01
Aug

CEB orders A330-300s worth $507M

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

With the success of Airbus’ wide-body craft on Cebu Pacific’s long-haul, low-fare routes, the flag carrier has placed a firm order with Airbus for two A330-300s worth around $507. 4 million to expand its network and service to the US market.

29
Jul

Cebu Pacific on track to hit 20 M passengers

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is on track to achieve its 20 million passenger volume target for the year after carrying over 10 million passengers in the first semester.

29
Jul

Transport sector in gridlock over traffic, infra lack

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The private sector has expressed willingness to work with the new administration to help resolve the worsening traffic situation, improve the mass railway system and address infrastructure gaps in aviation.

29
Jul

Promises for a hundred days

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade is one official eager to see immediate results. He is an exact opposite of his predecessors whose pants we wanted to ignite to get them out of their executive chairs and accomplish something.

27
Jul

Superbody to handle traffic

By Gil C. Cabacungan | Philippine Daily Inquirer

A SUPERBODY under the direct supervision of President Duterte is one of the responses of his administration to the road and air traffic congestion in Metro Manila and Cebu province that it says has become a “national emergency.”

25
Jul

PAL to move some flights to Clark

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines said it was working on moving some of its domestic operations to Clark International Airport in Pampanga, which remains underutlilized but could eventually benefit from increased mass transport connectivity if President Duterte would deliver on a promised railway line.

25
Jul

Air travel agencies urged to review bill of rights for passengers

By Janina C. Lim | BusinessWorld Online

ON THE heels of air travelers’ complaints following the disruption of flights after an emergency repair of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s (NAIA’s) main runway last Monday, Transportation Chief Arthur P. Tugade has called for a review of the air passenger’s bill of rights.

25
Jul

PAL looks to replace turboprop planes

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) is considering the replacement of its old turboprop planes within the next two years, due to maintenance costs and a need to improve passenger experience.

22
Jul

Lessons from NAIA’s Monday mess

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

My flight home from Kansai Osaka International Airport was due to arrive at NAIA around 1 p.m. last Monday. Before 12:30 the pilot announced we were about 100 nautical miles away from Manila,  but we were number 17 in the long line of aircrafts trying to land or take off.

21
Jul

Tugade bares transport plan in first 100 days

BusinessWorld Online

TRANSPORTATION Chief Arthur P. Tugade outlined his priorities for the transportation sector in his first 100 days in office, among them, reiterating calls for special laws to extend the agency’s managerial authority in resolving the country’s traffic crisis.

21
Jul

From heaven to hell

By Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

I went on a semi-business trip to Hawaii where I spent several days meeting some people, but also enjoyed the cool, pleasant weather that predominates the whole year because of the trade winds blowing all over the islands. The warm sun and the crystal clear waters are just some of the reasons why tourists from all over the world flock to this place which, as I told my American associates, is like a piece of heaven on earth.

20
Jul

Cebu Pacific saves fuel with SkyBreathe

Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) has chosen OpenAirlines’ solution to save fuel and reduce its carbon dioxide emission per flight. CEB is OpenAirline’s launch customer in the Asia Pacific region.

20
Jul

DOT apologizes for damaged runway

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade yesterday apologized to airline passengers for the closure of  the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway in Pasay City that caused delayed and cancelled flights, saying repairs were necessary to ensure their safety and security.

19
Jul

Damaged runway paralyzes NAIA

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The main runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was closed yesterday due to emergency pavement repairs that forced 10 international and domestic flights to be diverted to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga, resulting in delayed and cancelled flights all over the country.

19
Jul

NAIA runway shutdown disrupts flights

BusinessWorld Online

THE MAIN RUNWAY of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been temporarily closed from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. yesterday due to emergency pavement repairs, said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

15
Jul

PAL starts seat upgrade program

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Why pay full price for seat upgrade, when you can just bid for it and maybe save some money in the process?

15
Jul

Asia’s Budget-Airline King Splurges on Planes to Retain Lead

By Kyunghee Park, Guy Johnson | Bloomberg

Earlier this year over Iranian food in London, Tony Fernandes was discussing the outlines of his most audacious aircraft purchase yet with two Airbus Group SE executives. When it came time to pay, neither of the planemaker’s top brass had the required cash, so Fernandes picked up the tab.

13
Jul

Plan to develop new airport in Cavite lauded

By Marlon Ramos | Philippine Daily Inquirer

A motorists’ rights group yesterday lauded President Duterte for considering the development of a commercial airport in Sangley Point, Cavite province, as an alternative gateway to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

13
Jul

City council asks for more flights to Davao

By Yas D. Ocampo | Manila Bulletin

Davao City – The city council here has passed a resolution, asking local and international airlines for more flights to and from this city, which has experienced a spike in local and international tourists ever since President Duterte was elected.

11
Jul

PH AirAsia names Comendador new chief executive

Manila Bulletin

The Board of Directors of Philippines AirAsia, Inc. announced that Capt. Dexter Comendador has been named interim Chief Executive Officer effective July 30. He replaces Joy Cañeba who has resigned after three years of service in the company.

11
Jul

PAL mulls add’l flights to China

By Bernie Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines, the country’s premier flag carrier, mulls additional flights to China from its current 7 starting late this year in support of the growing number of Chinese tourists into the country.

08
Jul

Airlines tapped to maintain restrooms at NAIA

BusinessWorld Online

THE Transportation Department is tapping the country’s leading airlines to help maintain public restrooms at Manila’s four airport terminals.

05
Jul

Thai Airways unit starts Cebu-Bangkok route in October

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Thai Smile Airways will begin non-stop service from  Mactan, Cebu to Bangkok beginning this October.

05
Jul

Tugade: 'A self-made, good leader'

By Miguel R. Camus, Tonnete Orejas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE MAN whom President Duterte has chosen to run the transportation department is an informal settler-turned-millionaire, who combined honesty and astute management in his first government job developing the former US Air Force’s Clark Air Base into one of the country’s economic engines.

04
Jul

Tugade vows to solve traffic, aviation woes

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Duterte administration is committed to improving the country’s traffic situation as well as in the aviation, railways and toll roads, according to newly-installed Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade.

04
Jul

PAL looks for strategic investor, taps Morgan Stanley in search

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The national carrier has tapped Morgan Stanley to assist in its search for a strategic investor.

04
Jul

PAL, Hawaiian Air forge code-sharing deal

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The national carrier has entered into a codeshare agreement with Hawaiian Airlines to provide a convenient link between the Philippines and Hawaii.

31
Jul

Mystery of Flight MH370 over? Part of wing found

AFP, AP

SAINT-ANDRÉ, France—Investigators headed to a tiny Indian Ocean island Thursday to inspect whether plane wreckage that drifted ashore was from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, raising hopes of solving one of aviation’s most perplexing mysteries.

31
Jul

Unruly passenger forces Cebu Pac flight diversion

Philippine Daily Inquirer

A Manila-bound plane from Dubai was diverted on Thursday morning to India because of the “disruptive behavior” of a Filipino passenger.

31
Jul

Emergency landings as two planes have flight problems

AFP

HONG KONG/SYDNEY -- In a day filled with aviation news, two flights from two different airlines found themselves in trouble. A Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at a military base in Alaska on late Wednesday, after smoke was detected on the aircraft, while a Virgin Australia flight bound for Brisbane was turned back to Los Angeles after a crack was found in the passenger jet’s windscreen, the airline said on Thursday.

31
Jul

India’s SpiceJet mulls $11-B aircraft orders

Bloomberg

SpiceJet Ltd. is in talks with Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE to buy more than 100 single-aisle jets worth about $11 billion at list prices, in what would be the Indian budget carrier’s largest-ever plane order.

31
Jul

Russia vetoes tribunal to prosecute MH17 shooters

Philippine Daily Inquirer

UNITED NATIONS, United States – Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution Wednesday that sought to set up a special tribunal to try those responsible for shooting down flight MH17 over Ukraine.

31
Jul

Indonesian airline Garuda swings to profit in H1, shares jump

By Cindy Silviana and Eveline Danubrata | Reuters

JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Indonesian flagship airline PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk swung to a net profit in the first half of 2015 from a loss a year earlier, sending its shares up more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

30
Jul

Cebu Pacific passenger traffic up 8.2% in first half

BusinessWorld Online

LISTED Cebu Air, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo, Inc. flew 8.2% more passengers in the first half of the year, as the budget carrier launched more flights and bought new planes.

30
Jul

Asia Pacific airlines sustain passenger growth in June

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has confirmed its continued growth in international passenger demand in June 2015 with depressed cargo markets.

29
Jul

New York’s LaGuardia airport to be rebuilt ‘from the ground up’

AFP

New York – New York’s LaGuardia Airport, famously likened to a ”third world country” by Vice President Joe Biden, is to be rebuilt from the ground up, officials announced Monday.

29
Jul

Kuala Lumpur’s $1 Billion Terminal Is Sinking, Airline Says

By Pooi Koon Chong | Bloomberg

Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s new budget passenger terminal is sinking, with cracks appearing in the taxiway and water forming pools that planes must drive through.

29
Jul

Etihad Says $32,000 Three-Room Flying Suite Is a Hit With Travelers

By Michael Sasso | Bloomberg

Even at $32,000, people are lining up to book Etihad Airways PJSC’s three-room suite between Abu Dhabi and New York.

29
Jul

ICAO adopts new principles on air transport consumer protection

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The governing council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has established new global core principles on air transport consumer protection.

28
Jul

HK Express posts significant growth in passenger traffic

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

HK Express, Hong Kong’s low-fare airline, has continued to achieve significant year-on-year growth in terms of passenger numbers for both the month of June, and the first half of 2015.

28
Jul

Thai Airways to cut 1,401 jobs, suspend flights to U.S.

Reuters

Thai Airways International Pcl (THAI.BK) plans to cut 1,401 jobs through voluntary retirement this year and suspend its loss-making flights to Los Angeles and Rome as it pushes ahead with a restructuring plan, its president said on Sunday.

27
Jul

U.S. probing possible price-gouging by airlines after rail crash

By Richard Cowan and Jeffrey Dastin | Reuters

The U.S. Transportation Department is investigating possible price gouging by the five biggest U.S. airlines while train service was disabled between New York and Washington following a deadly Amtrak crash in May, it said on Friday.

27
Jul

Small plane crashes in Tokyo; 3 dead, 3 survive

By Mari Yamaguchi | Associated Press

The wreckage of a plane is seen at a crash site in the suburbs of Tokyo, Sunday, July 26, 2015. The small plane has crashed into a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo, leaving at least three people dead, five injured and burning down nearby houses. Kyodo News via AP JAPAN OUT

 

23
Jul

AirAsia says re-starting Japan flights early next year

AFP

TOKYO: AirAsia Bhd said today it will start domestic and international flights from Japan early next year, after a high-profile exit from the market following the collapse of its joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA).

23
Jul

Caticlan Airport ready for int’l charters by end-2015

BusinessWorld Online

ILOILO CITY -- International chartered flights are expected to start landing by the last quarter of the year at the Caticlan Airport, now also referred to as Boracay Airport as renamed by its operator, TransAire Development Holdings Corp. (TADHC).

23
Jul

Why global airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

AP

New York – The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: Converting trash into fuel.

21
Jul

Flights to South Korea from north Mindanao expected by late 2015

BusinessWorld Online

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- International flights are expected to finally commence at the Laguindingan International Airport in Misamis Oriental by the fourth quarter of the year, according to the Northern Mindanao head of the Department of Tourism (DoT).

20
Jul

Laguindingan to accommodate flights from Seoul, Busan soon

By Camcer Ordonez Imam | Manila Bulletin

Cagayan De Oro City — Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental is slated to accommodate international flights from South Korea by the last quarter of this year, boosting Korean presence currently dominating tourist arrivals in Northern Mindanao.

20
Jul

PAL mulls choice of A350 or Boeing 787 for new aircraft

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) expects to complete its evaluation for the purchase of new aircraft for long-haul flights within the year.

20
Jul

S. Korean airline starts Clark-Busan service

Philippine Daily Inquirer

SOUTH Korea’s Jin Air is launching flights between Clark International Airport in Pampanga, Philippines and Busan, a move that would bolster traffic at Luzon’s second-busiest air gateway while luring more Korean tourists.

20
Jul

PAL acquiring new planes

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer
Airline moving to expand services to US, Europe

PHILIPPINES Airlines is expecting to close a deal for the acquisition of six “or more” long-range Airbus A350s or Boeing 787s this year, in line with a plan to phase out its fleet of ageing Airbus A340s, its top official said on Friday.

20
Jul

Iloilo in talks for air service to Incheon, Xiamen

BusinessWorld Online

ILOILO CITY -- The Iloilo City government is in talks with carrier AirAsia Philippines over the possibility of offering flights to the South Korean gateway of Incheon and Xiamen in China, the Tourism department said.

20
Jul

Toss-up between Airbus and Boeing seen in PAL fleet plan

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) is finalizing within this year an order to buy six new generation widebody aircraft and it’s a toss-up between Boeing and Airbus, the airlines’ president said.

17
Jul

Korea’s Jin Air starts Clark flights

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – Korean air carrier Jin Air will fly four times a week between this Freeport and Busan, South Korea starting July 27.

16
Jul

FedEx Said to Be in Talks on $5 Billion of Boeing 767 Planes

By Julie Johnsson and Mary Schlangenstein | Bloomberg

FedEx Corp., the only current commercial customer for Boeing Co.’s 767 cargo jet, is in talks to acquire at least 25 more of the twin-engine freighters, two people familiar with the matter said.

16
Jul

Airlines carve US into markets dominated by 1 or 2 carriers

Associated Press

Dallas  – The wave of consolidation that swept the US airline industry has markedly reduced competition at many of the nation’s major airports, and passengers appear to be paying the price in higher fares and fees, an Associated Press (AP) analysis has found.

14
Jul

Etihad introduces new B787 to Abu Dhabi-Zurich route

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways has introduced its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the Abu Dhabi-Zurich route, offering the airline’s industry-leading First Suites, Business Studios, and Economy Smart Seats, and providing travellers with unparalleled comfort and innovation.

14
Jul

Cebu Pacific leads cargo volume in Q1

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) accounted for the bulk of domestic cargo in the first three months of the year, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

14
Jul

Civil aviation regulator readies Palawan airport PPP for OK

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

THE GOVERNMENT is conceptualizing its third airport public-private partnership (PPP) project, consisting of operation and maintenance (O&M) deals for three airports in Palawan, although it remains to be seen if this can secure the President’s approval before he steps down on June 30 next year.

13
Jul

CAAP issues 1st drone license

Philipppine Daily Inquirer

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) authorized on Thursday an aerial surveillance firm to commercially use a drone, issuing to the company the country’s very first license to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

13
Jul

AirAsia pares losses as Indonesia changes tone

Reuters

JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR -- Indonesia’s transport ministry said it would help airlines struggling to meet a deadline to improve their finances, softening its stance after concerns about the measures sent AirAsia Bhd’s shares plunging to five-year lows.

10
Jul

Emirates Air hammering on restoration of third daily flight

By  Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Emirates Airline is lobbying to restore its third daily flight on the Dubai-Manila route.

10
Jul

Domestic passenger traffic grows 3% in Q1

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Domestic air passenger traffic grew by three percent in the first quarter of 2015 from the same period a year ago, with Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) topping the list of preferred airlines by travellers.

09
Jul

Travelers sue Big 4 US airliners for conspiring to keep fares high

Bloomberg

The four biggest US airlines were sued by travelers claiming the carriers are conspiring to keep ticket prices high in the face of falling fuel prices. The consumer cases came as the US Justice Department confirmed it’s investigating possible collusion.

07
Jul

Ethiopian Air to start flying to PH

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia’s flag carrier, is set to start flying to Manila on July 9, the carrier said.

07
Jul

IATA: Strong global passenger traffic continues in May

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Global passenger traffic results for May showed strong demand growth compared to May, 2014 for both domestic and international traffic although the financial crisis in Greece and recent weakness in Asia-Pacific trade may dampen performance in these markets in the coming months, according to The International Air Transport Association (IATA).

02
Jul

Global carriers tag NAIA as ‘high-risk’ airport

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Global airlines have tagged the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as one of the high-risk airports in the Asia-Pacific region due to unresolved safety concerns as well as poor infrastructure.

01
Aug

Airlines’ transfer seen to decongest Naia Terminal 1

By Niña P. Calleja | Philippine Daily Inquirer

NAIA-Terminal-3MANILA, Philippines–With the official transfer to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 of the flight operations of US-based Delta Airlines on Thursday night, Terminal 1 is expected to be decongested by some 1,500 passengers a day.

01
Aug

AirAsia taps Amadeus for booking flights

Manila Bulletin

Travel agencies in the Philippines can now book AirAsia flights after Amadeus provided the low-cost carrier (LCC) with its light ticketing technology.

31
Jul

Ang expects completion of PAL buyout in 3rd qtr

By Lawrence Agcaoili and Neil Jerome C. Morales | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is hopeful that their bid to buy out the Tan group in Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) would be completed within the third quarter so as not to derail ongoing improvements in the airline’s financial performance.

31
Jul

Cebu Pacific June passenger volume up 9.5%

By Chrisee J. V. Dela Paz | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc., listed operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air, said on Wednesday that passenger volumes increased 9.5% year on year in June, due to the airline’s increased presence in key markets.

30
Jul

FAA Seeks $12 million Civil Penalty Against Southwest Airlines

Federal Aviation Administration

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $12 million civil penalty against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with Federal Aviation Regulations in three separate enforcement cases related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners operated by the Dallas-based airline.

30
Jul

ICAO Clarifies Main Role of Countries in Conflict-Affected Airspace

By Andy Pasztor | The Wall Street Journal

The International Civil Aviation Organization reiterated the procedures and responsibilities national governments must carry out to warn airlines about potential safety hazards when "operating in airspace affected by conflict."

30
Jul

Singapore tells airlines to review conflict zone risk assessment

By Anshuman Daga and Siva Govindasamy | Reuters

(Reuters) - Singapore's civil aviation authority has asked airlines based in the city-state to review their risk assessment of conflict zones following the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over Ukraine last week.

28
Jul

AirAsia flies daily from KL to Kalibo

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Holiday-makers can now fly to Kalibo, gateway to the paradise island of Boracay daily instead of 4x weekly with AirAsia’s increased frequencies from Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo, which will be effective from Oct. 23 onwards.

28
Jul

PAL ups Manila – Honolulu frequency flights

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines will increase its Manila-Honolulu operation starting August 1 from three to four weekly flights. The flag carrier will add fifth weekly service on October 26,2014 and increase the frequency to daily on December 11, 2014.

28
Jul

Airtrac Agricultural seeks renewal of air services permit

BusinessWorld Online

AIRTRAC Agricultural Corp. has asked the government to renew its permit to operate domestic non-scheduled air transportation services, according to a notice from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

28
Jul

Cebu Air passenger terms and conditions approved

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU AIR, Inc.’s amendments to its conditions of carriage, including terms covering interline agreements, baggage, and promotional fares, among others, have been approved by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), in an apparent attempt to achieve smoother interoperability with its strategic partner Tigerair.

23
Jul

Clark readied as int’l hub alongside NAIA, Sangley Point

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – The Clark International Airport (CIA) is being prepared as an international hub to complement the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Sangley Point in Cavite, Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya said yesterday.

23
Jul

Air safety group calls for review of flights over combat zones

The Wall Street Journal

A leading global air-safety organization added its voice to calls for a sweeping review of the procedures aviation regulators use to warn airliners about potential hazards from flying over combat zones.

23
Jul

Abaya to relocate airport in his congressional turf

By Jarius Bondoc | The Philippine Star

It was a bad week for Noynoy Aquino’s Yellow Crowd. Two polls had his ratings dropping two digits, right on the day he was to flail the Supreme Court for illegalizing his presidential pork barrel. His call for mass protest against the SC, by wearing yellow or any memento of his mother Cory’s People Power Revolt, fizzled out.

22
Jul

DOTC eyes new Clark budget terminal

Abaya to present P7.2-B plan to Neda-ICC
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications said it was ready to present a proposal to build a budget carrier-only terminal at Pampanga province’s Clark International Airport to the National Economic Development Authority, a statement on Monday showed.

22
Jul

How Malaysia Airlines can salvage its damaged brand

Associated Press

malaysian-airlinesMalaysia Airlines is in uncharted territory after the disappearance of Flight 370 in March with 239 people aboard was followed this week by the downing of another of its jets, carrying 298 people, over Ukraine.

22
Jul

P7.2-B LCC terminal in Clark pushed; set for NEDA evaluation

Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

The master plan for the P7.2-billion low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal planned for the Clark International Airport (CRK) is set for presentation to National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) next month, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

21
Jul

Etihad Airways starts direct Rome flights

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has commenced daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Rome Fiumicino Airport.

21
Jul

Woes deepen for crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines

AFP

Shares in struggling Malaysia Airlines sank Friday after one of its jets crashed in Ukraine, dealing it a blow just months after the loss of Flight MH370, with analysts warning of the firm’s collapse without government help.

18
Jul

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

Associated Press

HRABOVE, Ukraine—Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, including three Filipinos, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.

18
Jul

Malaysia Airlines says changes route for planes

Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines says that in the wake of the shooting down of one of its passenger jets over Ukraine, it has changed the route it planes will take on flights to and from Europe.

18
Jul

Malaysia plane shot down over Ukraine; 3 Filipinos among passengers

Agence France-Presse, Associated Press

HRABOVE, Ukraine—A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.

15
Jul

More than 50 flights cancelled due to ‘Glenda’

By Niña P. Calleja | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–More than 50 flights, both domestic and international, were cancelled Tuesday as Typhoon “Glenda” (international name: Rammasun) is expected to bring heavy rains and send strong winds across Luzon.

14
Jul

Emirates, Delta to push through with NAIA 3 transfer next month

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Foreign carriers led by Emirates and Delta Airlines are set to transfer to the Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA3) from the crowded NAIA Terminal 1 (NAIA1) next month.

14
Jul

Air China applies to raise fuel surcharge

BusinessWorld Online

AIR CHINA Ltd. has asked Philippine regulators for authorization to introduce or increase the fuel surcharge collected from Philippine passengers on some of its routes to North America and Europe, according to a filing with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

11
Jul

CebuPac to use bigger planes for Taipei

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is set to use bigger aircraft for flights between Manila and Taipei starting next month to cope with higher number of passengers.

11
Jul

PAL open to expanded partnership with Etihad

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is open to taking in Abu Dhabi- based Etihad Airways as equity partner by further expanding their strategic alliance.

10
Jul

PAL, Etihad expand code-sharing agreement

solarnews.ph

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will take their partnership further by an expanded code-sharing agreement, which they first went into in October 2010.

09
Jul

Cebu Pacific bans shark fin cargoes

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific Air announced on Tuesday that it will stop carrying shark fin effective immediately, saying that the consumption of such products runs counter to the company’s views on marine preservation.

09
Jul

United Airlines to outsource more than 630 airport jobs

Reuters

(Reuters) - United Airlines said on Monday it plans to outsource more than 630 union jobs at 12 U.S. airports in a cost-saving move.

07
Jul

Philippines, S. Africa in air talks

BusinessWorld Online

CIVIL AVIATION regulators of South Africa and the Philippines are scheduled to conduct two days of talks this week in a bid to expand air passenger traffic between the two countries, a Philippine official said in a phone interview last week.

02
Jul

Etihad Airways celebrates a major milestone With the simultaneous delivery of its 100th and 101st aircraft

Etihad.com

2 etihadmilestoneEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, last week celebrated a major milestone as the fastest growing airline in commercial aviation history, when it took delivery of its 100th and 101st aircraft on the same day.

02
Jul

NAIA deal eases procedure for departing passengers

By Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

Long queues of passengers paying the airport terminal fee at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will soon be a thing of the past after the airport management and the international airline operators agreed to incorporate the fee into the airfare.

01
Aug

Cebu Pac buys cabin crew training equipment

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) spent $350,000 to buy equipment to facilitate cabin crew training on all normal and emergency door operations.

01
Aug

CAAP defers new aircraft turnaround policy

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

cebupacMANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has decided to defer the implementation of a minimum 40-minute scheduled ground time for the domestic flights of budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) so as not to affect at least 7,000 passengers.

01
Aug

Cebu Pacific Air takes delivery of Airbus A320 door trainer

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) announced that it recently took delivery of an Airbus A320 Door Trainer from Spatial Composite Solutions, a Dubai-based manufacturer of crew training equipment for the civil aviation and aerospace industries. The A320 Door Trainer, which has been installed at CEB’s crew training facility in Manila, incorporates the latest technology to facilitate cabin crew training on all normal and emergency door operations.

01
Aug

ANA places new order for 4 Boeing aircraft

Posted in Manila Bulletin

All Nippon Airways, affirming its confidence in Boeing Co’s 787 Dreamliner was unshaken by a fire on one of the jets in London, said it would buy three Boeing 777 aircraft and a 767 freighter worth $1.1 billion based on their list price.

31
Jul

Malaysia Airlines unit applies for Philippine operations

BusinessWorld Online

A SUBSIDIARY of Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (Malaysia Airlines) that serves inter-Borneo routes has applied for a permit to fly to the Philippines, according to a Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) notice of hearing that was published yesterday in a newspaper.

31
Jul

Etihad cargo taps handling partner

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Cargo has certified international ground handling services company Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) as a Preferred Handling Partner (PHP).

29
Jul

Palace sets air talks with European countries

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino administration has lined up a series of negotiations for air agreements with several countries in Europe after the European Union lifted early this month a ban imposed three years ago preventing airlines from the Philippines from operating in Europe.

29
Jul

Groups back two-airport system for Luzon

By Amy R. Remo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Business groups have thrown their support behind the government’s plan to implement a two-airport system for Luzon to enhance air connectivity across the country.

29
Jul

CEB welcomes 5th aircraft delivery for the year

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) recently took delivery of its 5th brand-new aircraft for 2013 — an Airbus A320 from Toulouse, France.

26
Jul

Tiger Airways eyes hike in fuel surcharge

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Tiger Airways Philippines, formerly Southeast Asian Airlines Inc. (Seair), is seeking the approval of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to raise the fuel surcharge imposed on passengers of its three international routes.

26
Jul

CAAP orders low-cost airlines to provide meals for crew

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) ordered all low-cost carriers (LCC) operating in the Philippines to provide their pilots, co-pilots and cabin crew separate meals in flight or on-duty.

25
Jul

Cebu Pacific boosts long-haul fleet

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

676x768xcebupac-airphil.jpg.pagespeed.ic.BKQ8TzlhmOMANILA, Philippines—Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s largest budget carrier, sealed operating lease agreements for two additional long-range planes as it targets more international destinations, a statement on Wednesday revealed.

25
Jul

Cebu Pacific inks lease for 2 Airbus planes

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Listed budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific)  has acquired two brand new Airbus A330-300 aircraft as part of its massive refleeting program.

25
Jul

Bids sought for airport, port projects

BusinessWorld Online

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) is seeking bids for different port and airport development projects worth a total P83.5 million.

24
Jul

ICAO sees 4.8% growth in passenger traffic in 2013

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has predicted a 4.8 percent growth in passenger traffic in 2013 to 5.4 trillion, rising to 5.9 percent in 2014 and 6.3 percent in 2016.

24
Jul

Airline business confidence strong – IATA

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Airline business confidence remains strong with 71% of respondents expecting an improvement in profitability over the next 12 months, according to the quarterly survey of airline chief finance officers and heads of cargo in July by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

24
Jul

Etihad, Korean Air sign code-share agreement

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a new code-share agreement with Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline. The partnership, which comes into effect on July 22 subject to regulatory approval, brings to 46 the number of code-shares operated by the Abu Dhabi-based flag carrier.

24
Jul

SilkAir realigns Asian flights, adds to Philippines

BusinessWorld Online

SILKAIR will add flights to the Philippines as part of a general adjustment of operations in Asia during the “north winter operating season” that runs from Oct. 27 to March 29 next year, the regional arm of Singapore Airlines said in a statement to media yesterday.

24
Jul

Southwest Airlines Plane's Nose Gear Collapses During Landing at La Guardia – FAA

By Pervaiz Shallwani and Ted Mann | The Wall Street Journal

Southwest-Airlines-bobby.abtahi.photoThe landing gear of a Southwest Airlines jet collapsed after it landed at New York's La Guardia Airport Monday evening, injuring more than 10 people onboard and temporarily closing one of the nation's busiest airports, authorities said.

24
Jul

TSA to Expand Signup Options for Faster Security Lines

By Jeff Plungis & Terry Atlas | Bloomberg

tsa-mia-joe.raedle.photoThe U.S. Transportation Security Administration for the first time will let travelers apply directly for expedited airport screening to avoid lanes requiring shoe removal and laptop checks.

23
Jul

FedEx Phl to continue operations

The Philippine Star

fedex-expressMANILA, Philippines - International forwarding firm Federal Express (FedEx) said yesterday it will continue operating in the Philippines until a final ruling is issued by the Supreme Court on its operations.

23
Jul

DMCI to undertake Naia roadwork for SMC

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has hired the construction unit of DMCI Holdings Inc. to build the Naia Expressway phase II project.

23
Jul

KLM Airlines’ denial of Filipino WYD delegate’s flight hit

By Niña P. Calleja | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Air-France-KLMMANILA, Philippines—An 18-year-old indigenous Filipino woman who was en route to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for World Youth Day was denied boarding on her onward flight on July 20 at the Kuala Lumpur airport, because personnel of KLM Airlines said she appeared “not ready to travel” even if she had a folder with full documentation supporting her trip to Brazil.

23
Jul

Airbus delivers its 1,000th A330 to Cathay Pacific

Posted in Manila Bulletin

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A330. The aircraft, an A330-300 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was handed over to Cathay Pacific Airways at special ceremony in Toulouse recently. Cathay Pacific together with its sister airline Dragonair is the world’s largest operator of the A330, with a total of 56 now in service.

23
Jul

PAL to use Amadeus travel solutions to boost expansion

By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat | Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines will start using travel solutions and services of Amadeus, world’s leading travel technology provider, to aide its ongoing expansion program.

22
Jul

P1.9-B NAIA rehab to start soon

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

t1MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said work on the P1.9-billion rehabilitation of Terminal 3 at the 30-year old Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is set to start soon.

22
Jul

Tan still in talks for sale of PAL stake

By Iris C. Gonzales | The Philippine Star

Lucio-TanMANILA, Philippines - Tycoon Lucio Tan said he is in talks with possible buyers of his stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines.

22
Jul

FedEx can’t operate in PH, appellate court rules

By Christine O. Avendaño | Philippine Daily Inquirer

fedexMANILA, Philippines—Stressing that the court was not bound by the resolutions of the justice secretary, the Court of Appeals cancelled a government-issued permit that allowed the giant international freight forwarding company FedEx to operate in the Philippines.

22
Jul

PAL’s union forces Tan’s exit

By Chino S. Leyco | Manila Bulletin

LucioTanBillionaire Lucio Tan said the labor row at Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the primary reason why his family wants to exit the country’s ailing flag-carrier.

22
Jul

Revival of Mati airport studied

By Carmelito Q. Francisco | BusinessWorld Online

MATI CITY, DAVAO ORIENTAL -- The city government is looking at reviving the old Mati national airport to lure investors and tourists.

19
Jul

Wanted Stewardesses, preferably married

By Joanne Chiu | The Wall Street Journal


To meet strong growth in demand, China’s Spring Airlines is on a drive to hire new flight attendants, a profession that’s highly sought-after in the nation for the glamor and travel opportunities.

19
Jul

Royal Brunei Airlines getting boeing 787 jet

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) is eager to move on to the last phase of its new business plan as it becomes the first airline in Southeast Asia to operate Boeing 787s.

19
Jul

Passengers Sue Asiana Airlines Over San Francisco Crash

By Ashby Jones and Andy Pasztor | The Wall Street Journal

Two passengers aboard the Asiana Airlines 020560.SE +0.11% flight that crashed while landing in San Francisco have sued the carrier, claiming they suffered "extreme and catastrophic injuries and emotional distress" as a result of the accident.

19
Jul

South Korea Plans Stricter Regulations After Asiana Crash

By Kyunghee Park & Eunkyung Seo | Bloomberg

asiana-airlinesSouth Korea plans to tighten aviation rules and could consider allowing airlines to hire more foreign pilots as the crash of an Asiana Airlines Inc. (020560) jet raises concerns about the nation’s safety regulations.

18
Jul

CAAP sets ground time policy for airlines

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The country’s air safety regulator is now pushing for the industry-wide implementation of a minimum 45-minute scheduled ground time for domestic flights in three months—a move budget carriers said would be disadvantageous to their business model, which relies on speed and efficiency to bring down costs.

18
Jul

Gov’t urged to adopt, support dual airport policy

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Private sector stakeholders urged the government to speed up the development of Clark International Airport in Pampanga, saying that a dual-airport policy must be pursued to boost investment activity.

18
Jul

Lingayen airport may be expanding

Manila Bulletin

Lingayen, Pangasinan — The Lingayen airport runway may soon accommodate commercial flights after Gov. Amado Espino Jr. declared to pursue the development of a 455.23-meter runway expansion of the Lingayen airport located at barangay Libsong East, here.

18
Jul

Dual airport scheme pushed

By Ma. Soccoro Villamor | BusinessWorld Online

LEADERS of local and foreign business groups signed a declaration yesterday, reiterating their call to make Clark International Airport (CIA) an alternative facility to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

17
Jul

Etihad CEO named aviation industry’s Executive Leader of the year

Manila Bulletin

James Hogan, President and CEO of Etihad Airways, has been recognized for his “outstanding strategic thinking and leadership” in winning the Executive Leadership category at the prestigious annual Airline Strategy Awards, held in London.Read More

17
Jul

ICAO, IMO and WCO strengthen cooperation

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have agreed to enhance collaboration on aviation, border and maritime security and facilitation.

16
Jul

PAL trims losses by 6%

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Listed PAL Holdings Inc., the parent firm of national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), trimmed its losses by six percent on the back of lower operating costs with the entry of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC).

16
Jul

Cebu Pacific passenger load rose 8%

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget carrier, flew more passengers in the first six months of the year as it continued to offer seat promos and added new routes in the country and abroad.

15
Jul

PAL to battle Mideast carriers head on

By Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Airlines intends to compete head on with Middle Eastern carriers in flights between Manila and major European cities that can begin as early as the fourth quarter of this year.

15
Jul

Philippine Airlines Plans Daily Flights to Five European Cities

By Frank Longid & Cecilia Yap | Bloomberg

Philippine Airlines (PAL) Inc., controlled by billionaire Lucio Tan, plans to fly daily to five cities in Europe, with flights to resume this year after the European Union took the country off its safety blacklist.

15
Jul

Jets Flying Themselves Can Lull Pilots Into Complacency

By Alan Levin | Bloomberg

boeing-777The Boeing Co. (BA) 777 is one of the world’s most advanced jets, capable of flying automatically most of the time and catching pilot errors before they endanger a flight. That technology may also be a drawback.

12
Jul

Changi Airport keen on Mactan-Cebu airport project

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A team of technical experts from Changi Airports International (CAI) led by Lim Liang Song, CEO of CAI, recently paid a three-day visit to Manila and Cebu in relation to the company’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) bid to turn the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) into a world-class aviation gateway.

12
Jul

PSE lifts trading suspension on PAL Holdings

By Neil Jerome C. Morales | The Philippine Star

palMANILA, Philippines - The parent firm of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will resume trading of its shares today as the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has lifted the trading suspension on shares of PAL Holdings following its compliance to the minimum public ownership rule.

12
Jul

Next aviation target: Lifting of Category 2 by US FAA

By Aurea Calica | The Philippine Star

71otMANILA, Philippines - The government will now focus on upgrading the country’s Category 2 level imposed by the United States Federal Aviation Authority (US FAA) following the decision of the European Union to remove the Philippines from its aviation safety blacklist. President Aquino praised the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) yesterday for its effort to get the country out of the EU’s safety blacklist.

12
Jul

CIAC gets ISO Re-Certification Awards

Manila Bulletin

ciac-iso-certification-awardingThe Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has made another achievement after bagging the ISO 9001:2008 Re-Certification Award given by the TUV Rheinland Philippines Inc., under the International Passenger Facilitation and Internal Operating Processes, first in the history of the aviation company.

12
Jul

US FAA tightens qualifications for pilots

By Alan Levin and John Hughes | Bloomberg


Airline pilots will need to have more experience and pass more rigorous tests under the most significant increase in commercial flight-crew standards in decades, the U.S. government announced.

12
Jul

After Europe, PAL eyes new planes, more US destinations

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

2013 07 11 06 4772The resumption of Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights to Europe is seen to be followed by additional flights of new and fuel-efficient aircraft to more destinations in the United States, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said yesterday.

12
Jul

More European tourists seen

By Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza | BusinessWorld Online

THE TOURISM department expects a rise in tourists from Europe following the European Union’s (EU) green light for Philippine Airlines (PAL) to fly to the group’s 28 member states.

12
Jul

Travel agencies welcome ban lifting

By E.N.J. David | BusinessWorld Online

WITH the lifting of the European Union’s (EU) ban of Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights to the region, the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) said it is now ready to offer more packages for European travel.

11
Jul

Clark airport gets ISO award

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines – The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) has achieved a first in Philppine aviation by bagging the ISO 9001:2008 Re-Certification Award from the TUV Rheinland Philippines Inc., under the category of international passenger facilitation and internal operating processes.

11
Jul

EU lifts ban on Philippine Airlines

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

EU-lift-ban-airline-inquirer.netThe European Union has lifted a ban on Philippine Airlines (PAL) flying into its airspace after the national carrier resolved aviation safety concerns, the EU ambassador to Manila said on Wednesday.

11
Jul

Former CAAP exec ordered arrested

By Gil C. Cabacungan | Philippine Daily Inquirer

sandiganbayan-filephoto-inquirer.netMANILA, Philippines—The Sandiganbayan has ordered the arrest of former Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Deputy Director for Operations Daniel A. Dimagiba for two pending cases of graft.

11
Jul

Naia Expressway project breaks ground

By Jerry E. Esplanada | Philippine Daily Inquirer

slex-filephoto-inquirer.netMANILA, Philippines—The groundbreaking and civil works of Phase II-A of the P15.5-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (Naia) project can be expected to start next January, the Department of Public Works and Highways said on Wednesday.

11
Jul

Malaysia's AirAsia X makes modest debut after $310 mln IPO

(Corrects year in last paragraph to 2031)

By Yantoultra Ngui | Reuters

(Reuters) - Malaysia's AirAsia X Bhd made a modest market debut on Wednesday after its IPO raised $310 million to help the long-haul budget carrier expand amid strong growth prospects for travel to and from Southeast Asia.

11
Jul

Pilots Tried to Correct Course Before San Francisco Crash

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) GmbH 


The pilots of the ill-fated Asiana Airlines flight 214 were trying to correct their course shortly before landing and assumed the planes's auto-throttle would keep the plane's airspeed up, lead investigator Deborah Hersman said Tuesday.

10
Jul

Cebu airport passengers rise 3%

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Volume of passengers using the country’s second biggest gateway climbed three percent in the first four months of the year as the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is in the middle of a bidding process involving the P17.5 billion expansion of the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

10
Jul

CA junks FASAP suit vs PAL

By Edu Punay | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has junked the bid of members of the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) to collect some P30 million from the Philippine Airlines (PAL) over an unfair labor practice charge.

10
Jul

Cebu Pac books more passengers

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Listed budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) booked a six percent growth in the number of passengers in the first five months of the year.

10
Jul

DOTC seeks add’l P1.3B for Clark Airport upgrade

By Ding Cervantes | The Philippine Star

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines –  The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has recommended to Pres. Aquino the allocation of P1.3 billion for the upgrade of the Clark International Airport (CIA) here amid assurances the airport would be converted into one of the country’s premiere gateway.

10
Jul

Phl expects positive dev’t on EU ban on air carriers

By Pia Lee-Brago | The Philippine Star

71otBRUSSELS – A positive development on the ban imposed by the European Union on all air carriers licensed in the Philippines is expected to be made known soon.

10
Jul

Pilot trainer new to the job—Asiana

Agence France-Presse


asiana-airlinesSEOUL—The trainer assigned to guide a pilot who crash-landed an Asiana Airlines plane in San Francisco was on his first day in the job, the carrier said Tuesday, as investigators began interviewing the cockpit crew.

09
Jul

Japan carrier holds preliminary talks for PAL investment

By Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

lucio-tanDIVERSIFIED CONGLOMERATE San Miguel Corp. yesterday confirmed a report it had held “preliminary” talks with Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways Company Ltd. (ANA) for possible investment in Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL).

09
Jul

Pilot of crashed Asiana plane was still in 777 training

By arah McBride and Hyunjoo Jin | Reuters


asiana-airlines-boeing-777SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL - The pilot of the crashed Asiana plane at San Francisco airport was still "in training" for the Boeing 777 when he attempted to land the aircraft under supervision on Saturday, the South Korean airline said.

09
Jul

Asiana plane was far below target speed before San Francisco crash

By Sarah McBride and Hyunjoo Jin | Reuters

asiana-airlines-flight-214(Reuters) - The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco's international airport was flying 25 percent below its intended air speed before slamming into the ground, U.S. safety officials said on Monday as attention increasingly focused on the actions of the pilots.

09
Jul

Pilot in San Francisco crash had little experience with 777s

By Jason Dearen and Joan Lowy | Associated Press


asiana-flight214SAN FRANCISCO — The pilot at the controls of an Asiana plane that crashed landed was guiding a Boeing 777 into the San Francisco airport for the first time, and tried but failed to abort the landing after coming in too slow to set down safely, aviation and airline officials said Sunday.

09
Jul

Construction of NAIA Expressway to start in January, San Miguel Group says

By Darwin G. Amojelar | InterAksyon.com

interphoto 1325378987MANILA - Construction of the toll way that will connect the three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will start next year, according to an executive from San Miguel Corp (SMC).

09
Jul

DPWH, SMC sign Naia Expressway agreement

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) formally signed Monday the concession agreement with conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) for the Naia Expressway Phase II project, one of the government’s public private partnership (PPP) deals.

09
Jul

Virgin completes purchase of 60% of Tigerair Australia

Agence France-Presse


tigerair-australiaSYDNEY (AFP) - Virgin on Monday completed the purchase of a 60 percent stake in low-cost rival Tigerair Australia and named its chief executive John Borghetti as chairman of the new business.

08
Jul

DOTC sees completion of P13.25-B aviation system by 2015

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

sec.-joseph-emilio-abayaMANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) expects the completion of the P13.25 billion world-class communication, navigation and surveillance system by 2015 or before the end of the term of President Aquino.

08
Jul

Gokongwei airline gets clearance to fly to India

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific has obtained clearance from the Aquino administration to fly to India, a document from the Civil Aeronautics Board of the Philippines showed.

08
Jul

Longer turnaround time for CEB flights pushed

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The country’s air safety regulator has increased its scrutiny on an unlikely aspect of a passenger aircraft’s operations—the time a plane stays at a terminal gate in between flights—with its eye toward a longer waiting period.

08
Jul

No mechanical problem with crashed jet

Agence France-Presse


plane-crashSEOUL – The South Korean Boeing 777 which crashed in San Francisco after landing short of the runway was only seven years old and had no known mechanical problems, the Asiana Airlines CEO said Sunday.

08
Jul

Asiana flight ends in terror, panic, confusion

Associated Press


Asiana-Airline-Boeing-777SAN FRANCISCO—After nearly 11 hours in the air, the passengers and crew aboard a jumbo jetliner traveling from Seoul to San Francisco were looking forward to a quick and uneventful landing as Asiana Airlines Flight 214 approached the airport from over San Francisco Bay.

08
Jul

On the NAIA 1 makeover

By Andrew James Masigan | Manila Bulletin

NAIA 1 is the nation’s main international gateway and one that starts and ends the journey of most tourists visiting our shores. Love it or hate it, it makes the first and last impression of our country.

08
Jul

DOTC wants NAIA 3 fully operational before APEC summit

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Manila, Philippines -- Japanese contractor Takenaka Corporation has been given until the middle of the month to decide to supply equipment to complete facilities of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 or government will bid out the contract for another supplier.

08
Jul

PAL flights continue amid runway crash

By E. N. J. David | BusinessWorld Online

FLIGHTS OF Philippine Airlines (PAL) to the United States have not been affected by the crash at the weekend of an Asiana Airlines aircraft on the runway of the San Francisco airport.

08
Jul

British Airways Speeds A380 as Airbus Sees Further Orders

By Robert Wall | Bloomberg

British-AirwaysBritish Airways (IAG) will introduce the A380 superjumbo earlier than planned as it turns to the latest wide-body planes to cut fuel costs. Airbus predicted the carrier will place a follow-on order for the world’s biggest jetliner.

05
Jul

Laguindingan airport chief defies CAAP shake up

By P. Echeminada, R. Santos | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -  The manager of the newly opened airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental  is defying an order of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for his transfer to  the central office in Pasay City, his lawyer said yesterday.

05
Jul

Tacloban airport terminal fee raised

By R. Arinto & S. Meniano | BusinessWorld Online

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has raised the terminal fee at the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport to meet higher costs of maintaining the Eastern Visayas gateway.

04
Jul

DOTC explores ways to speed up Naia 1 work

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications is studying a plan to directly negotiate with contractors to address the “urgent” need to rehabilitate Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) terminal 1, instead of going through the traditional bidding process, an official said.

04
Jul

Tacloban City airport fee doubled

By Joey Gabieta | Inquirer Visayas

Daniel-Z.-Romualdez-DZR-airportTACLOBAN CITY—Passengers are protesting the more than 100-percent increase in terminal fee at the biggest airport in Eastern Visayas.

03
Jul

Davao airport chief replaced

By Edith Regalado and Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

diaDAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Davao International Airport manager, whose ouster was demanded by city officials following the runway mishap involving a Cebu Pacific plane last June 2, has been replaced and reassigned to Cebu.

03
Jul

PAL flies to Guangzhou, China, starting July 16

Philippine Daily Inquirer

palMANILA, Philippines–Philippine Airlines (PAL) will start flying to Guangzhou, a city rich in historical and cultural heritage, on July 16, 2013, bringing to six PAL’s total destinations in China.

03
Jul

ICAO unveils new aviation safety website

Manila Bulletin

In anticipation of the significant growth of global air transport over the coming decades, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has launched of a new website supporting improved aviation safety worldwide.

03
Jul

Emirates finds broad demand for aircraft lease

Manila Bulletin

LOndon (IFR) – Dubai’s flagship airline carrier Emirates last week raised $630 million through the issuance of enhanced equipment trust certificates (EETC) to fund the purchase of four Airbus A380 aircraft.

03
Jul

AirAsia says has aggressive plan for India domestic service

By Aradhana Aravindan | Reuters

(Reuters) - Budget carrier AirAsia plans to aggressively grow its Indian affiliate's fleet by adding 10 planes a year and will focus operations on the country's under-utilised airports, the group's chief executive Tony Fernandes said on Monday.

02
Jul

New Bohol Airport by 2015

Manila Bulletin

Tagbilaran City, June 30 (PNA) — Passengers waiting for their flights to take off from the current airport in Tagbilaran, Bohol will have to continue bearing with the cramped space of the airport terminal’s interiors for another two years more, at least.

02
Jul

SEC okays PAL bid to issue more shares to comply with minimum public float

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has given the parent firm of national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) the green light to raise its authorized capital stock to issue more shares in compliance with the minimum public ownership requirement of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).

01
Jul

RDC bats for twin airport system

By Mar T. Supnad | Manila Bulletin

Freeport Area Of Bataan – To cater the growing number of traders and passengers coming from Central Luzon, the Regional Development Council (RDC) here has proposed for a twin airport system between Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport (CIA) to be completed in the remaining three years of President Aquino.

01
Aug

SEAir starts flights to Cebu

Source: Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino-owned Southeast Asian Airlines, or SEAir, began flying out tourists to Cebu on Tuesday, to take advantage of the growing tourism activities in Central Visayas.

01
Aug

Senate OK of bill lifting carriers’ tax seen

Source: BusinessWorld Online

A BILL lifting controversial taxes imposed only on foreign airlines and shippers is expected to be approved by the Senate before Congress goes into recess this September, the lawmaker in charge of the measure said yesterday.

01
Aug

The largest airline

Source: Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Expect the battle for supremacy to heat up between legacy carrier Philippine Airlines and budget airline Cebu Pacific to heat up in the coming weeks and months as the new management at Asia’s first airline goes “all in” in turning the airline’s fortunes around.

01
Aug

Cebu Pacific selling old planes to Vegas airline

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is discarding nearly a third of its fleet and replacing its old planes with bigger and more efficient aircraft, as the airline continues to find ways to cut costs.

01
Aug

Lucio Tan to consolidate interests into renamed holding firm

Source: BusinessWorld Online

LOCAL TYCOON Lucio C. Tan, who holds interests in the airline, real estate, banking, tobacco industries, is gathering his businesses into a new conglomerate that will replace listed liquor company Tanduay Holdings, Inc.

01
Aug

UPDATE 2-Air France-KLM halves operating loss on cost cutting

Source: Reuters.com

PARIS, July 30 (Reuters) - Air France-KLM beat expectations by halving its operating loss in the second quarter as cost-cutting begins to bear fruit, and told unions there was no alternative to restructuring plans now hinging on the support of French pilots.

01
Aug

Etihad, Aer Lingus sign code-share, discussing further cooperation

Source: Reuters.com

(Reuters) - Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus have signed a code-share agreement and are discussing further cooperation, including joint procurement, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said in a statement on Monday.

31
Jul

Gov't plans to install modular terminals to decongest traffic at airports

Source: Doreen Yu | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government is looking at installing modular airport terminals as a short-term solution to congestion in high-traffic local airports.

31
Jul

PAL, tourism stunted by 'Category 2' status

Source: Federico D. Pascual Jr. | Philippine Star

CATEGORY 2: It is ironic that Philippine Airlines already has three gleaming Boeing 777-300ER and awaiting delivery of three more of this aircraft of choice for long-haul flights, yet is barred from using them in the United States and Europe.

31
Jul

US Investigating Dreamliner Engine Issue

Source: Manila Bulletin

WASHINGTON (AP) – Boeing Co. said federal regulators are investigating after one of its new 787 jets had an engine issue that sparked a fire in South Carolina, but the company remains confident in the aircraft's safety.

31
Jul

Airbus delays A350 after glitch, EADS lifts forecasts

Source: Reuters.com

(Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus delayed the introduction of its newest passenger jet, the carbon-composite A350, as parent EADS (EAD.PA) unveiled better-than-expected second-quarter earnings lifted by resilient demand for its existing range of jetliners.

31
Jul

Vietnam Joining Etihad Flight Network

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways will launch daily flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s commercial capital and most populous city, in October, 2013.

31
Jul

Singapore Airlines To Adjust Network Frequency Flights This Coming Oct.

Source: Manila Bulletin

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be making network adjustments during the northern winter operating season from 28 October 2012 to 30 March 2013, involving capacity increases on several routes, reductions on others and seasonal aircraft changes.

31
Jul

Ryanair seeks EU regulatory approval for Aer Lingus bid

Source: Reuters.com

(Reuters) - Irish budget carrier Ryanair (RYA.I) is seeking EU regulatory approval for its third takeover bid for former Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus (AERL.I), the European Commission said on Thursday.

27
Jul

Zest Air may sell 40% stake to foreign investors

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

Manila, Philippines - Zest Airways Inc. is in the advanced stages of talks with two to three foreign investors for a 40 percent interest in the low cost carrier as it prepares to go public over the next two years by listing its shares at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).

27
Jul

Vietnam joins Etihad flight network

Source: The Philippine Star

Manila, Philippines - Etihad Airways will launch daily flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s commercial capital and most populous city, in October 2013.

27
Jul

UPDATE 3-Malaysia's AirAsia to buy Indonesia's Batavia Air

Source: Reuters.com

JAKARTA, July 26 (Reuters) - Asia's largest low-cost carrier, AirAsia Bhd, is making its first major airline acquisition by buying Indonesia's Batavia Air for $80 million in cash to expand in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, the two groups said on Thursday.

26
Jul

Boy, 11, boards plane to Italy at Manchester Airport without passport

Source: bbc.co.uk/news

An 11-year-old boy boarded a plane from Manchester to Rome on his own without a passport, tickets or boarding pass.

26
Jul

10 Cargo, Commercial Aircraft Diverted To CIAC On Bad Weather

Source: Manila Bulletin

CLARK FREEPORT – At least 10 cargo and commercial aircraft were diverted to Clark International Airport here early Tuesday due to bad weather in China.

26
Jul

RAISING GOV’T FEES AND CHARGES

Source: Senator Manny B. Villar | Manila Bulletin

THE Department of Finance’s proposal to authorize cabinet secretaries to raise the fees and charges imposed by bureaus and other agencies under their respective departments is a good idea.

26
Jul

Chile to probe airline after 4 incidents in 5 days

Source: Valeria Covo/AFP thru ntn24.com

Chile's civil aviation authorities are planning a wide-ranging maintenance and safety probe of private carrier Sky Airlines after four in-flight technical incidents in less than a week.

26
Jul

UPS lowers 2012 view on slowing global economy

Source: Lynn Adler | Reuters.com

(Reuters) - United Parcel Service (UPS.N) lowered its 2012 outlook, citing global economic uncertainty, and the world's largest package delivery company said it would cut capacity in Asia after exports from that region slowed.

26
Jul

ANA’s 5 Dreamliners Need Repair

Source: Manila Bulletin

TOKYO (AFP) – All Nippon Airways (ANA) said it was having five Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets repaired for an engine defect, the latest problem to hit the troubled airliner.

24
Jul

Public Hearing On Air Passenger Bill Of Rights Satisfies DOTC

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the crafting of the air passenger bill of rights during the second public hearing held on Friday as it received numerous comments and suggestions from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), travel agents and airlines.

24
Jul

SEAir petitions regulators for more seats to Hong Kong

Source: BusinessWorld Online

SOUTH EAST Asian Airlines International, Inc. (SEAir) has joined other local carriers in seeking seat allocations for flights to Hong Kong, filings with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

24
Jul

AirAsia slashes target due to late start

Source: BusinessWorld Online

airasiaBUDGET CARRIER AirAsia, Inc. has scaled down its target for passenger volumes due to delays in obtaining permits and barriers still posed by the country’s low aviation safety score, an official yesterday said.

24
Jul

Cebu Pacific to offer meals

Source: Cliff Harvey Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC (CEB), a no-frills airline, has decided to start offering hot meals on all its international flights starting Sept. 1.

24
Jul

NEDA-ICC Approves Cavite-Laguna Tollway, Albay Int’l Airport Projects

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) has approved two new transportation projects worth P48 billion.

23
Jul

City checks trafficking at airport

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

DAVAO CITY—The city government has stepped up its drive against human trafficking by setting up a desk at Davao International Airport on Friday.

23
Jul

PAL Holdings says losses fell as of June

Source: BusinessWorld Online

pal-airlinesPAL HOLDINGS, Inc., the operator of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), expects to have narrowed its losses in the first quarter of its fiscal year due to the drop in fuel prices, an official said.

23
Jul

Tan-led airline service firm bares interest in airport PPPs

Source: BusinessWorld Online

MACROASIA CORP., a Lucio C. Tan-led airline service provider, is gearing up to bid for airport projects even as it braces for a profit drop due to costs of new ventures, an official said on Friday.

23
Jul

FedEx Air-Cargo Profit Goal Threatened by Wait for Jets

Source: Heather Perlberg | Bloomberg.com

fedex-bloomberg.comFedEx Corp.’s (FDX) plan to boost air cargo profit margins to 10 percent or more, partly by replacing junkyard-ready jets with more efficient models, will be challenged by a yearlong wait for the first of the new planes.

20
Jul

Clark airport as Phl gateway

Source: Marichu A. Villanueva | The Philippine Star

CLARK, Philippines — This is my first time to leave the country for abroad via the Clark International Airport (CIA) here in Angeles City, Pampanga. Along with several other editors and journalists, we were invited to join the inaugural flights to Macau and Hong Kong by AirAsia, the newest budget airline now operating in the Philippines.

20
Jul

UK border staff vote for strike, visitors face chaos

Source: Michael Holden | reuters.com

olympic-rings-reuters.com(Reuters) - Passengers arriving for the London Olympic Games could face long queues at airports after a union representing passport officials said on Wednesday its members had voted to back a strike in a dispute over pay and job cuts.

20
Jul

Canada seeks air talks with Phl

Source: Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

Manila, Philippines - The Canadian government has expressed interest in holding talks with the Philippines to amend the existing air services pact between the two countries.

20
Jul

SEAIR Launches Biggest Sale Ever

Source: Manila Bulletin

South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) announced the launch of its biggest seat sale ever with more than half a million seats up for grabs starting from P119, or up to 88% off regular fares.

20
Jul

FedEx Fights UPS For $1-B Deal With US Postal Service

Source: Heather Perlberg | Manila Bulletin

FedEx Corp. will have to fend off competition from United Parcel Service Inc. to keep a contract valued at more than $1 billion with its largest customer, the money-losing U.S. Postal Service.

20
Jul

Olympic Bus Drivers Learning To Find Stadium From Heathrow Airport

Source: Eleanor Lawrie | Manila Bulletin

London’s Olympic organizer said bus companies responsible for transporting competitors from Heathrow Airport to the stadium are “becoming familiar” with routes after reports of lengthy delays yesterday as drivers became lost.

20
Jul

New inter-regional air links to boost travel and tourism

Source: Michael D. Baños | BusinessWorld Online

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Tourism officials and a domestic airline are forging new links between regional destinations. Last month, Cebu Pacific Air brought travel writers from this city to Iloilo in Western Visayas, a tourism destination Cagay-anons might want to explore. A return visit by Iloilo journalists to Cagayan de Oro is now in the works.

20
Jul

Etihad revenues rise to $1.25B in Q2

Source: The Philippine Star

Manila, Philippines -  Etihad Airways announced a 31 percent increase in its second quarter revenues to $1.25 billion, contributing to first half 2012 revenues up 30 percent to $2.24 billion. Passenger numbers leapt to 2.55 million in second quarter, up 34 percent, and to 4.89 million in the half year, thanks to increased overall capacity and improved seat factors.

20
Jul

US Airways lays regulatory groundwork for possible merger

Source: John Crawley and Diane Bartz | reuters.com

us-airways-reuters.com(Reuters) - US Airways Group has been laying the regulatory and political groundwork for a potential merger with American Airlines and would prefer to cement a bid while its rival is in bankruptcy, US Airways Chief Executive Doug Parker said.

19
Jul

Cebu Pacific sets $1-billion plane purchase plan

Source: Mary Ann Ll Reyes | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Gokongwei-led Cebu Pacific (CEB) is spending close to $1 billion next year to acquire new planes, some of which will be used for its newest move to undertake long-haul flights for the first time.

19
Jul

PAL Holdings losses widen to P3.7 billion

Source: Zinnia dela Peña | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - PAL Holdings Inc., the parent company of flag carrier Philippine Airlines, reported a total comprehensive net loss of P3.7 billion for its fiscal year ending March this year, 40.7 percent higher than the P2.63 billion loss recorded in the previous year.

19
Jul

FedEx risks losing $1 billion-plus Post Office contract to UPS

Source: Lynn Adler | reuters.com

s2.reutersmedia.net(Reuters) - Package-delivery company FedEx Corp (FDX.N) risks losing its business with the U.S. Postal Service, worth more than $1 billion a year, when the beleaguered postal service puts the contract up for bid next year.

19
Jul

Canada open to new round of air talks with PH

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said Wednesday his country was open to having new air talks with the Philippines to discuss potential flights by Air Canada to the Philippines and additional entitlements for Philippine Airlines (PAL).

19
Jul

United Continental pilots vote to authorize strike

Source: reuters.com

s1.reutersmedia.net(Reuters) - Pilots at United Continental Holdings on Tuesday voted to authorize a strike, showing their growing frustration after failing to agree on a contract after two years of talks with management.

18
Jul

AirAsia offers P440 all-in fare

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

AirAsia was awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Airline award by Skytrax for the fourth consecutive year, prompting the airline to offer more low-fare promotions.

18
Jul

Needles found in sandwiches on 4 Delta flights

Source: The Philippine Star

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Delta Air Lines Inc. and the FBI are trying to figure out how needles got into turkey sandwiches served aboard four flights from Amsterdam. One passenger was injured.

18
Jul

Tiger Airways acquisition of SEAir stake delayed

Source: BusinessWorld Online

PLANS FOR Singaporean carrier Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd. to buy into the locally-operated South East Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAir) has been delayed as due diligence has taken longer than expected, an official yesterday said.

18
Jul

CEB Flies Iloilo To HK, Singapore, Palawan, Gensan This November

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Cebu Pacific (CEB) begins direct flights from Iloilo to Hong Kong, Singapore, Puerto Princesa and General Santos this November, making Iloilo its 4th hub in the Philippines.

18
Jul

DHL Launches North Asia Hub

Source: Manila Bulletin

SHANGHAI — DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, opened on July 12 its biggest express hub in Asia – the US$175-million  DHL Express North Asia Hub at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

17
Jul

AirAsia Wins ‘World’s Best LCC’

Source: Manila Bulletin

CLARK, PAMPANGA – AirAsia was awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Airline by Skytrax for the fourth consecutive year, inspiring the airline to offer more low fares with the World’s Best Ever Sale to all its guests, who have made it possible for AirAsia to attain this great success once again.

17
Jul

Etihad Airways Sweeps Skytrax Awards

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Etihad Airways has landed all three First Class titles at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2012.

16
Jul

PAL extends ‘Fly All You Can’ promo

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Due to popular demand, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has extended its “Fly All You Can” promo until July 18, Wednesday.

16
Jul

Cebu Pacific, Zest Air seek Papua New Guinea route

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airlines Cebu Air Inc. of taipan John Gokongwei and Zest Airways Inc. of Amb. Alfredo Yao are seeking the go-signal from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to fly to Papua New Guinea.

16
Jul

Qatar Airways Named Best Airline

Source: Manila Bulletin

Qatar-Airways-Skytrax-2012Qatar Airways has once again triumphed at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, winning three top accolades including the main award World's Best Airline for the second year running.

16
Jul

ICAO Sees 5.4% Growth In Global Air Traffic For 2012

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is expecting global air traffic, expressed in passenger-kilometers performed (PKPs), to grow by 5.4 percent this year, a slight slowdown from 2011.

16
Jul

Officials exploring GenSan, Davao sea link to Manado

Source: BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippines and Indonesia have started discussing the possibility of opening regular seaborne cargo services between Manado in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province and the cities of Davao and General Santos in Mindanao, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said in a statement over the weekend.

16
Jul

State think tank backs move to scrap foreign carriers tax

Source: Diane Claire J. Jiao | BusinessWorld Online

THE COMMON carriers tax (CCT) must be abolished because it discriminates against international air and shipping lines, the National Tax Research Center (NTRC) said.

13
Jul

DOTC allots P100M to transform Clark

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | Philippine Star

Manila, Philippines -  The Aquino administration is spending P100 million to conduct a feasibility study on the viability of transforming the Clark International Airport as the country’s second main international gateway after the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

13
Jul

Air Travel Demand Sustains Growth

Source: Manila Bulletin

The global demand for air travel has consistently posted positive  growth every month over the last two years.

13
Jul

DOTC tapping Korean firms for airport project

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation and Communications is wooing big South Korean firms to take part in the project that will improve the air navigation system at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental.

12
Jul

Online travel bookings in Asia seen posting hefty growth

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

filipinos-internetMANILA, Philippines—Travelers in Asia are expected to turn to the Internet more and more to book their flights and hotel rooms as more people in the region become more comfortable with making transactions over the Web.

12
Jul

Etihad Sets New Passengers Record

Source: Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways has set new passenger records, with more than 158,500 air travellers flying with the Abu Dhabi-based airline between Tuesday, June 26, and Saturday, June 30, averaging 31,700 passengers each day.

12
Jul

Airbus Counters With Firm Orders For Its Future A350 Aircraft

Source: Ben Perry/Agence France Presse | mb.com.ph

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom (AFP) – Airbus struck back at rival Boeing in the battle for plane orders at the Farnborough airshow on Tuesday, revealing a surprise multi-billion-dollar firm deal for the future A350.

11
Jul

Takenaka, airport management talks extended

Source: BusinessWorld Onlilne

TAKENAKA CORP. and the management of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have been given until this month to settle talks on the completion of Terminal 3, a Cabinet official said yesterday.

10
Jul

DOTC Starts Hearing On Bill Of Rights For Airline Passengers

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has started conducting a series of public hearings to draft a bill of rights for airline passengers.

10
Jul

Cebu Pacific CEO cited

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific chief executive officer and president Lance Gokongwei was recognized at the annual Airline Strategy Awards 2012, held in London last Sunday, “for leading Cebu Pacific to become the largest and most profitable domestic carrier in the Philippines.”

10
Jul

Airport equipment bidding moved

Source: BusinessWorld Online

THE AUCTION for P297 million worth of airport security equipment that was supposed to have been held yesterday was moved to July 23, a notice from the Transportation department showed.

10
Jul

Maan paints Philippine skies red

Source: Elfren Sicangco Cruz | BusinessWorld Online

Conclusion

Last week, I wrote the first part of this column about Maan Hontiveros, President and CEO of AirAsia Philippines which started its first flight last March. Today AirAsia has won international awards as the best low cost carrier (LCC). In the Philippines it flies to Boracay, Puerto Princesa and Davao. Air Asia Philippines flies from Clark to Kuala Lumpur and by next month to Hong Kong and Macau. Here is the continuation of that interview.

09
Jul

Gov't to balance passengers' rights with airlines' viability

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) vowed to strike a balance between the rights of passengers and the profitability as well as sustainability of the airline industry as the government finalizes the proposed Air Passenger Bill of Rights.

09
Jul

Protecting passengers' rights won't kill budget travel industry - Roxas

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The multi-government agency effort to address consumer complaints will not kill the highly successful budget air travel that has fueled the growth of the local aviation industry, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said.

09
Jul

From 'bring me' parlor games to high-tech fun at Cebu Pacific

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - From “bring me” parlor games, passengers of Cebu Pacific would soon be treated to hi-tech fun games using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as the Gokongwei-owned airline is set to become the first budget airline to provide inflight Internet access.

09
Jul

Budget Carriers AirAsia, Jetstar Top Region’s Rivals In Brand Survey

Source: Sharon Chen/Bloomberg thru mb.com.ph

Asia-Pacific budget airlines Air-Asia Bhd. and Qantas Airways Ltd.’s Jetstar overtook full-service carriers in a brand-reputation survey as more passengers in the region turned to cheaper options amid a global economic slowdown.

09
Jul

For love of country

Source: Conrado Banal | Philippine Daily Inquirer

When in April this year San Miguel invested $500 million for 49 percent control of our flag-carrier Philippine Airlines, the conglomerate also injected a good dose of confidence in the economy.

09
Jul

Tighter airport screening amid fatal respiratory disease

Source: BusinessWorld Online

STRICTER SCREENING procedures in airports will be conducted in view of the recent breakout of a fatal respiratory disease in Cambodia, the Department of Health (DoH) announced yesterday.

09
Jul

Study starts on Clark airport upgrade

Source: BusinessWorld Onlilne

THE GOVERNMENT has begun studying the possibility of expanding Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark Freeport Zone beyond the planned P12-billion new passenger terminal, an official said over the weekend.

06
Jul

DOTC Begins Public Hearings On Airline Passenger Rights Friday

Source: DOTC

The Department of Transportation and Communications, together with the Department of Trade and Industry, will be conducting a series of public hearings beginning Friday to draft a bill of rights for airline passengers.

06
Jul

PAL launches ‘Fly-all-you-can’ promotion

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Airline passengers have reason to rejoice with the launch of a new promo from Philippine Airlines (PAL) that gives travellers the chance to go on as many trips as they can.

06
Jul

All Nippon Airways Raising $2.5B

Source: Harumi Ozawa/Agence France Presse thru mb.com.ph

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) – Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) said it would issue new shares worth over 200 billion yen ($2.5 billion) this month, in a move that sent its stock into a nosedive, tumbling 14 percent by the close.

06
Jul

Air India pilots end long strike after court order

Source: BusinessWeek.com

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of striking pilots of India's national carrier have ended a 58 day strike following a court order for them to return to work within two days.

05
Jul

Clark passenger volume up 54%

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - More and more foreign and local tourists are now using the Clark International Airport as the volume of passengers using the gateway in Pampanga jumped 54 percent in the first half of the year.

05
Jul

Cebu Pacific may ask for PAL’s seats

Source: BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC may again resort to asking regulators to hand over some of Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) Middle East seat allocations as the budget carrier works to launch long-haul flights by next year, an official said.

05
Jul

CAAP chief: Give me time to institute reforms

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Newly-installed Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director general William Hotchkiss III on Monday said he needs time to assess the pressing issues facing CAAP before he can make a timetable for the country to regain its Category I status with the United States’ Federal Aviation Authority (US FAA).

05
Jul

Hotchkiss New CAAP Director General

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines – The board of directors of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has elected  Lt. Gen William Hotchkiss III (Ret) as director general of CAAP during a recent meeting at the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

05
Jul

Etihad sets new passenger record

Source: The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways has set new passenger records, with more than 158,500 air travellers flying with the Abu Dhabi-based airline between June 26 and June 30, averaging 31,700 passengers each day.

05
Jul

Delta Pilots Ratify New Contract

Source: Joshua Freed/Associated Press thru Manila Bulletin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Pilots at Delta Air Lines approved a new contract that will prompt a major shift in the way Delta uses smaller jets.

05
Jul

Jetstar Japan Starts Comm’l Operations

Source: Chris Cooper and Kiyotaka Matsuda/Bloomberg

TOKYO – Jetstar Japan Co., part-owned by Qantas Airways Ltd. and Japan Airlines Co., started flights Monday, becoming the second of three low-cost carriers to begin services in the country this year.

05
Jul

Boeing Sees Market For 34,000 New Planes Next 20 Years

Source: Joshua Freed/Associated Press | Manila Bulletin

CHICAGO (AP) – Boeing is raising its 20-year prediction for worldwide airplane sales to 34,000 jets, enough to double the size of the world's fleet, as more people travel in China, India, and other emerging markets.

04
Jul

Guidelines on air passenger rights drafted

Source: BusinessWorld Online

A PASSENGER bill of rights has been drafted by the government, setting general guidelines on the obligations of airlines.

04
Jul

Cebu Pacific to offer Wi-Fi on long haul flights by 2013

Source: BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC plans to offer wireless Internet connection on long-haul flights next year, firming up earlier announced plans to fly non-stop to new destinations such as the Middle East, Australia, parts of Europe and the United States.

04
Jul

Airphil cuts surcharge on local routes

Source: BusinessWorld Online

airphil-expressBUDGET CARRIER Airphil Express has lowered the fuel surcharge it collects for domestic flights as global fuel prices have continued to fall, documents from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) showed.

04
Jul

May Aviation Traffic, Cargo Down As Economies Deteriorate, Says IATA

Source: Emmie V. Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Global aviation traffic results for May deteriorated along with the world’s economic situation, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

04
Jul

Airbus Builds Alabama Jet Plant

Source: Manila Bulletin

NEW YORK (AFP) – European planemaker Airbus unveiled plans to open a factory on Boeing's home turf Monday, a gambit that would see the firm roll out its first US-built plane by 2016.

03
Jul

Laguindingan airport project to be rolled out by yearend

Source: BusinessWorld Online

THE OPERATION and maintenance (O&M) project of Laguindingan International Airport in Cagayan de Oro City -- one of 22 priority projects under the government’s centerpiece private-public partnership (PPP) program -- will be submitted to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) this month in hopes of having it rolled out before the year ends, officials said yesterday.

03
Jul

FedEx hastens fleet upgrade with 19 new Boeings

Source: reuters.com

fedex(Reuters) - FedEx Corp (FDX.N) is advancing its FedEx Express unit's fleet upgrade to more fuel-efficient aircraft by buying 19 additional Boeing Co (BA.N) 767-300 aircraft.

03
Jul

FAA upgrade hopes tempered

Source: BusinessWorld Online

THE GOAL of securing an aviation safety upgrade this year from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may not be met, the new Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) chief said, noting the need to review claimed improvements.

03
Jul

DOTC adopts greater airline passengers' rights

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to fully implement the on the overbooking of flights by local airlines next month as the government continued to implement measures that would help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

03
Jul

New aviation chief reports reduction in NAIA congestion

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | Philippine Star

Manila, Philippines -  Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director general William Hotchkiss has reported that congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway has been eased through a coordinated arrival slotting system (CASS) put in place last week.

03
Jul

Rule changes bucked by airlines

Source: BusinessWorld Online

AIRLINES should be given “commercial freedom” to set service terms, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said as the government prepares new rules aimed at improving passenger protection.

03
Jul

PH aviation status: A deal to be sealed by Hotchkiss

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government is confident that former Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lieutenant General William Hotchkiss III will be able to lift the country out of its “category 2” ranking by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).