25
Apr

PAL to deploy Boeing 777-300 ER for London, US flights

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - PAL is set to deploy two Boeing 777-300 ER units slated for delivery in December on flights to London in the United Kingdom and to the US.

25
Apr

PAL beefs up London, US flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it planned to use new Boeing 777-300 ERs, the flagship of its long-haul fleet, for flights to London and the United States.

25
Apr

Philippine Airlines to use two B777s for flights to London, United States

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) on Monday said the two new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft set for delivery in December will be deployed for flights to London and the United States.

24
Apr

Cebu Pacific expected to mount more China flights -- CAPA report

By Imee Charlee C. Delavin | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC is expected to expand operations to China with the delivery of its ordered A321neo aircrafts that allow the budget carrier to open new routes and grow its capacity, the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in a recent report.

18
Apr

Airbus Faces Setback as Delta Reviews $14 Billion Jet Order

By Julie Johnsson and Michael Sasso | Bloomberg

Airbus SE’s expansion into Boeing Co.’s home market faces a potential setback as Delta Air Lines Inc. reviews a $14 billion purchase of the European planemaker’s two newest wide-body models.

18
Apr

United: Airline won’t use police to remove passengers

By Don Babwin | AP

CHICAGO (AP) — The chief executive of United Airlines said the carrier will no longer ask police to remove passengers from full flights after the uproar over a man who was dragged off a plane by airport officers in Chicago.

17
Apr

Asia, Australia routes still most profitable for PAL in 2016

BusinessWorld Online

ASIA and Australia remained the most profitable routes for Philippine Airlines last year.

11
Apr

DOTr vows to finish projects on time

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The government’s infrastructure projects will be completed on time, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) yesterday confirmed.

11
Apr

CAPA sees direct PHL-India services by 2018

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE CARRIERS are likely to mount direct flights to India by 2018, the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said in a report, citing the growing market and fleet expansion which could improve prospects for Indian routes.

11
Apr

Laptop ban spurs fire warning on batteries in airplanes’ bellies

Bloomberg

The US order prohibiting passengers from carrying laptop computers and other electronics into the cabins of some overseas flights is raising concerns about a risk unrelated to terror: The potential for those devices’ lithium-based batteries to catch fire in the baggage hold.

07
Apr

Cebu Pacific adds flights from Clark, Cebu

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC is expanding its Clark and Cebu operations, introducing new routes to boost its presence in Eastern and Western Visayas.

07
Apr

Cebgo seen accelerating fleet expansion

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  Cebu Pacific subsidiary Cebgo is expected to speed up its fleet expansion this year to be able to launch new routes amid expected growth in the domestic market, according to aviation think tank Centre for Aviation (CAPA).

07
Apr

PAL aims to close Zuma acquisition within Q2

BusinessWorld Online

PAL HOLDINGS, Inc., listed operator of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), is expecting to complete the acquisition of shares from the holding firm that owns Air Philippines Corp. (APC) in the second quarter.

05
Apr

Long queues at NAIA—problem tied up with BI staff salaries?

By Jun Ramirez | Manila Bulletin

Long passenger queues at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will continue to haunt the traveling public during the Holy Week break unless Malacañang acts swiftly on the appeal of Bureau of Immigration (BI) employees for the reinstatement of their overtime (OT) pay.

05
Apr

Immigration bureau deploys additional staff for Holy Week

BusinessWorld Online

MORE THAN 100 employees of the immigration bureau will be assigned to international ports, including Manila’s international airport, in anticipation of the tourist influx this Holy Week, the agency said.

04
Apr

Cathay to Squeeze More Seats on B777-300 Plane

By Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., the premium airline that is seeking ways to revive earnings after its first annual loss in eight years, plans to cram more passengers in some aircraft to squeeze out extra revenue.

04
Apr

The Airbus A319neo takes to the skies

Manila Bulletin

Toulouse – The first Airbus A319neo performed its maiden flight today, The smallest member of the A320neo Family, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A    engines took off from Hamburg and landed in Toulouse after a 5 hour flight.

04
Apr

Boeing's newest, largest Dreamliner completes first flight

Reuters

Boeing Co's newest and largest Dreamliner model, the 787-10, successfully made its first flight on Friday, kicking off a test program for the high-tech jet.

04
Apr

Cebu Pacific passengers drop in 2 months

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Passenger volume of Cebu Pacific and subsidiary Cebgo went down slightly in the first two months from a year ago.

03
Apr

AirAsia’s first ever hackathon took off in RedQ

By Inna Lagazon | Manila Bulletin

AIRVOLUTION 2017 was held as the first step in AirAsia’s evolution into a business that supports the tech community. Airasia wants to give others a platform to explore new ideas but also to express their dreams through funding and guidance.

03
Apr

PAL, Cebu Pacific interested in mounting flights to India

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine carriers are eyeing India as a new growth market with traffic between both countries on the rise, think tank Capa-Center for Aviation said in a report.

03
Apr

Phl to India flights by local carrier to resume

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flights to India from the Philippines by at least one local carrier may resume by next year, think tank Centre for Aviation (CAPA) said.

27
Apr

Cebu Pacific: Passenger volume up 13% in Q1

By Maricel Burgonio | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific said its passenger volume grew 13 percent to 4.8 million in the first quarter of 2016, citing periodic seat sales, low year-round fares, and robust travel demand.

26
Apr

Gov’t urged to develop Clark Int’l Airport

By Tutor Jeanissa | Manila Bullletin

The national government was urged to develop Clark International Airport to form better ties with airlines and locators, which will eventually translate to a better public service.

26
Apr

PAL hikes capex budget to $700M

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is all set to upgrade into a five-star airline in half a decade, starting off by boosting its capital expenditures (capex)  from US$400 million in 2015 to US$700 million this year, acquiring more planes and adding a handful of European destinations in the next few years.

26
Apr

Cebu Pac receives 36th brand-new Airbus A320

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The budget airline of taipan John Gokongwei has received its 36th brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing its current fleet to 57.

26
Apr

PAL welcomes entry of Air New Zealand

By Aimee Shaw | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Competition between Air New Zealand and Philippine Airlines is set to heat up, but it’s not all bad news, according to a Philippine Airlines spokesperson.

25
Apr

PAL to allot $700 M for aircraft acquisition

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) is looking to spend between $600 million and $700 million for capital expenditures this year for aircraft acquisitions, its top official has said.

21
Apr

Glass wall shatters, ceiling collapses at NAIA-1

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Are these more cases of bad luck for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), this time at Terminal 1?

21
Apr

Tanim-bala? Senior couple held at NAIA

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Is bullet-planting back at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport?

21
Apr

Megawide profit gets boost from Cebu airport

BusinessWorld Online

Megawide profit gets boost from Cebu airportLISTED CONTRACTOR Megawide Construction Corp. reported that its net income for 2015 surged by an annual 66%, bolstered by its construction business and contribution from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

15
Apr

ASEAN Open Skies a Reality

asean.org

JAKARTA, 15 April 2016 – ASEAN reached another significant milestone in its on-going ASEAN Community building process, with the realisation of open skies for the ASEAN market through the full ratification of the ASEAN open skies agreements.

14
Apr

PAL seeks diplomatic intervention in 5th freedom rights row with Kuwait Airways

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is seeking diplomatic intervention to resolve its row with Kuwait Airways (KU) over 5th freedom rights.

14
Apr

PAL seeks DFA help on fifth freedom rights in Kuwait

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) has called on the intervention of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) after the State of Kuwait prevented the local flag carrier from exercising its fifth freedom rights.

13
Apr

Korean Air to Launch Incheon-Okinawa Service

Koreanair.com

Korean Air has announced today that it will launch new flight services from Incheon International Airport in Seoul to Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, from May 5th, 2016 which will be the 16th destination in Japan for the carrier.

12
Apr

IATA: February demand growth stays strong

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

In the first two months of 2016, global passenger demand is off to its strongest start in eight years,” says International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO Tony Tyler.”

08
Apr

Philippine airports in best list

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

No this is not an April Fool’s Day joke. This isn’t a sarcastic spoof news item either. This is for real. In fact, it isn’t just one, but three Philippine airports landed in Asia’s best airports list. Of course, NAIA isn’t one of them, silly!

08
Apr

Asia Pacific carriers post biggest drop in freight volume

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Asia-Pacific based carriers recorded the largest decline in air freight volumes among regions in February due to a weak trading backdrop, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported.

08
Apr

Talks with Kuwait on air rights issue eyed

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines plans to open discussions with Kuwait to resolve an impasse over certain air commercial rights affecting the flag carriers of both countries.

06
Apr

NZ carrier to launch direct Manila-Auckland flights

Philippine Daily Inquirer

NEW Zealand’s national carrier is set to launch direct flights between Manila and Auckland by the end of this year, boosting connectivity in time for the celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Philippines.

05
Apr

Emirates sees Clark as link to the world

Manila Bulletin

An official of the Emirates Airlines said Clark International Airport (CRK) remains to be viable for passenger and cargo services that will help link Cebu and Clark to the rest of the world.

05
Apr

Airlines continue expansion in Mactan-Cebu airport

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the country’s second largest, continues to become a battlefield among local and foreign carriers as the main Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) faces infrastructure constraints and worsening congestion case.

04
Apr

NAIA-3 blackout strands thousands: 82 flights cancelled

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of passengers were stranded at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after a power outage hit the facility at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday and lasted more than five hours.

04
Apr

AirAsia founders boost stakes to help the airline cut debt

By Anshuman Daga and Saeed Azhar | Reuters

SINGAPORE, April 1 AirAsia Bhd's founders tightened their grip on Asia's biggest budget airline with a deal to invest 1 billion ringgit ($257 million) in it, helping the company to shore up its finances and cut debt.

04
Apr

Flights canceled after 5-hour blackout hits NAIA

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

AT LEAST 49 flights were canceled and thousands of passengers were stranded, following a blackout on Saturday night at a terminal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City due to a technical glitch with the power source.

30
Apr

Naia network glitch causes flight delays

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–A glitch in the communications network of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) in Parañaque City affected operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) on Tuesday, delaying international flights.

30
Apr

Gov’t offers landing, takeoff rebates to attract more airlines to MCIA

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

The government wants to lure more airline companies to fly to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) more often by offering rebates on landing and takeoff fees.

30
Apr

Emirates SkyCargo supports Philippine global export growth

Manila Bulletin

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Emirates SkyCargo continues to witness increased demand for freight capacity from the Philippines, having exported 500,000 kg of tuna to Europe and the Middle East in 2014.

28
Apr

American Airlines plans capacity cuts, tops 1st-qtr expectations

By Jeffrey Dastin | Reuters

(Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc on Friday reported first-quarter profit above analysts' expectations and pleased investors with capacity cuts to match weakening international demand.

28
Apr

Davao airport, Sasa Wharf deals seen as make-or-break projects for region’s logistics

By Carmelito Q. Francisco | BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Two projects in this city lined up for auction this year under the national government’s public-private-partnership program -- the development of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport and the Sasa Wharf -- are expected to address the prospective logistical requirements of the Davao Region.

27
Apr

EU wraps up safety audit; fate of Philippine carriers known July

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - ‘The European Union (EU) is expected to announce as early as July which low cost carrier from the Philippines would be allowed to fly to Europe.

27
Apr

Seven Philippine air carriers undergo safety assessment

By Ariel Fernandez | Manila Bulletin

At least seven Philippine air carriers are now the subject of safety assessment by a team of aviation safety experts from the European Union.

27
Apr

Cheaper Fuel Has Airlines Soaring to Record Profits

By David Koenig | AP

For airlines, the record profits keep coming, thanks to cheaper jet fuel.

24
Apr

PH carriers go against trend, post growth in 2014

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Philippine carriers performed better than most of their counterparts in Southeast Asia in 2014, as they benefited from favorable market conditions, the CAPA Center for Aviation said in a report Tuesday.

24
Apr

CebuPac seeks more seat entitlements to Australia

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is seeking more seat entitlements to Australia amid the growing passenger traffic.

22
Apr

Cebu Pacific dominates Sydney route

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific, the country’s biggest budget carrier, is keen on expanding its operations to Australia, citing strong volume in the Manila-Sydney route, where existing flying rights are already maximized, a statement on Thursday showed.

22
Apr

New Bohol airport construction to start May

Philippine News Agency

Tagbilaran City, Bohol (PNA) – Japanese engineering giants Chiyoda and Mitsubishi are targeting to proceed with the actual civil works on the New Bohol Airport in Panglao next month and complete the project in 2017.

21
Apr

Gov’t to award P17-B Davao Sasa port by Dec.

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

The government has committed to award the P17-billion Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project before end of this year.

21
Apr

Yao to keep minority stake in AirAsia Zest

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Businessman Alfredo Yao will maintain a minority stake in AirAsia Zest after Tony Fernandez, owner of its Malaysian partner Air Asia, has persuaded the Yao Group, which currently owns 51 percent stake of the joint venture, to stay with them.

21
Apr

AirAsia to add one daily flight to KL route

BusinessWorld Online

ASIA’S BIGGEST budget carrier AirAsia Bhd on Monday said it will increase its Manila-Kuala Lumpur flights to thrice daily starting July 12, upgrading from the current two times a day.

20
Apr

PAL eyes expanded code share pact with Garuda Indonesia

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is set to expand its codeshare agreements with international airlines led by Garuda Indonesia as part of efforts to expand its overseas presence.

20
Apr

7 PH airlines may be flying to Europe

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–More Philippine air carriers may soon take to European skies.

16
Apr

Clark airport development pushed

By Franco G. Regala | Manila Bulletin

Clark Freeport, Pampanga – Businessmen in Central Luzon are appealing to President Aquino to start the development of Clark International Airport (CIA) to boost tourism in Northern and Central Luzon.

16
Apr

Panel asks: Could cramped airline seats be dangerous?

Associate Press

WASHINGTON — The shrinking space on airplanes is surely uncomfortable, but it might also be dangerous for passengers’ health and safety.

15
Apr

DOTC eyes ban on overbooking of domestic flights during peak season

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE Department of Transportation and Communications said on Tuesday it has started working towards a ban  on the overbooking of domestic flights during peak travel seasons.

14
Apr

AirAsia to list Indonesia, PH units – Group CEO

Reuters

Kuala Lumpur – AirAsia Bhd, Asia’s largest budget airline by passenger volume, will list its Indonesia and Philippines businesses, group CEO Tony Fernandes said on Monday, without giving any timeline or value for the exercise.

14
Apr

Gov’t to airlines: Shape up, address NAIA flight delays

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government has instructed airlines to shape up and address the perennial issue of flight delays at the newly refurbished Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

14
Apr

AirAsia Phl to go public

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine and Indonesia units of low cost carrier AirAsia Berhad of Malaysia are set to go public to raise much needed funds to finance their respective expansion programs.

14
Apr

Stop blaming airport, airlines told

By Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Make no excuses. If you leave on time, you arrive on time.

14
Apr

100,000 aviation professionals required for ASEAN open skies

By Carmencita A. Carillo | BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- As the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopt the Single Aviation Market, or a full open skies policy, starting this year, some 100,000 aviation professionals will be in demand for the projected increase in flights and number of airplanes serving the region.

14
Apr

AirAsia targets 2016 listing for PHL, Indonesian units

BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINE and Indonesian units of Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia Berhad plan to go public by 2016, group Chief Executive Officer Anthony "Tony" Francis Fernandes announced yesterday, less than two months after saying the airline’s businesses in those two countries are on track to emerging from losses.

13
Apr

Domestic air passenger growth flat in 2014

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Domestic air passenger traffic growth was flat in 2014 with budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) and Tiger Airways Philippines Inc. dominating the market.

13
Apr

Domestic air travel starts to recover

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Domestic aviation is on an uptrend as airlines such as Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL) lead the way in terms of fleet expansion.

13
Apr

BOC orders electronic filing of air cargo manifest

By Ben O. de Vera | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE BUREAU of Customs (BOC) will require the electronic filing of all manifests for air cargo starting May 11.

10
Apr

NAIA passenger volume rises 4% in 2014

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The volume of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has increased by about four percent amid the rehabilitation works being undertaken on the country’s premier international gateway.

10
Apr

PH, Oman conclude air talks to increase flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines and Oman have concluded a fresh round of air talks, resulting in increased flights between both countries, the head of the Civil Aeronautics Board said.

10
Apr

Tacloban airport off limits to big jets

Philippine Daily Inquirer

TACLOBAN CITY—The city’s airport, gateway to Eastern Visayas, will be closed again to bigger planes starting next week when repair on its runway resumes.

08
Apr

CebuPac eyes more long-haul flights

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is set to mount its first flight to the US within the year after getting the green light from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

08
Apr

Big firms attracted to regional airport development

By Chrisee J. V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

SOME OF THE COUNTRY’S conglomerates and foreign partners that had bid for the first airport deal under the public-private partnership (PPP) program could go head to head once more for the development, operation and maintenance (O&M) of five regional installations cumulatively worth some P108.19 billion.

06
Apr

CAAP revises cockpit rules

By Raymund F. Antonio | Manila Bulletin

Taking cue from the recent findings on the Germanwings airplane crash, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) decided to initiate changes in the cockpit rules as part of the country’s aviation regulations.

06
Apr

Airport in Tacloban will soon be closed to jets

BusinessWorld Online

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport here will again be closed to jet aircraft from April 14 to 30 to catch up on delayed runway repair, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced.

06
Apr

Ayala to pursue NAIA O&M; no interest in small airports

BusinessWorld Online

AYALA CORP. may participate in the auction to upgrade the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), but said it will not bid for the upgrade, operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for five regional airports, worth a combined P108.19 billion, a senior company official said last week.

06
Apr

Tuguegarao airport expansion, rehab contracts announced

BusinessWorld Online

THE TRANSPORTATION department is inviting registered contractors to participate in the auctions for two separate contracts worth a combined P56.65 million to rehabilitate and expand Tuguegarao Airport in Cagayan.

29
Apr

A new airport for Cebu

By Domini M. Torrevillas | The Philippine Star

After nearly a year  of heated hearings, the refurbishment of the Mactan, Cebu International Airport has been awarded to consortium bidder Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure of India.  Now Cebuanos, and all of us visiting the “crown jewel” (my term) of the Visayas, can expect world-class, spanking clean, modern facilities upon landing in Mactan.

29
Apr

CAAP expects Tacloban airport to be restored by July

BusinessWorld Online

TACLOBAN CITY -- The restoration of the typhoon-damaged Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport in this city is targeted to be completed by July this year, an official said.

29
Apr

Etihad Regional starts 2x weekly direct Geneva-Toulouse flights

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Regional has launched a twice-weekly service linking Geneva in Switzerland, and Toulouse in southwestern France.

29
Apr

IATA sees airline profits to remain strong this year

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects airline profit to remain strong and broadly in line with levels seen over the past year.

29
Apr

Celebration: Philippines on global aviation map

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines returned to Category 1 safety rating by the International Aviation Safety Assessment of Federal Aviation Administration (IASA-FAA) after more than six years in Category 2. This means that Philippines carriers are allowed to fly to more destinations in United States of America (USA) and bring in more foreign tourists, after having complied with global safety standards set by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

29
Apr

PAL, Etihad sign cooperation deal

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Airlines signed with Etihad Airways what it dubbed as a “landmark” cooperation agreement aimed at strengthening both carriers amid growing competition globally.

28
Apr

CAB rejects Qatar Airways bid for additional flights

Hits ME airlines’ abuse of ‘sixth freedom’ scheme
By Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine aviation regulators have rejected an application by Qatar Airways for additional flight entitlements between Doha and Manila, saying the current bilateral market does not yet warrant the opening of new frequencies between both cities.

28
Apr

An honest review of PAL for RSA

By Andrew James Masigan | Manila Bulletin

Last week, Philippine Airlines President Ramon S. Ang (RSA) announced the replacement of 20 ageing aircrafts with modern, fuel-efficient planes. The re-fleeting program is one of many strategies meant to put the flag carrier back in the black while increasing competitiveness. The program involves the acquisition of 100 brand new planes, which, when completely delivered, will give PAL the distinction of operating the youngest fleet in Asia, with an average age of just 3.5 years.

28
Apr

Davao-Australia flights sought

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- The American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (AmCham) Davao Chapter is proposing Australia-Davao flights.

25
Apr

Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget airline Cebu Pacific flew over 3.74 million passengers during the first quarter, an increase of 6 percent from the same period last year, the Gokongwei-led carrier said in a statement Thursday.

25
Apr

PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo

By DJ Yap | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Environmentalist groups on Thursday commended Philippine Airlines (PAL) for responding positively to an online petition against the transport of shark fins, joining a number of other Asia-Pacific carriers in taking a stand for marine conservation.

23
Apr

PAL retires 20 planes as it transforms into Asia’s airline of choice

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL), jointly owned by taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), has retired 20 aging aircraft as part of efforts to transform the company into “Asia ’s airline of choice.”

23
Apr

NAIA: The continuing insult to Ninoy Aquino

By Cito Beltran | The Philippine Star

Filipinos celebrate their defeats, commemorate executions and assassinations with holidays and fiestas, and build shrines and monuments to their heroes only to turn them into dumps and symbols of the Filipino’s inability to sustain and maintain what should be a place of reverence and honor.

23
Apr

PAL sees higher profit with younger fleet

Manila Bulletin

rsaFlag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) expects earnings to rise as costs are seen going down with its ongoing multi-billion modernization program to own one Asia’s youngest fleet in 3.5 years.

22
Apr

CebuPac to fly to New Zealand

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

cebupacificBudget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is seeking the green light from the government to fly to New Zealand.

22
Apr

PAL expects to post a profit in ’15 on refleeting, savings

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Airlines is poised to return to profitability next year, president Ramon S. Ang said, as the flag carrier expands into more profitable routes and books savings from newer, more efficient planes.

22
Apr

Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst

Associated-Press

Malaysia-Airlines-0421KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said.

21
Apr

Tigerair offers ‘Piso fare’ promo

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Traveling is a golden opportunity to ‘escape’ reality, from our busy, daily lives.  You take this once-in-a-year vacation to recharge or simply enjoy life. Tigerair Philippines offers its Piso fare promo for travellers who book from April 20 to 22, 2014 for their travel break on Jan. 1 to March 31, 2015.

21
Apr

SEAIR International targets Niche, charter flights

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

The 19-year old South East Asian Airlines International (SEAIR-I) aims to serve the original boutique destinations which made it the second longest running airline in the country – Boracay, and Palawan, plus chartered flights to Taiwan.

21
Apr

Privatize O and M of NAIA

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

P-Noy apologized last week for the air conditioning breakdown at NAIA 1. He suggested the blame should be laid on government procurement procedures. They ordered necessary parts November last year but will only arrive this August.

21
Apr

Competition Intensifies in Vietnam’s Aviation Sector

By Mike Ives | The New York Times

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Chien Anh, a restaurant manager here, used to fly on either Vietnam Airlines, the state-owned flag carrier, or the budget airline it mostly owns, Jetstar Pacific. But after the private VietJet Air started flights in 2011, Mr. Anh’s loyalty began to shift.

16
Apr

No travel ban to Middle East over MERS-CoV

By Sheila Crisostomo | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Despite the death of two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) because of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona virus (MERS-CoV), the Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday there are still no travel restrictions to and from the region.

16
Apr

Duty-Free rolls out month-long promos

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Duty Free Philippines, the country’s premier travel retailer, is giving balikbayans the opportunity to get more value for their money this month by unveiling promotional schemes and opening new boutiques in its Fiesta Mall in Paraňaque City.

16
Apr

Transpo Summit set Apr 23

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The country’s major ports, logistics and import/export enterprises will hold a Transport Summit on April 23 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza to discuss problems and prospects for the local cargo industry, the transport sector and allied industries.

16
Apr

Facing firm oil prices, Asia airlines hedging big part of fuel use

By Seng Li Peng | Reuters

SINGAPORE, April 15 (Reuters) - Top Asian airlines are hedging a substantial portion of their jet fuel usage this year, a Reuters survey showed, signaling they expect prices of the fuel to be firm and indicating sustained pressure on their profit margins.

16
Apr

Australia approves second Sydney airport

By Madeleine Coorey | AFP

Sydney (AFP) - The Australian government Tuesday gave the go-ahead for a second international airport for Sydney, ending decades of indecision with a move predicted to boost the national economy.

16
Apr

Singapore Airlines spreads wings into F1

Reuters

(Reuters) - Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) has been unveiled as the new title sponsor of the city-state's Formula One race in September as the carrier bids to promote its brand to motor racing's global television audience.

15
Apr

AirAsia Zest, Robinsons tie up for cash payment system

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low cost carrier AirAsia Zest, jointly owned by Philippines AirAsia and Zest Airways, has tied up with Robinsons Inc.

15
Apr

PH airlines stand to gain much from FAA upgrade

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Now that the Philippines has regained its Category 1 status from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), expect the local airlines to reap the benefits of flying to more destinations in the United States, aviation consultancy CAPA Center for Aviation said in a report.

15
Apr

CEB to use A330 jet for Taipei leg, adds flights to Hanoi, Hong Kong

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB) said yesterday it increased the number of seats available from Manila to Taipei, Hanoi and Hong Kong and vice versa, to accommodate additional travel demand.

14
Apr

Lawmakers seek immediate solution to flight delays

By Paolo Romero | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Two members of the House of Representatives  believe the government must immediately solve the perennial flight delays linked to congestion in air traffic following the aviation industry’s upgrade to Category 1 status by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

14
Apr

Cebu Pacific sees bump in ’14 passenger traffic

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Cebu Pacific, the country’s biggest budget carrier, will get a lift in terms of passenger traffic this year with the acquisition of Tigerair Philippines and as it increases capacity to serve new routes, its top official said.

14
Apr

CebuPac, TigerAir to fly 17-M passengers this yr

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The combined network of budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) and its newly-acquired Tiger Airways Philippines is expected to serve over 17 million passengers this year amid the country’s expanding domestic economy.

14
Apr

Really good news… at last

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

It was the talk during the cocktail reception at the French Embassy residence Monday last week. No one was willing to say anything on the record but people seemed certain that the FAA was about to restore our Category 1 rating.

14
Apr

Bill seeks to exempt cargoes from carriers’ tax

Manila Bulletin

A bill has been filed in the Philippine Senate seeking to include the transport of cargoes in the exemption from payment of the Gross Philippine Billings Tax (GPBT) and common carriers tax (CCT) granted to international air carriers.

11
Apr

SkyJet Airlines partners with The STAR

The Philippine Star

mgb-drcSkyJet Airlines, the country’s first boutique leisure airline, has chosen The Philippine STAR as the official newspaper in all its daily commercial flights.

11
Apr

Seair-I to mount more flights in PH and abroad

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

seair1-e1397171910465MANILA, Philippines—Southeast Asian Airlines International (Seair-I) is planning to mount passenger flights to Caticlan, the nearest gateway to Boracay Island, and Puerto Princesa, Palawan, on April 16, part of its broader strategy to serve niche tourist destinations in the country and the region.

11
Apr

PAL to fly to NY, major US cities

By Daxim L. Lucas, Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

11JUMBO-JET1MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Airlines (PAL) will open services to New York, Chicago, Florida and other major cities in the United States within a year following the removal of the Philippines from the air safety blacklist of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday.

11
Apr

PAL, CEB welcome FAA’s aviation upgrade; plan more flights, routes

By James Loyola | Manila Bulletin

The country’s flag carriers – Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) – welcomed yesterday the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)decision upgrading the Philippines’ aviation safety rating to Category 1, regaining a status lost eight years ago.

11
Apr

EU lifts air ban on Cebu Pacific

By Matikas Santos | INQUIRER.net

cebu-pac1231MANILA, Philippines – The European Union (EU) formally announced Thursday the lifting of the air ban on Cebu Pacific Airlines to Europe.

11
Apr

Safe air travel

By Marichu A. Villanueva | The Philippine Star

Finally after six years, the Philippines has gotten back its Category 1 status from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States. This means the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) can mount additional flights from Manila to the US and allowing other carriers to open new direct flights to America.

10
Apr

FAA Announces the Republic of the Philippines’ Aviation Safety Rating

Federal Aviation Administration

WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of the Philippines complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating.

10
Apr

Aviation accident fatalities sharply down – IATA

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported a sharp reduction in the number of fatalities from commercial aviation accidents to 210 in 2013 from 414 in 2012.

10
Apr

CEO: Malaysia Airlines has ‘work to do’ fixing image

Manila Bulletin

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia Airlines, which was already haemorrhaging cash in the face of intense competition, has “got a lot of work to do’’ recovering from the disappearance of MH370, its CEO said Monday.

08
Apr

French business group visits

BusinessWorld Online

20140407a422eA DELEGATION of French businessmen arrived in Manila yesterday, indicating willingness to invest in the Philippines amid its strong economic growth.

07
Apr

Asia Pacific carriers report 4% growth in Feb. passenger traffic

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Asia Pacific carriers have posted a 4 percent increase in passenger traffic in February 2014 compared to the same period last year.

07
Apr

Dragonair to start twice weekly flights to Bali

Manila Bulletin

Dragonair is set to launch a twice-weekly service to Denpasar, Bali starting April 27 this year (subject to government approval) adding one of the world’s most popular leisure destinations to the airline’s growing network and providing more choices for passengers.

07
Apr

US airlines start serving craft beer

Associated Press

Richmond, Virginia – Attention passengers, craft beer has reached 35,000 feet (10670 meters) over America.

04
Apr

Phl, Malaysia air talks on hold

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Air talks between the Philippines and Malaysia have been called off as authorities in Kuala Lumpur are dealing with the mysterious disappearance of a Malaysian airliner last month.

02
Apr

Cebu Pac seeks Congress nod for $15-M Tigerair buyout

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. the operator of the Cebu Pacific brand, is seeking the green light from Congress for the complete acquisition of low-cost carrier Tiger Airways Philippines.

02
Apr

PAL sets Cebu-Japan chartered flights

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Tokyo — Philippine Airlines (PAL) is mounting five chartered flights a year between Cebu-Japan with the first three flights commencing first week of May this year as the Philippines largest flag carrier builds up Japanese passenger traffic volume for the country’s second most important city -  Cebu.

30
Apr

ANA’s dreamliner test flight successful

By Harumi Ozawa | AFP


2013 04 29 05 5190Tokyo (AFP) – A Dreamliner test flight with top Boeing and All Nippon Airways chiefs aboard landed at a Tokyo airport on Sunday, three months after the global fleet of 787s was grounded, as airlines seek to reassure passengers the planes are safe.

30
Apr

Ethiopian airlines first to resume dreamliner flights

By Jenny Vaughan | AFP


2013 04 29 06 2891Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AFP) – Ethiopian Airlines on Saturday became the first carrier to resume flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliners that have been grounded worldwide since January due to battery problems.

29
Apr

CEB increases flights to Hong Kong, Boracay this May

By The Philippine Star

CEBU, Philippines - The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) adds flights to select domestic and international destinations this May, due to popular demand this summer season.

29
Apr

Jet Airways, Etihad ink strategic alliance

By The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways of the United Arab Emirates and Jet Airways of India today announce that the UAE national carrier has agreed to subscribe for 27,263,372 new shares in Jet Airways at a price of INR754.74 per share. The value of this equity investment is $379 million and will result in Etihad Airways holding 24 percent of the enlarged share capital of Jet Airways.

29
Apr

CAAP overstretched, conflicted

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

At the launch of the new PAL flights to the Middle East, Australia and Europe, travel professionals reiterated to me their frustrations. Our government’s inability to provide infrastructure and meet aviation safety requirements of foreign governments are diminishing their ability to bring in tourists.

29
Apr

PAL eyes flights to Oman

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

CEO Ramon S. AngPHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) has asked the government for entitlements to Oman as part of the flag carrier’s bid to beef up operations in the Middle East, according to a notice of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

26
Apr

Three options for international gateway

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines --- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is proposing three options to resolve the apparent deadlock over whether to move the country’s international gateway from Manila to Pampanga or to maintain both the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Clark International Airport (CIA) under a dual-airport system.

26
Apr

Airport inspection

By Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines --- A delegation of medical experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) made an ocular inspection at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) yesterday to verify the medical facilities and procedures set in place at the country’s premiere airport.

26
Apr

Users of NAIA CBWs to pay higher rates

BusinessWorld Online

USERS OF customs bonded warehouses (CBW) within the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Complex will start paying higher fees starting in May.

26
Apr

DOTC weighs options for major PH airports

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is finalizing a comprehensive airport policy aimed at solving current congestion issues while laying down the growth strategy for the international air terminals serving Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

26
Apr

Clark airport posts 62% hike in passenger volume in Q1

Manila Bulletin

Passenger volume at the Clark International Airport (CRK) continued to surge in the first quarter of this year with a growth of 62 percent increase in both international and domestic flights compared to the same period of 2012.

26
Apr

United sends first 787 aircraft for installation of new battery system

By Mary Jane Credeur and Thomas Black | Bloomberg


United Continental Holdings Inc., the only U.S. carrier to operate Boeing Co.’s 787, ferried the first of its Dreamliners to a Texas facility for installation of a new battery system that U.S. regulators approved last week.

26
Apr

Jet airways selling 24% stake to Etihad

By Kay Johnson, Manila Bulletin

Mumbai, India - India’s Jet Airways on Wednesday approved the sale of a 24 percent stake to Etihad Airways for $379 million, the first foreign investment in an Indian airline since the South Asian country eased restrictions on aviation deals last year.

26
Apr

Singapore airlines boosts stake in Virgin Australia

Agence France-Presse


Sydney – Virgin Australia on Wednesday said Singapore Airlines (SQ) had agreed to buy a further 9.9 percent stake in the company for Aus$122.4 million (US$125.6 million) as rivals to Qantas step up their game.

26
Apr

Boeing earnings rise despite grounding Of 787 Dreamliners

Agence France-Presse


New York (AFP) - Boeing reported higher first-quarter earnings and reaffirmed its 2013 profit forecast on Wednesday despite the battery problems that grounded the aerospace giant's showcase 787 Dreamliner.

26
Apr

US airways improves Q1 income

Manila Bulletin


Washington - America's fifth-largest airline posted a bigger adjusted profit as it carried more passengers, and collected more from them.

25
Apr

P360-M Clark terminal up by Sept

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino administration expects to complete the expansion of the existing passenger terminal at the Clark International Airport in September ahead of the launch of the inaugural Clark – Dubai flight by Emirates scheduled in October.

25
Apr

Gov’t confident ban on Phl carriers lifted this year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino administration is confident that the ban imposed by the US and Europe preventing local airlines from flying and mounting additional long haul flights would finally be lifted within the year.

25
Apr

Virgin Australia’s 60% stake in Tiger approved

Manila Bulletin

Sydney – Australia’s competition regulator approved Virgin Australia’s purchase of a 60 percent stake in low-cost rival Tiger Airways Australia, despite concerns about the market becoming a duopoly.

25
Apr

British airways bares $12-B Airbus order

Manila Bulletin


London - British Airways on Mondaya deal to buy up to 36 long-haul Airbus A350 passenger planes worth almost $12.0 billion at list prices.

25
Apr

Clark reports surge in int’l, domestic flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Clark International Airport saw a sharp increase in both international and domestic flights in the first quarter of the year as more passengers used the fast-growing budget airline hub in Pampanga.

25
Apr

Flight delays pile up amid US budget cuts

Manila Bulletin

Chicago – Major flight delays due to staffing cuts among US air traffic controllers continued Tuesday and officials warned more was yet to come as the furloughs hit their third day.

25
Apr

China plans second, larger aircraft carrier: state media

Agence France-Presse


BEIJING – China is planning a second and larger aircraft carrier, state media Wednesday quoted a senior naval officer as saying, after commissioning its first such ship last year.

24
Apr

PAL undertakes reorganization, eyes profitability in 2014

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is fine-tuning the management of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in its bid to fly the airline back into profitability starting next year.

24
Apr

CEB teams up with Lazada, Zalora to launch online shopping

Manila Bulletin

2013 04 23 05 25104The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air has partnered with two of the biggest e-commerce sites in the Philippines, LAZADA Philippines and ZALORA Philippines, to launch CEB Online Shopping.

24
Apr

Etihad announces strongest Q1 results

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary of operations, has recorded its strongest ever passenger and cargo results for a first quarter.

24
Apr

UA introduces sustainable supply chain initiative

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

United Airlines (UA) has unveiled a sustainable supply chain (SSC) initiative in an effort to better understand the environmental performance of its suppliers and deepen relationships with its key supply chain partners.

23
Apr

7 consortia submit bids for P17-B Mactan-Cebu airport project

By Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Of the 12 companies which originally signified interest in the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) bidding for the P17.5-billion Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) public-Private Partnership Project (PPP), seven tendered their bids yesterday.

23
Apr

US budget cuts hit, but flights come in on time

AP


Washington – Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the US on Sunday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from deep government spending cuts. But while the nightmarish flight delays and cancellations that the airline industry predicted would result from the furloughs did not materialize, the real test will come Monday, when traffic picks up.

23
Apr

DHL Express enhances intra-Asian services

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

DHL Express has made significant enhancements to its intercontinental and intra-Asian service offering which will be launched at the end of April 2013.

23
Apr

Boeing Cuts 747 Output Rate as Demand Drops for Big Jets

By Susanna Ray | Bloomberg

Boeing Co. (BA) cut the production rate on the 747-8 jumbo jet, its biggest and most-expensive model, citing dwindling demand for the largest passenger planes and freighters.

23
Apr

Additional flights bagged

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES got seven additional flights to Australia per week after air service talks between the two countries ended last week, a Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) official said yesterday.

23
Apr

Lufthansa cancels flights Monday due to strike

Agence France-Presse


BERLIN—German flag carrier Lufthansa said that most of its domestic, European and long-haul flights would be canceled on Monday due to strike action by ground personnel and cabin crews.

22
Apr

EU ambassador welcomes CAAP meet with Phl carriers

By Pia Lee-Brago | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - European Union Ambassador Guy Ledoux welcomed the meeting of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Philippine carriers with the EU air transportation officials in Brussels recently, saying it is a “re-established” dialogue following the lifting of safety concerns.

22
Apr

Airline groups sue FAA to Halt Furloughs of controllers

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Airline trade groups seeking to block budget-driven furloughs of air traffic controllers sued the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, claiming the planned cutbacks are based on a flawed reading of the law.

22
Apr

Australia should expand air services with PH, SEA – CAPA

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Australia is an important and generally profitable market for airlines in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries that have fewer or no limitations on expansion.

22
Apr

US approves resumption of Boeing 787 flights

By Joan Lowy | AP

Washington (AP) – Federal officials intend to lift the order grounding the beleaguered 787 Dreamliner after accepting Boeing’s revamped battery system even though the root cause of battery failures that led to a fire on one plane and smoke on another remains unknown.

22
Apr

Airport contract up for bid

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines -- With the looming shift of domestic flights from the old Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City to the new Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, the government will bid out the contract to operate and maintain the new P7.853-billion facility.

19
Apr

Foreign groups seen joining Cebu airport bid

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) sees foreign airport operators partnering with local conglomerates to bid for the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport project on Monday.

19
Apr

Mactan airport opened to bidding

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is inviting interested parties to submit eligibility documents for the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) project to the DOTC-Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) prequalification, bids, and awards committee (PBAC).

19
Apr

Gov’t auctions provincial airports upgrade

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT will auction off more than P400 million worth of contracts to upgrade eight provincial airport’s night landing system as part of efforts to decongest the Manila airport and comply with international standards, a bidding invitation published in newspapers on Friday showed.

19
Apr

Philippines’ AirAsia celebrates first birthday in Clark with P1 promo fare, fun games and prizes

Philippine Daily Inquirer


Philippines’ AirAsia turns a year older and the weeklong celebration kicks off with P1 promo fare to all destinations until April 21. The first birthday blowout promo is available for booking on AirAsia’s website www.airasia.com from 15 to 21 April 2013, and the travel period will be from 1 June to 30 September 2013.

19
Apr

Qualifiers for Mactan-Cebu airport bid known by Monday

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is making progress with yet another public-private partnership (PPP) project with the opening of qualification documents for the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport set next Monday.

18
Apr

DOTC resets transfer to new Cagayan De Oro Airport to June 15

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has pushed back the transfer of the gateway to Northern Mindanao from the old Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City to the new P 7.8-Billion Laguindingan Airport to June 15, 2013, in order to avoid disrupting passengers’ travel plans over the summer.

18
Apr

Qantas readies HK budget carrier

Bloomberg

Qantas Airways Ltd. expects to get approvals to start a budget carrier out of Hong Kong by the end of the year as Australia’s biggest airline seeks to tap travel demand in China with its low-fare unit Jetstar.

18
Apr

China Eastern Airlines bags temporary permit

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

SHANGHAI-BASED China Eastern Airlines Corp. has bagged a temporary permit to operate in the Philippines, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said in a recent phone interview.

18
Apr

American airlines flights resume after glitch

Posted in Manila Bulletin

New York (AFP) – American Airlines said it had fixed a computer problem that prompted the grounding of its aircraft Tuesday, with flight resuming but schedules still in disarray.

18
Apr

Asia fastest-growing, busiest air travel market – Amadeus

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Singapore (Dow Jones) – Asia was the fastest-growing market for air travel in 2012 and accounted for seven of the 10 busiest travel routes in the world, according to a study by Amadeus IT Holding S.A. released Tuesday.

18
Apr

Chinese travelers are top spenders

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Madrid (AFP) – Chinese travelers are the world’s biggest tourism spenders, splashing out a record $102 billion (78 billion euros) on trips abroad in 2012, the UN World Tourism Organization said.

17
Apr

CEB now flies Cebu-Camiguin

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific announced that it had launched the first direct flights to the island of Camiguin on April 15, 2013.

17
Apr

Laguindingan Airport opening moved to June

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE OPENING of the new Laguindingan Airport has been moved to June from this month, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) said yesterday.

17
Apr

FAA focuses on Boeing 737s tails

NEW YORK (AFP) – US air-safety regulators on Monday said they would inspect more than 1,000 Boeing 737s for a faulty tail part that could cause a pilot to lose control of the jetliner.

15
Apr

AirAsia marks 1st year in Clark

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines  – To mark its first year of operations in the country,  AirAsia is offering a one peso base fare promo for all destinations starting today.

15
Apr

Take care of your local airlines

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

“Your open skies policy is nice but it is one way (not reciprocal) and in the end it will still be your local airlines that will build up passenger traffic to your airports because it is in their interest to do so,” Fil-Am aviation expert Ben Lao told me last week. Ben said it is a mistake to think foreign airlines will come here just because of open skies.

15
Apr

Plane misses Bali runway and lands in sea

Agence France-Presse

bali-accident-lion-air-afpDENPASAR, Indonesia – A passenger jet operated by budget airline Lion Air – which recently sealed blockbuster orders for new planes – missed the runway at Bali airport Saturday and landed in the sea but everybody on board survived.

15
Apr

Asian airports sustain traffic growth

Manila Bulletin

Most of the aggregate level growth in passenger traffic for the month of February came from Asian airports as both Hong Kong and Beijing reported robust growth rates of 15 and 7.3% respectively.

12
Apr

Gov’t urged to postpone opening of new airport

By Bobby Lagsa | Philippine Daily Inquirer

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Lawmakers and businessmen here and in the province are calling for the postponement of the opening of the Laguindingan International Airport (LIA) until pieces of equipment required to ensure the airport’s safety are installed.

12
Apr

Keep NAIA, forget fast train from Clark

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

I like it when I hear from our overseas countrymen who follow us from wherever they are via philstar.com, our internet site. One such Pinoy expat is Ben Lao, who comes from Magallanes, Sorsogon. He graduated from UST in 1966 at age 20.

12
Apr

Finally, a fair shake airline

By Ambassador Jose A. Zaide | Manila Bulletin

When BIR Commissioner Kim Henares filed a P3.6-million tax evasion case against her, the buxom TV host Solenn Heusaff tweeted:. “I don’t know what happened… I’m an honest person, as transparent as it gets.”

12
Apr

Egypt air plans to resume direct flights to Manila

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Egypt Air has expressed keen interest to resume direct flights to the Philippines to boost tourism between the two countries as part of the planned memorandum of agreement between the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Egyptian counterpart to expand trade and investments of both countries.

12
Apr

Gulf air appoints Philippine GSA

By BCM | Manila Bulletin

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced the appointment of Gulf Asia Travel Tours & Services as its new General Sales Agent (GSA) for the Philippines in line with its strategy to boost its sales network in the country.

12
Apr

Investment grade

By Ana Marie Pamintuan | The Philippine Star

The administration is still basking in the glow of the country’s first-ever investment grade rating from Fitch. The glow, however, can quickly dissipate if the benefits expected by the public do not materialize soon.

12
Apr

Turkish airlines orders 95 Boeing 737 jets

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Turkish Airlines placed an order for 70 Boeing Co. 737 short-haul jetliners plus 25 options with a potential list price of $9.4 billion, less than a month after agreeing to purchase the rival A320 plane from Airbus SAS.

11
Apr

Roxas airport gets upgrade, eyed as alternate route to Boracay

By Francis Allan L. Angelo | BusinessWorld Online

ILOILO CITY -- President Benigno S. C. Aquino III yesterday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrading of the Roxas Airport, eyed as an alternate route for Boracay-bound tourists.

11
Apr

PH aviation ready to soar again–Aquino

By TJ Burgonio | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has taken off and recovered from the “fall” of the aviation industry, President Aquino claimed Wednesday, citing the International Civil Aviation Organization’s recent lifting of the “significant safety concerns” tag on the country.

11
Apr

Airbus breaks ground on US plant

MOBILE, Alabama (AFP) – Airbus broke ground Monday on its first US assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama, hoping it will help carve a greater share in the US market for the European aircraft maker.

11
Apr

DHL to build $50-Million logistics center in Japan

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

DHL is set to begin construction of its new Sagamihara Logistics Center located in the Kanawaga Prefecture in Japan with an investment of US$50 million.

11
Apr

United Airlines puts 787s in schedule for May 31

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines is putting the grounded Boeing 787 back in its flight schedule, even though the plane is still grounded by government authorities.

10
Apr

Carrier applies for permit renewal

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

20130409ec8b0SOUTH EAST ASIAN Airlines, Inc. (SEAir) has asked the government to renew its permit to operate international flights for another five years, according to a notice from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

10
Apr

CEB changes flight sked to new Cagayan De Oro Airport

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) will implement changes in its flight schedules starting April 30, 2013 following the transfer of all commercial and private operations from Lumbia Airport to the new Laguindingan International Airport (LIA) in Cagayan de Oro City.

10
Apr

Wizz Air, Nasair first to fly passengers to Dubai world

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Low-fare carriers Wizz Air Ltd. and Nasair will be the first airlines to fly passengers into Dubai World Central, the emirates second airport, Dubai Airports said.

10
Apr

Boeing trails airbus in Q1 plane orders

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US aerospace giant Boeing trailed European arch-rival Airbus in jetliner orders and deliveries in the first three months of the year, according to company data.

10
Apr

Lufthansa eyeing Long-Haul, Low-Cost Service to southeast asia

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Lufthansa is looking at a long-haul, low-cost solution to meet its future Southeast Asian growth goals, according to the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).

05
Apr

New air talks scheduled

By CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

THE PHILIPPINES has scheduled air service talks with Papua New Guinea and Brazil to expand local carriers’ overseas markets, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said yesterday.

05
Apr

New electronic air waybill standard OK’d

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have approved the multilateral electronic air waybill (e-AWB) standard, removing the need for bilateral e-AWB agreements between airlines and freight forwarders.

05
Apr

PAL to carry more international passengers this year

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA -- The Centre for Aviation (CAPA) sees national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) ferrying more international passengers than domestic ones as it focuses on the international market due to higher yields and less competition from budget airlines.

05
Apr

CEB to start Cebu-Taipei flights

By Paolo Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific will start direct flights between Cebu and Taipei, Taiwan in July to make international air travel more accessible to Filipinos in more areas of the country.

05
Apr

PAL, Kith Meng of Cambodia sign deal to set up Cambodia Airlines

By Doris C. Dumlao and Paolo G. Montecillo | Phlippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has struck a deal to help set up a new airline in Cambodia in partnership with local tycoon Okhna Kith Meng, hailed by many as the new face of Cambodian capitalism.

03
Apr

Governments, Aviation Industry Agree To Increase Liberalization

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Governments and aviation industry groups have agreed to key economic regulatory objectives that will guide their efforts to deliver a more competitive and sustainable international aviation sector over the coming decade.

03
Apr

Plane crashes; 2 passengers survive

By Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines --- A trainer plane with two passengers onboard was forced to ditch at a grassy field near the Plaridel airport in Bulacan yesterday morning reportedly after encountering engine problems. The pilot of the aircraft together with his passenger luckily escaped the incident unscathed.

03
Apr

Boost for Philippine aviation, tourism

Posted in Manila Bulletin

The Clark International Airport won the 2013 Routes Airport Marketing Award in the Under 20 Million Passengers Category, beating six other major airports in Asia, while the Department of Tourism (DOT) received the Highly Commended Destination Marketing Award. The awards were presented during the 11th Routes Asia networking gala in Mumbai, India, on March 18, 2013. Routes Asia, organized by United Kingdom-based UBM Aviation Routes, is the largest Asian route development event.

03
Apr

Qantas europe sales up 6-fold as alliance with emirates starts

By David Fickling and Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg

Qantas Airways Ltd., the Australian airline that has vowed to restore profit at its international operations, said Europe bookings rose six-fold as an alliance with Emirates reduces flight times between the continents.

03
Apr

American Airlines, Orbitz settle dispute over distribution costs

By Reuters

(Reuters) - American Airlines and online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide Inc (OWW.N), which have been locked in a years-long dispute over travel distribution costs and methods, on Monday said they have reached an agreement resolving the litigation between them.

02
Apr

Philippine Designated Carriers under the ASEAN Agreements

The ASEAN Secretariat has received notification from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) of the designated carriers under the ASEAN Agreements (ASEAN MAFLAFS, MAAS and MAFLPAS).

02
Apr

KLM hikes Phl capacity

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is increasing by 10 percent the capacity of its Amsterdam-Manila-Amsterdam route after President Aquino signed a law removing a tax that discriminates foreign airlines from local airlines.

02
Apr

AMR posts $192-Million loss

Posted on Manila Bulletin

American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ) posted a $192-million loss in the month before its historic merger with US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) won a judge’s blessing.

02
Apr

KLM to add connecting flights to Europe

By Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines—the only European airline still operating in the Philippines—has announced the addition of two new destinations for flights out of Manila following the recent removal of “discriminatory” taxes on foreign carriers.

30
Apr

Flying Cheap Boosts Filipino Travel

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Flying cheap made more Filipinos travel, with low-cost carriers (LCCs) accounting for 96% of total domestic air travel growth from 2006 to 2011, as opposed to full-service carriers contributing only 4 percent.

30
Apr

IAG: QATAR AIRWAYS ‘TOP ONEWORLD CANDIDATE’

Source: pressdisplay.com

British Airways parent IAG may bring a Gulf airline into the Oneworld alliance this year and considers Qatar Airways to be a top candidate, IAG’S chief executive officer said.

30
Apr

More than 70 airports nationwide to increase ‘obsolete’ terminal fees

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

REGULATORS are planning to hike the terminal fees of more than 70 domestic and international airports in a bid to generate funding for their development, an official said.

30
Apr

DoTC may compel airlines to reduce NAIA flights

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government may force local airlines to reduce flights out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), hoping to decongest the country’s premiere international gateway.

30
Apr

Zest Air starts first direct int’l flight from Manila

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Zest Air has started flying direct from Manila to Quanzhou and Jinjiang, China.

30
Apr

SMC chief details plan to revive PAL fortunes

Source: Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

ramon-ang“Like buying a headache” is one of the most common descriptions used to describe San Miguel Corp.’s recent acquisition of a 49-percent stake, along with management control, in Philippine Airlines.

27
Apr

United Said to Talk Exclusively With Boeing on 200 Jets

Source: Andrea Rothman and Mary Jane Credeur | Bloomberg.com

United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) is negotiating only with Boeing Co. (BA) for an order of about 200 narrow-body jets after dropping discussions with Airbus SAS (EAD), two people familiar with the matter said.

27
Apr

UPDATE 1-Agility files $225 mln suit against U.S. agency

Source: reuters.com

(Reuters) - Kuwaiti logistics company Agility said on Tuesday it had filed for $225 million in claims against the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), saying the agency had breached the terms of a contract.

27
Apr

Qantas eyes Singapore base

Source: aviationbrief.com

Qantas (QF) is still eyeing Singapore as the base for its premium Asia carrier.

27
Apr

Jetstar Japan takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft

Source: airbus.com

Jetstar Japan, one of Japan’s newest low-cost carriers (LCC), has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft in Toulouse, France. The Japanese carrier will start commercial services in July operating from Narita to Kansai, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Okinawa with an initial fleet of three aircraft. This fleet will grow to 24 aircraft within three years.

27
Apr

Agility of Kuwait files $225m US fees claim

Source: David Black | thenational.ae

Agility, a logistics company based in Kuwait, is claiming US$225 million (Dh826.4m) in unpaid fees and damages from the US government over an alleged breach of its contract to supply foodstuffs to the US military in Kuwait and Iraq.

27
Apr

Baghdad-Mumbai flights restart after 21 years

Source: sg.finance.yahoo.com

Iraq will reopen this week the Baghdad to Mumbai air route after a hiatus of more than 21 years, as a growing number of Iraqis are travelling to India, officials said on Tuesday.

27
Apr

Airlines back probe of customs airport overtime pay padding

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The airline industry will cooperate with the Ombudsman in investigating a complaint filed by airport customs examiners against their immediate superiors for allegedly padding their overtime claims with airline companies, and pocketing, instead of distributing properly, the money collected.

27
Apr

Airlines seek Customs overtime padding probe

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The airline industry is willing to cooperate with the Ombudsman in investigating a complaint filed by airport Customs examiners against their immediate superiors for allegedly padding their overtime claims with airline companies, and pocketing, instead of distributing properly, the money collected.

27
Apr

DoTC to open auction for new airport system

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | Business World Online

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) is set to open next week the auction for the P498-million airport security screening system, an official said.

26
Apr

Qantas chief calls for second Sydney airport

Source: AFP | news.yahoo.com

Qantas chief Alan Joyce Monday said bottlenecks at Sydney airport were unsustainable and called for a second hub in the city before its global reputation was damaged.

26
Apr

Australia Mulls Second Commercial Airport

Source: Manila Bulletin

CANBERRA (Dow Jones) – The Australian government is looking again at sites for a second commercial airport in Sydney, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said Friday as he released a new study into the city's aviation needs.

26
Apr

FAA upgrade within reach?

Source: bworldonline.com

ALMOST ALL concerns raised by the US regarding Philippine aviation safety have been addressed and Washington has been advised that remaining issues are being worked out, an official said.

26
Apr

Air travel soars on back of budget airlines’ growth

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | business.inquirer.net

Low-cost carriers (LCCs) were behind nearly all of the growth in the Philippine air travel sector over the last five years, Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific said on Thursday.

25
Apr

JAL 787s May Fly to Madrid, Berlin After Boston Debut

Source: Chris Cooper and Kiyotaka Matsuda | Bloomberg.com

Japan Airlines Co., which began Boston services yesterday with its new Boeing Co. (BA) 787, may also use the fuel-efficient plane on routes to Spain and Germany as it bolster services to smaller cities.

25
Apr

Zest Airways eyes Middle East flights

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Zest Airways, the airline of juice drink magnate Alfred Yao, has bared plans to fly to the Middle East, which is home to millions of overseas Filipino workers.

24
Apr

Cathay offloads 'unruly' consul

Source: Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

francis-chuaMANILA, Philippines - A Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight turned back shortly after takeoff yesterday from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and was delayed by half an hour to offload what airline crew said was an “unruly” honorary Filipino consul.

24
Apr

Philippines’ AirAsia Launches Daily Flights

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Philippines’ AirAsia, the country’s newest low cost carrier, launched its maiden flight on April 20, 2012 from Clark International Airport to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan with an all-in fare of P799 one way.

24
Apr

Qantas A380 Back In Service

Source: Bhavan Jaipragas | Manila Bulletin

SINGAPORE (AFP) – A Qantas Airbus A380 jet that dramatically lost an engine in a mid-air blast off Singapore in November 2010 was formally handed back to the Australian flag carrier Saturday after extensive repairs.

24
Apr

Cathay Pacific Warns It May Have To Park Planes, Cut Flights

Source: online.wsj.com

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (0293.HK) warned that the airline may have to park aircraft and reduce flights if weakening demand and high fuel costs persist, underscoring the troubles faced by the global airline industry.

24
Apr

US Airways Makes Deals With AMR Unions To Support Merger

Source: David Koenig and Joshua Freed | Manila Bulletin

DALLAS (AP) – US Airways has struck deals with unions at American Airlines to win their support for a possible merger of the two airlines.

24
Apr

Qantas eyes Singapore for premium airline: Report

Source: asianage.com

Australian flag carrier Qantas is still considering Singapore as the base for a premium carrier in Asia, chief executive Alan Joyce said in a report published Monday.

20
Apr

'Airports must adopt 24/7 operations'

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government’s decision to stop charging airlines for the overtime of customs and other airport personnel and adopt a 24/7 operation as practiced all over the world will make the country more competitive and hence more attractive to business and tourists, foreign and local airlines said in a statement.

20
Apr

Air India Seeking $1-B Loans

Source: Karthikeyan Sundaram (BLOOMBERG) | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Air India Ltd., the unprofitable state-owned carrier supported by government bailouts, plans to raise as much as $1 billion in loans from overseas for working capital.

20
Apr

Aviation Supports 24 Million Jobs In The Asia Pacific Region

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Over 24 million jobs and $470 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) in the Asia-Pacific region are supported by aviation, according to a new report by the Air Transport Action Group(ATAG) and Oxford Economics.

20
Apr

3 Airlines Slug It Out In Highly Profitable Animal Airlift

Source: Alex Webb and Chris Jasper (BLOOMBERG) | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — An African white rhinoceros peers through the bars of its Frankfurt compound, while across the floor a Madagascan chameleon inches around its vivarium and an Andean alpaca plucks hay from a bale.

20
Apr

Low-Cost Carrier Jetstar Japan Takes To The Air July 3

Source: Chris Cooper and Kiyotaka Matsuda (BLOOMBERG) | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Jetstar Japan Co., the budget carrier backed by Qantas Airways Ltd. and Japan Airlines Co., said it plans to operate at least four bases in the country as it prepares to start flights on July 3.

19
Apr

PAL execs exit to give SMC free hand in management

Source: Mary Ann Ll. Reyes | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Key executives of Philippine Airlines (PAL) and its parent firm PAL Holdings have reportedly tendered their resignation last week after San Miguel Corp. (SMC) acquired a significant stake in Asia’s oldest airline.

18
Apr

U.S. airlines seen posting Q1 loss, 2012 profit

Source: Karen Jacobs | Reuters.com

(Reuters) - Rising fuel prices pushed major U.S. airlines into the red for the first quarter and could pressure results during the peak travel season, but most carriers are likely to be profitable this year, analysts said.

18
Apr

Air Seychelles Operation Changes from May 2012

Source: JL | airlineroute.net

Update at 0730GMT 09APR12

As per 09APR12 GDS timetable and inventory display, Air Seychelles is adjusting operations from 01MAY12. From this date, Air Seychelles’ operation will be operated by ETIHAD aircraft. Its Boeing 767 aircraft is tentatively scheduled for final flight on 30APR12, Seychelles – Abu Dhabi. However, schedule after June is still displaying 767 operation to Johannesburg.

18
Apr

Malaysia Airlines Hikes Weekly Frequencies

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Malaysia Airlines is offering customers increased full-service weekly frequencies between Kuala Lumpur and the cities of Beijing, Manila, Phnom Penh, Los Angeles, Taipei, Bangkok, Medan and Jakarta to take advantage of anticipated increasing demand on these routes.

18
Apr

Tiger Airways raising stake in SEAir to 40%

Source: Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. is raising its stake in local carrier South East Asian Airlines (SEAir).

18
Apr

LEAD: First commercial flight to space station set for April 30 / EDS: Adds details of flight, cargo, Space X quotes

Source: Anne Walters | oklahomawelcome.com

April 17--WASHINGTON -- The first commercial spacecraft due to dock with the International Space Station looks ready for an April 30 launch, the US space agency NASA and commercial firm Space X said Monday.

18
Apr

CEB Puts Mindanao, ASEAN Routes On Sale For June-August

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Cebu Pacific (CEB) slashes fares on all its Mindanao routes and ASEAN destinations including Malaysia and Singapore from April 17-19, 2012 or until seats last. This is for travel from June 1 to August 31, 2012.

17
Apr

Qatar Airways: 14 times a week, Manila to Doha

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Qatar Airways clarified yesterday that it has 14 weekly flights between Manila and Doha, and not twice weekly as reported in The STAR on April 3.

17
Apr

Fatigue fracture caused Qantas engine blast: inquiry

Source: channelnewsasia.com

SYDNEY: A Qantas jet carrying 231 passengers and crew suffered an engine failure at 25,000 feet due to the fatigue fracture of a turbine blade, an inquiry found Monday.

17
Apr

China's aviation watchdog probes runway protests

Source: businessweek.com

China's civil aviation administration is investigating recent incidents in which airline passengers rushed onto the tarmac at two airports in protest over flight delays, official media said Monday.

16
Apr

PAL seen breaching 10-million passenger mark this year

Source: The Philippine Star

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

16
Apr

MIAA wants vintage airplanes removed

Source: Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) yesterday asked the owners of about a dozen vintage airplanes to remove them from the general aviation area because they are eyesores and safety hazards.

16
Apr

Purisima orders 24/7 shifting of personnel at NAIA

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima has ordered the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other agencies to assign employees at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) 24 hours daily and stop charging international airlines the overtime pay of government personnel working at the airport.

16
Apr

Casiño wants probe on CAAP's inadequate fire trucks

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño has called for an investigation into the reported lack of crash fire response (CFR) fire trucks and personnel in several of the country’s international airports.

16
Apr

Regulator backs San Miguel purchase of PAL stockholder

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

THE CIVIL AERONAUTICS Board (CAB) has thrown its support behind San Miguel Corp.’s buy-in into flag carrier Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL), saying such investments to grow the industry were encouraged.

16
Apr

Omni Aviation acquires state-of-the-art flight stimulators

Source: businessmirror.com.ph

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga—Omni Aviation Corp., the country’s most reputable flight school, has taken flight training to another level following its recent acquisition of two highly advanced flight simulators from the United States.

16
Apr

PAL opens Hong Kong-Kalibo route

Source: inquirer.net

MANILA, Philippines–Tourists who visit Hong Kong will soon just be a short plane ride away to the world-famous, fine sand beaches of Boracay as Philippine Airlines (PAL) opens a direct Hong Kong-Kalibo flight starting April 27.

12
Apr

American F-15s escort Korean Airlines plane to landing after bomb threat

Source: NYDailyNews.com

korean-air-boeing-777TORONTO — A Korean Airlines Boeing 777 en route from Vancouver to Seoul was diverted to a nearby Canadian military base after the airline’s U.S. call center received a bomb threat.

12
Apr

Etihad Airways sales climb 28% in first quarter

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways continued its industry-leading growth in the first quarter of 2012, with a 28 percent rise in revenue to $ 989 million over the corresponding period in 2011 and passenger numbers soaring by 500,000 to 2.4 million.

12
Apr

Airbus closes in on $2.5 billion Indonesian deal

Source: Olivia Rondonuwu and Tim Hepher | Reuters

garuda-indonesia-airline-logo(Reuters) - Indonesia's Garuda (GIAA.JK) is close to buying A330 jets worth about $2.5 billion from Europe's Airbus, two people familiar with the deal said, strengthening a bonanza for Western planemakers as the archipelago nation latches on to a boom in air travel.

11
Apr

PH, South Korea sign new air services agreement

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and South Korea have agreed to increase flights between the two countries amid growing demand for travel in the Asia Pacific region, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said.

11
Apr

Ang to take over as PAL president

Source: Mary Ann Ll. Reyes | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - With San Miguel Corp. (SMC) taking over management control of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), the former is set to implement a number of changes aimed at putting the long-suffering airline back on its feet.

11
Apr

Philippines, Qatar sign 5 business agreements

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino and Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani witnessed the signing of five agreements to enhance business relations between the Philippines and Qatar at Malacañang yesterday.

11
Apr

DoTC Reviewing FAA Audit Results

Source: Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) said it is considering taking on a more hands-on approach on government’s efforts to regain Category 1 aviation safety status.

11
Apr

PAL-SMC ink $500-M deal

Source: Lenie Lectura | BusinessMirror

AFTER months of often uncertain negotiations, Philippine Airlines and San Miguel Corp. have finally signed several agreements allowing the latter to invest in the former.

10
Apr

20 flights over Philippines on N. Korean rocket path rerouted

Source: globalnation.inquirer.net

MANILA, Philippines — Several airlines will reroute flights over the Philippines to avoid a rocket North Korea is expected to launch between this and next week, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said Tuesday.

10
Apr

PAL, AirPhil set refleeting programs

Source: Doris C. Dumlao | Philippine Daily Inquirer

pal1Philippine Airlines, which recently took in the San Miguel Corp as a new investor, is seen investing as much as $1 billion for a fleet modernization program that will make the storied flag carrier more competitive.

10
Apr

Airport operator to ramp up collections from concessionaires

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

THE MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) aims to improve revenue collection from airport concessionaires to recoup losses from lower terminal fees in February, an official said.

04
Apr

Philippine Airlines sells minority stake to San Miguel

Source: Jason Gutierrez | AFP News -posted in ph.news.yahoo.com

Philippine Airlines said Wednesday it had sold a minority stake in the loss-making carrier to San Miguel Corp, one of the country's biggest conglomerates, but both sides refused to disclose details.

04
Apr

Cebu Pacific ups flight frequency

Source: Zinnia Dela Peña | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Pacific has beefed up its flights by 22 percent due to the expected travel surge during the summer break.

04
Apr

Ailing Kingfisher Airlines says will pay staff

Source: reuters.com

Photo of Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya(Reuters) - Kingfisher Airlines (KING.NS) will resume payment of staff salaries starting this week after tax authorities unfroze its bank accounts, the airline's chairman and managing director, liquor baron Vijay Mallya, said in a letter to employees.

04
Apr

Pinnacle Airlines flies into bankruptcy

Source: reuters.com

(Reuters) - Pinnacle Airlines Corp (PNCL.O) filed for bankruptcy protection late on Sunday, as the U.S. regional airline fell victim to high fuel prices and dampened travel demand that has negatively impacted some of the major players in the industry.

04
Apr

Qantas Raises Surcharges By 9.7%

Source: DAVID FICKLING (BLOOMBERG) thru mb.com.ph

MANILA, Philippines — Qantas Airways Ltd., Australia’s largest carrier, said it will raise fuel surcharges as much as 9.7 percent on some routes and rein in capacity growth as higher global jet-fuel prices cut into profitability.

04
Apr

Air France goes low-cost, seeks more savings

Source: france24.com

airfrance-klmAFP - Airline group Air France-KLM, struggling for profit, said Monday it will develop low-cost short- and medium-haul services through its no-frills Transavia unit and seek more savings.

04
Apr

San Miguel still in talks for airline acquisition

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld

DIVERSIFIED CONGLOMERATE San Miguel Corp. yesterday said it remains in negotiations with Philippines Airlines (PAL) Chairman Lucio C. Tan to acquire a stake in the flag carrier amid reports that a buy-in was approved on Monday.

04
Apr

Philippines to declare no-fly zone


north-korea-missileA no-fly and no-seafaring zone will be declared over a wide area off northern Luzon from April 12 to 16 when North Korea is scheduled to launch a long-range missile.
02
Apr

PAL board set to discuss Ang offer

Source: Mary Ann Ll. Reyes | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Business tycoon Lucio Tan, chairman and majority owner of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), is expected to finally present to the PAL board of directors for approval the terms of the offer made by San Miguel Corp. (SMC) to acquire at least a 40-percent stake in PAL, The STAR learned.

02
Apr

Ramon Ang wants to build airport in Bulacan

Source: Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

I was not surprised when CAAP Director General Ramon Gutierrez told me last week that San Miguel’s Ramon S. Ang wants to build an international airport in a fairly large property owned by San Miguel in Bulacan. I thought that RSA might have gotten tired waiting for government to build a decent airport, he will build it himself.

02
Apr

MIAA, PAL ready for surge in travelers

Source: Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have declared readiness to accommodate the volume of travelers during the Holy Week.

02
Apr

'Hefty OT pay, allowances for airport Customs personnel unnecessary'

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines - Executives of international airlines operating in the country, particularly at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), yesterday said that the hefty overtime pay and other allowances being demanded by airport Customs personnel were unnecessary.

02
Apr

Aquino supports P12-B budget terminal in Clark

Source: Reynaldo G. Navales | Sunstar

CLARK FREEPORT — Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas said President Benigno Aquino III will support plans to establish a P12-billion budge terminal at the Clark International Airport.

02
Apr

Fiji takes control of national carrier Air Pacific from Qantas

Source: reuters.com

(Reuters) - Fiji's military government on Wednesday said it would take control of national carrier Air Pacific from Australia's Qantas Airways (QAN.AX) using a decree that states "substantial ownership and effective control" of all Fijian airlines should be local.

02
Apr

Philippine Airlines to start flights to Bali this month

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | inquirer.net

MANILA, Philippines—Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will start flights to Bali on April 28, reestablishing direct air links between Manila and Indonesia’s prime holiday destination.

02
Apr

PH, South Korea eye more flights

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | inquirer.net

MANILA, Philippines—The governments of the Philippines and South Korea are set to negotiate for more flights between the two countries this week amid rising demand coming from both sides.

02
Apr

Bali flights readied for peak vacation season

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | bworldonline.com

FLAG CARRIER Philippine Airlines (PAL) plans to launch flights to holiday destination Bali later this month, a peak season for travel.

02
Apr

Eva Air confirmed to join Star Alliance

Source: Reggie Ho | businesstraveller

EVA Air is set to expand its global presence as it has been confirmed to join the Star Alliance, with the process scheduled to be completed next year.