27
Oct

Direct China-Iloilo flights pushed

Manila Bulletin

ILOILO CITY—The Department of Tourism is eyeing direct flights Iloilo-China and China-Iloilo flights to boost Chinese tourist traffic in Western Visayas.

26
Oct

CIAC, Qatar Airways team up to aggressively market Clark airport

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

CIAC OFFICIALS AND QATAR AIRWAYS MEETING – Qatar Airways Country Manager Paolo Pausini (2nd from right) and officials of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) led by OIC President and CEO Alexander Cauguiran (left) met October 25, 2016 to discuss collaborative efforts to market the Clark International Airport and Qatar Airways to increase passengers to include leisure, business, and corporate travelers for Qatar’s network of destinations in Europe, the USA and GCCs (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries.

26
Oct

Argentina seeks tourists from PH

By Amy R. Remo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Argentina is looking to forge a long-term partnership with tourism players in the Philippines to boost tourist arrivals in both countries.

20
Oct

7 airports up for rehab, expansion

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Seven airports in various provinces are about to get a major facelift.

20
Oct

Air passengers to double in 20 years – IATA

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Air travelers will nearly double from 3.8 billion this year to 7.2 billion in 2035, most of whom will be in Asia Pacific, although increasing trade protectionism might still damage growth prospects, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s latest update on its 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast.

19
Oct

European carriers mull direct flights to Phl

By Mary Grace Padin | The Philippine Star

Some European airlines have expressed their interest to fly directly to the Philippines, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.

19
Oct

Cebu Pacific to add flights to key int’l destinations for holidays

Manila Bulletin

Starting November and December, Cebu Pacific will add twice weekly flights for its flights from Manila to Bangkok, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur.

18
Oct

Cebu Pacific adding international flights, seats for holiday season

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is adding frequencies and seats to key international destinations in time for the holiday peak travel period.

14
Oct

Cathay Pacific Shares Reach 7-Year Low With Outlook Scrapped

By Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. shares tumbled in Hong Kong to the lowest level in more than seven years after Asia’s biggest international carrier scrapped its profit outlook and said it is conducting a "critical review” of its business.

13
Oct

Subic-Clark bullet train service eyed; new airport terminal pushed

By Charissa Luci | Manila Bulletin

The Duterte administration is flexing its muscles to push through with its plan to construct a 60-kilometer railway and bullet train service from Subic to Clark freeports and vice versa.

13
Oct

China to open first phase of world's largest airport by 2019

By Jake Spring | Reuters

China will complete the first phase of an expansive new airport in Beijing, which could eventually be the world's largest, by 2019, officials with the project told reporters.

10
Oct

AirAsia offering direct flights to Taipei

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Philippines AirAsia is set to operate direct flights from Manila and Cebu to Taipei in Taiwan beginning next month.

10
Oct

AirAsia to mount Manila-Taipei flights

BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINE unit of Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia Berhad said it will launch direct flights to Taipei from its Manila and Cebu hubs next month, as it anticipates a burst of interest in travel to Taiwan after the easing of visa rules for Filipinos.

03
Oct

Opening of Xiamen route to create seamless flights for Davao passengers

By Mary Grace Padin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The possible opening of the Xiamen-Davao route is seen to create seamless flights both for tourists coming to Davao or those going out to China, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said over the weekend.

03
Oct

PAL faces competition from North Asian, low-cost airlines

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) is facing rising competition from the expansion of North Asian airlines as well as low-cost carriers (LCCs), think tank CAPA - Centre for Aviation said in a report.

03
Oct

Mactan Cebu airport to post 10% rise in passenger traffic

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Passenger traffic at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is seen to post a compounded annual growth rate of 10 percent in the next five years as its private operator continues to woo airlines to offer flights to new destinations from Cebu.

28
Oct

PH Air Asia raising capital to P5B

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippines Air Asia, Inc. will boost its capitalization from the current P2 billion to P5 billion in the first quarter of next year, although it has to push back its US$200-million Initial Public Offering (IPO) for the first quarter of 2018 because of its refleeting program, CEO Joy Caneba told reporters Tuesday.

28
Oct

IATA urges heightened measures on passenger safety

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for deeper partnership among different governments to heighten passenger security measures and improve facilitation processes.

28
Oct

AirAsia PHL postpones $200-M IPO to 2018

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

THE LOCAL arm of Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia Berhad on Tuesday said it is postponing its $200-million initial public offering (IPO) to the first quarter of 2018 from 2016, as it continues to chase profitability.

27
Oct

PAL to announce cancelled flights for APEC

By Rudy Santos, Paolo Romero | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) will announce its cancelled flights once authorities provide the final schedule of runway closures in connection with the arrival of heads of state for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Nov. 16 to 20.

26
Oct

Haze forces closure of Tagbilaran Airport

By Angeline Valencia (The Freeman)

TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines – Hundreds of Bohol-bound passengers from Manila have been re-routed to Cebu City upon the advisory from the tower controller of the Tagbilaran Airport that visibility rate stayed low within two kilometers.

26
Oct

PAL spending up to $700 M for new planes

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is spending up to $700 million next year for seven new aircraft as well as spare parts.

26
Oct

Plan flights around Apec week, travelers advised

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquire

THE MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) has reminded passengers to plan their trips and avoid the week coinciding with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in November when flight disruptions are expected.

26
Oct

PAL Holdings seeks foreign carrier as strategic partner

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

PAL HOLDINGS, Inc., the listed operator of Philippine Airlines (PAL), is looking at selling up to 40% of the company to a foreign carrier that would serve as a “strategic partner” by late 2017, and tripling its public float after that.

26
Oct

PAL’s 2016 refleeting to cost $500 millionBy Madelaine B. Miraflor | Manila Bulletin

By Madelaine B. Miraflor | Manila Bulletin

The refleeting program of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in 2016 is seen to rise to $500 million as the country’s flag carrier plans to acquire seven new aircrafts next year.

23
Oct

DOTC, MIAA cite improvements at NAIA, other airports

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) and the Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) maintain their efforts to ease the infrastructure backlog at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have started to pay off as the country’s premiere gateway is no longer listed among the world’s worst airports.

23
Oct

Haze cancels flights

Philippine Daily Inquirer

COTABATO CITY—Two major Philippine airlines have cancelled flights from Manila to the city as haze, believed to be from the Indonesian forest fire, continues to darken skies over this and other Mindanao cities.

21
Oct

Cebu Pacific, Cebgo cancel flights for APEC meet

By Rudy Santos, Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

Low-cost carriers Cebu Pacific and Cebgo have cancelled over 150 flights scheduled from Nov. 16 to 20 due to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting to be held in Manila that week.

21
Oct

Cebu Pac to cancel 260 flights during Apec

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEBU Pacific Air (CEB) will cancel at least 260 flights, 26 of them to and from international destinations, during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in November, the airline announced on Tuesday.

20
Oct

Philippines-Korea air talks to focus on Palawan

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The scheduled air talks between the Philippines and Korea next month hopes to showcase the potential of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan to the Korean market.

19
Oct

Airport, airline execs tackle flight delays

Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE MANILA International Airport Authority (Miaa), local airline executives and other aviation officials got together last week to wrestle with a bane of air passengers, among other things, flight delays. The heavy traffic to and from the terminals is another matter under another authority altogether.

15
Oct

Etihad Airways, IBM ink $700-M IT deal to transform global operations

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways and IBM today announced a 10-year technology services agreement worth approximately US$700 million. This will allow the airline to enhance guest experience, develop world-class infrastructure and security, and improve efficiency.

15
Oct

Singapore Airlines to resume non-stop U.S. flights with new Airbus plane

By Siva Govindasamy | Reuters

Singapore Airlines will resume non-stop flights to the United States in 2018 after becoming the launch customer for a new ultra-long distance variant of the Airbus A350, the carrier said in a statement.

14
Oct

AirAsia ups Manila-Hong Kong service to daily flights

Manila Bulletin

AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier for seven consecutive years running, today announced it is increasing flights to Hong Kong from Manila from 4x to 7x weekly starting 25 October, 2015.

14
Oct

DOJ pushes amendment of airline passenger law

By Edu Punay | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is calling for amending the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights (APBR) to enhance the protection of passengers and make air carriers more accountable.

13
Oct

DOTC allots P9.1B to build, upgrade 31 airports in 2016

Manila Bulletin

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) aims to spend a total of P9.1 billion next year to upgrade 31 international and domestic airports, House Deputy Minority Leader and LPG-MA Rep. Arnel Ty said.

13
Oct

Business as usual at PAL amid strike threat

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

It’s business as usual at Philippine Airlines (PAL), the flag-carrier said in a statement released yesterday, despite the threat of a strike hanging overhead.

12
Oct

PAL mulls direct Manila-NY flight via polar route

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Flying a non-stop polar route between Manila to New York will shave off two hours from Philippine Airlines (PAL)’s flying time between the two cities, currently at 18 to over 20 hours with a stopover in Vancouver, Canada, President & Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista told Manila Bulletin.

12
Oct

PH airports to get P9.1B in makeovers

Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will spend P9.1 billion next year to upgrade the country’s 31 international and domestic airports, a party-list lawmaker said on Sunday.

08
Oct

Flight landing restrictions in Tagbilaran lifted

Philippine Daily Inquirer

TAGBILARAN CITY—Plane flights resumed at the city airport on Wednesday after civil aviation authorities lifted landing restrictions for big aircraft after an Air Philippines/PAL Express Airbus A320 encountered engine problems upon arrival on Saturday.

08
Oct

Beaten-down AirAsia tapping investors to take company private

By Anshuman Daga and Saeed Azhar | Reuters

Founders of Asia's largest budget carrier, AirAsia, are sounding out investors to take the company private in a management-led buyout, after a critical research report knocked its shares to a seven-year low, people familiar with the matter said.

07
Oct

Cebu Air raising P15 B from fresh bond issue

By Iris C. Gonzales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Gokongwei-owned budget carrier Cebu Air is planning to issue P15 billion worth of corporate bonds before the end of the year.

07
Oct

PAL resumes Tagbilaran flights

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

PAL resumes Tagbilaran flightsMANILA, Philippines - Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced yesterday that it resumed flights to Tagbilaran City in Bohol starting Monday.

02
Oct

PAL on track for 12-M passenger target

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) expects to meet its target to carry a total of 12 million passengers by the end of 2015, Jaime J. Bautista, President and Chief Operating Officer told reporters yesterday.

31
Oct

Cebu Pacific sees 18% hike in passenger volume

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) sees volume of passengers increasing by 18 percent during the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day weekend.

31
Oct

Singapore group wins bid for $1.4-B new Myanmar airport

AFP

Yangon– A Singaporean-led group has won a $1.4-billion bid to build a second international airport in Myanmar’s commercial hub Yangon, authorities said Wednesday, as the long-isolated nation gears up for a dramatic increase in foreign arrivals.

31
Oct

Singapore Airlines signals budget determination with Tiger takeover

By Anshuman Daga | Reuters

(Reuters) - Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) (SIAL.SI) is injecting cash into money-losing Tiger Airways Ltd (TAHL.SI), signalling its resolve to persevere in the low-cost segment even after the budget affiliate bowed out of three regional markets.

31
Oct

AirAsia Group CEO Fernandes named ‘Brand Builder of the Year’

Manila Bulletin

London – The 2014 World Branding Awards gave special recognition to Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO, naming him “Brand Builder of the Year” for his outstanding work in building the low cost airline brand.

30
Oct

The 2nd runway in MCIA approved but…

By Bobit Avila (The Freeman) | The Philippine Star

Ten days ago, former Cebu governor now Representative Gwen Garcia texted me a report saying, “Hi Bobit, Just wanted to report that HB 1080, entitled “An Act Providing for the Establishment and Construction of a Second Runway at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority with its Concomitant Access Taxiways and Rapid Exit Taxiways (RET), Runway Lighting Systems, and Navigational/Landing Equipment, and Appropriating Funds Therefore” is scheduled for its 3rd reading today.” Honestly, I didn’t write this right away because we have somehow lost faith in this Congress to move forward.

30
Oct

CA rules in favor of Clark project

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–The Court of Appeals has issued a writ of preliminary injunction against a dismissed contractor of the 177-hectare Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC) in the Clark Freeport Zone, effectively allowing project owner Global Gateway Development Corp. (GGDC) to proceed with the project, including the construction of The Medical City (TMC) Clark, a world-class 150-bed hospital, by December this year.

30
Oct

Clark Airport working to add flights to Mindanao

BusinessWorld Online

Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Emigdio P. Tanjuatco III said yesterday that his office is working to get additional domestic flights to Mindanao from the Clark International Airport.

29
Oct

No third runway for NAIA

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

It is just as well that Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director general William Hotchkiss III has come clean about hopes for a third runway at NAIA. Hotchkiss said the construction of a third runway at Manila’s main international airport will definitely not be possible within the remaining years of the Aquino administration. Here is one honest official who will not encourage false hopes and for good reason.

29
Oct

PAL set to expand flights from Cebu to Osaka and Tokyo in December

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is  expanding its routes to Japan with the opening of new services to Osaka and Nagoya via Cebu.

28
Oct

AirAsia Zest frustrated with CAAP, DPWH

By Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

AirAsia Zest chair and AirAsia Philippines CEO Maan Hontiveros expressed her extreme disappointment with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Department of Public Works and Highways over the delay in the restoration of the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City. Last Sept. 3, CAAP ordered the closure of the Tacloban airport to repair the potholes and conduct asphalting work over the entire runway surface to prevent further deterioration caused by Typhoon Yolanda last November. CAAP reopened the airport two days later but only for smaller turbo propeller aircraft.

28
Oct

Cebu Pacific to launch Cebu-Tokyo direct flights in March

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC AIR said it will launch direct flights from Cebu to Tokyo’s Narita airport on March 26 as it bids to strengthen its position in the Cebu market.

27
Oct

PAL expands reach to include more US cities

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to expand operations to other areas of the United States, where there is a huge Filipino immigrant population.

27
Oct

AirAsia Zest evaluating more BIMP-EAGA flights

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Low-cost carrier AirAsia Zest is keen on serving routes within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) by 2016, starting with Davao-Kota Kinabalu.

23
Oct

Tan starts offer for PAL shares

Group uses same terms in acquiring SMC stake
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Lucio-Tan-inquirer.netMANILA, Philippines–Businessman Lucio Tan on Wednesday launched a voluntary tender offer priced at a sharp discount to buy out minority shareholders of flag carrier Philippine Airlines and its listed owner PAL Holdings Inc., according to a regulatory filing.

22
Oct

Dragonair named ‘Best Regional Airline’ for fifth consecutive year

Manila Bulletin

dragonair-award-dragonair.comDragonair has once again been named ‘Best Regional Airline’ at the 25th Annual TTG Travel Awards Ceremony held this year in Bangkok, making it the carrier’s fifth consecutive year to be given this honor.

22
Oct

PAL Holdings buyout offer set at P1.19

BusinessWorld Online

Philippine-Airlines-LogoCOMPANIES associated with Lucio C. Tan have offered to buy out minority shareholders in PAL Holdings, Inc. and Philippine Airlines, Inc. at P1.19 per share and P0.31 per share, respectively, not later than Nov. 26, PAL Holdings said in a brief disclosure on Wednesday.

22
Oct

After huge jet orders, budget airlines eye rich seam of aircraft leasing

By Anshuman Daga and Tim Hepher | Reuters

SINGAPORE/PARIS, Oct 22 (Reuters) - From Scandinavia to Southeast Asia, low-cost airlines have ordered record numbers of planes in recent years, redefining the jet industry. Now they plan to lease out scores of their new planes, re-ordering the aviation business all over again.

21
Oct

Fast Travel initiative gains momentum in Asia-Pacific destinations

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

IATAMore passengers in Asia Pacific are checking in online and the airline industry targets to implement Fast Travel projects covering 27% of eligible passengers this year.

20
Oct

Gov’t to continue operating NAIA-3

By Delon Porcalla | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang reassured airline operators using the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 that the government would continue to operate the facility despite a court ruling stopping the government from taking over the NAIA-3.

17
Oct

NAIA no longer worst airport – travelers’ poll

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

naia-caapMANILA, Philippines - With the expanded operations of a third terminal and renovations of the old one, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is no longer the world’s worst airport, sliding to fourth spot after topping the list for the past three years.

17
Oct

Cebu Pacific, PAL studying new HK seat capacities

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC Air is studying how much of the 15,000 new seat capacity it plans to apply for on the Hong Kong route, following the successful conclusion of air talks between the Philippines and Hong Kong, a senior official said.

13
Oct

PH set to hold air rights talks with Malaysia on Oct. 28-29

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines is scheduled to hold air talks with Malaysia late this month with the aim of increasing flights between the two countries, a government official said last week.

13
Oct

PAL to seek codeshare deal with Ethiopian Airlines

BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES’ two major commercial carriers, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific Air, said they are exploring options to best take advantage of the new air agreement with Ethiopia signed last week.

09
Oct

PAL eyes strategic partner for US, Europe expansion

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) will draw up a business plan before taking in strategic partners that would allow it to expand operations in the US and Europe.

09
Oct

First comm’l Airbus A380 flight lands in NAIA3

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Emirates took its flagship aircraft, Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane – super jumbo – on a commercial, one-off trip to Manila the other night (October 7, 2014), to celebrate its move to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and its commitment to the Philippines.

09
Oct

PAL flight expansion to focus on US rather than EU

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Reinstalled Philippine Airlines (PAL) General Manager Jaime Bautista confirmed that the flag carrier will be focusing on expanding its operations in the United States more than mounting new flights to European destinations.

09
Oct

PAL studying deferred Airbus deliveries

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES, Inc. (PAL) will consider delaying the delivery of some Airbus planes, as new management prepares a North America-focused business plan that will require less of the short-range A320-type aircraft currently on order.

02
Oct

Cebu Pacific inaugurates Riyadh service

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC AIR said it started flying thrice-weekly nonstop flights on Wednesday between Manila and the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.

30
Oct

Dubai opens its newest Int’l Airport

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A flight carrying a little more than 100 passengers from Budapest touched down Sunday at Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport, a modest first arrival for a terminal designers hope will be the world’s largest in just 10 years.

30
Oct

CEB offers domestic, int’l fare promotion

Manila Bulletin

The country’s leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) holds a select domestic and international seat sale as low as P199, from October 28 to 31, 2013 or until seats last.

30
Oct

United slapped biggest US fine for hours-long ground delays

By Alan Levin and Caroline Chen | Bloomberg

United Continental Holdings Inc. was fined $1.1 million by U.S. regulators for stranding passengers inside planes at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the largest penalty since rules took effect in 2010.

29
Oct

Clark Airport budgets P1.2 B for capex

By Donnabelle L. Gatdula | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) is setting aside about P1.2 billion for capital expenditures in 2014 to support its 30 percent target increase in passenger frequency, a top company official said.

29
Oct

Qatar Airways starts Doha-Clark flights

Manila Bulletin

Qatar Airways officially commenced yesterday its daily Doha-Clark-Doha flights at Clark International Airport – its second destination in the Philippines.

28
Oct

HAECO acquires TIMCO Aviation for $388M

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd. (HAECO) has entered into a conditional stock purchase agreement for the acquisition of TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. (TIMCO) for US$388.8 million.

27
Oct

Return of PAL to London timed with World Travel Market

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

28pal Boeing-The return of Philippine Airlines (PAL) to London on November 4 this year came in time for the World Travel Market (WTM), the travel sector’s biggest global event, which opens on the same day PAL’s maiden flight arrives in the British capital.

27
Oct

Alpha Aviation expands its PH flight school

Manila Bulletin

Alpha Aviation Group, a world leader in multi-crew pilots’ license training, is expanding its training facilities in the United Kingdom, UAE, and full Flight Training Academy in the Philippines to address the huge demand for pilots.

27
Oct

Airline profits rise in Q3, but United misses

Reuters

Southwest Airlines and United Continental Holdings made more money in the third quarter as higher airfares bolstered revenue, capping a strong week of earnings for major US airlines that bodes well for the current period.

27
Oct

Boeing gets $20.7B worth of 737 Max aircraft from China

Reuters

Singapore – Boeing Co. has secured commitments for around 200 of its 737 Max aircraft, the upgraded variant of its best-selling short-haul planes, from multiple Chinese customers, said two sources familiar with the deals.

26
Oct

Gulf Air to launch 1st full-service at Dubai World Central

Manila Bulletin

Dubai, UAE – Dubai Airports has confirmed that Gulf Air has signed a memorandum of understanding to become the first full-service network carrier to fly into Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC).

26
Oct

UPS quarterly profit rises, sees strong holiday volumes

Reuters

UPS-reuters-photo(Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) said increased demand in domestic ground shipments lifted profits in the third quarter and expects online sales to boost shipping volumes as it heads into the holiday quarter.

24
Oct

In defense of Naia 1, the supposed ‘worst in the world’

Philippine Daily Inquirer

It is true there are lots of things wrong with Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) 1. Delayed flights caused by a lack of runways is one of them.

24
Oct

NAIA to resume normal operations today

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE NINOY AQUINO International Airport (NAIA) is scheduled to resume normal operations starting today, with the conclusion of a maintenance program, an official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said yesterday.

23
Oct

Fewer flights at NAIA due to radar repair

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The two-day repair of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) radar system to further improve air traffic control and monitoring prompted the cancellation of several flights of the national flag carrier Philippine Airlines, its subsidiary PAL Express and budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific).

23
Oct

Critics told: Airport not for sleeping

Manila Bulletin


Manila, Philippines - “Don’t expect hotel comfort from a house” was what the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) told critics of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), especially Terminal 1, which was again adjudged as world’s worst airport by international travellers.

23
Oct

Vietnam airlines plan fleet boom as roads and rail fail

By Ho Binh Minh | Reuters

(Reuters) - Vietnam's fledgling airline industry is poised for a boom as local competition heats up with fleet expansions, new routes and planned share offers that are set to make it one of the world's three fastest growing markets.

22
Oct

Netizens slam video game playing at Naia counter

By Jaymee T. Gamil | Philippine Daily Inquirer

NAIA-employeesMANILA, Philippines—Looks like even government employees have more fun in the Philippines—even during working hours.

22
Oct

Qatar Airways flies in Clark

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Qatar-PlaneQatar Airways, the leading Middle Eastern airlines company, will finally take off at the Clark’s Diosdado Macapagal International Airport en route to Doha adding to a growing list of regional flights using Clark instead of the Manila International Airport.

22
Oct

Malaysia Airports Sees Booming Budget Travel to Boost Growth

By Moxy Ying & Chong Pooi Koon | Bloomberg

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd. (MAHB) said low-cost carriers are luring more flyers and driving up the number of passengers at its Kuala Lumpur hub as it prepares to expand capacity by adding a new terminal.

22
Oct

American Airlines to add flights to Asia from Dallas/Fort Worth

Reuters

AmericanAirlines-reutersmedia.net(Reuters) - American Airlines said on Wednesday it plans to add nonstop flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport next year to expand its global reach.

21
Oct

NAIA radar set for repairs

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The radar at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be under repair for 30 hours starting at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said yesterday.

21
Oct

Tigerair Philippines offers P499 promo to Davao

The Philippine Star

tigerairMANILA, Philippines - TigerAir now flies to Davao with its special one-way offering of Manila-Davao promo fare for as low as P499.  Purchase period is ongoing until seats last with travel validity from Dec. 2 to March 29, 2014.

21
Oct

US probes Airbus engine failure aboard Spirit flight

Agence-France Presse

Airbus-a319Washington (AFP) - US regulators are investigating an Airbus engine failure aboard a Spirit Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Texas Tuesday.

21
Oct

Boeing reduces 747 production rate as demand lags

Associated Press

BoeingBoeing will slow down production of its double-decker 747 jumbo jet as demand continues to be weak.

18
Oct

Naia keeps dubious title as world’s worst terminal

By Tarra Quismundo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

NAIA1MANILA, Philippines—Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) 1 has retained its dubious distinction—it is the world’s worst air terminal, according to a blogger.

17
Oct

Philippines’ biggest firms rush to help quake victims

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Earthquake-photo-kiko-rosarioA day after a powerful earthquake struck Bohol and Cebu provinces, the country’s largest corporations rushed into action to deliver aid to devastated areas.

17
Oct

Fraport seen keen on negotiating with PH over Naia 3 row

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government is considering entering into negotiations with German airport operator Fraport AG that could lead to the settlement of a decade-long issue—now with an international court—over the latter’s investment in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

17
Oct

AirAsia pushes upgrade of NAIA4

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Soon to be relaunched AirAsia Zest is urging the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to expand the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 (NAIA4) as airlines gear up for more international flights.

17
Oct

Hopes up for Cebu Pacific

BusinessWorld Online

THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU) expects to rule by the end of next month on the application by Cebu Pacific for the 28-member bloc to lift its ban on the budget carrier’s flights, an EU representative said last Tuesday.

17
Oct

Alitalia Rescuers Seek to Sway Air France to Buy More Stock

By Tommaso Ebhardt & Lorenzo Totaro | Bloomberg

alitaliaThe head of Italy’s postal service, which is helping bankroll an Alitalia SpA rescue, plans to meet his counterpart at Air France-KLM (AF) Group to sway the Italian carrier’s biggest investor to buy into a capital increase.

16
Oct

AirAsia Zest offers free seats

Manila Bulletin

AirAsia Zest continues to expand its network and adds four new direct flights from Cebu International Airport to Kuala Lumpur and to top tourist destinations of Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Davao and Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines.  To celebrate the new routes, AirAsia Zest is offering free seats from as low as P353 only which covers payment for tax and fees.

16
Oct

Cebu Pacific sets bigger budget for 2014

By L. C. S. Marasigan | BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Air, Inc., operator of the country’s biggest budget airline, is increasing its capital expenditure (capex) by almost 17% next year in order to finance acquisition of new planes, top officials of the company said in separate interviews.

15
Oct

HK airlines seek higher fuel surcharge

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Two Hong Kong-based airlines are seeking the green light from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to raise the fuel surcharge on flight tickets amid the rising aviation fuel in the world market.

14
Oct

Cebu airport proj seen viable under new bid rules

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - JG Summit president and chief operating officer Lance Gokongwei said the recent revisions in the terms of the proposed P17.5 billion Cebu International airport expansion project have improved the commercial viability of the project.

14
Oct

Clark airport to be linked to North Luzon Railway

By Tonette Orejas | Inquirer Central Luzon

CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines—The proposed North Integrated Luzon Railway, which will run from Cagayan Valley to Sorsogon province in Bicol, will include a link to the Clark International Airport (CRK) here, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.

14
Oct

Rehab of Naia 1 seen done by November 2014

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking to finish the rehabilitation of the aging Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) by November next year, a senior government official said.

14
Oct

Gadgets’ use in flight seen soon

AFP

Washington (AFP) – An advisory panel to the US Federal Aviation Administration has urged regulators to allow some personal electronics to be used throughout flight, a move hailed by consumer groups.

10
Oct

AirAsia eyes Clark as long-haul hub

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

AirAsiaMANILA, Philippines - Low cost carrier AirAsia Malaysia Berhad is looking at transforming Clark International Airport in Pampanga as its hub for long haul operations after its local unit - AirAsia Inc. Philippines — transferred to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

10
Oct

Tacloban Airport dev’t on track – DOTC

Manila Bulletin

The Tacloban Airport Development Project of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), which will involve the construction of a new passenger terminal building (PTB) in order to meet the airport’s requirements by 2016, remains on track despite the realignment of a portion of its funds to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

09
Oct

100 ‘lucky’ OFWs on 1st Cebu Pacific flight from Dubai

Philippine Daily Inquirer

cebupac1MANILA, Philippines—The maiden flight of budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air to Dubai opened up business opportunities for both the airline and the country.

08
Oct

Japan Airlines orders 31 Airbus planes in $9.5 bn deal

AFP

japan-airlinesTokyo (AFP) - Airbus on Monday announced a $9.5 billion deal with Japan Airlines, its first jet order from the carrier, challenging Boeing's dominance in the Japanese market as it struggles with the troubled Dreamliner.

08
Oct

Lufthansa Sees Low-Cost Success as Cabin Upgrade Costs Rise

By Richard Weiss | Bloomberg


Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA), Europe’s second-largest airline, said losses at the Germanwings discount unit will shrink this year while costs for upgrading cabins and lounges will top 500 million euros ($682 million) through 2015.

07
Oct

IATA lauds ICAO’s landmark agreement on climate change

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on October 6 lauded the leadership of governments in reaching a landmark agreement on Climate Change at the close of the 38th Assembly of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

05
Oct

Airbus sees 29,220 new aircraft, freighters needed in 20 years

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Air traffic will grow at 4.7 percent annually over the next 20 years requiring over 29,220 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at nearly US$4.4 trillion. Some 28,350 of these are passenger aircraft valued at US$4.1 trillion.

04
Oct

Phl joins ICAO general assembly

By Pia Lee-Brago | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Months after the lifting of the Significant Safety Concerns (SSC) in the local aviation industry, the Philippines joins the ongoing 38th general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Canada.

04
Oct

SE Asia’s budget airlines seen posting strong growth rates Aggressive expansion cited as reason for growth

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Think tank Centre for Aviation (CAPA) sees budget airlines in Southeast Asia including the Philippines posting strong growth rates amid the aggressive expansion programs of low cost carriers.

04
Oct

PH aviation status seen in limbo as US shuts down

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The anticipated upgrade in the country’s aviation status, to be determined by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), may be delayed due to the “shutdown” of the US government, said a Philippine aviation expert.

04
Oct

Japan's ANA wins Haneda fight, Star Alliance gains advantage

By Tim Kelly and Kentaro Sugiyama | Reuters

Oct 2 (Reuters) - Japan's ANA Holdings won the battle of Haneda on Wednesday, beating rival Japan Airlines to scoop up most of the new international landing slots at the world's fourth busiest airport in Tokyo and a victory for its Star Alliance group.

03
Oct

Construction of P7.2-B Clark terminal to start next year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

CLARK, Pampanga, Philippines — Construction of the proposed P7.2-billion low cost carrier terminal at the Clark International Airport is expected to kick off in the second quarter of next year.

03
Oct

Airport exec pushing for Clark-US flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

After the debut of two Gulf carriers this month, Clark Airport is looking to lure foreign carriers with operations in the United States on expectations that the Philippines would soon obtain a coveted upgrade from the US air safety regulator.

03
Oct

Emirates starts Clark-Dubai daily flights, plus SkyCargo

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Clark, Pampanga – Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, further expanded its global network on October 1, 2013 with the start of its non-stop, daily service between Dubai and Clark International Airport, the airline’s second destination in the Philippines.

03
Oct

Clark terminal near done

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

A P360-million project to expand the capacity of Clark International Airport is expected to be complete by yearend -- ahead of a June 2014 target -- the airport management said in a statement yesterday.

02
Oct

PAL flies to ME after 15 years

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) yesterday flew to the Middle East after 15 years, with its initial flight to Abu Dhabi from Manila using its brand-new Airbus A330-300.

31
Oct

Cebu Pacific Flights Are 88% Full Leading To Long Weekend

Source: Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (CEB)announced its flights are 88% full on October 30 and 31, 2012 leading to the four-day weekend, as travelers take advantage of the holidays to visit family and friends or go on leisure trips abroad.

31
Oct

West Coast looms as Cebupac-pal’s next battleground

Source: Philippine Star

It looks like Cebu Pacific is taking its battle for supremacy of the local skies with Philippine Airlines over to Guam, Hawaii and the US West Coast.

31
Oct

Virgin Australia Stalks Skywest, Buys 60% Stake In Tiger Airways

Source: AP

SYDNEY (AP) – Virgin Australia Holdings, the nation’s second-largest airline, announced Tuesday a 99 million A$($102 million) takeover offer for regional carrier Skywest Airlines and revealed it had bought a 60 percent stake in budget domestic rival Tiger Airways Australia for AU$35 million.

31
Oct

Hurricane Disrupts Global Air Travel

Source: AP

NEW YORK (AP) – Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the US northeast Monday and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from Hong Kong to Europe. The massive storm threatens to bring a near halt to air travel for at least two days in a key region for both domestic and international flights.

31
Oct

China Southern Air Income Tumbles

Source: AP

China Southern Airlines says quarterly profit dropped by nearly a third because of currency fluctuations. China's biggest airline by passenger numbers said that profit fell by 29 percent to 2.2 billion yuan ($352 million) or 0.23 yuan per share (3.7 cents) in the third quarter. The airline, which is based in the southern city of Guangzhou, said finance expenses in the quarter amounted to 518 million yuan as China's currency weakened against the US dollar.

31
Oct

Allow Airlines To Sell Slots

Source: AFP

Faced with the prospect of ever greater congestion at its main airports, the European Union proposed that airlines be allowed to sell landing and take-off slots. EU transport ministers said the proposed changes would ensure that slots “are allocated to those carriers able to make the best economic use of them, thus providing for optimum allocation and use of capacity.“ Take-off and landing slots are almost a currency for airlines seeking to expand.

31
Oct

Singapore Airlines ups pressure on Qantas with Virgin Australia deal

Source: Victoria Thieberger | Reuters

MELBOURNE, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines Ltd will buy a 10 percent stake in Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd for A$105 million ($108 million), stepping up its competition with rival Qantas Airways Ltd in the lucrative Australian market.

30
Oct

Clark gets 1M passengers in 10 months

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

CLARK FREEPORT—The Clark International Airport (CIA) marked a milestone last Wednesday when it served its one millionth passenger in just 10 months.

30
Oct

Asian Airlines Cancel Flights

Source: Manila Bulletin

HONG KONG – Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region are cancelling flights to New York, after US airlines canceled almost 8,000 flights ahead of Hurricane Sandy’s expected landfall on the East Coast of the US

30
Oct

Etihad Airways Expanding Russian Operations

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), celebrating this week four years of its non-stop service between Moscow and Abu Dhabi.

30
Oct

Boeing Affirms Delivery Target for First 787-9 Dreamliner

Source: Mary Schlangenstein and Susanna Ray | Bloomberg

Boeing Co. (BA) affirmed the schedule for the service debut of its 787-9 Dreamliner, a stretched version of the new jet, after American Airlines again said its first delivery had been delayed past 2014 by “production issues.”

30
Oct

New York Flights In Disarray

Source: Manila Bulletin

Hurricane Sandy’s grounding of more than 6,800 commercial flights, including all departures and arrivals at metropolitan New York’s three major airports, will disrupt air-travel networks throughout the US and beyond. Scrubbed flights include about 1,200 and more than 5,500 tomorrow, said Daniel Baker, chief executive officer of Houston-based FlightAware, a flight-tracking company. Airlines will begin canceling flights for Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 as the weather forecast becomes clearer, he said.

22
Oct

‘Balikbayan’ Box Forwarders Seek Rules

Source: Raymund F. Antonio | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- Members of an association in the door-to-door cargo industry yesterday urged the government to come up with regulatory measures on cargo forwarding companies abroad that could address the worsening problem of undelivered balikbayan boxes.

22
Oct

PAL to start direct flights to Toronto

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Airlines will launch a pioneering service between Manila and Toronto on November 30, giving the flag carrier a direct link to Canada’s largest city and its first gateway to the vital East Coast of North America in 15 years.

22
Oct

Air Berlin steps up cost-cutting drive

Source: Reuters

FRANKFURT, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Air Berlin, the German airline partly owned by Gulf carrier Etihad, is launching another cost-cutting programme as it struggles to return to profit.

22
Oct

Air France-KLM To Reorganize

Source: Bloomberg

Air France-KLM Group, Europe's biggest airline, will reorganize its main French branch into eight business units to improve customer service.

19
Oct

PAL: Local flight routes won’t be compromised

Source: Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Airlines will continue to fly to all domestic routes it currently serves, but may assign smaller aircraft for destinations where demand levels do not warrant the use of large jets, the flag carrier’s chief assured local government officials.

19
Oct

American Airlines Bleeds $238 Million

Source: AFP thur mb.com.ph

NEW YORK (AFP) – American Airlines turned in a $238 million third-quarter loss Wednesday but blamed the shortfall on large costs related to its ongoing bankruptcy reorganization.

19
Oct

IATA Calls For A Collaborative Approach To Boost Airline Efficiency

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Airlines are expected to carry some 3 billion passengers worldwide in 2013 and the number will double by 2030.

19
Oct

Etihad, Air France-KLM Partnership Up

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways and Air France-KLM have signed a historic agreement to codeshare on flights across the airlines’ networks, the first phase of a much larger strategic partnership which commences on October 28.

19
Oct

Gatwick Airport Mulls Second Runway

Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Gatwick airport is studying options to build a second runway and intends to submit the findings to a British government under pressure to resolve the country’s air capacity crisis.

19
Oct

Berlin withholds $781 million loan for Airbus A350: paper

Source: Reuters

Airbus A350 -reuters.comFRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government is holding back 600 million euros ($781.4 million) of a promised loan for the development of the Airbus A350, in the latest sign of Berlin trying to influence decisions at parent company EADS , a German paper reported.

18
Oct

CEB Mulls Middle East Flights

Source: Clarissa Batino & Cecilia Yap (Bloomberg), mb.com.ph

lance-gokongweiCebu Air Inc (CEB), the Philippines’ biggest budget carrier, plans to get 33 percent of sales from long-haul flights within five years as AirAsia Bhd. and Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. challenge its grip on the domestic market.

18
Oct

Boeing Forecasts Global Air Cargo Growing At 5.2% A Year

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Boeing has predicted that  the global air cargo market will expand at a 5.2 percent annual rate over the next 20 years.

18
Oct

CEB To Mount More Flights

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) will mount more flights to local destinations other carriers plan to abandon later this month to fill the void and prevent disruptions in travel connectivity within the country, the airline said in a statement yesterday.

18
Oct

TSA Limited by Airlines in Trying to Speed U.S. Airport Checks

Source: Jeff Plungis | Bloomberg

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, vowing to make airport security checks faster and less intrusive for lowest-risk passengers, made airlines an early partner in its trusted-traveler program known as PreCheck.

17
Oct

NAIA-1 Asia's worst airport for 2012

Source: Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A travel website has named Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) as the worst airport in Asia for this year.

17
Oct

Emirates Airline Expands Its Daily Service Between Manila And Dubai

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Emirates Airline will expand its non-stop service between Manila and Dubai with the launch of its third daily flight starting January 2, 2013, giving passengers more options of their preferred departure time from Manila to key cities in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the Americas.

17
Oct

Red flag raised on freight forwarders over deliveries

Source: ENJD | BusinessWorld Online

SEVERAL FREIGHT forwarders and consolidators have been included in a warning list over complaints of undelivered parcels, the Trade department said in a statement yesterday.

17
Oct

Cebu Pacific ready to add flights

Source: CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific (CEB) yesterday said it is willing to add more domestic flights in the event that other carriers opt to cut flights on domestic routes, the company said in a statement yesterday.

17
Oct

ANA Resumes Flights To Myanmar

Source: Manila Bulletin

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) on Monday restarted direct flights to Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon after a 12-year hiatus, underscoring renewed interest in the fast-reforming nation.

17
Oct

Brazilian Airport Thrown Into Chaos

Source: Manila Bulletin

SAO PAULO (AP) – More than 25,000 passengers in Brazil saw flights delayed or cancelled after a damaged cargo jet blocked the lone runway at one of the country’s busiest airports for two days, officials said Monday.

17
Oct

AirAsia Aborts Batavia Air Deal

Source: Eileen Ng | Manila Bulletin

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Southeast Asia’s top budget carrier AirAsia said Monday it has aborted an $80-million deal to buy Indonesia’s Batavia Air, dealing a rare setback to the company’s aggressive expansion.

16
Oct

AirAsia Conducts SM Mall Roadshow

Source: Manila Bulletin

AirAsia-SM-Mall-RoadshowPhilippines’ AirAsia yesterday kicked off its 2-day AirAsia Awesome Roadshow at SM North Edsa in Quezon City by offering promo fares until October 21.

16
Oct

AirAsia scraps $80 million deal to buy Indonesia's Batavia Air

Source: Reuters

AirAsia-reuters.com(Reuters) - AirAsia (AIRA.KL), Asia's largest budget carrier, has scrapped a $80 million deal to buy Indonesia's Batavia Air because the move would have carried too many risks, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said.

15
Oct

PAL eyes Brazil

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

While plans to expand operations to the United States have been put on hold, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has set its sights southward as it makes plans to fly to Latin America’s biggest economy, Brazil.

15
Oct

Cebu Pac celebrates 10th year of operations in South Korea

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air celebrates its 10th year of operations in South Korea on October 2012.

15
Oct

PAL, Cebu Pacific apply for Saudi flights

Source: CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

CARRIERS Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific have asked regulators for more or new flight allocations to Saudi Arabia following successful air service talks late last month, a Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) official said on Friday last week.

15
Oct

Etihad, Air France ink codeshare deal

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways and Air France-KLM have signed a historic agreement to codeshare on flights across the airlines’ networks, the first phase of a much larger strategic partnership which commences on Oct. 28.

15
Oct

Lufthansa Expands Short-Haul Operations

Source: Alex Webb (Bloomberg) thru mb.com.ph

Deutsche Lufthansa AG aims to make short-haul operations outside its main hubs profitable by 2015 as it folds all such routes into the Germanwings low-cost arm and scraps business class offerings at the unit.

15
Oct

American Airlines Stumbles On Recovery

Source: David Koenig and Scott Mayerowitz , Manila Bulletin

DALLAS (AP) – Just weeks ago, American Airlines was working its way through bankruptcy court, on schedule for one of the fastest turnarounds in aviation history. Planes were full. Revenue was pouring in. Then seemingly overnight, American became the butt of jokes from Facebook to late-night TV.

11
Oct

PAL drops flights to Las Vegas, eyes expansion in Toronto, Middle East

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

palMANILA, Philippines—Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is dropping its flights to the so-called “sin city” of Las Vegas in the United States starting December as the company continues to realign operations to eliminate unprofitable routes.

11
Oct

AirAsia Japan launches flights to South Korea

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

SEOUL—AirAsia Japan, an affiliate of the world’s best low-cost carrier for four consecutive years, is set to strengthen its position as an industry leader with the start of its flights to Seoul (Incheon), Korea.

11
Oct

Alpha Aviation Signs Pact To Train SEAIR’s Airbus 320 Pilots

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Leading aviation training provider Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) is supporting the development of world-class airline pilots in the country to respond to global demand, according to AAG executives. A report from Boeing said that the demand for pilots will skyrocket in the next 20 years, with 465,000 new pilots needed to sustain the industry. The greatest demand will come from the Asia-Pacific region, where almost 185,600 new pilots will be required.

11
Oct

Etihad Posts $1.3-B Q3 Revenues

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, reported third quarter revenues of US$1.3 billion, up 19 percent on 2011 (US$1.1 billion). The record revenues reflected passenger numbers up 23 percent, with 2.79 million travellers in the quarter compared to 2.27 million in the same period last year.

11
Oct

Airbus Unveils $3.5-B Jet Order

Source: PARIS (AFP) thru mb.pressmart.com

Turkish Airlines has ordered 15 Airbus A330-300 longrange jets in the carrier's 20th deal with Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer said on Tuesday.

10
Oct

ZestAir gets more investment offers

Source: Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Zest Airways Inc. has been receiving offers for possible equity investments, an official said.

10
Oct

Qatar Airways joins airlines alliance

Source: Scott Mayerowitz | AP.org

Qatar-Airways1-ap.orgNEW YORK (AP) — Qatar Airways is joining an alliance of airlines including American Airlines, British Airways and nine other carriers that coordinate routes and allow passengers to earn frequent flier miles on each other's flights.

10
Oct

Canada air policy changes could stem traffic loss to US

Source: Reuters

air-canada-reuters.com(Reuters) - The Canadian government and its airlines can make a range of policy changes to slow the tide of 5 million travellers a year that head to the United States for cheaper flights, a think tank report said on Wednesday.

10
Oct

Delta Air Mulls Asia Expansion

Source: Manila Bulletin

NEW YORK (AP) – Delta Air Lines wants to expand service to Asia through its partnership with Alaska Airlines. Delta plans to add a flight between Seattle and Shanghai starting on June 17, 2013.

10
Oct

European, ME Airline Partnership Emerges

Source: Jame Regan | Reuters thru mb.com.ph

PARIS (Reuters) – Air France-KLM, Air Berlin and Abu Dhabi flag carrier Etihad, plan to offer passengers access to some of each other’s services from Oct. 28 in a sign of improving relations between European and Gulf carriers.

10
Oct

South African Airways' CEO resigns: company

Source: AFP

The chief executive of South Africa's embattled national airline and two senior managers on Monday quit the their jobs, a week after the chairwoman and seven board members walked out, the company said.

10
Oct

Yao Keeping Zest Air Control

Source: Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Zesto Group will maintain its majority control of its budget carrier Zest Air as it aims to conclude negotiations with its strategic from one of the interested parties both local and foreign airlines before end this year.

10
Oct

Seaplanes to hop past Indonesia's lack of airports

Source: Neil Chatterjee and Janeman Latul | Reuters

seaplane-reuters.com(Reuters) - The seaplane taxiing over a coral reef to deliver tourists to a remote luxury resort may soon become a more familiar sight in Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,000 islands and only 183 airports.

10
Oct

13 flights diverted as airport guiding system breaks down

Source: Niña Calleja, Paolo Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

naia-terminal3Thirteen flights were diverted Tuesday from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Clark International Airport in Pampanga after a navigation system which aids pilots in finding the airport, broke down.

09
Oct

DOTC Restores Website After Momentary Defacement

Source: Department of Transportation and Communications

The Department of Transportation and Communications has restored back online its website, a few hours after the site was vandalized by an entity which identifies itself as “Aksuvari Gandalf,” purportedly from Turkey.

09
Oct

SeaAir taps UK firm for pilot training

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Southeast Asian Airlines (Seair) has tied up with UK-based Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) for the training of its pilots in anticipation of a surge in demand for pilots over the next 20 years.

09
Oct

American Airlines Tackles Seat Problem

Source: Manila Bulletin

NEW YORK (AFP) – American Airlines said it would soon inspect 48 of its Boeing 757 jets for problems with loose seats, likely causing the embattled airline to delay and cancel scores of flights.

08
Oct

ZestAir to spend $240 million for Airbus lease

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Zest Airways Inc. is spending at least $240 million for the lease of six Airbus 320 aircraft to beef up the airline’s existing fleet that service both domestic and regional destinations.

08
Oct

AirAsia Passengers To Benefit From Lowered Terminal Fees In Clark

Source: Manila Bulletin

CLARK, Pampanga – AirAsia passengers leaving for international destination from Clark International Airport now get a P150 reduction on the standard international passenger terminal fee (PTF) following the announcement from CIAC (Clark International Airport Corporation) to cut international passenger terminal fee from P600 to P450 starting October 5.

08
Oct

Airbus booked new orders for 22 jets in September

Source: David Pearson | Market Watch

PARIS--European commercial aircraft builder Airbus said Friday it had booked new orders for 22 of its aircraft from three airlines in September, and had delivered 41 in the month.

08
Oct

Abu Dhabi's Etihad's Q3 revenues up 19%

Source: AFP

Etihad AirwaysABU DHABI (AFP) - Abu Dhabi's carrier, Etihad Airways, said Sunday it posted a 19 percent increase in revenues in the third quarter of 2012, but it remained tight-lipped on profit.

08
Oct

Zest beefing up fleet for foreign flights

Source: C. H. C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

ZEST AIRWAYS, Inc. is expanding is fleet to enable it to fly to more foreign destinations, a senior company official told reporters on Thursday last week.

05
Oct

Cebu Pacific mulls Zest Air investment

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Publicly-held Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) of taipan John Gokongwei is interested in acquiring budget airline Zest Airways Inc. of Ambassador Alfredo Yao.

05
Oct

Qatar Airways Open To Alliance

Source: Robert Tuttle/Bloomberg thru mb.com.ph

DOHA — Qatar Airways Ltd., the Middle East’s second largest carrier, “is open to joining any alliance” in the industry, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said.

05
Oct

EASA To Amend Rules On Flight & Duty Time Limitations

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has proposed some changes in the current EU rules on flight and duty time limitations and rest requirements (FTL) for commercial air transport.

05
Oct

Asia Pacific Passenger Traffic Grows By 6.7% In August 2012

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has sustained an increase in international air passenger traffic in August 2012 in contrast to continued weakness in air freight markets.

03
Oct

Boeing Gets 60 Aircraft Order

Source: WASHINGTON (AFP) thru mb.pressmart.com

Brazilian carrier GOL has ordered 60 of Boeing's 737 MAX airplanes, Boeing announced.

03
Oct

IATA Upgrades Global Aviation Outlook

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its 2012 global aviation outlook upward as airlines perform better despite economic difficulties, earning $4.1 billion this year, up $1.1 billion from the $3.0-billion forecast in June.

03
Oct

AirAsia Flies From Bangkok Hub

Source: Manila Bulletin

BANGKOK (dpa) – Regional budget carrier AirAsia started operations from its new Thailand base as aviation authorities consolidated low-cost carrier services at Bangkok’s old international airport.

03
Oct

Glitch Delays ANA Boeing 787

Source: SEATAC, Washington (AP) thru mb.pressmart.com

The inaugural All Nippon Airways 787 flight from Sea-Tac Airport to Tokyo has been delayed 24 hours by a mechanical glitch. The Dreamliner had been scheduled to take off early Monday afternoon, but officials said a faulty part in the cooling system for the airplane needed to be replaced.

03
Oct

Australia's Qantas to buy 100 percent of air freight business

Source: Reuters.com

qantas-airlines-reuters.com(Reuters) - Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX), Australia's struggling top airline, moved to strengthen its air cargo network with the acquisition of 100 percent of the air freight business Australian Air Express.

02
Oct

Omni Aviation Names New COO

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Omni Aviation Corporation, the leading Philippine flight training school, recently appointed Steven G. Virata as its Chief Operating Officer. The appointment forms part of the initiative by Omni’s new investors to enhance the company’s capacity to respond to the global demand for world class pilot training.

02
Oct

Air Transport Demand Slowdown Persists

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Global demand for air transport continued to flatten-out this August with significant regional variations while freight volumes shrank as business and consumer confidence continued to slip, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported.

02
Oct

Leasing Company Orders Boeing Jets

Source: KUALA LUMPUR (PNA/Bernama) thru mb.pressmart.com

Boeing and Avolon, the international airplane leasing company, finalized a firm order for 10 737 MAX 8s, 5 737 MAX 9s and 10 Next-Generation 737-800s.

02
Oct

Lufthansa's saving Program Impact Doubtful

Source: FRANKFURT (Reuters) thru mb.pressmart.com

Deutsche Lufthansa's savings program will not have the positive effect on earnings this year that Germany's leading airline had hoped for, Chief Executive Christoph Franz said in a newsletter to employees.

02
Oct

SEAir eyes flights to PNG

Source: CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

SOUTHEAST Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAir) has asked the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) for a permit and seat allocations for flights to Papua New Guinea, a letter by the carrier to the regulator showed.

02
Oct

Group pushes for Clark airport

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

dmia1ANGELES CITY—The Partido Abe Kapampangan on Saturday denounced an official of the International Air Transport Association (Iata), saying a foreigner has no right to dictate on the government’s airport policy and strategy.