that like to go to Singapore and then to Manila, but it’s a bit of a backtrack,” he said. “I would not think that a huge chunk of my revenue would now go to Philippine Airlines. It’s different route and market.”

“Many airlines are redeploying aircraft and staff to the niche markets that they feel they can turn a profit on, as they streamline and cut non-profitable routes,” said Marc-David Seidel, who follows aviation trends at the University of B.C.’s Sauder School of Business.

Indeed, Coo of Philippine Airlines said that in tandem with the Vancouver additions, the company could shave some capacity to its American destinations, even though a few were recently added for the busy summer season.

One of the main factors that makes Canada a more attractive market for Philippines Airlines is the wave of temporary foreign workers who have come not only to B.C., but also to other western Canadian provinces via Vancouver, said Coo.

“We have more workers from the Philippines in Canada. That community has increased over the years and right now, the Philippines is the second-largest source of foreign workers in Canada,” after the U.S., he said.

Coo added that a shaky economy might temporarily erode this market, but that the long-term trend would likely hold.

“In northern Alberta, (mining and petroleum companies) had to send home about 300 workers because (the economy) has considerably slowed. But many of these workers have assurances that when the economy shifts, they would be first in line [for new jobs]. We were part of sending them home and will be part of bringing them back.”

Coo pointed to Saskatchewan’s signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Philippine government to bring in more health care workers. “They are more essential and less likely to [be let go] even in a downturn. They are still being hired,” he said.

Immigrants from the Philippines are also a growing demographic, Coo said. “They also travel a fair bit, back and forth, to visit friends and family.”

“We are scared and excited,” said Coo, explaining that Philippine Airlines re-started serving Vancouver in 2001 with three flights. Between 1996 and 1998, its Manila-Newark, N.J., flight stopped over in Vancouver.

It’s not the first time it has chosen to add flights while others cut. During the SARS outbreak, when much travel in and out of Asia ground to a halt, Philippine Airlines began adding flights to its Vancouver route, Coo said.

“Cathay went from 21 to seven flights a week and we added for the first time. People wondered why, but we found an opportunity as our passengers wanted to avoid landing in any middle points.”
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Some men never let success go to their heads. Perhaps, that is why they are more successful than others.

On my return flight from Los Angeles to Manila, I was seated in the Mabuhay Class section beside businessman J. Castro of the Kylemed Group of Companies, a pharmaceuticals group. He has offices in both California and Metro Manila, so he shuttles between both places regularly.

California-based, he likes to take Philippine Airlines primarily because of the direct 12-hour flights from Manila to LAX, and back (though there are some flights to Manila that have to make a technical stop in Guam). He also likes arriving in Manila at the crack of dawn, refreshed after a good night’s sleep (the flight leaves LAX at midnight), and ready for a power breakfast meeting in Manila.

But now, he has another good reason for taking PAL.

Last November, he and his wife were traveling to Los Angeles from Manila on PR 102 and were seated on Row 4 of the newly-reconfigured Business Class section of the Boeing 747-400 that was assigned to their route.

After they were settled in their seats and just before take-off, they decided to try out the features of the high-tech seats of the reconfigured Boeing.

Alas, Castro’s seat wouldn’t recline. His wife’s seat also wouldn’t recline!

The flight attendants tried to help out, but it seemed these high-tech seats were not programmed to respond to manual manipulations. They were stuck. The plane was ready to take off and the Castros were faced with the prospect of an uncomfortable flight ahead.

The Castros politely but firmly told the flight purser that they wanted to be reseated.

The purser checked out the seating list but told the couple there were no other available seats that night. The Castros then told the purser that rather than endure a 12-hour flight sitting up straight for the price of a Business Class ticket, they would rather just disembark.

The plane doors were already shut, but the Castros were adamant. I can imagine the purser’s dilemma, because when a passenger disembarks, his luggage has to be offloaded, too, and this could easily cause a delay of one hour. Stuck in an aircraft on the tarmac, the rest of the passengers were going to be more than irate.

The purser had to think fast. He then asked Mrs. Castro if she was willing to take the one empty seat on Row 1, probably one of the best two seats on the house. The seat beside it was occupied.

“No, I want to be seated beside my husband, or we both disembark,” she said, not willing to leave her husband on the immovable Row 4 seat.

The purser was left with one last choice. He then approached the passenger on Seat 1C and respectfully whispered something to him. The passenger on Seat 1C then stood up and walked to the Castros with a very apologetic look on his face.

The purser then told the Castros, “Mr. Lucio Tan will give up his seat for you.”

* * *

By this time the Castros had recognized the PAL chairman. They were stunned by his gesture, and by the expression on his face, which seemed to be more apologetic than annoyed. But since Mrs. Castro was not feeling well and could not really go 12 hours without reclining, they accepted the offer to exchange seats with the man who owned the airline.

Castro told me that each time he went to the toilet he would steal a glance at Tan, who was seating upright during the entire flight, sometimes with his eyes closed. Sometimes he would be scribbling on lined yellow paper. He didn’t use a laptop.

Sources in PAL say Tan gave up his seat because he didn’t want the flight to be delayed. It is said that he abhors delayed flights.

Thus, instead of inconveniencing all 400 passengers on the flight, he opted to inconvenience himself.

Granted that his decision was also a sound business decision — the airline would have lost money and a lot of goodwill with the delay — what was amazing was that he himself was willing to bear the cost (and I’m not just talking about a stiff neck) of his decision.

Tan is among the five richest men in the Philippines.

And the Castros remain among PAL’s many loyal customers.

* * *

Friends of Lucio Tan say that before becoming chairman of PAL, the taipan would fly Economy. The executives of his conglomerate would be on Business Class, and would be stupefied to see Tan on Coach. When his red-faced subordinates tried to convince him to move up to Business Class, Tan reportedly told them, “When we land, we will land in the same place.”

When I related the Castros’ story to Tan’s daughter Gigi Tan Yu, she was not surprised at all. “My father is really like that. He really has a heart that wants to serve. Imagine, he is 74 years old and he usually uses the time spent on long flights to rest. But he was willing to forego that and sacrifice his comfort for a PAL passenger.”

(Castro told me that he has encountered PAL executives who would not give up or exchange seats with a passenger).

Gigi also believes that her father “doesn’t want to erase or mask his humble beginnings. He is not averse to self-sacrifice.”

* * *

Nowadays, you hardly hear people complain that PAL is perennially late (remember when people used to joke that PAL stood for three words other than Philippine Airlines?).

Now, we know one reason why. Its chairman would rather seat upright for 12 hours straight than make one flight late.

I was seated beside Castro by chance and just got to know him on the last two hours of our flight back to Manila. But with his permission, I am sharing his story because it shows that humility still exists in high places — literally and figuratively.

(You may e-mail me at joanneraeramirez@yahoo.com)
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He's very humble.
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5J suspends Catarman flight due to runway incursions
But PAL Express and Zest Air stay put!

May 6, 2009


Catarman—Low Cost airline Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced that they will suspend its four-times weekly Manila-Catarman service starting May 9 because of unresolved runway incursions at the provincial airport, but other operators are unperturbed by safety issues as they intend to continue serving its flights there. Catarman is the capital of Northern Samar province.

“Since we started operations last February there had been three runway incursions by both people and vehicles. Since these incidents remain unresolved despite our repeated request for action by government agencies we have decided to suspend our flights to Catarman in the interest of passenger safety,” says Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and distribution, for Cebu Pacific. She said further that the Catarman operations would resume soon if flight safety were assured and if the runway were properly secured for commercial operations.

Philippine Airlines low cost arm PAL Express which flies daily to the airport and Zest Airways are aware of the safety issues but recognized the peculiar limitation of the airport on the right of way issues and closing it may not be the best option for now as the road crossing is the only link on the community opposite side of the runway.

As safety precaution airport tower usually sounds the alarm for incoming and outgoing aircraft to notify pedestrians of the incoming traffic.
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The Boeing Company said that the PAL delivery for 2009 which has already been deferred for 3 months will not be affected as no B777 orders have been cancelled this year, but its next scheduled delivery might be pushed back further. The Company has offered up to $1 billion in financing to bridge a gap for airlines seeking loans from banks amidst a global credit crisis.

However, Jaime Bautista, PAL President, is wary that they may end up with airplanes with no routes to fly to as they are not prepared to enter Europe at this stage when American doors are close for them to expand. Bautista said that having two new planes is manageable as they can find routes easily for them but the third one will be more difficult at this stage of their finances. The airline intends to fly the triple seven to Canada, Japan and Australia for the time being and will transfer the A340 to Los Angeles by November.


Ahhh, i love the B747 from LAX, i would hate to see them leave!!
But now that the B777 delivery is still scheduled for this year, i hope to see it join the A340 on it's LAX route!
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Is PAL aiming to join an airline alliance?

PAL now flies daily to MELBOURNE!!!!!!!!! (selected flights via Syd)
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PAL defends online ticket sales despite opposition
RUBY ANNE M. RUBIO, GMANews.TV
05/07/2009 | 05:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) defended its two-day online promotion that halved fares after local travel agents sought government intervention regarding its internet ticket sales.

Only a limited number of seats were sold for the travel periods covering the lean months of the year, the Lucio Tan-led airline said in a statement.

“This promo allows PAL to maximize its seat capacity by rewarding its loyal clients with a limited number of discounted tickets which PAL believes is fair. After all, it is the traveling public who will benefit from this promo," it said.

For its part, the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) opposed the airlines’ online strategy, warning that such promotions will mean 10,000 jobs lost before the yearend.

The group said it will ask assistance from the Department of Trade and Industry and Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), PTAA president Paz R. Alberto said in a statement.

PAL’s promotion, which started in April 27, offered flights as low as $38 to Taipei from Manila and as high as $418 for flights to US or Canada.

The prices are exclusive of government taxes and other fees collected at the airport.

Travel to US and Canada are valid for outbound travel from June 1 to December 25, 2009.

Travel to Asia and Guam are valid from June 1 to Oct. 15, 2009.

“The deal was designed specifically to allow PAL’s loyal clients to book their international and regional flights at discounted rates using the airline’s internet booking facility. It was the airline’s way of actively promoting its internet booking service which has been a regular feature of its web facilities for quite some time," PAL said.

However, Alberto said some of the industry’s members may abandon exclusivity with PAL and support other airlines because of “less" support and losses of “millions of pesos."

But PAL said Internet booking service has been a regular feature of its online facilities for quite sometime.

“Besides, the promo was meant to stimulate demand during the recession which, in the long run, will benefit aviation-related businesses like hotels, restaurants, resorts as well as travel agencies. More travelers simply mean more business," it added.

PAL’s Website was overloaded by travelers in search for cheap airfares.

“The public’s overwhelming response to its promo speaks for itself: during difficult times, passengers are looking for opportunities to travel at much reduced cost, without sacrificing safety, reliability and comfort," PAL said. - GMANews.TV
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PAL waives rebooking penalties due to H1N1
05/07/2009 | 05:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines’ flag carrier said it is waiving “rebooking and refund penalties for passengers" who are apprehensive of traveling due to the influenza A-H1N1, previously known as “swine flu."

“PAL will rebook flights or refund tickets without penalties on international sectors only and within the ticket validity period if presented before 31 May 2009," Philippine Airlines said in a statement.

The waivers may also be eligible to domestic ticket holders provided that these were issued in conjunction with an international flight, the company said.

Low-priced tickets purchased under PAL's recent Real Deal promo are excluded from the penalty waiver.

However, other charges such as non user’s or “no-show" fee will apply.

Passengers may call PAL Reservations, 855-8888 or 855-7888, for rebooking and other queries. - GMANews.TV
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