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Old December 24th, 2012, 07:34 AM   #1061
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300-M passengers for 70 years



From a full load of five passengers on its maiden flight to Baguio back in 1941, Philippine Airlines (PAL) as of April 14, 2012, has carried more than 300 million passengers over the last seven decades – a feat unequalled by any other local carrier.

From the few brave Filipinos who ventured trying the then novel mode of air transport, today's regular air travelers – overseas Filipino workers, vacationing families, tourists and businessmen – still prefer
flying PAL, if not for the flag carrier's modern fleet of airplanes but especially for the warm and distinctively Filipino cabin service.

With number of passengers projected to increase by 12%, PAL expects to breach the 10-million-passenger mark by end of 2012. Passenger load factor is likewise expected to improve to about 80% for 2012.

With such bright prospects, the airline recently unveiled a new marketing tact that aims to make passengers fall in love with PAL all over again.

"Love, Your PAL" is meant to show PAL's gratitude to its 300 million passengers as well as an invitation for other air travelers, particularly foreigners, to renew ties with the national flag carrier which has embodied the best that the Philippines can offer to the world.

"Love, Your PAL" will be PAL's signature for all domestic and outbound communications, providing the emotional message to make Filipinos fall in love with PAL again. The campaign was launched during PAL's 71st founding anniversary last month.

For the past 70 years, PAL has been the biggest carrier for inbound tourists. Through the new marketing campaign, PAL wants foreign travelers/visitors to fly only the flag carrier because PAL is the
showcase of the Philippines.

The airline is the only Philippine-based carrier that flies regularly to North America, Australia and India and offers the most convenient schedules for major regional destinations such as Japan, China, Korea
and Southeast Asia.

PAL has flown over 300 million passengers safely and comfortably in all routes, and hopes to excite the market with new programs that will strengthen loyalty of its passengers.

As opening salvo of the "Love, Your PAL" marketing campaign, an anniversary sales promo offered big discounts on the purchase of second tickets to selected destinations.

Forthcoming are PAL's involvement in the Philippine premier of the Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera as well as in the Hollywood commercial screening of the first Filipino full-length film, The Road
by GMA Films.

At the PAL anniversary, six of the airline's best flight stewardesses who epitomize the unique beauty and charm of the Filipina – called the PAL Charisma Girls – were introduced. The Charisma Girls, showing the distinct character of PAL, is a take off from the highly successful 1986 PAL advertising campaign that showcased the "Beauty of the Philippines Shining Through".
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Higher flight altitude for PAL this time
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From food and drinks, giant San Miguel Corp. has branched out to heavy industries. Since 2007 the conglomerate plunked $5 billion into oil, power, mining, airports, toll roads, and telecoms. Its 24 acquisitions and mergers, notably in Meralco and of Petron, have all been profitable.

The latest is arguably the toughest: SMC’s 49-percent buy into tottering Philippine Airlines. Globally airline commerce is being choked by a dizzying cocktail of US-European financial crises, Arab political tumult, high fuel rates, currency shakiness, and drop in demand for expensive seats. A recent Economist report has it that the US airline industry, the world’s most advanced, is the least lucrative. Giant carriers have taken off with bang, dropped in operating altitude, and saved from crash only by cutbacks and takeovers. Historically since its start, the US sector has lost more than $33 billion.

PAL’s deficits have also been in the multibillions — P1.5 billion in the last quarter of 2011 alone. But bad news doesn’t daunt, only excite, SMC president Ramon S. Ang. Taking over yesterday as PAL president-COO, Ang gives a cockpit’s view of the direction to which he will pilot the company.

First, on PAL’s and most other airlines’ biggest headaches:

• Fuel costs: “Do you think anyone can be better than us in plotting the rise and fall of oil prices and supplies?” When Ang engineered SMC’s 2008 buyout of Petron, the country’s top oil refiner-distributor was $350 million in the red; he has since turned it around. Weeks ago he oversaw SMC’s purchase of 65 percent of Exxon-Mobil of Malaysia. Information (on fuel price spikes and wastage) is power, but more so is corporate synergy, which he foresees among Petron, Exxon-Mobil, and PAL.

• Labor unrest: PAL’s ground crew union, emasculated by the spinoff of certain departments, has announced plans to dialogue with the new boss from SMC. Flight attendants, downcast due to a Supreme Court flip-flop against them, have promised to cooperate. Ang aims to spur them from low morale to high productivity — for their own pay and retirement benefit. Once a pilot rated for several aircraft types, Ang also knows the thinking of PAL plight crews.

• New routes: Flights to more US cities and re-openings in Europe will depend a lot on the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The state agency needs to get the Philippines’ safety rating upgraded to Category-1 by the US Federal Aviation Administration. To follow suit would be the European Union counterpart, and then the rest of the International Civil Aviation Organization. PAL is largely out of the picture, as the government acquires new flight navigation and airport safety equipment. Still the airline is not taking any chances. Lucio Tan, PAL’s old (and remaining 51-percent owner), had thrown in $2 million to computerize the CAAP, and lent his staff as check pilots. Ang will continue to pitch in: “I trust the government to do its job.”

At the core of Ang’s takeoff plan is PAL’s re-fleeting with 80 (!) new aircraft. Scratch off the 600 to 700-seater super jumbos, only the 400 to 450-seater wide-bodies better suited for Philippine airports. Short-haul flights will be single class: economy; long hauls, two or three classes. Whichever, Ang promises full in-flight services.

How will PAL finance the 80-aircraft purchase? SMC already has plunked in $500 million for PAL’s 49-percent stake, with management control and budget carrier-sister Air Philippines thrown in. SMC is to infuse $250 million more within two months, to be matched by Tan with another $250 million. “You will see our new jumbos within a year,” Ang says of the first rollout from the total $1 billion.

Fares are largely dictated by competition and fuel costs. Asian airlines have been experiencing a drop in purchases of premium seats and cargo space. Ang sees the solution simply in improving ground and in-flight personnel and services. Like most passengers, he hates long queues to buy or refund tickets, and to check in for flights. His solution: enlist the help of SMC subsidiaries. “Plane tickets can be bought from any of Petron’s 3,000 filling stations or Bank of Commerce branches,” Ang says. “That will bring down fares by six percent. You can also pay the terminal fees there.” PAL finally would also have on-line check-in. The new setup would allow passengers to go to the airport only an hour before flight.

Ang also knows the sad state of most airports (SMC is building a state-of-the-art international airfield for Boracay). For convenience, he is contemplating giving complimentary bottled water, courtesy of Magnolia, for passengers in airports that cruelly do not have drinking fountains. Perhaps, even corned beef, meat loaf or chicken nuggets in pandesal, courtesy of SMC Purefoods. Being finicky as well about toilets and in-flight entertainment, expect improvements in those areas as well.

All this, Ang aims to accomplish by bringing with him only a few SMC advisers to help in PAL. “I need monitors of purchases and finance.” The airline’s current $1-billion debts versus EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) comply with industry norms. Ang targets within a year PAL’s best revenues in the past, and to be at par with the likes of Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines by 2017. To stockholders he promises not just a turnaround, but “a growth story.”

Looking this writer straight in the eye, he asks: “If you were our shareholder, wouldn’t you believe we can do it?”
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Old December 24th, 2012, 07:39 AM   #1063
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PAL Drops Airbus for Boeing wide-bodies
AS SAN MIGUEL TAKES OVER PR



The 747-800 may be Philippine Airlines flagship plane as the carrier intends to do more business with aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. this time around according to Ramon Ang, President of San Miguel Corporation.

The airline is now looking more at Boeing's 747-800 program than the A380 of competing manufacturer Airbus.

Ang, a pilot himself, said the A380 cannot fit in the Philippines domestic airport, pointing the airports of Cebu and Davao as very inadequate to support the aircraft type because of its size. Meanwhile, the Boeing Aircraft (747-800) can fit at other domestic airports the airline intends to fly like Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Davao and General Santos.

Ang said there are only two airports capable of handling the A380 in the Philippines, Manila and Clark. While the Boeing 747-800 can be flown to five different domestic points. He further pointed out that the A380 is also too big for the Philippines saying that there is no market for the 600 plus capacity aircraft. The A380 seats 644 in two class configuration while the B748 seat 550 in the same class.

Philippine Airlines operates full service bi-class model, and continues to operate doing so under new management.

The carrier is now finalizing plans to order new wide body fleets, consisting of 12 Boeing 787's and and possibly 4 Boeing 747's to replace its ageing fleet which consists of 5 B747s, 4 A340s. and 8 A330's.

It has 4 Boeing 777-300ER on orders with 2 for delivery this year, and another 2 for delivery next year. It also plans to get 4 more of the same aircraft type so that by 2020 they may have a fleet of 4 B748, 10 777-300ER, and 12 B787.

The first set of B787 is scheduled to be introduced to the airline in 2016 from aircraft lessors and will replace the A330 which will go to low cost subsidiary Air Philippines.

Meanwhile, the remaining narrow bodies will still be held by Airbus A320s accounting to 75% of PAL fleets, inclusive of Air Philippine Express orders.


Philippine Airlines new boss, Ramon Ang
The carrier’s two main owners Ramon Ang and Lucio Tan, will provide $1 billion capital build up to help fund the fleet expansion program that would buy the airline 80 new aircraft.

Ang however cautioned that the long-haul expansion plans depend upon the Philippines improving safety standards soon as they will fly immediately to New York via Vancouver, Seattle, San Diego and Chicago when the category rating of the country is upgraded to Category 1. It already flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Vancouver in North America, as well as Honolulu and Guam.

Next on the airline's agenda is the return flight to Europe which will commence sometime in 2016 with the arrival of long ranged twins, referring to Boeing's newest baby, the 787 listing London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and Frankfurt as destination.

The country is currently blacklisted by the European Union and has a Category 2 rating from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for failure of the country's aviation body to meet international safety regulations.

Third on the Agenda is the resumption of flights to the middle east, to be served by its low cost carrier Airphil Express to fly the 2.5 million overseas Filipinos working there who regularly travel back to the Philippines. Airphil Express will be utilizing the A330 to be dispose by PAL upon the arrival of B787s.
As part of the airline's route rationalization, PAL will stop flying to domestic airports where there is not much premium traffic and some regional flights to Air Philippines, while focusing on long- haul, full-service trips. PAL already axed Ozamiz this year with additional destinations to follow soon.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is Southeast Asia's largest publicly listed food, beverage and packaging company with $11 billion (US) in gross revenue. It earned $481 million (US) in 2011 from $460 million in 2010.
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Old December 24th, 2012, 07:42 AM   #1064
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PAL Orders Airbus
As Boeing Offer Crumbles



Philippine Airlines announced orders for 10 new generation Airbus A330-300, 10 new generation Airbus 321 neo jets, and 34 Airbus 321 in a deal valued at US $7 billion, Ramon Ang, President of Philippine Airlines said in a press briefing today.

"The aim is to purchase 100 new aircraft in total", PAL president Ramon Ang said. Ten new aircraft has been delivered to the airline with the latest addition being the Boeing 777-300ER. Another one is set for arrival in November and 2 more 777 will join the fleet in 2013.

The 54 aircraft orders are part of the first phase of a multi-year refleeting and modernization plans, which involve the purchase of up to 100 new planes.

"We still have about 46 aircraft to go, we have the option about whichever types of aircraft to go. The capacity of the initial 54 aircraft is already more than what Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines today's capacity" said Ang.

Another deal for twenty long range wide body jets are expected to be announce soon with both Airbus and Boeing tightly on a race between Triple Seven and Three Fifty.

PAL is currently looking at are the 777-300 ER and the upcoming 777-X as well as the Airbus 350-900 and 350-1000 programme.

"Our intention is to buy up to 100 aircraft, 26 of that will be long range wide body," Ramon Ang said.

The new generation 240-tonne A330-300 recently announced at the 2012 Farnborough Airshow will start delivery next year as Boeing failed to sell its latest plane, the Boeing 787 series planes due to delivery issues with the aircraft manufacturer.

PAL has been looking closely at the Boeing 787-900 which they intend to buy rather than lease but suffered setbacks on its waiting time. Boeing also failed to win orders for its Boeing 737-900 planes as Airbus jockeyed its position to convince PAL to buy its narrow-body jets instead.

A source inside the airline disclosed that Airbus secured delivery slots in 2013 for PAL and that spells a huge difference. Consequently, Ang announced the first delivery to be done in January 2013 consisting of 4 A330s and 6 A321s.

“We are extremely pleased that PAL has placed its confidence in our aircraft to meet its future requirements,” said John Leahy, chief operating officer, Customers, Airbus.

“This announcement demonstrates once again the popularity of both the A320 Family and the A330, which remain leaders in their size categories in terms of operating economics, reliability and passenger comfort.” says Leahy.

Airbus said the A320neo Family incorporates latest-generation engines and large wingtip device called the"Sharklet" to deliver 15 percent fuel savings as compared to its old model.

Philippine Airlines today inked with Airbus the biggest aircraft deal in Philippine history involving a firm order for more than 50 single-aisle and wide-body jets, with a list price of approximately US$7 billion. Photo shows PAL and Airbus officials during the signing ceremony at Century Park Hotel, from left, PAL vice chairman and treasurer Harry C. Tan, PAL Chairman Dr. Lucio C. Tan, Airbus Senior VP for Asia Jean Francois Laval and PAL President Ramon S. Ang.

Ang said that both Airbus and Boeing was in a tight contest until delivery schedule was laid in the table. The PAL CEO expects delivery of the airline's new order to be completed in three years with the new generation A330 joining next year.

The A321-200 jets are expected to join the fleet of Airphil Express also starting in the second half of 2013 for trunk-line upgrade and regional destinations as Manila Airport closes airport slots for new aircraft. The A321 neo for PAL is expected for delivery in 2016. Engine selections for the aircraft is heavily favored on CFM International LEAP-X although have not been announced.

Meanwhile, the new A330-300 will wear PAL colors to fly to "Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, The Middle East and India.

The carrier will start retiring its old Airbus wide bodies starting next year and replace them with a new fleet to compete more effectively on the long-haul markets.

Listed PAL Holdings Inc.recently approved a capital increase that would allow it to issue new shares to raise 17 billion Philippine pesos ($403 million) for fleet acquisition. It re*ported a com*pre*hen*sive net in*come of P489.2 mil*lion. To*tal rev*enues for the first quar*ter of the cur*rent fis*cal year amounted to P20.8 bil*lion or 5.8 per*cent higher than last year’s P19.6 bil*lion.
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Airphil Express to Take Over PAL Domestic
As PAL intends to build new airport

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to surrender most domestic operations to its low cost subsidiary in a major relaunch to be announce soon, says airline president Ramon Ang after the company’s stockholders’ meeting yesterday at the Century Park Hotel.

Airphil Express will be be re-branded to carry the airlines name. “It will be called PAL Express. There won’t be Airphil Express anymore,” said Ang at the press conference.

PAL Express will be flying all the routes of PAL effective October 29, except seven major points in the country. Dubbed as "Project winter", PAL will fly only to Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, and General Santos from Manila.

He said the board has approved the rebranding of Airphil Express to PAL Express in consonance to the investment agreement with conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) which Ang heads.

The Airphil Express brand is owned by Air Philippines Corp., which used to be 99% owned by the Lucio Tan group before substantial shares were brought by San Miguel in April, while PAL Express is owned by Philippine Airlines. Both airlines used to be controlled by PAL Holdings of Lucio Tan before the entry of SMC. San Miguel paid $500 million for a management control 40-percent stake in PAL and 49-percent stake in Air Philippines.

The Board Resolution is awaiting regulatory approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Meanwhile, the flag carrier has dropped its plans to move to Clark International Airport due to infrastructure inadequacies which when build now would be ready only in 2030 at the earliest possible time, thereby limiting the growth potential not only of the airline but to the entire aviation industry in an island archipelago with 105 million people.

To address the government shortfall, SMC contemplates plan to put up a new international airport in Bulacan faster than how Clark is being built to accommodate its massive fleet of 100 planes by 2020. The proposal will be submitted to the President by the first quarter of next year for regulatory approval.

The airline believes that relocating to another airport outside Clark International Airport, funded by them is a better option for the company' s growth as Clark suffers from arrested development brought by project delays and cancellations.

Ang said that their envisioned international airport would be situated in a 2,000-hectare property capable of four parallel runways with maximum capacity of 100 million passengers housed in the most modern designed terminal following the footprints of Incheon Airport in South Korea, voted as the best International airport in the world by Airports Council International (ACI).


It is projected to be finished within 3 years from regulatory approval and should be ready by 2016 with two initial runways 4K in length capable of 62 landings and take-off every hour, or 31 landings or take-off at either runways. The terminal is expected to accommodate 30 million PAL passengers.

"The proposed international airports could handle 1,500 events per day putting the Philippines at par with the airports in Sydney, Australia as well as Heathrow in London." says Ang.

PAL said that NAIA will not be a better place by 2016 if the growth projections at the premiere airport continues. The airline exclusively occupies Terminal 2 which is already suffering from over capacity.

Ang clarified that the proposed international airport would co-exist with Clark and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), saying it will be up to Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) how they make use of Clark after their proposal is approved.


Ang revealed that the company would spend US1 billion to put up just the airport alone with additional equity infusion of $500 million to be taken from existing shareholders which would be enough to raise the financial requirement of the project.

Ang hinted the financing of the airport to be funded by soft loan from the Export-Import Bank of Korea with Korean contractors preparing detailed engineering and building of the proposed international airport.

San Miguel Corporation operates Caticlan Airport, the country's busiest domestic airport by traffic movements. It is also the Philippines largest conglomerate with more than US$600 million in net revenues.
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PAL flies Toronto
Direct Flight Commences November 28

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is re-introducing flight to Toronto direct from Manila starting November 28, 2012, says PAL president Ramon S. Ang.

PAL recently obtained authority from Canadian government to fly to Toronto, amidst FAA restriction down south of the border.

Toronto is Canada's largest City with a population of 2.6 million.

PAL will fly from Manila to Toronto thrice a week every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, using its latest plane, the Boeing 777-300ER. Meanwhile, Vancouver will have its frequency reduce pending negotiations with Canada's Department of Transport for additional entitlements to the west coast good for daily flights.

Vancouver will have direct flights four times a week every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday via Boeing 777-300ER from Manila while flights to Las Vegas will fly direct starting November 2012 thrice a week using Airbus 340-300 planes.

Ang also said that they will introduce premium economy seating and full-flat seats in its business class section of its upcoming 777 and 330s. The Boeing 777 is intended for long-haul routes while Airbus 330 will be the airline's backbone in regional routes.
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PAL Orders 10 more A330HGW

Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced this afternoon that it has exercised purchase options for ten (10) more Airbus A330-300HGW wide-bodied aircraft worth US$2.5 billion on top of existing orders for 10 A330 made last August.

"We exercised another option for 10 wide-bodied aircraft two weeks ago. The list price is $250 million each. We will be operating more wide-bodied planes in the region because that’s what the market wants," PAL President Ramon S. Ang said at the sidelines of the PAL Holdings stockholders’ meeting.

He said eight of the new orders will be delivered in 2013.

"We have 3 more Boeing 777 units coming. One in November and the two by next year, so we will have 10 new wide bodies next year." says Ang.

PAL recently bought 54 Airbus planes in August worth $7 billion comprising 34 A321s, 10 A321neos and 10 240t A330-300s. The 10 aircraft deal today is also for the higher-weight A330.

Ang stated that they will start receiving A321s in the second half 2013. These planes will be used for its subsidiary Airphil Express which the company intends to rename as PAL Express that will serve domestic and regional flights. The Neo series will be flown by PAL in 2015.

Ang said the new PAL fleet will save the airline at least 20% off cost on revenues equivalent to some US$300 million per year.
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Decoding PAL's new A330 Orders

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced yesterday at the sidelines of PAL Holdings Annual Stockholders Meeting that it exercised options to buy 10 Airbus A330-300 aircraft for $2.5 billion, with deliveries planned in 2013-2014.

The listed Price of A330-300 as of August 2012 is US$ 231 Million according to Airbus. Airlines usually settle around US$200-230 million for the aircraft orders. Garuda recently ordered 11 A330's with a price tag of US$ 2.54 billion, making each unit cost US$ 227 million. The eleven A330-300 airplanes will also join the Garuda Indonesia fleet starting 2013 until 2017. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) ordered 25 aircraft in 2009 with delivery schedule from 2011 to 2016 valued at US$ 5 billion, or US$ 200 million each.

So why the huge discrepancy in the price tag?

Reports has it that PAL orders for A330 was for the HGW variant. The upcoming variant to be introduce by Airbus is 240T. And this variant is only available in the summer of 2015. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is the launch customer for the 240-tonne A330 aircraft variant.

The current HGW variant is the 235T coming off Toulouse plant since 2010. This is the same variant ordered by Hawaiian, Garuda, Malaysia and Singapore Airlines, as well as that of Cebu Pacific. Other users are Iberia, Swiss International Air Lines, China Southern, Air China and General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).

PAL A330 is the original variant ordered in 1992 with 212T weight. As compared to the latest iteration, that is a whooping 23 ton increase as compared to the 2010 model. More weight, more range, more capacity. Its the reason why Hawaiian A330 can fly Manila without penalty and why PAL A330 can't.

With the price tag above, PAL A330 orders could not be associated with the 235T plane. So it must be the 240T variant.

The 240T A330-300 has 400nm extra range, that is 5,950nm (11,020km) – with 300 passengers and carry nearly five tonnes more payload than today’s 235 tonne aircraft according to Airbus. Compared with the original 212T A330-300 in 1992, the 240T A330-300 can fly 2,000nm (3,700km) further. This plane can reach Manila-Amsterdam or Manila-Vancouver without need to stop going back home.

PAL said they will receive eight A330 next year. But the A330 variant available next year is only the 235T.

What gives?

Here is the likely explanation. When PAL ordered the A330 and A340 in 1992, they all received the leased version from Airbus in 1996 until actual delivery was made in 1997. There was an A330-200 and A340-200 variant in the PAL fleet in 1996 but the airline never ordered those. When the orders arrived later, one by one those planes went to other operators. Such arrangement was discussed in the book "Airbus: The Complete Story" by Bill Gunston.

From that business arrangements, it can be safely presumed that PAL entered soft lease arrangement with the aircraft manufacturer, leasing the earlier 235T version while waiting the line for the newer variant available in 2015. With that scenario it makes perfect sense. Coincidentally, the 240T variant hovers around US$250 million tag.

The PAL lease arrangements has precedence.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) leased 19 Airbus A330-300s from Airbus to replace its Boeing 777-200 and -200ER aircraft. It has 15 additional examples to be delivered between 2013 and 2015, all 235T variant. All orders has a lease period of five to six years with options for extension.

SIA, Garuda and MAS engineers must not be wrong about the planes merit on medium haul. Airbus 235T plane seating 300 pax burns 16% less fuel per seat than a 302-seat 777-200ER on a 1,800nm mission. Good enough for services to South Asia, China, North Asia, Australia and Middle East markets.

Engine Choice, Trent?

Another offered explanation is the incorporation of engines cost to the purchase price. Philippine Airlines did not announced choice of engines to power the new A330-300 but an insider from their engineering division told of a shift from engine supplier.

The old A330 were all powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines, a derivative from successful CF6 engine programme of GE Aviation intended for the Airbus A330. Thus, the extension 301 (0-GE, 1-CFM, 2-PW, 3-IAE, 4-RR, 6-EA)

But taking cue on the success of competing engine maker, PAL is prepared to jump ship to an engine supplier taking hold of the A330 Market.

Rolls-Royce's Trent 700 has established itself as the engine of choice of major Asia Pacific airlines operating the A330 with over 57 per cent market share since it entered service in 1995. It is also the market leader on future engine orders on the aircraft accounting close to three quarters of the total A330 sales. It powers the A330 of Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, and Garuda Indonesia Airlines.

Recently, Garuda awarded Rolls-Royce US$ 200 million for Trent 700 engines to power 11 Airbus A330 aircraft in April. The contract includes long-term TotalCare® service support, making the price of the two engines at US$ 25 million for each plane. Garuda airline will have 24 A330 aircraft powered by Trent 700 engines by 2015. Similarly, PAL will have 20 A330-300 by 2017. It is possible that the remaining cost covers the engines that powers the aircraft.

Cebu Pacific awarded US$280 million to Rolls-Royce for Trent 700 engines to power eight Airbus A330 aircraft together with long-term TotalCare® service support.

"The Trent 700 has become the engine of choice for A330 operators, selected for around 75% of future engine orders on the A330." says Peter Turner, Rolls-Royce's vice-president of civil aerospace. Rolls-Royce did not confirm nor deny the engine of choice of PAL's new A330. Perhaps waiting for Ramon Ang's announcement.

Cathay Pacific Engineering Director Christopher Gibbs has been very impressed with the performance of Trent 700. Cathay Pacific is the largest operator of A330 aircraft with 48 frames flying for the group and 14 on firm orders.

Emirsyah Satar, Chief Executive Officer of Garuda Indonesia Airlines is also impressed with the Trent 700’s performance in technical and economic terms.

Nick Devall, Rolls-Royce, Chief Commercial Officer – Civil Aerospace, said: "We are delighted that Garuda Indonesia Airlines, a valued customer, has again put its trust in our industry-leading technology and support services as part of its plans for continued growth. This order underscores the market-leading position of the Trent 700."

The Trent 700 improvement programme will be finalised this year, with enhanced engines expected to enter service in 2015. Improvements will also be made available for retrofit to the current engine fleet. The enhanced Trent 700 will complement the improvements to the A330 aircraft that Airbus has announced for delivery in 2015.

As it now stands, The Airbus A330-300 is the most fuel efficient aircraft on medium-haul. It is the best plane for PAL to Japan, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, India and the Middle East.

PAL Express A330

Ramon Ang rebranded Airphil Express to become once again PAL Express. Both units were the budget arm of local carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), with the former being brand name of Air Philippines Corp., used to be 99% owned by the Lucio Tan group before SMC investments, while the latter is owned by the company 92% of which is owned by LT group.

Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation acquired management stake in both PAL and Air Philippines in April.

The PAL President said there won’t be Airphil Express anymore as PAL Board approves change of name of the low cost airline. PAL Express flew intra-regional routes in Visayas and Mindanao, flying secondary routes to smaller airports like Caticlan to bigger airport like Surigao which cannot accommodate mainline PAL jet aircraft. The airline previously ceased operations in March of 2010 and transferred all service to Airphil Express.

Ang said the revived PAL Express will focus on regional and domestic flights while PAL would be aggressively pursuing long-haul flights.

In recent development, PAL surrendered most of its domestic destinations in favor of its low cost subsidiary PAL Express which is planning to go medium haul for Australia, the Middle East, North Asia and South Asia market.

The PAL unit will compete head on with industry leader Air Asia, Scoot of Singapore Airlines and Cebu Pacific. While Scoot may have some of the triple seven units of Singapore Airlines, PAL Express will be powered initially by the old A330 of PAL which is best for major domestic and intra-asia sectors, while the newer models are intended for service to the Middle East Market.

PAL Express is seen to have a lower operating cost than Cebu Pacific despite maintaining a 15 year old aircraft considering ownership issues in the former while the latter maintains operating leases.

According to Aircraft Value Reference, a UK-based aircraft appraisers, PAL Express will be using LGW A330-300 hovering close to US$25 million minimum to $90 million maximum as to market value as compared to its current model. Operating the same on lease would cost PAL Express between $280,000 to $900,000 for Cebu Pacific per month, negating operational efficiency of the new aircraft on intra-asian routes.
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Riyadh, Were Back!
PAL to fly Saudi beginning March 31 with a vengeance

Philippine Airlines will begin daily flights to Riyadh on March 31, followed by Jeddah in May 19, and Dammam in July 20

After almost two year hiatus, Philippine Airlines (PAL) will return to Saudi Arabia, but this time with brand new aircraft to boot and plenty of new planes to spare.

In a disclosure to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), PAL said that it will begin daily flights to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on March 31, followed by Jeddah in May 19, and Dammam on July 20, all in 2013.

The airline has said that it will be receiving 8 brand new Airbus A330-300 aircraft next year for Australia, and Middle East flights. Serving daily flights to the middle east require at least two aircraft for a given route.

PAL stopped its flight to Saudi Arabia in April 2, 2011 after the airline was allowed By Saudi Arabia's Transport Ministry to fly only three (3) specific aircraft registries, one particular Boeing 747 and two Airbus 330s.

The airline said restrictions on what plane PAL can use for the route have restrained its flexibility in operating the Manila-Riyadh service as they cannot operate other aircraft registries. This time PAL intends to register all eight A330's that will be delivered next year to service Saudi Arabia alone.

The flag carrier also notified CAB that it is continuing its code share relationships with partner airlines for destinations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in UAE, Manama in Bahrain, and Doha in Qatar.
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The French Lobby for PAL Exemption to Europe


Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France addresses French and Filipino businesspeople prior to witnessing the formal signing of contract for the purchase of 64 new Airbus passenger planes worth US$7-billion by Filipino flag-carrier, the Philippine Airlines, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 in Manila, Philippines. Ayrault is here for a three-day official visit, the first by a top French official since establishing diplomatic relations in 1947.

It took a US$ 7 billion Airbus order for the French to return to the Philippines with no less than their Prime Minister witnessing the signing of the purchase contract between Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Toulouse-based Airbus Industrie in a deal marked by diplomatic lobbying for European investments in the country.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault arrive in the country for official visit to the Philippines in October 19 to 21 with 130 delegations comprising Ministers, Parliamentarians and businessmen.

Prime Minister Ayrault's visit marked the first ever visit of a French leader to the Philippines since the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in 1947.


Philippine Airlines President Ramon Ang, center, addresses French and Filipino businesspeople shortly after formally signing a contract for the purchase of 64 new Airbus passenger planes worth US$7-billion by Philippine Airlines, and witnessed by visiting Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France. At left is Airbus Asia-Pacific Vice President Jean Francois Laval and at right is Philippine Airlines Vice President and Treasurer Harry Tan.

The contract signing for 64 planes was confirmed by PAL and Airbus representatives at the Manila Business Forum on Saturday October 20, 2012.

The three-day visit was highlighted by a meeting in Malacañang between the French Prime Minister and President Benigno S. Aquino III, who exchanged views on moving bilateral relations forward, as well as on regional and multilateral issues.

One of the pressing issues discussed were the fate of its aviation rating by the European Union (EU), and the desire of Philippine Airlines to fly to Europe next year.

The country is blacklisted by the European Union and has a Category 2 rating from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

The French said that it will rally support for PAL's eventual return to Europe. The next day, Ayrault met with Ramon Ang briefly at the Hotel Sofitel in Pasay City before the ceremonial signing was held.

“We’re hoping the prime minister can help us lift the EU ban,” Ang said during the signing of the deal with Airbus.

PAL likewise hope that with its recent selection of the Rolls Royce engines to power the new A330 and its new deal with Lufthansa Tecknik for maintenance, UK and Germany would also support the Philippines in its quest to lift EU's ban. Countries France, Germany and United Kingdom have vast influence in the European Union.

The first 10 Airbus planes of the 64-strong order is scheduled for delivery in 2013 as the flag carrier plans to buy up to 100 new jets in total within the next five to seven years.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) said in the business forum that it was still in talks with both Airbus and Boeing for its next tranche of aircraft orders to comprise its long haul fleet. It has six (6) existing orders for B777-300ER planes from Boeing, where 3 has been delivered, and with the fourth order to arrive by November this year.
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Sabre, Ticket to Oneworld

Flag Carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has signed a five-year contract with Sabre Airline Solutions to provide electronic ticketing services across its domestic and international network as it prepares itself for migration to Oneworld Alliance.

PAL will upgrade its Passenger Services System this Saturday (Oct 27) with its booking and ticketing service migrating to Sabre. The Sabre Electronic Ticketing Hosting solution will come online on October 28 as the flag carrier shift its direction towards international growth and kick-start its much vaunted Project Winter

Sabre Airline Solutions leads the market in providing valuable option of interline electronic ticketing, a must for alliance member for connection services, providing substantial cost savings to the airline whilst simultaneously enhancing customer service.

Interline electronic ticketing used for allied airlines allows passengers to use a single electronic ticket when their itineraries include travel on multiple carriers. Passengers with electronic tickets may be rebooked between participating carriers without having to first obtain a paper ticket.

The Sabre Airline Solutions Electronic Ticket Hosting solution provides Philippine Airlines with connectivity to all GDS providers -- including the Abacus Global Distribution System (GDS) -- as well as a number of interline airline partners. These partners include American Airlines, United Airlines and several other U.S. carriers.

PAL will be connected to its future airline partner American Airlines in the United States for domestic connections in the USA. This is not the first time that PAL entered into interline agreements with a US carrier. In 1996 it flew Chicago and New York via interline agreement with American Airlines.

Kevin Hartigan-Go, vice president Information Systems of Philippine Airlines, says the new agreement will provide a range of cost benefits to the airline while increasing relationships with Interline partners. Its also a huge boost to its Oneworld application.

"The benefits of moving to electronic ticketing are twofold. First, we'll be able to reduce the costs incurred by processing paper tickets, and secondly be able to improve efficiency and customer service levels," said Hartigan-Go.

"With this implementation, we are well placed to facilitate electronic document exchange with other airlines whom we have Interline relationships with, fulfilling the requirements of some U.S. carriers to support electronic ticketing by 2005."

Currently, Sabre Airline Solutions provides electronic ticketing solutions to more than 50 carriers in more than 40 countries. These electronic ticketing solutions benefit airlines by streamlining businesses processes, speeding time to market, reducing distribution costs and improving customer service.

Sabre Airline Solutions-Asia/Pacific (APAC) head office is based in Sydney, Australia, with offices/representatives located in Auckland, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Mumbai.

In 2002, Sabre Airline Solutions signed 65 system contracts with airlines based in the Asia Pacific region, which included the migration of 10 Asia Pacific carriers to the Sabre Passenger Reservations System.

Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG) is a world leader in travel commerce, retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology solutions for the travel industry.

More information about Sabre Holdings is available at http://www.sabre-holdings.com
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PAL Expands Down Under
Flies Darwin, Brisbane on December 10

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is adding Darwin and re-introduces Brisbane to its growing international network starting December 10 with four flights per week using Airbus 320 aircraft, reports from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) bared yesterday.

PR flight 221 leaves Manila at 22:30 every Monday and Friday arriving Darwin at 04:30 the following day, with departures at 05:30 for Brisbane every Saturday and Tuesday arriving 10:00. For days Sunday and Wednesday PR 221 leaves Manila at 21:10 arriving Darwin at 03:10 with departure at 4:10 for Melbourne every Monday and Thursday arriving at 10:00.

The return flight PR222 will leave 11:00 from Brisbane arriving Darwin 15:30 with departure at 16:30, and Melbourne arriving Darwin at 16:50 leaving 17:50 for Manila arriving 22:30 and 23:55 the same day, respectively.

"The flights to Darwin will proceed to Melbourne and Brisbane" according to CAB Hearing Examiners Division Chief Ma. Elben S. L. Moro.

PAL currently flies Manila-Sydney every Monday,Wednesday,Friday, and Sunday and Manila-Melbourne route every Tuesday,Thursday, and Saturday respectively using Boeing 777-300ER planes.

The four additional routes will be serviced by Airbus A320 aircraft which doesn't have the range to fly Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane direct from Manila but can reach Darwin for technical stop onwards to those destination.

The flag carrier is also working on a twice a week service to New Zealand via Australia starting next year.

Philippine Airlines deferred its route expansion to Darwin for the the first quarter of 2013 due to delays in regulatory approval says PAL vice president for Marketing Support Felix Cruz.
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PAL's UK License to America and EU
Goodbye CAAP, Hello CAACI?

George Town - The Philippines largest carrier may be going to United States of America and Europe after all with or without the Philippine Civil Aviation Authority's (CAAP) support or regulatory license when push comes to shove on Philippine Airlines (PAL) US$10 billion expansion plans.

San Miguel Corporation, one of Asia's largest food conglomerate, is currently in talks with Cayman government to sell substantial share of the airline to a Philippine-based corporation valued at US$ 25 million.

Cayman Primier McKeeva Bush in a statement to the Legislative Assembly said Cayman Airways (CAL) had received investment proposal from San Miguel Corporation which owns Philippine Airlines (PAL).

“These explorations are very preliminary,” the premier stated, adding that while there may be “great speculation in the media as to what may ultimately be agreed,” nothing has yet been confirmed and talks were continuing between CAL and SMC.

However, a leaked document suggests the company to be looking for a substantial chunk of preferential shares with an agreed dividend starting at 3% in the first year rising to 5% in the third year of its investment. It would then be seeking an option to convert the shares to ordinary ones which could give the firm as much as 49% of the airline.

Bush pointed out that any agreement to sell shares would require approval of Cabinet, the Legislative Assembly and ultimately the United Kingdom. The Cayman Islands is a British overseas territory.

“The introduction of preference shares as an additional class of shares is one of those considerations that could possibly be pursued to raise capital from any potential investors locally or otherwise,” says Bush.

“These non-voting shares provide for a stated return to the holders and provide an equity source of funding for the airline.” he said to legislators Friday.

The premier acknowledged that under the Public Management and Finance Law, and the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility, to issue preference shares the airline would need the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO’s) backing.

“The necessary due diligence and seeking of approvals all need to be conducted, but at this point it is suffice to say that the exploration is ongoing and I look forward to bringing more details forward if some of the ideas are commercially viable and acceptable under the PMFL.” said Bush.

SMC investment however raised serious concerns notwithstanding the exploratory nature of the talks.

Legislative Assembly (LMA) member Ezzard Miller noted that the parent company of PAL is and has been seeking ways to get around its own airline’s black listing status in Europe and FAA category two status in the USA as a result of the aviation regulators shortcomings at its home base in Manila.

“While I believe that if government is going to sell shares in CAL those shares should in the first instance be offered locally, if we are to seek overseas investors we need to be very careful,” Miller said.

“It is very unlikely that SMC genuinely wishes to sink as much as $25 million into CAL for the dividend but because it may help it circumvent the problems it has with regulations in Europe and the United States which has prevented the airline from expanding its routes.” Miller adds.

Miller said he hoped that Bush has thoroughly explored the implications of attempting to assist an airline which could be an effort to by-pass, not only the British civil aviation regulations but the US Federal aviation regulations as well.

“I am concerned that Cayman Airways could be punished as a result of this attempt to sidestep important international rules which are about airline safety,” he added.

Cayman Islands aviation industry conforms to the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).---with reports from Cayman News Service
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PAL to Fly Turkey and Kuwait This Summer
Code-shares with Turkish Airlines?

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced its intention to mount flights to Kuwait City in April and Istanbul by August of next year, data from Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) discloses.

In its application, PAL said it would be offering daily direct flights from Manila to Kuwait City. It will use Boeing 747, 777, Airbus A340 and A330 for the applied route.

The airline also filed an application to service Europe's backdoor to Istanbul's Ataturk Airport in Turkey thrice a week. Turkey is in Europe but is not part of the European Union which blacklisted the country from flying into its airspace.

“In addition to our planned operations to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, we intend to serve the Emirate of Kuwait on a daily non-stop basis during the summer 2013 schedule,” Vice-President for External Relations Ma. Socorro G. Gonzaga said.

PAL's application did not state whether the flight to Istanbul is going to be code-shared with Turkish Airlines (THY) which also announce commencement of thrice a week service to Manila on the same month coinciding with PAL flight to Turkey. THY applied for the route Istanbul Manila via Hongkong in 2011.

Gonzaga said that PAL’s flight to Turkey is in line with its “ambitious fleet expansion program.” saying that flights to that country would reconnect the flag carrier to the European continent.

Earlier, Turkish application to code-share flight with PAL using THY Boeing 777-300 ER planes between Manila and Hongkong was denied by CAB.

In the latest Air Services Agreement with Turkey signed in February 2010, the Philippines is entitled to use three weekly flights between “points in the Philippines” and either “Istanbul, Ankara, and another point in Turkey to be specified later.


PAL vice president for marketing Felix Cruz confirmed in an interview with reporters in Toronto Monday that the airline is actively seeking exemption from the European Commission of the ban on Philippine carriers from flying European airspace so that it can start flights to Frankfurt, Paris and London, all in the European Union.

"The airlines can work out an exemption unlike in the US where the ban is imposed on the country and not the airlines,” says Cruz.

Cruz said the airline is using its ISO certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and to the fact that the airline is maintained by Luftansa Technik AG of Germany, an EU accredited MRO provider.

PAL is hoping that the ban and the Category 2 status would finally be lifted by the EU and US FAA after ICAO conducts its audit this coming February.

“This coming February, there is an audit to be conducted by the US FAA. So we will know by February and once lifted will open the possibility to really maximize the utilization of our aircraft and our entitlements,” Cruz said.

“If not, then we have to work on the EU exemptions and the workaround on our category rating in the US to fly our planes” Cruz adds.

PAL recently ordered 65 Airbus planes in August from European plane maker Airbus S.A.S in a deal worth $9.5 billion. It also has existing orders for two more Boeing 777-300ER scheduled for delivery in April and November 2013, while the first 10 Airbus planes, four of them A330 models is scheduled for delivery in 2013.

“Hopefully if we get the Category 1from the US, it will trigger actually if we get exemptions from Europe. It will trigger either or, whichever come first,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cruz said consumer response to the airline’s non-stop Manila-Toronto flight has been “very overwhelming.”

“The thrice-a-week schedule of the Manila-Toronto flight has been fully booked since we launched the service using our brand new Boeing 777-300 ER ,” Mr. Cruz said.

“Because of this, we thought of adding more flights to cater to the growing clientele,” he said adding that its fourth added flight is almost fully booked that they decided to introduce daily flight by March next year.

Cruz also confirmed that they are deferring flights to Darwin scheduled this month due to internal and regulatory problems. Instead, they hope to launch the flight by first quarter of next year after regulatory approvals.

PAL was the first Southeast Asian airline to fly to Europe, with a maiden flight in May 1947 to Frankfurt Germany.
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Rolls-Royce Agenda
The UK Lobby to Europe

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The United Kingdom has finally agreed to amend the one sided bilateral Air Services Agreement (ASA) with the Philippines signed in 1965 granting the Philippines daily flight to London from Manila.

The earlier bilateral was tied with orders for the UK made BAC-111 used by Philippine Airlines (PAL) in 1967. The airplane was retired from service in 1986. Proposed amendments to the bilateral was not signed by the UK in 2009 for unknown reason.

UK Member of Parliament Hugo Swire on Tuesday signed the ASA with Transportation Secretary Emilio Abaya expanding the thrice a week service to London in order to boost tourism and trade between the two countries.

“We would like to see direct flights from the Philippines into the UK. It will be a commercial decision as to how many flights will work, and we would like to see that happen. After all we have a quarter-of-a-million Filipinos living in the UK,” Swire said.

The ASA is however the icing of the cake as it removes restrictions to fly to UK that would otherwise have been uneconomical to fly directly in the first place. The Philippines was granted with three weekly frequencies and PAL let one frequency from British Airways while flying London until it stopped in 1998 due to the Asian Financial Crisis.

The UK and the Philippines agreed flights from three times weekly to 21 times a week - 7 times a week from Manila and Cebu and 7 times a week from elsewhere in the country.

A Senior management official from PAL privy to the matter but does not want to be identified because of confidentiality issues disclosed that the real issues with Britain was the multi-million US dollar orders for Rolls Royce engine. The UK built power-plants to power the 20 Airbus 330's on order was leveraged by San Miguel requiring Rolls Royce commitment from the European Union to grant exemptions to PAL, similar to the deal that was arranged with Garuda Airlines of Indonesia. Cebu Pacific also leveraged on the same exemptions.

Garuda ordered 24 A330 aircraft from Airbus all powered by Rolls Royce engines. They were subsequently granted exemptions to fly European Airspace although the rest on Indonesian Airlines are barred from entering the EU Airspace.

Swire said during the press conference at Makati Business Club that he is meeting Ramon S. Ang, Philippine Airlines (PAL) President and COO, who hopes to start direct flights to London soon.

“And, incidentally, their passengers will probably be arriving on a new aircraft made partly in Britain,” he further said.

The UK minister categorically said that Britain would offer any form of assistance to help address the Philippine issues with the European Union, which to this day, has prevented the country’s air carriers from flying into European skies.

"We want to work with the Philippine government to look at the outstanding issues that the EU has, and try to resolve them so we can get these flights up and running as quickly as we can," he said.
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Philippine Airlines places major order for Airbus aircraft
Airline selects A321 and A330 under fleet renewal programme
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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has placed a firm order with Airbus covering 34 A321ceo, 10 A321neo and 10 A330-300s. The aircraft are being purchased under a major fleet modernisation programme at the airline, with deliveries starting in 2013.

The single aisle A321 aircraft are being purchased to enhance the airline’s product offerings on domestic and regional routes, as well as to support alliances with its partner airlines. The widebody A330s will be operated on higher demand regional routes and longer range services to the Middle East and Australia. PAL will announce engine selections for all the aircraft at a later date.

“The orders we are placing with Airbus will play a key role in revitalising PAL and growing trade and tourism in the country, said PAL Chairman Lucio Tan and PAL President Ramon S. Ang. “With these aircraft we will be able to offer more passengers the best the industry has to offer across our Asia-Pacific network. At the same time, we will benefit from the low operating costs associated with new generation aircraft and the reduced impact on the environment.”

“We are extremely pleased that Philippine Airlines has placed its confidence in our aircraft to meet its future requirements,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. “This announcement demonstrates once again the popularity of both the A320 Family and the A330, which remain the leaders in their size categories in terms of operating economics, reliability and passenger comfort.”

The A321 is the largest member of the best-selling A320 Family, which offers the lowest operating costs of any single aisle product line today. These costs will be reduced even further with the arrival of the new engine option (NEO), offering additional fuel savings of 15 per cent. To date, over 8,500 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,200 delivered to 365 customers and operators worldwide.

The A330 is one of the most widely-used widebody aircraft in service today. Airbus has recorded over 1,200 orders for the various versions of the aircraft, with some 900 now flying with 90 operators worldwide. In addition to passenger and freighter aircraft, the A330 is also available in VIP and military transport / tanker variants.
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PAL to revive PAL Express, to drop AirPhil express brand

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is rebranding AirPhil Express to PAL Express, PAL’s previous low-cost regional airline brand. The revived PAL Express will focus on regional and domestic flights while PAL would be aggressively pursuing long-haul flights.

PAL president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said Thursday that the plan to rebrand Airphil Express to PAL Express has been submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

PAL Express had previously ceased operations in March of 2010 and transferred all service to Airphil Express.

It used to operate from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu City, with smaller operations from PAL's main hub in Manila. PAL Express primarily flew intra-regional routes in the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as secondary routes to smaller airports in island provinces that were not able to accommodate mainline PAL jet aircraft.

Currently, AirPhil Express operates a fleet of Airbus A320s as well as Bombardier Q300 and the 70-seater Bombardier Q400.

This fleet will be augmented as PAL plans to transfer its old aircraft to AirPhil Express once the acquisition of PAL’s new aircraft is completed.

PAL currently maintains and operates 39 aircraft comprising of five Boeing B747-400s and three B777-300ERs as well as four Airbus A340-300s, eight A330-300s, 15 A320-200s, and four A319-100s.

Ang pointed out that some of the new aircraft being acquired by PAL would be used by its sister firm.

The flag carrier is undertaking a major fleet modernization program where it intends to acquire 100 new aircraft. It entered into a contract with Airbus for the purchase of 54 aircraft comprising single-aisle A321s and widebody A330-300s. The first batch will be delivered early next year.

PAL is in discussions with aircraft manufacturers to seal a deal for the purchase of the remaining 46 aircraft to complete its modernization program. — DVM, GMA News
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PHILIPPINE AIRLINES OPERATING FLEET


4 - BOEING 777-300 ER


5 - BOEING 747-400


5 - AIRBUS 340-300


4 - AIRBUS 330-300


8 - AIRBUS 320-200


4 - AIRBUS 319-100


AIRPHIL Express Operating Fleet
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES SUBSIDIARY AIRLINE


13 - AIRBUS 320-200


5 - Bombardier Dash 8 Q400


3 - Bombardier Dash 8 Q300
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Why would there be a * designation when Philippine Airlines isn't a Star Alliance member?
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Now this is really good news for PR passengers to LAX: PAL will hike frequencies for its MNL-LAX flight from 9 to 11 weekly. In addition, PR112/113 will shift operations from nighttime to daytime, giving more passengers transfer opportunities in Los Angeles. Schedules below effective 31 March 2013:

PR112 MNL0930 – 0800LAX 343 x246
PR102 MNL2200 – 2005LAX 744 D

PR113 LAX1100 – 1635+1GUM1725+1 – 1905+1MNL 343 x246
PR103 LAX2235 – 0335+2GUM0425+2 – 0555+2MNL 744 D

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