31
Aug

Bargain airfares add to charm of Manila

By Ronnel W. Domingo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manila is the top Asian destination for travelers from the United States, thanks to off-season, cheaper airfare, according to CheapOair.

31
Aug

PAL offers to expand Naia 2

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is betting big on Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), signaling its belief that Naia—which suffers from worsening congestion—would remain the country’s primary gateway for a long time, despite several private-sector offers for its replacement.

29
Aug

AirAsia eyes expansion of PH operations

By Chino S. Leyco | Manila Bulletin

Malaysia-based AirAsia has expressed interest in expanding its services in the Philippines to include flights from Davao City to key cities in China, Korea and Malaysia.

29
Aug

PAL to expand capacity to London, US destinations

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is looking at increasing capacity to London and the United States through 2019 via its expanding fleet of widebody planes, think tank CAPA-Center for Aviation said.

25
Aug

Sea plane operator Air Juan plans to double fleet in 5 years

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Air Juan Aviation, Inc., the country’s only commercial sea plane operator and the largest in Southeast Asia, plans to double its business, as well as its fleet of a dozen aircraft composed of seaplanes, land planes and helicopters in the next five years, announced President John Anthony Gutierrez.

25
Aug

PAL expands domestic network

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is expanding its domestic network by way of new routes out of Clark, Davao and Cebu, providing direct inter-regional connections.

22
Aug

PAL to offer free inflight Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet soon

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines (PAL) now offers its passengers free 30 minutes of Internet surfing (15 MB) and half price off for the rest of their flight on myPALWiFi upgrade plans.

15
Aug

Air Juan plans to buy more aircraft

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Air Juan Aviation Inc. is planning to acquire additional aircraft in the next five years as it aims to double capacity and grow the business.

15
Aug

Jetstar Asia to fly to Singapore from Clark

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Singapore-based low-cost carrier Jetstar Asia is set to begin flights to Singapore from Clark in November.

07
Aug

Davao airport not ready to become AirAsia hub

BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- The plan of low-cost airline AirAsia, through subsidiary Philippines AirAsia, to establish a hub in Davao is unlikely to materialize until the national government addresses the infrastructure and management of the city’s airport, a top official of the city’s business group said.

02
Aug

PAL Group to reassert domestic position with new Q400s

Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEBU — The first commercial flight of the world’s first dual-class turboprop airplane took off Tuesday (August 1, 2017) from Mactan International Airport bound for Caticlan and Clark, marking Philippine Airlines’ serious reassertion of its domestic market dominance.

02
Aug

AirAsia planning to put up own terminal in Davao

By Antonio L. Colina IV | Manila Bulletin

Davao City – Malaysia’s budget carrier AirAsia bared plans to build a separate terminal at the Davao International Airport that will exclusively cater to passengers for its flights, which will include those taking the newly launched, four times a week Davao City-Kuala Lumpur direct flights.

02
Aug

More China-Cebu direct flights seen

By Mars Mosqueda Jr. | Manila Bulletin

MACTAN, Cebu — Cebu’s tourism industry is expected to get a further boost with the establishment of more direct flights from China to Cebu and vice versa in the coming months.

01
Sep

PAL transferring several flights to Clark

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) is implementing changes in the schedule of some domestic flights beginning today as the carrier prepares to operate flights out of the Clark International Airport in Pampanga in support of government efforts to ease congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

01
Sep

PAL cancels 29 flights, plans to operate new routes from Clark

BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) canceled 29 domestic flights starting September, as the flag carrier prepares to operate new flights out of Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

31
Aug

Clark airport upgrade through PPP eyed

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation is considering upgrading Clark International Airport through the public-private partnership (PPP) program.

31
Aug

New procedures on tarmac delays to be implemented

By Mary Grace Padin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is set to issue a resolution to implement deplaning procedures for airline passengers in case of tarmac delays exceeding two hours.

31
Aug

Clark development via PPP route pushed

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) wants the private sector to assume the development of the Clark International Airport in Pampanga via the Public Private Partnership program, saying this was a faster way to ease air traffic congestion at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

31
Aug

Cathay Pacific Is the World’s Least-Favorite Airline Stock

By Crystal Tsz Ching Tse | Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. has collected an unwanted title.

Equity strategists have less enthusiasm for the carrier than any other member of the Bloomberg World Airlines Index, according to a ranking of analyst ratings. Cathay shares have tumbled 11 percent this month, falling to a record low versus Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index on Aug. 22, as brokerages including Credit Suisse Group AG cut their recommendations on the stock.

31
Aug

Airlines should deplane passengers after tarmac delay

BusinessWorld Online

THE CIVIL Aeronautics Board (CAB) has released a resolution on procedures to allow aircraft passengers to deplane after “long” delays on the tarmac.

26
Aug

NAIA filled to capacity

By Floro M. Mercene | Manila Bulletin

Philippine Airlines has operated non-stop charter flights between Vladivostok and Manila as well as Kalibo and Khabarovsk. Russian carrier Aeroflot had flown to the NAIA 19 years ago.

22
Aug

Philippine Airlines’ 5-star aspiration

By Andrew James Masigan | Manila Bulletin

My work requires me to do a lot of travelling. In the last three months alone, I’ve been to five countries across three continents. When you travel as much as I do, the excitement of it all escapes you. It’s no longer fun dealing with airports and living out of a suite case.

22
Aug

Cebu Pacific wants more seats for Philippines-Hong Kong route

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is seeking over 2,000 additional seats for weekly flights between the Philippines and Hong Kong.

19
Aug

Airlines to integrate terminal fee, plane ticket

By Bernie Magkila | Manila Bulletin

Major airlines have agreed in principle to the integration of the terminal fee into departing passengers’ airline ticket payments, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said.

19
Aug

Du30’s war against women–and all of us

By Rina Jimenez-David | Philippine Daily Inquirer

When faced with a competent, outspoken and, yes, feisty woman in the course of a debate or heated discussion, some men react in one of two extremes. Either they bend over backward to treat their opponent with excessive gallantry and patronizing politeness, sending a veiled message about their own superiority and magnanimity, or they bring up matters completely extraneous to the argument, designed to embarrass and intimidate. Among these tactics is to allude to the woman’s physical appearance, or her age, or her sexuality. Or they bring up her private sex life, who she is (or is not) sleeping with; they scrutinize her romantic life and entanglements as if these were matters of public concern or national security.

18
Aug

SilkAir adding more Singapore-Davao flights

By Mary Grace Padin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Asia-Pacific regional carrier SilkAir is set to increase the frequency of its Singapore-Davao flights to 10 per week by the end of 2016, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Erwin Balane, head of DOT’s Route Development Team, told The STAR recent discussions with SilkAir revealed its plan to add three more flights at the Davao International Airport weekly in view of strong air travel demand towards Davao.

17
Aug

PCCI opposes Tacloban flight rerouting

By Mars W. Mosqueda Jr. | Manila Bulletin

Cebu City – Businessmen fear that the Department of Transportation (DOTr)’s plan to implement full rerouting of all Tacloban-Manila flights to Clark International Airport will hurt the economy of Eastern Visayas.

17
Aug

Bird strike grounds Cebu Pacific plane

By Janine Perea, Jeannette I. Andrade | Philippine Daily Inquirer

A second bird strike in eight months hit a Cebu Pacific (CEB) flight on Tuesday, but the pilot managed to land the plane safely at Legazpi International Airport.

16
Aug

CEB group posts P8-B net earnings in first half

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

Cebu Pacific (CEB) and wholly owned subsidiary Cebgo netted P8 billion earnings for the first six months of 2016 from P5 billion in the same period last year on P33 billion revenues, up 12% year-on-year on a continuously expanding passenger market.

16
Aug

Fare promos stunt PAL income growth in H1

Philippine Daily Inquirer

AL Holdings Inc., the publicly listed operator of flag carrier Philippine Airlines, saw profit fall in the first six months of 2016 as flight promos aimed at combating fierce competition cut into its bottom line.

16
Aug

PAL profit dives amid stiff competition

BusinessWorld Online

EARNINGS of the listed operator of Philippine Airlines (PAL) fell 22% during the second quarter amid stiff competition in the local airline industry.

15
Aug

New Maasin airport to be named after Duterte’s father

By Nestor Abrematea | Manila Bulletin

Maasin City — The congressman from Southern Leyte wants to name the newly completed Maasin City Airport at Barangay Panan-awan here Vicente G. Duterte Airport in honor of President Rodrigo Duterte’s late father, Vicente Gonzales Duterte.

11
Aug

Tugade presents parameters of proposed emergency traffic powers at Senate hearing

By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade presented to the Senate yesterday the parameters of the emergency powers sought by President Duterte to solve Metro Manila’s traffic problems.

11
Aug

After outage, Delta makes amends with refunds, vouchers

Associate Press

Dallas – Delta Air Lines will be handing out refunds and travel vouchers as penance for the latest computer outage to knock a major airline off stride.

11
Aug

Tugade rules out hikes in train fares, road tolls

By Janina C. Lim | BusinessWorld Online

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade has ruled out any fare or toll increases for commuter railways and highways until their operators deliver better services, signaling obstacles ahead for a rate hike request by Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), among others.

10
Aug

Davao eyes more international flights

By Mary Grace Padin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing more local and international flights at the Davao International Airport as part of efforts to make the city an international gateway to the Mindanao region.

08
Aug

Transfer of flights to Clark to boost Central Luzon tourism

By Mary Grace Padin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – The plan to transfer flights to the Clark International Airport to help decongest the country’s main gateway is expected to cause a ripple effect on Central Luzon’s tourism industry, an official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Friday.

08
Aug

Airport officials limit use of Naia by private planes

By Jocelyn R. Uy | Philippine Daily Inquirer

IN A BID to ease air traffic, authorities have barred private planes for specialized services from operating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) during peak hours.

05
Aug

Duterte prefers Sangley as domestic airport

By Marianne Go | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte is more inclined to convert a former US military facility in Cavite into a domestic airport rather than develop it as an international airport facility.

02
Aug

CAB: PH wants more flights to Vietnam

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines is eyeing air talks next month with Vietnam—the first under the Duterte administration as well as for 2016—to explore and expand air connectivity between the two nations, a government official said on Monday.

01
Sep

British firm tapped to ease traffic congestion at NAIA

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is tapping the consultancy services of British air traffic management expert NATS to maximize the runway and ease congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

01
Sep

Expanded air service deal signed with UAE over local opposition

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

DESPITE OPPOSITION from local carriers, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a new air service agreement, increasing their mutual entitlement to 35 flights a week from the current 28, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said over the weekend.

01
Sep

Britain’s NATS tasked with easing NAIA woes

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

BRITISH air traffic manager NATS Services Ltd. won a government contract valued at P66 million to solve congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in one year, the Transportation department announced on Monday.

28
Aug

Etihad Airways launches new ‘Fare Choices’

Manila Bulletin

Etihad Airways will launch Fare Choices, a new fare structure on September 14 to enable travellers to tailor their journey to their individual needs.

28
Aug

PAL sees sustained growth, to refleet with 8 wide body planes

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) expects to sustain its profitability this year confident it can achieve $100-million in net income in the second half with plans to purchase or lease a fleet of eight wide body, twin-engine aircraft from either Boeing or Airbus to allow it to fly non-stop to more US and European destinations.

28
Aug

PAL profits surge in 7 months

By Louise Maureen Simeon | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) saw its net income surge to $138 million in the first seven months of the year on strong passenger growth, coupled with sustained lower fuel prices.

28
Aug

PAL boosts fleet to cater to nonstop US routes

By Doris Dumlao-Abadilla | Philippine Daily Inquirer

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines plans to add seven new aircraft to its fleet this year and next year to boost its capacity to offer nonstop trans-Pacific flights.

28
Aug

Dreamliner, A350, Bombardier turboprop in PAL’s new fleet plan

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

PHILIPPINE Airlines Inc. (PAL) plans to add eight Boeing 787 Dreamliner or Airbus A350 XWB aircraft through a lease or purchase agreement to be sealed within the year, the company’s president said yesterday.

27
Aug

Asiana Airlines flies to Astana, Kazakhstan capital

Manila Bulletin

Asiana Airlines (OZ) strengthens its route network in Central Asia with the addition of flights to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan starting this month. The multi-awarded Korean carrier has been servicing Kazakhstan for nearly 20 years since launching flights to Almaty, Kazakhstan’s main commercial and cultural center and former capital city.

27
Aug

Clark airport wants UAE flights back

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The head of Clark International Airport joined domestic carriers Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air in urging the Philippines to deny the United Arab Emirates additional flight entitlements.

27
Aug

PAL, Cebu Pacific oppose additional UAE flights

By Maricel Burgonio | Manila Bulletin

The Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific urged the Philippine government not to grant United Arab Emirates (UAE) carriers’ request for additional flights.

26
Aug

PAL, CEB urge gov’t to resist UAE pressure

By Emmie Abadilla | Manila Bulletin

With the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) air talks scheduled this week (August 27-28, 2015) in Manila, both flag carriers are “strongly urging” the government “to resist any pressure to grant unfair advantage to UAE carriers”.

24
Aug

AirAsia and Henann Group reveal special aircraft livery

Manila Bulletin

Manila – AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier for seven consecutive years running, today unveiled its latest aircraft livery featuring the distinctive logo of Henann Group of Resorts, a dynamic group of resort developers in the Philippines with world-class accommodations located in Boracay, Bohol and Palawan.

24
Aug

Vindicated by Mactan Cebu International Airport

By Andrew James Masigan | Manila Bulletin

Eighteen months ago, I stood in defense of the Megawide-GMR consortium when I wrote a piece asserting  that government should  uphold their  victory  following its submission of  the highest bid to build, operate and maintain the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA). It will be recalled that the consortium came under fire for its supposed dubious financial capability and questionable track record as an airport operator.

24
Aug

LBC eyes Indonesia, Vietnam markets

By Richmond S. Mercurio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Soon-to-be-listed firm LBC Express Inc. of the Araneta family said it expects to enter two new Asian markets next year as it continues to steer its way toward becoming a global brand.

24
Aug

PAL opposes UAE plea for more daily flights to PH

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) again urged the government to deny the United Arab Emirates additional flight entitlements in this week’s bilateral air talks, saying this will hurt its business, a statement over the weekend showed.

24
Aug

Advance bookings up for CebuPac flights

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEBU Pacific Air, the country’s biggest budget airline, recorded an increase in advance bookings due to robust demand for air travel.

20
Aug

PAL nixes more flight entitlements to UAE carriers

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is urging the government to refrain from granting additional flight entitlements to United Arab Emirates (UAE) airlines during the air talks to be held next week.

20
Aug

Injunction hearing set for Davao Airport complaint

By Carmelito Q. Francisco | BusinessWorld Online

DAVAO CITY -- Branch 10 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) here will tackle on Sept. 1 the application for preliminary injunction filed by a city resident against the Davao Airport expansion project under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

19
Aug

Cathay, Dragonair passenger traffic up

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Combined Cathay Pacific and Dragonair traffic figures in July 2015 showed a strong year-on-year growth in the number of passengers carried but only a marginal increase in the volume of cargo and mail.

17
Aug

Six groups eye regional airport dev’t

BusinessWorld Online

SIX groups yesterday submitted prequalification documents to bid for P108.19-billion contracts to develop, operate and maintain (O&M) five regional airports under the public-private partnership (PPP) program.

14
Aug

New US coalition supports Open Skies agreements

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

A new coalition of four US passenger and cargo airlines – US Airlines for Open Skies – has expressed opposition to the demands of the Big 3 airlines – United, Delta, and American – relating to the US Open Skies agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar.

14
Aug

Wanted: airport privatization regulator

By Daxim L. Lucas | Philippine Daily Inquirer

In the mad rush to shed the “worst airport” tag of the country’s premier gateway, the privatization of the operation and maintenance (O&M) of Naia and key regional airports through private public partnerships is now underway.

14
Aug

Cebu Pacific probing theft complaint

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is looking into an alleged theft by one of its flight attendants in a plane bound for China.

14
Aug

Emirates Airline rejects Delta's criticism of overcapacity on Dubai-U.S. routes

By Nadia Saleem | Reuters

Emirates Airline [EMIRA.UL] said Tuesday that state-owned Gulf Arab airlines were not to blame for overcapacity on services between the United States and Dubai, rejecting criticism by U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines (DAL.N).

13
Aug

PAL and pals

By Jullie Yap Daza | Manila Bulletin

Two Lucios, tycoons both, in separate rooms at Century Park Seafood Restaurant, but ne’er the twain did meet Tuesday night.

13
Aug

Unfair air practices

By Babe G. Romualdez | The Philippine Star

Sources told us the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates are scheduled to hold fresh talks this Aug. 27 specifically to discuss Emirates’ bid to increase its existing 21 flights per week. Local carriers Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines had voiced their protest, saying there should no fresh talks until all available entitlements have been fully utilized by the local carriers. Earlier, Emirates Airline was fined for operating an unauthorized third daily flight and selling tickets without approval after its code sharing agreement with Philippine Airlines ended in January this year

12
Aug

Lufthansa Technik expands hangar to meet jet demands

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

Lufthansa Technik Philippines’ (LTP) hangar expansion is on track, after the Manila-based aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider broke ground in January to extend its main hangar.

12
Aug

AirAsia marks 300-million-guests milestone

Manila Bulletin

Jakarta – AirAsia, the world’s “best low cost airline” for seven consecutive years,  reached another milestone with 300 million guests flown. The milestone was commemorated with a string of celebrations starting from Terminal 3, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, to The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place.

12
Aug

PAL Holdings net profit up 15-fold to P5.9B

By James Loyola | Manila Bulletin

PAL Holdings Inc., the parent company of carrier Philippine Airlines, reported that its consolidated total comprehensive income soared to P5.94 billion in the first half 2015 from P361.4 million in the same period last year.

11
Aug

Delta Air Lines shrinks Dubai service, points to Gulf carrier growth

By Jeffrey Dastin | Reuters

Aug 9 Delta Air Lines Inc has scrapped a number of its flights to Dubai this winter in an apparent nod to how competition with three Gulf carriers is hurting its business.

11
Aug

Caveat on airport privatization

The Philippine Star

Businessman Ricky Delgado Jr. shared the sentiments of many businessmen who said they have nothing against the government’s plan to privatize the operation and maintenance of several regional airports in the country under the public private partnership program.

11
Aug

Air21 bags airport services deal

By Robertzon Ramirez | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A forwarding company formerly run by Bureau of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina bagged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)’s airport bus services deal, an official said yesterday.

11
Aug

Senate ratifies 2 treaties on aviation

By Marvin Sy | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate has given its concurrence to two treaties on aviation, including one that would provide passengers with greater protection and fairer compensation whenever accidents occur during their flights.

10
Aug

DOTC holds back the economy

By Boo Chanco | The Philippine Star

Good as our GDP growth rate has been, it could have been a whole lot better. Holding us back is a largely inadequate transport infrastructure and the failure of DOTC to do much about it.

10
Aug

Airport bidders granted one-week extension

By Daphne J. Magturo | BusinessWorld Online

POTENTIAL bidders for the five regional airport maintenance contracts under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme have another week to prepare their qualification documents, after the Transportation department moved the submission date to Aug. 17 from today.

10
Aug

Make our future airport an aerotropolis

By Floro M. Mercene | Manila Bulletin

There has been a flurry of press releases, just recently, originating from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) saying Sangley Point, Cavite, would be the site of a new international airport to supplant the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

10
Aug

CEB is largest PH carrier on MNL -Sydney route

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), emerged as the largestcarrier to operate flights on the Manila – Sydney route. For May alone, CEB carried 11,018 passengers, 42 percent more than the next largest airline on the route, according to the latest statistics of Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport, and Regional Economics (BITRE).

07
Aug

PAL to start nonstop Cebu-LA flights in March 2016

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines will launch direct flights between Cebu and Los Angeles, USA, on March 15 next year, a move that increases connectivity while helping ease congestion in Metro Manila.

07
Aug

No probe of mishap that closed Tacloban airport

By Joey A. Gabieta | Philippine Daily Inquirer

TACLOBAN CITY—An aviation official said here there would be no investigation of the accident on the runway of Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport that caused the airport’s closure for at least 17 hours, saying the cause of the accident, the softening of a portion of the runway, was normal.

06
Aug

Malaysian Airlines ticket sales affected

Bloomberg

Media coverage of the search for missing Flight 370 is hurting ticket sales at Malaysia Airlines, Chief Executive Officer Christoph Mueller said.

06
Aug

PhilJets moves one step closer to its one-stop shop approach

Manila Bulletin

In early July 2015, PhilJets successfully obtained its AMO license (Aircraft Maintenance Organization) which allows the company to service the aircraft directly in-house, and provides then the complete range of services an Aviation firm can offer.

06
Aug

Tacloban airport closed due to damaged runway

By Louella Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Tacloban airport was closed for operations yesterday until early today due to a damaged runway.

06
Aug

PH, Russia sign air accord

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines and Russia have signed a new air deal that paves the way for direct flights between both jurisdictions as well as valuable “overflight” rights that could cut travel time between Manila and Europe.

05
Aug

LTFRB to choose 1 bus firm to serve airport passengers

By Kris Bayos | Manila Bulletin

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will announce next week the lone firm that will operate premium buses to serve airport passengers.

03
Aug

PAL sees higher profits this year

By Louella D. Desiderio | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) expects 2015 to be a more profitable year compared to a year ago amid rising passenger traffic and lower fuel costs.

03
Aug

UAE, PH to proceed with air talks this month

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE PHILIPPINES is set to hold air talks with the United Arab Emirates at the end of August and possibly increase flights between both jurisdictions amid stiff opposition from domestic carriers.

01
Sep

China carrier wants to mount flights to Manila

Xiamen Airlines already filed petition with PH regulators
By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

A subsidiary of China Southern Airlines Co., Asia’s largest commercial carrier in terms of passengers, is seeking to mount regular flights to the Philippines, a regulatory filing last week showed.

01
Sep

Clark airport underused, solons learn firsthand

Philippine Daily Inquirer

CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines—The expanded terminal at Clark International Airport (CRK) is underutilized due to the lack of a broad information campaign as well as connectivity to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), airport officials told the House committee on transportation during a hearing here on Friday.

01
Sep

Malaysia Airlines to slash 6,000 jobs in survival bid

AFP

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia Airlines will slash 6,000 jobs, trim its route network, and replace its CEO under plans announced Friday to stave off bankruptcy after two air tragedies plunged the already troubled carrier deeper into crisis.

29
Aug

Cebu Pacific awarded seats to 5 destinations

BusinessWorld Online

CEBU PACIFIC Air said that it has won regulatory approval to deploy more flights to Singapore, Myanmar, New Zealand, Macau and Hong Kong.

29
Aug

Parent infuses cash into AirAsia PH

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad, one of the largest budget carriers in the region, extended an $18-million loan (P788 million) to its Philippine unit, which it said would post a profit by the second half of 2014, according to a top official and regulatory filings.

29
Aug

JAL Said to Plan Order for 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets

By Kiyotaka Matsuda | Bloomberg

Japan Airlines Co. (9201), the country’s second-largest airline, agreed to buy 32 planes from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. to make its fleet more fuel-efficient.

28
Aug

More flights poised to take off from Cebu

By Malou M. Mozo | Manila Bulletin

Cebu City, Cebu – Capitalizing on what could most likely be robust growth in domestic travel, Cebu Air Inc. (CEB) which operates airline carrier Cebu Pacific bared it will add more flights out of its Cebu hub in the next few months.

22
Aug

Skyjet Airlines now flies to Baler

Manila Bulletin

SkyJet Airlines, which calls itself as the “country’s first boutique leisure airline,” is now flying to Baler, Aurora. SkyJet Airlines launched its 3x a week direct flights from Manila Domestic Airport (NAIA Terminal 4) to the newest surfing haven in Asia – Baler.

22
Aug

IATA backs WHO’s call for airlines to keep flying to West Africa

Bloomberg

Air links should be maintained with Ebola-hit regions in West Africa that need connections to the outside world, the International Air Transport Association said after more carriers put flights on hold.

18
Aug

PAL further tweaks aircraft order from Airbus

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL), jointly owned by taipan Lucio Tan and diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), has further tweaked its order of Airbus aircraft under its massive fleet renewal program.

15
Aug

Air talks yield more South Africa flights

BusinessWorld Online

TRAVELERS will soon enjoy seven weekly flights to and from South Africa, following the conclusion of air service talks on Wednesday.

15
Aug

Phl inks air pact with South Africa

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines and South Africa have inked a new air agreement to boost trade, investments and tourism between the two countries, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said.

13
Aug

India’s newest airline eyes Oct. launch

AFP

13 logocapNew Delhi – India’s newest airline announced Monday flights could begin in October, saying it was ”bullish” about the future even as a rival carrier reported a big loss.

12
Aug

Etihad Seals $2.4 Billion Deal to Buy 49% of Ailing Alitalia

By Vernon Silver and Deena Kamel Yousef | Bloomberg

Etihad Airways PJSC signed a 1.76 billion-euro ($2.4 billion) deal to purchase 49 percent of Alitalia SpA, giving the Gulf company access to one of Europe’s biggest travel markets and providing a lifeline to Italy’s unprofitable former flag-carrier.

12
Aug

Malaysia Airlines Faces Painful Steps After $429 Million Buyout

By Chong Pooi Koon and Elffie Chew | Bloomberg

Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) needs to take tough measures in a thorough overhaul after two high-profile plane crashes this year drove away passengers and prompted the government to offer a buyout to the shareholders.

11
Aug

AirAsia Malaysia set to return to Clark

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - AirAsia Malaysia, the biggest low-cost carrier in Asia, is set to make a comeback at the Clark International Airport next month by mounting Clark – Kuala Lumpur flights.

11
Aug

Cebu Pacific wants unused quotas for UAE, Thailand, Taiwan

BusinessWorld Online

THE OPERATOR of Cebu Pacific Air has asked the regulator for additional seat entitlements to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Thailand and Taiwan, according to filings with the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB).

08
Aug

AirAsia brings back KL-Clark direct flights

Manila Bulletin

AirAsia is re-introducing its direct flights from Kuala Lumpur – Clark in the Philippines to the market again with 4x weekly flights beginning 17th October 2014, and guests are able to book this new route with a base fare promo of P710 for Clark to Kuala Lumpur beginning this week (August 5).

07
Aug

Dutch firm Fugro to lead search for MH370 off Australia

By Lincoln Feast | Reuters

MH370,MH17-reuters-file(Reuters) - Dutch engineering firm Fugro will lead the search of the Indian Ocean seafloor where missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is believed to have crashed, hoping to unlock the greatest mystery in modern aviation.

07
Aug

Singapore Airlines jet minutes away when MH17 was shot down

AFP

Singapore – A Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane was just minutes away when Flight MH17 was blown out of the sky in eastern Ukraine, Singapore’s government confirmed Monday.

06
Aug

Saudia plane, pilots grounded after aborted NAIA takeoff

By Raymund F. Antonio | Manila Bulletin

The Saudia passenger plane that skidded on the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday night, together with its pilots, was grounded yesterday by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) as the latter began investigating the incident.

06
Aug

Hundreds stranded as Saudia Airlines figures in freak accident at NAIA

By Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

A Boeing 747-400 Saudia Airlines jet got stuck at the taxiway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after its pilot reportedly miscalculated the turn leading to the main runway while taxiing for takeoff Tuesday evening.

06
Aug

ANA To Become First To Fly Boeing 787-9

By Megumi Fujikawa | The Wall Street Journal

ANA-Boeing-787-9-pic.fromWallStreetJournalAll Nippon Airways Co. on Thursday will become the world’s first airline to fly a new stretched version of the Boeing Dreamliner.

06
Aug

US airfares on the rise, outpacing inflation

By Scott Mayerowitz | Associated Press

NEW YORK — Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.

The average round-trip ticket within the United States, including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Domestic airfare continues to outpace inflation, rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in the Consumer Price Index.

04
Aug

Cebu Pacific eyes PAL’s unused Taiwan, Thailand entitlements

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air is seeking additional seat entitlements to Thailand and Taiwan as part of broader plans to ramp up its presence in the region, separate filings with the Civil Aeronautics Board showed last week.

30
Aug

Qantas underlying profit doubles as international losses shrink

Reuters

SYDNEY, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Qantas Airways Ltd, Australia's flagship carrier, doubled its underlying annual profit as shrinking losses on its international arm offset tougher competition on its lucrative domestic routes, sending its shares up 7 percent.

29
Aug

Gov’t panel asked to seek open skies deal with Japan

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific Air is urging the government to push for an open skies agreement with Japan, which would allow the country’s biggest budget carrier to “expand rapidly” its operations in the North Asia country, the company said in a statement.

28
Aug

DOTC defers bidding for Cebu airport project

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

bus4bMANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has deferred the submission of bids for the proposed P17.5 billion Mactan Cebu International Airport passenger terminal project due to changes in the concession agreement of the major infrastructure project.

28
Aug

In new plan, Baguio airport likely to take off again

Philippine Daily Inquirer

loakanBAGUIO CITY—The city’s only airport, once recommended for closure, is being planned as an interisland facility by tourism and economic development officials.

28
Aug

China Southern Posts Profit as Yuan Masks Operating Loss

By Jasmine Wang | Bloomberg

is7xgFfkRAL0China Southern Airlines Co. (1055), Asia’s biggest carrier by traffic, posted a first-half profit as gains from the yuan’s appreciation helped mask an operating loss caused by competition with bullet trains. The shares dropped.

28
Aug

ANA to Buy Stake in Myanmar Airline as Yangon Lures Busin

By Chris Cooper & Kiyotaka Matsuda | Bloomberg

i0DrQ6WC814IANA Holdings Inc. (9202), Japan’s largest airline, will buy a stake in Myanmar’s Asian Wings Airways Ltd. as the Southeast Asian nation opens its economy for overseas investments.

28
Aug

Cathay Pacific Says Jetstar Entry to Hurt Hong Kong Aviation

By Jasmine Wang | Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (293), seeking to bounce back from its lowest profit in at least 15 years, said allowing foreign airlines to share Hong Kong’s traffic rights would damage the city’s economy as a Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) venture seeks to start a budget carrier.

27
Aug

Seair plane overshoots Kalibo airport runway

By Rudy Santos and Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The Kalibo International Airport in Aklan was temporarily closed yesterday after a Singapore-bound Seair plane overshot the runway while preparing for take-off.

27
Aug

Bidding for airport PPP deferred

BusinessWorld Online

BIDDING for the P17.2-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) rehabilitation project, scheduled for this Wednesday, will be moved to mid-October given needed concession agreement tweaks.

27
Aug

Emirates to launch non-stop daily Clark-Dubai flights

Manila Bulletin

Emirates, one of the world’s largest airlines, announced it will launch its daily non-stop flights from Clark to Dubai on October 1, 2013 to cater to Filipinos and tourists whose destination is  Northern Luzon.

23
Aug

JFC pushing ‘twin-airport solution’ for PHL aviation

By Jennifer A. Ng | BusinessMirror

Foreign businessmen called on the government to consider seriously the “twin-airport solution” that is anchored on making the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) more efficient while expanding the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

22
Aug

Cebu Pac flights to Australia face delay

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

cebupacificairbusbydoubMANILA, Philippines - The planned launch of flights by budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) to Australia faces delay due to the differences by both the Philippine and Australian governments on the proposed extension of the bilateral air services agreement, think tank Centre for Aviation (CAPA) said.

22
Aug

NAIA hero: 1 aerobridge operator, 120 flights

By Rudy Santos | The Philippine Star

genetaMANILA, Philippines - Aerobridge operators connect the passenger walkway or tube of an airport terminal gate to a plane.

22
Aug

Failed PH-Aussie air talks limit Cebu Pacific’s expansion options

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The failure of the Philippines and Australia to reach a new air deal was not only limiting the expansion options for budget carrier Cebu Pacific, which is growing its long-haul business, but also costing the island-continent potential significant growth in demand, an aviation think tank said.

22
Aug

AirAsia Japan rebranded ‘Vanilla Air’

Agence France-Presse


AirAsia-inquirer.net-photoTOKYO – Budget carrier AirAsia Japan is being rebranded as Vanilla Air, the airline announced Tuesday, with its president saying that vanilla is “loved by everyone in the world.”

22
Aug

Cathay CEO Takes Over in First Class to Budget Trip Tests

By Jasmine Wang & Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg

ivan-chu-photo.bloombergCathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (293)’s new chief will face the dual challenges of finding customers for premium seats as China’s economic growth cools and budget airline flights start from its home turf.

21
Aug

Regulators lift Zest Airways suspension

BusinessWorld Online

REGULATORS have lifted a suspension of Zest Airways’ operations but the low-cost carrier still has to complete airworthiness inspections before its entire fleet is allowed to fly.

20
Aug

Cebu Pacific starts direct flights to Phuket

BusinessWorld Online

BUDGET CARRIER Cebu Pacific has started flying directly to Phuket, Thailand from Metro Manila, mounting the maiden flight last Aug. 16, the airline said in a statement yesterday.

19
Aug

ZestAir grounding affects 7,600 passengers daily

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - About 7,600 passengers per day are affected by the decision of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to ground low cost carrier Zest Airways Inc. last Friday due to several safety issues, an airline official said.

19
Aug

Tighter rules for airlines flying overseas planned

By  Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is tightening the rules governing Philippine carriers that intend to mount international flights for the first time.

17
Aug

Zest Air claims planes ‘safe, airworthy’, surprised over suspension

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines – Zest Air assured aviation authorities on Saturday that all its aircraft were “safe and airworthy” and expressed surprise at its suspension without being given an opportunity “to properly respond to their issues raised”.

16
Aug

CAAP suspends Zest Air over safety issues

BusinessWorld Online

UNRESOLVED SAFETY concerns has prompted the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to indefinitely suspend the operations of Zest Airways, Inc.

16
Aug

PAL Holding’s losses hit P1.1B

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Listed PAL Holdings Inc., the parent firm of national flag carrier Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL), incurred a net loss of P1.08 billion in end-June this year amid lower revenues brought about by the 21-percent drop in passenger traffic.

16
Aug

Cebu Pacific beefs up domestic routes

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is beefing up its domestic flights to boost passenger connectivity and access to major tourist destinations in the Philippines.

16
Aug

Airline safety makes significant improvement in last 10 years

IATA Assessment

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The airline aviation safety has achieved a significant improvement from 2002 to 2012 in terms of accident averages.

16
Aug

Cathay Pacific returns to profitability in 1st half

Agence France-Presse

Hong Kong (AFP) – Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said it swung to a first-half net profit of HK$24 million ($3.1 million), hit by persistently high fuel prices and falling cargo revenue.

15
Aug

CebuPac clears P1.4 B in H1

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Listed budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) said its net income declined 18.5 percent in the first half of the year due to foreign exchange losses and higher interest expenses.

13
Aug

CAAP directs airlines to submit flight skeds

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

pq2k-philstar-filephotoMANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has directed all airlines to submit flight schedules for the “winter” season starting Oct. using the mandatory 40-minute turn-around time.

13
Aug

Gov’t decrees longer turnaround time for aircraft on the ground

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Marianne-Hontiveros-inquirer.net-photoMANILA, Philippines—The country’s air safety regulator has formalized a policy requiring all carriers with domestic operations to follow longer scheduled ground times—a move budget airlines claim would be disadvantageous to their business.

13
Aug

Mactan airport auction may be moved

By L.C.S. Marasigan | BusinessWorld Online

MCIA-mciaa.gov.phTHE BIDDING for the P17.52-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) public-private partnership project may be rescheduled depending on the outcome of meetings between the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) and pre-qualified bidders, a DoTC official said.

13
Aug

PAL to close Cambodia Air deal by Oct

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), is set to complete the deal with Royal Group of Cambodia (RCG) to form Cambodia Airlines Co. Ltd. within the next two months.

12
Aug

Asiana offers $10,000 to crashed plane survivors

Agence France-Presse


asianaSEOUL – Asiana Airlines said Sunday it was offering an initial compensation payment worth $10,000 to all surviving passengers on board a plane that crashed in San Francisco last month killing three people.

12
Aug

Zest Air revives Taipei flight plan

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Budget carrier Zest Air is reviving plans to mount direct flights to Taipei as it expects passenger volume to grow given the easing of the tension between the Philippines and Taiwan, company founder Alfredo Yao said in an interview.

12
Aug

DoTC, Takenaka ink deal to finish NAIA 3 in 2014

BusinessWorld Online

THE LONG-DELAYED completion of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) should be fully achieved in the third quarter of 2014, after the $40-million rehabilitation project agreement was signed last Thursday by the government and its contractor.

12
Aug

Asiana posts bigger Q2 loss than expected; plane crash dims outlook

Reuters

Aug 9 (Reuters) - Asiana Airlines Inc reported on Friday a deeper operating loss than expected after North Korean tensions hurt travel demand, with further weakness seen in the current quarter following the July plane crash in San Francisco.

12
Aug

Nonstop Facebook Over Oceans Coming Soon to Jet Near You

By Thomas Black & Jennifer Surane | Bloomberg

ivkoLO4JMMR8Airline passengers pining for faster in-flight Internet access anywhere in the world -- even over the oceans -- are about to get their wish as satellite operators find success where Boeing Co. (BA) failed a decade ago.

08
Aug

Bill filed to protect airline passengers

Manila Bulletin

A proposed bill aimed at protecting the rights of airline passengers has recently been filed in Congress by Reps. Francisco Ashley Acedillo and Gary Alejano (Party-list, MAGDALO).

08
Aug

PAL takes delivery of first wide-body A321 from Airbus

By Darwin G. Amojelar | InterAksyon.com

interphoto 1309933673MANILA - Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken delivery of its first wide-body aircraft from Airbus under the flag carrier's fleet modernization program.

07
Aug

Cebu Pac hikes seat capacity to HK by 36%

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) is set to upgrade the aircraft used in its Manila – Hong Kong – Manila flights starting September, increasing the Mla-HK-Mla  route capacity by as much as 36 percent.

07
Aug

Asian airports far less efficient than US counterparts

By Riva Gold | The Wall Street Journal

Asian airports have something in common with airports in Europe: They’re far less efficient than their American counterparts.

06
Aug

PAL to focus on international, PAL Express on domestic flights

By James A. Loyola | Manila Bulletin

rsaPhilippine Airlines (PAL) is streamlining its operations by transferring most of its domestic routes to PAL Express so it can focus on the international market while its subsidiary can aggressively compete in the local market which favors low-cost carriers.

06
Aug

Global passenger traffic posts 6% growth in June – IATA

By Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

International passenger demand in June 2013 posted a 6 percent growth compared to the same period last year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

06
Aug

CEB increases Manila-HK flights by 36% Sept. 16

Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB), announced yesterday that will utilize its brand-new Airbus A330 aircraft on one of its daily Manila-Hong Kong-Manila flights, from September 16 to October 4, 2013, effectively increasing the number of available CEB seats on this route by 36%.

06
Aug

Asian budget airline king faces tough test in India

By Penny Macrae | AFP


New Delhi (AFP) – Asian budget airline king Tony Fernandes may face his toughest fight yet in India’s hyper-competitive aviation market where existing players are struggling to make a profit, analysts say.

05
Aug

New ZestAir mgm’t vows improved services

By Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low cost carrier Zest Airways Inc., jointly owned by Ambassador Alfredo Yao and AirAsia Inc. (Philippines), has undertaken a change in leadership and is in the middle of adjusting to the new owners resulting to delays and cancellations of certain flights.

05
Aug

Etihad, Serbia unveil strategic agreement

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled plans to acquire 49 percent of Jat Airways. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier has also been awarded a five-year management contract for the Serbian national airline.

05
Aug

Flights cancelled due to bad weather

By Helen Flores | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A low-pressure area (LPA) off Mactan in Cebu forced the cancellation of at least two domestic flights yesterday.

05
Aug

Gov’t eyes new gateways to decongest NAIA

By Mayen Jaymalin | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The government is looking at the possibility of opening new gateways for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in a bid to decongest traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said yesterday.

05
Aug

New round of air talks with Japan, S. Korea eyed

By Miguel R. Camus | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is starting a new round of air talks with its counterparts in Japan and South Korea as it is confident that discussions with these countries can resume given the positive developments in the Philippine aviation sector.

02
Aug

Emirates seeks to hike fuel surcharge rates

By Ma. Soccoro D. Villamor | BusinessWorld Online

INTERNATIONAL carrier Emirates have asked the approval of regulators for a planned increase in its fuel surcharge rates.

30
Aug

Clark to supplement, not supplant, NAIA

Source: Federico D. Pascual Jr. | The Philippine Star

CLARK FIELD (PLDT/WeRoam) — Instead of a tug-of-war between Clark International Airport here and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, the two aviation complexes can work in tandem. One need not operate to the exclusion of the other.

30
Aug

Bird strike forces cancellation of flight to Manila

Source: Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

Birds that were sucked into the jet engine of a Philippine Airlines plane that was landing at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban City yesterday morning forced the cancellation  of its return flight to Manila.

30
Aug

Widespread Flight Delays Hit UAL

Source: Manila Bulletin

WASHINGTON, (AFP) – United Airlines (UL) passengers were stranded at airports around the United States for hours on Tuesday due to network outages that affected its airport and website operations.

29
Aug

PAL, Airbus in $7-B jet deal

Source: BusinessWorld Online

pal-airbus.bworldonline.comPHILIPPINE AIRLINES will be purchasing 54 jets from Europe’s Airbus over the next three years as part of a refleeting program, with the flag carrier’s chief yesterday saying the $7-billion deal would be funded by cash, bank loans and possibly a share sale.

29
Aug

AirAsia X Posts Strong Growth

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — AirAsia X has recorded strong growth in the second quarter of 2012, carrying 0.58 million passengers, representing growth of 28.9% over the same quarter in 2011 for continuing routes.

29
Aug

Virgin Australia Returns To Profit

Source: Manila Bulletin

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian budget carrier Virgin posted a full-year profit of A$22.8 million (US$23.6 million) Tuesday, climbing back into the black after picking up business-class passengers from rival Qantas.

29
Aug

Asia-Pacific Needs 185,600 Pilots By 2030

Source: Kyunghee Park/Bloomberg | mb.com.ph

SINGAPORE — Boeing Co., the world’s second- biggest planemaker, said about 185,600 new pilots will be needed in the Asia-Pacific region within the next two decades as economic growth encourages more people to travel by air.

29
Aug

UPDATE 1-Air China net profit falls 77 pct on fuel, forex

Source: Reuters.com

HONG KONG, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Air China, the country's flagship airline, reported a smaller-than-expected 77 percent fall in interim net profit with analysts warning that operating conditions remain challenging though the second half.

28
Aug

Cebu Pacific wants PAL seats

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

cebu-pacific-bworldonline.comCEBU AIR, Inc., the operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific, has asked regulators to reconsider its bid to take some of Philippine Airline’s (PAL) flight frequencies to Middle East, documents showed.

28
Aug

Cebu Pacific confident of serving 14-M passengers

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) of business tycoon John Gokongwei is confident that it would serve a total of 14 million passengers this year after posting a 17.2 percent system-wide growth in the first half of the year.

28
Aug

San Miguel buys into PAL, Air Philippines

Source: Doris C. Dumlao | Philippine Daily Inquirer

pal-inquirer.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Corp. has signed a $500-million deal to acquire a significant stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines and affiliate budget carrier Air Philippines Corp., thus teaming up with the Lucio Tan group for the modernization and re-fleeting of these carriers.

28
Aug

Airline magazine goes digital

Source: Jeffrey O. Valisno | BusinessWorld Online

CATHAY PACIFIC Airways expands its flagship in-flight magazine, Discovery, into the digital sphere, employing a number of new channels to enrich the airline’s existing customer communication platforms.

28
Aug

Etihad Increasing Flights To Tokyo

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced it will fly daily between Abu Dhabi and Tokyo from April 2, 2013.

24
Aug

CebuPac in hiring mode; ZestAir ties up with AAG

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Low cost carrier Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific) of taipan John Gokongwei is on a hiring mode with the delivery of its additional aircraft while Zest Airways Inc. of Ambassador Alfredo Yao has tied up with global aviation training services provider Alpha Aviation Group (AAG) Philippines for the training of the airline’s pilots.

24
Aug

Zest Air teams up with AAG for pilot training

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Local Zest Airways has tapped the services of one of the country’s foremost third-party pilot training centers as the airline looks to expand its domestic and international operations.

24
Aug

Qantas posts loss, cancels Dreamliner orders to cut costs

Source: Jane Wardell | Reuters.com

qantas-airline-reuters.com(Reuters) - Australia's struggling flagship carrier Qantas Airways cancelled orders for 35 Boeing Dreamliner jets to further cut costs after posting a full-year net loss for the first time in 17 years due to its bleeding international division.

24
Aug

Pilots at American Airlines plan strike vote

Source: David Koenig | Associated Press/Yahoo News

DALLAS (AP) -- Pilots for American Airlines and US Airways are talking about terms for a possible labor deal if the two airlines merge.

24
Aug

Peru to build new airport near Machu Picchu

Source: AFP / Yahoo News

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala announced plans Wednesday to build an international airport near the southern city of Cusco to boost tourism to the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

23
Aug

SEAIR, DOT Launch Tourism Campaign

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) recently announced that it has teamed up with the Department of Tourism (DOT) to promote the  Philippines  across the region. The airline unveiled its campaign tie-up with the DOT during the Kadayawan Festival in  Davao.

23
Aug

24/7 Work At Int’l Airports

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Government agencies have adopted a round-the-clock work shift at all international airports in the country to avoid paying overtime fees, even as they are able to respond to the requirements of passengers and cargo handling services.

23
Aug

PH domestic air passenger traffic continued to grow in H1

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

cebupac-airphilThe number of passengers on domestic flights continued to grow in the first half of the year as local airlines continued to pursue aggressive expansion that brought down ticket costs.

22
Aug

PAL prods gov’t for air talks

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

philippine-airlines-bworldonline.comFLAG CARRIER Philippine Airlines (PAL) has asked the government to conduct air talks with Canada, firming up preparations for earlier announced plans to launch more flights to the North American country by October.

22
Aug

Customs Adopts New Accreditation Procedure

Source: Chino S. Leyco | Manila Bulletin

The Bureau of Customs, the government's second largest revenue generating agency, is adopting a new procedure that could enhance its partnership with the private sector through trade facilitation.

22
Aug

Boeing Accelerates Deliveries of Dreamliners

Source: Jon Ostrower | Manila Bulletin

lEVERETT, Wash. – The average Boeing Co. jetliner gets a few test flights after it leaves production before being delivered. But for each new 787 Dreamliner, Boeing has conducted as many as eight test flights – a time-consuming and expensive process for the already much-delayed jet.

22
Aug

BAA to sell Stansted Airport after dropping legal appeal

Source: Reuters.com

stansted-airport-reuters.com(Reuters) - British airport operator BAA on Monday said it would proceed with the sale of London's Stansted airport after deciding not to challenge a Competition Commission CC.L ruling forcing it to sell the airport.

22
Aug

Slight hike in Hong Kong tourist arrivals noted

Source: Jocelyn R. Uy | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Department of Tourism has observed a slight increase in the number of Hong Kong tourists visiting the Philippines despite a “black travel” advisory issued against the country two years ago.

16
Aug

6 domestic flights cancelled due to storm Helen

Source: Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer


MANILA, Philippines—The passage through Northern Luzon of tropical storm “Helen” led to the cancellation of at least six flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on Wednesday.

16
Aug

Cebu Pacific profit dips by 29%

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The first-semester profit of budget airline Cebu Pacific slipped by nearly a third amid rising expenses due to the company’s aggressive expansion and higher fuel prices.

16
Aug

Air service talks eyed with Myanmar next year

Source: Cliff Harvey C. Venzon | BusinessWorld Online

NEGOTIATIONS for commercial air service between the Philippines and Myanmar will no longer push through this year as both parties opted to iron out "possible issues" before actual talks, a Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) official said in a phone interview last Monday.

16
Aug

Malaysia Airlines Narrows Q2 Loss

Source: Manila Bulletin

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia Airlines reported its sixth straight quarterly loss on forex losses and declining revenue, but said recent cost-cutting steps were showing signs of paying off.

15
Aug

14 flights canceled at Naia

Source: Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

NAIA Terminal 3MANILA, Philippines—At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3, bad weather brought by the monsoon, which was enhanced by Tropical Storm “Helen,” led to the cancellation of 14 arrival and departure flights on Tuesday.

15
Aug

New FAs at PAL

Source: The Staff | Philippine Daily Inquirer

After an aggressive information campaign to announce its new recruitment drive, Philippine Airlines human resources officials were swamped last weekend by applicants who wanted to join the ranks of the flag carrier’s cabin crew team.

15
Aug

Global Air Cargo Market Weak

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

The global air cargo market remains weak following a marginal increase in volumes in June, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

15
Aug

Tiger Airways buys 40% of SEAir

Source: Jerome Aning, Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Singapores-Tiger-Airways1MANILA, Philippines—Singapore’s Tiger Airways now has one foot firmly in the Philippine market’s door following the completion of its purchase of a 40-percent stake in local carrier Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAir).

15
Aug

Japan grant to fund airport monorail study

Source: E. N. J. David | BusinessWorld Online

THE BASES Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is set to receive a grant from the Japanese government to conduct a pre-feasibility study for a monorail linking the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) with Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3 (NAIA 3), the agency said in a statement yesterday.

15
Aug

Qantas probes mid-air engine malfunction

Source: AFP / channelnewsasia.com

qantas-airline-afpSYDNEY: Australian carrier Qantas Airways said Monday it was investigating after an Airbus jet carrying 254 passengers suffered an engine problem over Perth.

15
Aug

Aviation CO2 Plan Faces Crunch

Source: Manila Bulletin

The battle over the European Union’s first expansion of its carbon market abroad will continue for months and the inclusion of airlines into the program faces a “crunch” in April, according to Deutsche Bank AG.

15
Aug

United Overweight Takeoff On Computer Glitches Prompts Changes

Source: A. Levin and M. Schlangenstein | Manila Bulletin

A computer glitch caused a United Continental Holdings Inc. flight to take off earlier this year about 20,000 pounds (9,071 kilograms) heavier than pilots believed, prompting the carrier to add extra checks to ensure accurate weight calculations.

14
Aug

DOTC allots P212 M for NAIA 3 retrofit

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | The Philippine Star

Manila, Philippines -  The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is spending P212.3 million for the structural retrofit project of the Terminal 3 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

14
Aug

DOTC lauded for suspending overtime pay of airport personnel

Source: Rainier Allan Ronda | The Philippine Star

Manila, Philippines -  Top executives of foreign and local airlines have expressed gratitude to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for suspending overtime (OT) payments to Customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) officers at the country’s international airports.

14
Aug

Airlines welcome policy

Source: BusinessWorld Online

A GROUP of foreign airlines operating in the country has welcomed the government’s decision to shoulder the overtime pay of Customs, Immigration and Quarantine officers in international airports.

14
Aug

Analysis: China consumers counter economy gloom with travel boom

Source: Nick Edwards | Reuters.com

(Reuters) - Soaring numbers of Chinese tourists packed onto flights out of the country is a sure sign that a fast-growing consumer class of around 130 million is not worried that the likely slowest year of economic growth since 1999 will sap their spending power.

13
Aug

Terminal fee rules issued by BIR

Source: Diane Claire J. Jiao | BusinessWorld Online

naia-terminal2-bworldonline.comTAX RULES for the integration of the domestic passenger service charge (DPSC) into airline ticket prices have been issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

13
Aug

Clark Int’l Airport subject of 2 more feasibility studies

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

CLARK FREEPORT—A feasibility study for the budget terminal of the Clark International Airport (CIA) has begun while the terms of reference (TOR) for another study—worth P100 million and funded by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC)—is being drafted.

10
Aug

Missed your flight? Airlines give a break on rebooking

Source: Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The country’s major airlines extended for a third day their free rebooking promo for passengers who missed their flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) due to the flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

10
Aug

PAL Accepts Free Relief Airlift

Source: Manila Bulletin

To help flood victims in the National Capital Region (NCR) and its immediate environs, Philippine Airlines (PAL) is accepting high value relief goods for free airlift to Metro Manila.

10
Aug

CEB Cuts Fares On 32 Domestic And 9 Asean Destinations

Source: Manila Bulletin

The Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific slashes fares to all its 32 domestic destinations and to 9 ASEAN destinations in a seat sale from August 10 to 12, 2012 or until seats last.

10
Aug

Philippine Airlines hiring cabin crews

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has unveiled a new hiring program for new cabin crew through a two-day recruitment fair on August 11 and 12.

10
Aug

Fraport’s Income In H1 Hurt By Ban On Night Flights

Source: Dorothee Tschampa (Bloomberg) / mb.com.ph

Frankfurt airport operator Fraport AG said first-half profit fell 19 percent as a night-flights ban, increased spending and a sluggish economy weighed on margins.

10
Aug

Air Arabia Income Climbs 31%

Source: Manila Bulletin

DUBAI (Reuters) - UAE budget carrier Air Arabia's quarterly net profit rose 31 percent, beating analyst forecasts, as the airline boosted flights on little-served routes to India and the Gulf Arab region, lifting passenger numbers.

10
Aug

Air France-KLM Passengers Up Slightly

Source: mb.pressmart.com

Franco-Dutch airline Air FranceKLM said its passenger traffic in July rose 1.1% on the year, boosted by more travelers in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

10
Aug

Scandinavian Airline SAS Income Tumbles

Source: Stockholm (AP) / mb.pressmart.com

Scandinavian airline group SAS AB says its net profit fell almost 42 percent in the second quarter, worse than the market had expected, as jet fuel costs continued to eat into its earnings.

09
Aug

Plane Crew Saves 131 Passengers

Source: Anjo Perez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The skillful flying abilities of a Cebu Pacific flight crew saved the lives of 131 passengers and crew on Wednesda morning after they were able to land an Airbus A320 jet at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport with just one engine running.

09
Aug

Airlines waive rebooking fees to help passengers

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Local airlines waived rebooking fees for passengers whose flights were affected by torrential rains this week as Metro Manila reels from the heaviest rains seen since 2009.

09
Aug

SEAIR Boosts Cebu, Davao Flights

Source: mb.pressmart.com

From October 8, 2012, South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) will be adding frequencies between Manila and Cebu, and Manila and Davao to cater to the increasing demand by passengers for travel between these cities.

09
Aug

Cathay Pacific Loses US$121M

Source: Manila Bulletin

HONG KONG (AFP) – Cathay Pacific Airways posted a first-half net loss of HK$935 million (US$121 million) on Wednesday, citing higher fuel prices, strong competition and economic instability in Europe.

09
Aug

American Airlines Faces FAA Fine

Source: David Koenig, The Associated Press / mb.com.ph

DALLAS (AP) –  US safety regulators are seeking up to $162.4 million in fines against American Airlines and its affiliates for alleged violations of safety standards going back several years. Those sanctions that would dwarf any previous penalties against an airline.

09
Aug

IAG Eyes American Airlines Stake

Source: London (AP) / mb.pressmart.com

The owner of British Airways and Spanish airline Iberia is considering taking a stake in American Airlines.

08
Aug

PAL Recruiting More Cabin Crew

Source: mb.pressmart.com

The Philippine Airlines (PAL) is recruiting more cabin crew nationwide starting August 11, 2012.

08
Aug

CEB Slashes Japan, Korea, And China Fares For Holiday Season

Source: mb.pressmart.com

The Philippines' largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) announced a seat sale to Japan (Osaka), Korea (Incheon and Pusan), and China routes starting at the All-in Lite Fare of R1288. This seat sale is available from August 6 to 9, 2012 or until seats last; and valid for travel from October 1 to December 31, 2012.

08
Aug

Airbus to double $12B it spends with US suppliers

Source: Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press / finance.yahoo.com

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- European aerospace giant Airbus said Monday it plans to double the $12 billion it now spends with U.S. suppliers amid strong airplane sales, explaining that the company has a backlog that is "disturbingly healthy."

08
Aug

Qantas Suspends Pilot For Alcohol

Source: Canberra, Australia (AP) / mb.pressmart.com

Australia's air safety regulator says Qantas Airways Ltd. has suspended a pilot for attempting to fly while under the influence of alcohol.

08
Aug

Embraer Delivers Planes To Indonesia

Source: Sao Paulo (AFP) / mb.pressmart.com

Brazil's top planemaker Embraer said it delivered four light attack A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the Indonesian Air Force at a ceremony held Monday at its facility located some 270 kilometers (165 miles) from here.

07
Aug

AirAsia Reduces Flights From Clark To Puerto Princesa September 1

Source: Manila Bulletin

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE  – Philippines’ AirAsia will be repositioning its flight frequencies from Clark International Airport to Puerto Princesa from 7x weekly to 4x weekly effective 1st September, 2012 in a business decision due to the current low season as well as part of the airline’s preparations for further growth.

07
Aug

DoTC readies P160M airport upgrade plan

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The government has approved P160 million worth of upgrades for three key provincial airports as part of ongoing efforts to improve countryside infrastructure.

07
Aug

Investors sought for local airport upgrades

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

THE TRANSPORTATION department has invited prospective bidders for contracts worth a total of P160.84 million to rehabilitate three more local airports, a notice published in a newspaper yesterday showed.

07
Aug

Boeing Wins More Asian Orders

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

SINGAPORE – Boeing Co. reached agreements to sell 94 of its single-aisle 737 planes to Asian carriers, including an accord with a Singapore Airlines Ltd. unit that has an all- Airbus SAS fleet.

07
Aug

Air India Sticks To Orders for Boeing 787 Dreamliner Jets

Source: Manila Bulletin

NEW DELHI – Boeing Co. said state-owned Air India Ltd. will start preparing next week to take its first 787 Dreamliners, which are almost four years late, after the jets won government approval amid the probe of an engine failure.

06
Aug

Asiana Is Asia’s Best Airline

Source: Manila Bulletin

Asiana Airlines (OZ) has been selected as the “Best Airline in Asia” at the 2012 Skytrax World Airline Awards held recently in Farnborough, England.  Asiana placed second in the overall ranking for the Airline of the Year award, but was also awarded Best Economy Airline Seat.

06
Aug

CAAP: Air safety upgrade may take time

Source: Jerome Aning | Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines’ aviation industry may have to wait a little longer before the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restores the country’s Category 1 status, a rating that would certify that it had fully complied with international air safety standards.

06
Aug

ZestAir to cut flights to Shanghai

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Zest Airways Inc. is reducing the number of flights to Shanghai, China to three times a week from the current five times a week starting next month due to the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the Panatag Shoal.

06
Aug

PAL eyes deal with plane maker

Source: Paolo G. Montecillo | Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is nearing a deal to acquire a fleet of new planes that would significantly increase its capacity and allow it to better compete with local budget carriers.

06
Aug

Tacloban airport traffic increases

Source: SQM | BusinessWorld Online

TACLOBAN CITY -- Passenger traffic at Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport here -- commonly known simply as Tacloban airport -- increased by a fifth to 505,217 travelers in the first half, an official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said in a recent interview.

06
Aug

Cebu Pacific Starts Direct Flights From Davao To Kalibo, Palawan

Source: Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Cebu Pacific (CEB) has started operating direct flights from Davao to both Kalibo and Puerto Princesa, providing invaluable linkages to these three tourism destinations.

06
Aug

AirAsia hurdles ownership issues, awaits long-term permit

Source: CHCV | BusinessWorld Online

AIRASIA, INC. (AirAsia Philippines), which currently operates on a one-year provisional authority, is poised to bag a five-year permit from regulators after proving that the airline complies with the foreign equity limits.

06
Aug

Singapore's SilkAir To Order Up To 68 New Boeing Planes

Source: AFP/Manila Bulletin

SINGAPORE (AFP) – SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, said Friday it would buy 54 new Boeing planes in a deal worth $4.9 billion, with an option to buy a further 14 aircraft.

06
Aug

JAL’s IPO To Raise $8.5B

Source: Bloomberg/Manila Bulletin

TOKYO (Bloomberg) – Japan Airlines Co.,  (JAL) the world’s most profitable airline, plans to raise about 663 billion yen ($8.5 billion) in the world’s second-biggest initial public offering this year, capping a recovery from a 2010 bankruptcy.

06
Aug

Xiamen Airlines Orders 40 Next-Gen Boeing 737-800s For $3.5B

Source: Manila Bulletin

NEW YORK (AFP) – US planemaker Boeing said Friday that Xiamen Airlines, a unit of China Southern Airlines, had agreed to purchase 40 next-generation 737-800s – an order valued at $3.5 billion at list prices.

03
Aug

Clark ranked 3rd airport freezone

Source: Reynaldo G. Navales | Sunstar.com.ph

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport ranked third best airport freezone in the world, said in a survey conducted by a magazine published by the Financial Times Business Group of London.

03
Aug

Local carriers get more SoKor seats

Source: BusinessWorld Online

THREE LOCAL CARRIERS are poised to receive additional seat allocations for flights to South Korea, an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) yesterday said.

03
Aug

Asian Airlines Maintain Steady Growth In Passenger Traffic In June

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reported a steady growth in international passenger demand in June 2012 but the international air freight markets remained weak.

03
Aug

Qatar Airways Expands African Network

Source: Manila Bulletin

KILIMANJARO, Tanzania – Qatar Airways has further expanded operations in Africa with the recent launch of daily scheduled flights to Kilimanjaro – its 18th gateway on the diverse Continent and second destination in Tanzania.

02
Aug

Domestic terminal fees now included in tickets

Source: abs-cbnnews.com

MANILA, Philippines - The P200 domestic terminal fee is now included in airline tickets starting today (August 1).

02
Aug

PAL offers unli domestic flights

Source: Lawrence Agcaoili | Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Flag carrier Philippine Airlines, a unit of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), has extended the unlimited travel concept to its domestic routes after the success of the “Fly-All-You-Can” pass for regional destinations in Asia.

02
Aug

PAL: Serious About Airline Food

Source: Maan D'Asis Pamaran | Manila Bulletin

braised-beef-mb.com.phIt has been a running gag throughout the decades. In spoofs about stand-up comedy, whenever the funny guy runs out of lines, he smiles and simply asks: “So, how about that airline food?” and canned laughter will surely ensue.

02
Aug

US, 16 Others Challenge EU With Rival Airline Tax Talks

Source: Manila Bulletin

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States (US) will this week host a meeting of 16 nations opposed to a controversial Eropean Union (EU) carbon tax on airlines, aiming to draw up an alternative plan, a US official said.

02
Aug

Lufthansa Cancels Munich-Singapore Route

Source: Edu Lopez | Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines — Lufthansa is cancelling its Munich-Singapore route with the introduction of the 2012 to 2013 winter schedule.