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Old May 8th, 2009, 06:29 PM   #101
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Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Business Class

The focal point of the new Mabuhay Class cabin is the luxurious “cocoon” seats supplied by Recaro of Germany. The new seat has a fixed privacy shell that enables the passenger to enjoy utmost privacy while an ergonomic design transforms it into lie-flat bed. The new seats have a generous pitch of 58 - 60 inches.

The seats are adjustable to a variety of the positions at the passenger’s option. Each seat is equipped with its own programmable position controls with memory, individual directional LED reading light, oversized tray table and bottle holder.

Mabuhay Class seats are outfitted in plush, deep-blue upholstery accented with touches of silvery-copper threads that simulate reflections of light on water.

Take an interactive peek inside the cabin of our newly-refurbished B747's. The new look of passenger comfort.

Mabuhay (Business) Class Upper Deck
Mabuhay (Business) Class Lower Deck

Inflight Entertainment System

The entire cabin on the reconfigured aircraft is equipped with Thales’ i5000 IFE System, a fully digital inflight entertainment system that enables both Mabuhay and Fiesta Class passengers to choose from a full library of video and audio content.

Each seat is outfitted with personal TV with AVOD (Audio Video on Demand) feature that will enable passengers to start, pause, rewind, and fast-forward any of the video programs at any time using the touch-screen controls or the passenger control units.

The AVOD system gives passengers a wide range of digital on-demand entertainment options – they can individually select from a variety of digital games and entertainment programs anytime.

The selections includes 18 of the latest Hollywood movies, a Filipino film, 8 popular TV programs, 12 radio channels and a selection of CD albums.

Each passenger can also create his own audio playlist from the collection of CD albums. On-screen instructions are available in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Mabuhay Class cabin is equipped with 15.4-inch seatback-mounted monitors and 10.6-inch in-arm monitors.
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Fiesta Economy Class

Fiesta Class passengers will likewise benefit from the technology – their new seats, also from Recaro, are ergonomically designed, with new-generation, thinner seatbacks. These provide bigger “living” space and enhance passengers’ comfort. The new seats has a very generous pitch of 32 - 34 inches.

The Fiesta Class seats feature the undulating wave-pattern design in a blue, aqua and terracotta palette.

The relaxed, tropical feel extends to the front and back ends of the cabin where interiors, curtains, carpets and surfaces are in various shades of blue, white, gray, silver and tan.

Take an interactive peek inside the cabin of our newly-refurbished B747's. The new look of passenger comfort.


Fiesta (Economy) Class Cabin


Inflight Entertainment System


The entire cabin on the reconfigured aircraft is equipped with Thales’ i5000 IFE System, a fully digital inflight entertainment system that enables both Mabuhay and Fiesta Class passengers to choose from a full library of video and audio content.

Each seat is outfitted with personal TV with AVOD (Audio Video on Demand) feature that will enable passengers to start, pause, rewind, and fast-forward any of the video programs at any time using the touch-screen controls or the passenger control units.

The AVOD system gives passengers a wide range of digital on-demand entertainment options – they can individually select from a variety of digital games and entertainment programs anytime.

The selections includes 18 of the latest Hollywood movies, a Filipino film, 8 popular TV programs, 12 radio channels and a selection of CD albums.

Each passenger can also create his own audio playlist from the collection of CD albums. On-screen instructions are available in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Fiesta Class cabin is equipped with 9-inch seatback-mounted monitors and in-arm monitors.
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Catch up with Tom & Jerry on PAL’s Junior Jetsetter kits

MANILA – Philippine Airlines has joined hands with Warner Bros. Consumer Products by enlisting the world’s most famous cat-and-mouse duo, Tom and Jerry, to appear on PAL’s “Junior Jetsetter” kits this year.

The beloved cartoon characters continue their endless chase to delight kids onboard PAL’s long-haul flights.

The activity kits are provided to children from 2 to 11 years old to keep them entertained on PAL flights to North America and Australia. These include services between Manila and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Honolulu, Sydney and Melbourne.

The kits are available in two variants, each for outbound and inbound Manila flights. The outbound kit consists of a yellow and orange drawstring bag that doubles as a carrying case, a 20-page activity/coloring book with mini colored pencils, a plastic stencil set, Rubik’s Cube key chain, and a sticker sheet.

The inbound kit includes a light blue and orange drawstring bag-cum-carrying case, a 20-page activity/coloring book with a box of crayons, coloring puzzle, camera view finder, and a silicone bracelet.

Tom and Jerry, created by legendary animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, first appeared in 1940. Through the decades, the series has developed a deeply dedicated fan base of both kids and adults throughout the world, receiving 13 Academy Award nominations for Best Short Subject: Cartoons and winning the Oscar seven times.

Tom and Jerry has the honor of being the most-awarded animated series in history and is widely considered to be one of the best animated cartoon series ever created.

The cartoon’s popularity derives from its main characters’ infectious, everyday humor, the natural playfulness and tension between cat and mouse, the “thrill of the chase,” and ultimately the triumph of the “little guy.”

Tom and Jerry are fitting mascots to banner PAL’s Junior Jetsetter kits for the flag carrier’s well-traveled little passengers.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world. For more information, please visit www.warnerbros.com. In Southeast Asia and the Philippines, WBCP is represented by its licensing agent, Global Brands Group.
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PAL Interclub lures RP's past, present and future champs

If one goes over the list of players who have participated in the Philippine Airlines Interclub Golf Tournament, it would be safe to conclude that the annual golfing event that had its auspicious beginnings in 1948 has lured the country’s past, present and future champions.

Here’s why: in the inaugural tournament, Wack Wack Golf and Country Club played host to five other teams: Manila Golf Club, Buayas Link, Negros Occidental, Cebu Country Club and the United States Army.

What highlighted the event was the presence of four men who conceptualized and then launched what is now generally considered as the country’s national team championship: PAL senior vice president Buenaventura Veloso, Col. Ramon Zosa, Ben Gaston and Leopoldo Rovira.

Since then, the list of the player was virtually an RP golf who’s who, starting with pioneers Johnny Cuadrado, Stewart Barnett, Sol Alcantara, Carlos Coscolluela, Mervyn Simpson, Benny Laperal and Pedro Lopez.

After that, the list just keeps on improving like wine: Luis “Golem” Silverio, Agustin Coscolluela, Jr., Manuel Rodriguez, Alex Prieto, Manuel Nieto, Alex Montelibano, Jose “Tetu” Santos, Steve Cuenca, Francis Gaston, Tommy Monotoc and Alan Gaston.

After that came Frankie Minoza, Howie Hagedorn, Felix de Leon, Emilio Tuason, Cassius Casas, Gil Ababa, Mario Manibay, Antolin Fernando, Norman Sto. Domingo, Delano Bangay, Rudy Basak, Jr., Robert Pactolerin and Nestor “Jun Jun” Plana, Jr.

The list goes on: Panchito Garcia, Jose Cedo, Jr., Dave Hernandez, Rolando Viray, Cesar Ababa, Danny Zarate, Bong Lopez, Jake Tan, Ruben Sasutil, Wigberto “Iggy” Clavecilla, Richard Singueo, Juan Miguel Rocha, Angelo Que, Jonel Ababa, Mark Fernando and Erwin Vinluan.

This year’s action starts February 19 with the staging of the 22nd Senior's championship, followed by the 62nd Men’s regular tournament February 25. The Apo Golf and Country Club and Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club of Davao are the hosts.

This year’s platinum sponsors are Solar Sports, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror, Lifestyle (ABS-CBN cable network), Airbus and Boeing.

The major backers are XFM 92.3, Crossover 105.5, Bombo Radyo, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and Crown Asia, with Inquirer.net and PAGCOR as corporate supporters.

Completing the sponsor’s list are Century Park Hotel and Rajah Broadcasting Network.

The traditional hitting of ceremonial drives will highlight both events on February 18 in the Senior's event at Rancho Palos Verdes and February 25 at Apo for the Men’s regular.

PAL Assistant Senior VP for Mindanao Domingo Duerme is tournament chairman.

Seventy seven international teams from the United States, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Asia and the Philippines are competing in the Senior's event and 76 in the Men’s regular. To be contested are team and individual trophies in the Championship, Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship divisions.
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PAL Interclub lures 151 teams from six countries

DAVAO CITY - The Philippine Airlines Interclub Golf Tournament, which for the last two decades has distinguished itself as the country's national team golf championship, reels off February 19 at two challenging courses here.

An international field of 151 teams from the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia and host Philippines is lined up at the annual tournament involving senior players and men's regular golfers.

Kicking off this year's tournament, that had its auspicious beginnings in 1948, is the 23rd Senior's contest starting February 19. Then, the 62nd men's regular tournament takes center stage February 25.

Hosts of the action are Apo Golf and Country Club and Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club.
"Once again, our tournament has lured a big number of golfers from around the world," said PAL president Jaime J. Bautista yesterday. "And this early, we wish all our guests in both divisions good luck."

On behalf of PAL, we would also like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors this year which has for its theme – 'You're No. 1'," said tournament committee chairman Domingo Duerme, PAL's senior assistant vice president for Mindanao sales.

The platinum sponsors are ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports.

Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1 People Asia Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major backers. Completing the list are Inquirer.net, PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network and Century Park Hotel. The hole-in-one sponsor is Honda Cars Davao.

Highlighting the start of the 23rd Seniors event is the hitting of the traditional ceremonial drives at Rancho Palos Verdes. Special guests invited to do the honors are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Gen. Andy Caro, directorate for integrated operations-Eastern Mindanao; and Mindanao Business Council chairman Vic Lao.

Those invited to do the honors in the Men's regular tournament at Apo are Mayor Duterte, North Cotabato Vice Gov. Manny Pinol and Davao City Chamber of Commerce president Simeon Marfori.

The Canlubang Golf and Country Club heads the championship field. Other teams seeing action are Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Del Monte Golf Club, Luisita Golf and Country Club and Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.
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Promoting tourism in ASEAN - PAL wins best tourism photo
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An award-winning image of a flock of migratory birds crammed on an islet at the Tubbataha Reef was recently judged Best ASEAN Tourism Photo by the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) during the 23rd ASEANTA Awards for Excellence in Tourism 2009 held recently at Hanoi, Vietnam.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) submitted the photo as an entry to the ASEANTA Excellence Awards after it appeared in PAL's inflight magazine, Mabuhay.

Erwin T. Lim, a 38-year-old dentist-photographer from Cebu City, captured the image while on a four-day live-aboard dive safari to the Tubbataha Reef. Erwin recounts, "The scene was so picturesque that I almost didn't feel my skin burning under the heat of the sun. Lying flat on the sand, I slowly crawled my way toward the birds."

Erwin's photo, taken with a Nikon D200 camera using a 70-200 mm f2.8 VR lens, was one of the 10 finalists (landscape division, professional category) in the first PAL Photo Contest held June to September 2007. Mabuhay magazine featured the finalists in its April 2008 issue.

This time, the photo was picked among 40 entries that vied for seven awards recognizing excellence in tourism promotion in ASEAN.

"There were many good entries, but we could only give awards to the best-of-the-best," said Felix J. Cruz, president of ASEANTA who is also Vice President for Marketing of Philippine Airlines.

Awards were also given to the best tourism article ("Penang Past & Present" from Silver Kris, Singapore), best tour package ("Intrepid: South East Asia" by Intrepid Ltd. of Thailand), best new tourist attraction ("Singapore Flyer"), best cultural preservation effort ("Cua Van Floating Cultural Center – Ha Long Bay Eco-Museum" from Vietnam) and best conservation effort ("A Journey to Keep the World Beautiful with Thai" by Thai Airways).

Through the awards, ASEANTA encourages tourism development and promotion among companies, organizations and individuals coming from ASEAN.

ASEANTA was formed in 1981 as the “umbrella” organization of national airlines and national travel agencies and hotel associations of the 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam).
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Philippine Airlines sponsors a major sport event annually.

The PAL Interclub
The Philippine Airlines Interclub is the country's oldest, largest and most prestigious golf team competition - widely acknowledged as the national clubs championship of the Philippines.

PAL Interclub Tournament Committee

* Chairman
Domingo Duerme
* Co-Chairman
Barazel Salazar
* Vice-Chairman
Jesus G. Garcia
* Executive Member
Felix J. Cruz
* Tournament Director
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History

The PAL Interclub : A Philippine Golfing Tradition

Founded 61 years ago, the Philippine Airlines Interclub is the country's oldest, largest and most prestigious golf team competition -- widely acknowledged as the national clubs championship of the Philippines. The PAL Interclub's stature derives from two factors: the high level of competition -- it is a showcase for the country's best golfing talent -- and the strong team spirit and fellowship among its players.

From the start, the PAL Interclub has been about gathering golf aficionados from across the country and overseas for an annual reunion, where they could renew old friendships and gain new ones. Participants return year after year, not so much as to win the championship -- though that is a principal goal -- but to bask in the warmth of fellowship and tradition.

There are no grand prizes in the PAL Interclub. There is only the knowledge and honor that one has competed with some of the best golfers in the land. This, plus the remarkable camaraderie among its players and its hallowed history of 60 years, has imbued the PAL Interclub with a unique character and made it an enduring institution of Philippine golf.

Today, the tournament looks ahead to its next 60 years with certitude of a seasoned golf professional, proud of its past and confident of its future.

The PAL Interclub Story


Early in 1947, Mr. Leopoldo Rovira, assistant traffic and sales manager of PAL, arrived in Cebu City on one of his inspection trips. On the night of his arrival, Major Ramon Zosa, who was the Cebu station manager, rounded up a group of Mr. Rovira's intimate friends for a get-together. Among those who showed up were Mr. Buenaventura Veloso, PAL's human-resources manager, and Mr. Ben Gaston of Bacolod City, a personal friend of PAL president Andres Soriano.

Mr. Rovira first broached the idea of bringing together golfers from all over the Philippines to compete in an annual tournament among their golf clubs. Such a tournament, he explained, would go a long way in promoting the spirit of camaraderie among golfers and, at the same time, reap goodwill for the airline. PAL accepted the idea and the "PAL Trophy," worth the then princely sum of $1,000, was bought from the United States to serve as the perpetual symbol of Interclub supremacy.

The inaugural Interclub was held in 1948 at Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in the town of Mandaluyong in suburban Manila, with the host club emerging as the first champion. The following year, the tournament was staged in Cebu and nearly every year thereafter, has been held in a PAL destination outside Manila.

In 1988, a separate competition for players 55 years old and above, called the Seniors Interclub, was initiated to serve as the curtain-raiser for the regular Men's tournament. Luisita won the inaugural staging of the Seniors Interclub in Cebu.

In the Interclub's 59 years, Canlubang has won the PAL Trophy 13 times, Bacolod 10 times, and Wack-Wack seven times. In the Seniors Interclub, Luisita has triumphed in 12 of the event's 19 stagings with Villamor winning four times.
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Philippines ready for FAA upgrade

As Philippine Airlines flexes its wings!


WASHINTON—The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has announced that it will be conducting another safety audit to the Republic of the Philippines in October 2009 after diplomatic request was made in Washington by Philippine President Gloria Arroyo. The request was favorably endorsed by US President Barack Obama to FAA Administrator Lynne Osmus who ordered the re-audit. The Philippines aviation safety rating was downgraded 15 months ago.

Department of Transport Secretary Leonardo Mendoza said that the government is confident that it will pass the safety audit of the FAA this time as most of its recommendations as to aviation safety standards are already complied while the rest are to be made ready when inspection is made.

Safety audit was already made by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) last February and got a good remarks from Geneva based institution.

The safety audit report will determine whether the country is eligible for safety upgrade and the process usually takes a month after re-assessments has been made, according to the FAA Associate Administrator Margaret Gilligan.

The Country was downgraded after inspections were made by the US FAA on Air Transportation Office (ATO) record books, and it failed to monitor and properly check pilot performance, inadequate training programs for technicians, incompetent flight instructors and breaches in record keeping that affect safety regulations.

The upgrading will allow the country's airline to expand flights to US airports, an FAA official said Friday.

Only Philippine Airlines flies to mainland United States with points in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. It plans to expand service to San Diego and Chicago after the safety upgrade rating.

Department of Transportation spokesman Thompson Lantion said the creation in 2008 of a new agency, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, to oversee safety standards, was a major step in reforming the aviation sector.

"We are very confident that we'll be able to achieve the FAA approval with all the efforts being done now," Lantion said.

He said the FAA's scheduled audit of its aviation sector would include a check on safety and the standards of aircraft mechanics and pilots.

Lantion expressed optimism that the Philippines would be able to hurdle it old status of Category 1 safety rating, after the Washington based FAA reduced it to Category 2 in December 2007 after a safety audit conducted 3 months earlier.

Lantion said there was always the risk the Philippines would be downgraded further and its airlines not be able to fly to US airports anymore, but was optimistic that such scenario is so remote as the government could easily remedy those safety concerns raised by US inspectors.

FAA Safety Rating is expected to be released in the first week of December 2009.
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Etihad finds code sharing opens up a new world
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If doing more with less is the mantra of the business world nowadays, then Etihad Airways should win high marks for using aircraft and networks of other airlines for its own advantage. It is using one tool – the airline-to-airline code share – to not only bypass restrictive bilateral air rights, but also to minimise risk in these uncertain times, and put it on more solid footing in rivalling Emirates Airline.

In the past two years Etihad has whipped up a blizzard of code-sharing alliances, growing from three deals to 14. The focus on these tie-ups is largely due to James Hogan, who joined as chief executive in October 2006.

A code share is an agreement between two airlines that allows them to share resources. It lets them both put their code numbers on a single flight. Both can sell tickets for the flight, regardless of which carrier’s aeroplane and crew are being used. Both are also able to offer frequent-flier miles to their customers, and the two also share the revenues.

With existing code-sharing arrangements with Middle East Airlines, bmi and Brussels Airline forged by previous management, Mr Hogan has ratcheted up the pace. New partnerships were formed with Aer Arann, Bangkok Airways, Jet Airways, Kuwait Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Saudi Arabia Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Yemen Airways and, last week, Qantas.

The real advantage for Etihad is that it is able to use other airlines to feed travellers into its high-yield flights to Europe, Australia and the US. In Ireland, an Aer Arann customer would be able to book one ticket to Sydney flying from Cork to Dublin on Aer Arann and from there using the Etihad network.

While deals with small outfits arouse little mention in the press, the Qantas deal has caught the imagination in Australia due to the implications that Qantas and Eithad are joining forces to compete with Emirates Airline.

Qantas has no service to the Middle East, while Etihad is just tapping into the Australia market with flights to Sydney, Brisbane and, from next week, Melbourne. Instantly, the two are able to offer to their customers destinations that were previously available only on Emirates.

With the tie-up, Etihad customers can fly to Melbourne and then hop on a Qantas flight to Auckland, and rack up Etihad frequent-flier miles in the process. Qantas customers can now fly to Amman and Beirut on Etihad while gaining their own loyalty miles. “The announcement addresses a weakness in the flying kangaroo’s network that Emirates has aggressively exploited,” said one newspaper article, referring to Qantas by its popular nickname.

Etihad is also using code sharing to circumvent restrictive landing rights that foreign governments have placed to protect their own airlines. The Abu Dhabi-based airline’s stated aim used to be flying several flights a day to Mumbai, as Emirates does. But India and the UAE are yet to agree on the increased air rights. So what Etihad did was turn to Jet Airways for a code share and feed more Indian travellers onto its flights to Europe and the US.

The same goes for its tie-up with Philippine Airways. At the time, Etihad had rights for only five flights a week. With the code share, Etihad is able to sell tickets on two additional flights, operated by the Philippine carrier, and offer its customers the all-important daily service.

The tie-ups work especially well in these uncertain times, with passenger demand falling sharply in recent months. Etihad can offer more flights while using fewer resources and aircraft. It has less to lose in a down market when the seats go empty, although it also has less to gain in an up market when it shares revenues with the other airline.

Emirates’ strategy of launching non-stop, direct services on wide-bodied aircraft to points all over the globe meant it profited hugely from the recent global economic boom to earn US$1.37 billion (Dh5.03bn) in net profits in 2007-2008.

However, Etihad has 100-plus aircraft on order, which will give it the muscle it needs to fly its own routes when demand returns. At only five years old, Etihad is a relative newcomer to global aviation. It has grand aspirations to increase its passenger numbers from six million last year to 25 million by 2020, but growing an airline is fraught with risk.
Adding new routes depends on government-to-government talks on air rights and the availability of expensive aircraft. Since new routes take three to five years to become profitable, there is a real risk of overextending yourself due to the cyclical nature of air travel.

Etihad’s mix of new aircraft deliveries, plus an active code-sharing policy, will help it in the fluctuating times ahead.
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as of writing,PAL's website is down. could not book a flight back to Manila. sayang mas mura na sya compared with CebuPac.
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until now? I booked a flight a flight going back to manila, and I have it nailed it. The website of PAL is already in good condition, you can already book a flight online.
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Is PAL aiming to join an airline alliance?
PAL prefers to be invited to an alliance, rather than apply for membership. The question of which alliance it should join though is a toss-up: the most likely candidates are Oneworld and SkyTeam. I'd go for the latter over the former, even if Vietnam Airlines is joining SkyTeam next year.

(EDIT: In hindsight, I just realized that I answered your exact same query on FlyerTalk! )
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Now it is a P700-M scam at DepEd

By Neal Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:32:00 05/13/2009

Filed Under: Government Contracts, Politics, Graft & Corruption, Education, Air Transport, Air safety


The Philippine aviation industry is encountering turbulent skies and may crash if we do not take evasive maneuvers quickly. The American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is shooting at our airliners with legal ack-ack. It has downgraded our planes to Category 2 from Category 1. What this means, as explained at the Kapihan sa Manila last Monday by DOTC spokesman and LTFRB chair Tomas Lantion and retired Col. Eduardo Batac of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), is that while Philippine skies are virtually open to American carriers, American skies are closed to additional Philippine airliners. Philippine Airlines has bought seven new, more economical planes, the first of which is arriving in a couple of months. But PAL cannot use them to change the old, gas-guzzling Airbuses that fly to the US although they are of the same size and capacity. The reason is safety, according to the FAA. Not the safety of the airplanes themselves, but of our airports.

What Philippine airports have to do with the safety of Philippine planes landing on American airports is beyond me, but that is the excuse of the Americans to stack the deck against their competitors in the trans-Pacific market.

The FAA, Lantion and Batac explained, audit periodically the aviation industry of countries whose airlines fly to the US and rate them. Some of our airports were found to be unsafe. The runway at Catarman, Samar, for example, is also used by residents of two barangays and their livestock. The runway of another airport was being used by the son of the airport manager to practice drag-racing.

And except for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, our airports have no radar. We also do not have enough competent air traffic controllers, the FAA said. Also, our Civil Aviation Authority is dependent on the budget given by Congress so that it does not have enough funds to buy aviation equipment and upgrade the salaries of its controllers and train more of them.

To correct that, a law has just been passed to make the CAAP independent operationally and financially. All the revenues it earns can now be spent by it for radar and other aviation technology that it needs. And it can now raise the salaries of its air controllers to attract back Filipino pilots who have been pirated by other airlines, especially the new Middle Eastern airlines that staff their companies with experienced pilots, airline mechanics, etc. pirated from the Philippines.

But that takes time, and the FAA is due to audit us again this October. That’s barely five months away. If the situation has not improved, the FAA’s next step is to advise its citizens not to use Philippine carriers—and you know what that means to our airlines.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 09:32 PM   #116
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Airbus to fly XWB to Manila
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- In a similar note to its A380 route proving development programme, Airbus revealed that it will fly its 5th A350-900 frame to Singapore, Manila, Ho Chi Minh, and Bangkok in South East Asia as part of its long flight demonstration and promotions tour in 2012.

The -900 is the lead XWB variant and final assembly of the first aircraft is due to start in Toulouse by mid-2011, with first flight scheduled to follow "eight to nine months" later in the first quarter of 2012, says A350 Programme Chief Didier Evrard.

The A50 XWB's flight test programme will involve five aircraft flying about 3,000 hours. The airframer intends to begin flight-testing a cabin-equipped aircraft early in the programme to understand the interior's behaviour in the carbonfibre fuselage.

Certification and service entry is due to follow a 15-month flight-test programme in mid-2013. Meanwhile, development of the smaller -800 and -1000 stretch continues in parallel, with service entry of these two variants due to follow one and two years, respectively, after the A350-900.

"All five aircraft will run in parallel to achieve a short flight test and certification time," says Evrard. "We are planning to put them all into the programme very quickly - within a couple of months."

Evrard says No 5 frame will be used for "early long flight" demonstrations to Asia and Australia, with non-simulated and simulated passenger flights, along similar lines to the A380 route proving test programme.

Although 15 months have been allocated to the flight-test programme, Evrard says the exercise could take as little as 12 months.

Two aircraft, No 2 and 5, will be equipped with a cabin, and No 6 will be the first delivered to a customer, he adds.
Only Singapore Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Bangkok Airways has pending orders for the A350 variants, with 20 -900's for the former 10 for Vietnam, and 4 -800's for the latter. Philippine Airlines is currently in discussions with Airbus for 12 -900 frames on a two-class configuration for delivery in 2015.

Airbus Chief Salesman John Leahy hinted that they are close to sealing a deal with another Southeast Asian carrier but refused to divulged further details and directed instead to wait for the airline to make the formal announcements soon.
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I respect Philippines Airlines for being Asia's first (also I love the livery of Philippines Airlines) but doesn't it seem like its lagging behind its regional partners in term of growth (Air Asia, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Tiger Airways)? I'm excited for Philippines Airlines to receive their B777 and ditch the uneconomical A340 but they should expand more since there's a big market in the Philippine and around the SEA region ready to be cracked.
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agree with u on this. Seems like they are too comfortable in the home turf or their domestic market still have much space to be explored. Time will tell.
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slow, really slow, but steady recovery for PAL.
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I respect Philippines Airlines for being Asia's first (also I love the livery of Philippines Airlines) but doesn't it seem like its lagging behind its regional partners in term of growth (Air Asia, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Tiger Airways)? I'm excited for Philippines Airlines to receive their B777 and ditch the uneconomical A340 but they should expand more since there's a big market in the Philippine and around the SEA region ready to be cracked.
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agree with u on this. Seems like they are too comfortable in the home turf or their domestic market still have much space to be explored. Time will tell.
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slow, really slow, but steady recovery for PAL.
PAL is already competitive airline in SEA. But, PAL is not focusing on Southeast asia, but its more focusing on its potential in serving Middle East, Europe, especially North America. Due to downgrading of FAA in the Philippines to Cat 1 to Cat 2, PAL cannot expand their service to mainland USA, and this is a big problem for PAL since they will going to receive its new planes from boeing this year, and they don't know where to put this planes since they can't expand their routes to USA.
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