PAL Flies Toronto Direct

Opens Up Chicago, Houston, and Seattle 

15 September 2017

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said that it will fly direct flights to Toronto again beginning December 16 four times a week using B777-300ER aircraft five years after flying direct on November 30, 2012.

PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Bautista disclosed that they are also in the final planning stage for route expansion to the United States with Chicago and Houston added to its international network via Vancouver using Boeing planes. Chicago will be flown 4 times a week while Houston will have thrice a week service.

Meanwhile, direct flight from Manila to New York and Seattle will also be added to its international network beginning summer of next year with New York flown by A350-900 in June, while Seattle will be added sometime on the last quarter of next year.

“The Airbus A350 is our new ultra-long-range flagship, a 295 seater wide-body airplane that will help us link the Philippines nonstop to Toronto, New York, Chicago, and other east board points in North America,” Bautista said.

Bautista added the airline is just waiting for final regulatory approvals from the US DOT before making official announcement for the new routes.

PAL Discloses A321NEO LR Routes

PAL would also be adding international points to Australia, Japan and India says Bautista with its new Airbus A321 NEO and long-range (LR) variant aircraft slated for delivery in 2018 and 2019, respectively, with the LR version all destined for Australia and India operations.

Bautista said that they will be launching nonstop services to Brisbane, Cairns, Delhi, Perth, Mumbai, and Sapporo, while flights to Melbourne and Sydney will be increase to daily and twice daily services, respectively with the A321LRs arrival in 2019.

The Airbus A321LR NEO sits 206 passengers and has a range of 4000 nautical miles enabling it to fly as far as Melbourne in Australia with cargo payload revenue.

The airline will receive two more B777 aircraft in December 2017, six A350-900LR beginning June 2018, all for flights to North America and Europe. As to its narrow-body fleet, PAL will receive twenty one A321NEOs beginning January of 2018, while 6 LR variant is slated for delivery at the second half of 2019.

Lallo Airport Owner Wants Expansion

13 September 2017

Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) is proposing to expand Lallo airport by unveiling plans to update its 20-year old master development plan says its Administrator.

The ₱1.67-billion airport complex, a joint venture between CEZA and Cagayan Land, was opened to the public in 2015 amidst CEZA funfare of scheduled flights but to this day has not receive any domestic airlines operators nor locators.

Airport construction was started in 2009 and was inspected and tested by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in 2013 as ICAO compliant. It was opened for commercial traffic in 2016 after completion of the Passenger Terminal Building and securing aerodrome license.

CEZA Administrator and CEO Raul L. Lambino however said that there is strong demand by foreign investors of this airport ranging from aviation schools, charter flights, to aircraft maintenance and repair overhaul (MRO) operations.

Lambino earlier disclosed that they are all set to inaugurate maiden flight in August 26 between Macau and Lallo on daily basis but has since postponed before the end of the year.

This was however the same pronouncement made by its previous administrator in 2015 announcing Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific flights which to this date has never come, together with other airline companies. There is also no resident aviation related company operating at the airport site dubbed as North Cagayan International Airport.

Lallo airport recorded some 168 flights ranging from tourism, diplomatic visit, emergency and medical airlift, and less than 1,000 passengers in 2016 according to the Philippine Information Agency.

Meanwhile, local Tuguegarao airport 78 km. away are growing passengers and aircraft traffic numbers registering 186, 193 passengers in 2016 serviced by both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.

CEB Expands Laguindingan Hub

Grows Zamboanga Hub

15 August 2017

Cebu Pacific (CEB) will introduce flights from Cagayan de Oro to Dumaguete and Caticlan beginning October 20, 2017 with ATR72-600 services.

Flights from Laguindingan airport departs at 8:55AM arriving Caticlan at 10:30AM. Return flights is at 10:50AM arriving Cagayan at 12:25PM, while fights to Dumaguete departs at 3:15PM arriving 4:05PM and return flight is at 7:55PM arriving Cagayan de Oro at 8:50PM.

Meanwhile, CEB also upgrades Zamboanga hub by introducing first of its international flights to Sandakan, Malaysia, beginning October 29, 2017 with ATR72-600 aircraft.

PAL flies Auckland Direct

Upgrades Capacity to New Zealand

14 August 2017

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL)is flying Manila- Auckland direct beginning December 6 this year reducing flight time to 10 hours from the current 12.15 hour Manila – Auckland via Cairns route.

The non-stop MNL – AKL flight (PR 218) will be operated initially by Airbus A340-300 aircraft thrice weekly – every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday departing Manila at 11:15PM, and arriving Auckland at 2:05PM local time the following day. Return flight (PR 219) leaves Auckland every Friday, Saturday and Tuesday at 12:30AM local time arriving Manila at 5:45AM.

Service upgrade will be made available beginning next year with Airbus A330-300  aircraft.

Meanwhile, Manila-Cairns route will be dropped temporarily beginning December 5. Flight services is expected to resume next year when more A321neo aircraft orders are delivered.

Currently, some Cairns to Manila flights on A320 and A321s are diverted to Davao airport for technical stopovers due to range issues.

CAAP Scored By ICAO For Safety Oversight

9 August 2017

Ulaanbaatar- The Philippines Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was cited by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as showing an upward trend in Effective Implementation (EI) of Aviation Safety Oversight.

CAA scored an overall result of 69.68% in EI under the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USUOP) of the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) conducted from May 30 to June 8, 2017

The Philippine rating is 10.77% higher than the 64.85% world average which is a significant jump from the 59.91 rating achieved by the country in 2016.

PAA Adds Iloilo

5 August 2017

Philippines Air Asia has announced that it will open Manila-Iloilo route beginning Oct. 1 this year.

The route will be operated thrice a day on Airbus A320 aircraft.

Other planned routes include Manila to Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro which will be announce by the airline soon.

Air Asia flies from Manila to Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Caticlan, and Davao. It also operates hub in Kalibo, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa.

Air Juan Opens Sipalay Airport

Connects Cebu and Iloilo

4 August 2017

Rural airline Air Juan opens up Sipalay Airport to traffic as it begins scheduled flight services to Cebu yesterday and Iloilo today.

The LGU operated airport opens its door to Air Juan Aviation Inc., as it connects to Cebu and Iloilo twice a week to cater to tourists traffic.

The erstwhile Maricalum airstrip is the first LGU operated airport in the country with Air Juan being the first airline to use it in scheduled service. Other general aviation planes also uses the airport for personal transport of passengers.

Air Juan president, John Anthony Gutierrez, said that they are planning to connect Sipalay airport to Busuanga and El Nido, all in northern Palawan, aside from Cebu and Iloilo to address the foreign passenger traffic's demand.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., lauded Gutierrez for launching the “bold missionary project “.

Marañon said that another airline SEAIR earlier considered the route to Cebu but the plan never pans out to fruition.

Air Juan also connects Iloilo to Caticlan airport among other tourists spots in Baler and Cuyo island.

Negros Occidental was ranked as the second most visited destination by domestic tourists among the provinces in the country last year,according to the Philippine Statistics Authority(PSA).

“I am very sure that this airport will play a vital role, not only for the tourism industry, but also in the economic development of the south”, Marañon said.

Sipalay City and its neighboring areas are famous by foreign tourist for diving sites and white sand beach resorts.

Air Juan is accredited by the Department of Tourism as a tourist air transport provider.

PAL Advances B777 Re-introduction To London

Equipment Upgrade Begins Sept.19

4 August 2017

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will fly back the B777-300ER aircraft to London Heathrow beginning September 19 instead of December 16, 2017 but with reduce daily services to 5 times a week.

The flight reduction will be temporary as the airline awaits delivery of another B777 frame by December where it flies back to daily services to LHR.

PAL said it is up-sizing the route from Airbus 340 to enable the airline to bring forward the retirement of some of its current A340-300 fleet which will be fully withdrawn from service in 2018 after arrival of its A350-900.